Now that Major League Baseball is stopping for four days for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star break, it is a great time for fantasy baseball participants to analyze their roster and see how to improve their team as a whole.
If you are looking for home runs, you just might consider Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers. Gallo has only been taken in 37% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues this year. Even though he has 21 home runs, his stock is low because he is hitting below the Mendoza Line at an abysmal .194. However Gallo plays multiple positions as he is classified as a first baseman and third baseman.
If you are looking for stolen bases, there are two players in the top ten who are taken in less than 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues—only 18% of fantasy baseball participants own Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson and 6% own Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr.
Another outfielder worth considering is Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves. Even though his home run totals are low (only four), he is batting .284 with 46 runs scored and 46 runs batted in. The mere fact that Markakis hits the ball with regularity, can help fantasy participants when it comes to batting average. There is also a real possibility that other categories will improve significantly as well. Markakis is only owned in 15% of fantasy baseball leagues.
When it comes to pitching, Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox, Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox and Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians are all in the top 25 when it comes to strikeouts. Even though these three are striking batters out, they have had a poor first half of the season and are not worth acquiring in fantasy leagues. Quintana has an ERA of 4.49, Porcello is at 4.75 and Bauer is at 5.24.
My final advice is just because a player is on a crappy team, does not mean he will be crappy in fantasy. With the trade deadline approaching, these particular players may just have the most fantasy value.