Oh baby! Week 19 is here and the season is shaping up to be a good one. This week we are taking a look at some players benefiting from trades and some young kids making an impact in the big leagues. Young studs are all over the top added lists this week while injuries have plagued the top of the drop lists, along with some slumping players. Well here we go, Week 19 top 5 add/drops.
Brad Hand (RP) +25.4 % – Current Ownership = 38.6%
Brad finally got the opportunity to put his skills to use since the Padres traded away Brandon Maurer last week. Now that nobody is in his way, Brad Hand can take his impressive 11.67 K/9 and 2.33 BB/9 into the final inning of the game. Since being moved into the closer position Hand is 4-4 in save opportunities, allowing only one hit in that time period. He has been mentioned in a flurry of trade rumors so his fantasy value could go down. For now, enjoy the fantasy surge and pick up this closer.
Bradley Zimmer (OF) +20.8% – Current Ownership = 31.8%
Zimmer has had a fantastic rookie campaign for the Indians so far. Batting .279/.344/.795 with 7 HRs, 35 RBIs, and 29 runs Zimmer is looking to help his surging Indians reach the playoffs. Although the beginning of the season was a little rough, July has been kind to the young outfielder (.267 BA with 3 HRs and 6 SB). Hitting at the front of a potent lineup makes Zimmer’s fantasy upside exceptional.
Whit Merrifield (2B,OF) +19.7% – Current Ownership = 74.1%
Cool Whit has been an absolute force this year! In the month of July Merrifield is batting a cool .342/.383/.604 with 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, and 9 stolen bases. He has been the centerfold player during the Royals current run. This kid is putting up numbers beyond anyone’s expectation. If he keeps this up for the rest of the season, Marc discussed more on Whit during his CIKI article.
Zach Davies (SP) +17.8% – Current Ownership = 40.7%
Honestly, I have no idea how Davies has a 12 -5 record this season. His numbers are very underwhelming (4.42 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and only 86 Ks) but somehow the kid keeps racking up wins. I don’t really believe in this kid but if you’re in need of some wins and a 3rd or 4th caliber starter, Davies is your guy.
Nick Williams (OF) +16.1% – Current Ownership = 34.7%
Yay! We actually have a bright spot in the Phillies lineup! Nick Williams was touted as a high end prospect and has been living up to the hype! In his 25 major-league games he sports a line of .277/.320/.511 with 4 long balls, 19 RBIs and 12 runs scored. In a line up desperate for offense, Williams has been a spark that will continue to shine. If they allow him to continue his regular at-bats, Nick will be a valued fantasy asset.
Justin Bour (1B) -15.1% – Current Ownership = 48.5%
Bour has been a surprise fantasy asset this year! Mashing 21 HRs and collecting 63 RBIs, Justin has used his playing time perfectly. But of course the baseball gods couldn’t let him sit in glory for too long! Bour was placed on the 10 day DL with an oblique strain and will miss some time because of the injury. If you have room to hold him, I would consider it. If not, drop him and move on.
Avisail Garcia (OF,DH) -14.5% – Current Ownership = 62.1%
There isn’t much to say here. Garcia had a great start to the season but slumped just prior to the all-star game and continued that trend afterwards. Giving into an injury on July 26th, Avisail is no longer a hot fantasy commodity. There are many other options out there, drop him and move on.
Brandon Maurer (RP) -14.4% – Current Ownership = 27.9%
After being traded to the Royals on July 24th, many believe that Maurers fantasy value will go down the shitter. His closing opportunities are now gone but he does line up to be a setup man behind Kelvin Herrera. There could still be value but i’d go chasing another relief pitcher. With Britton soon to be traded, look to drop Maurer and grab someone like Brad Brach.
Troy Tulowitzki (SS) -13.2% – Current Ownership = 44.5%
Tulo is not the offensive monster he used to be, but that doesn’t take away from his fantasy value. Ligament damage in his right knee, on the other hand, does. Tulo was placed on the DL Sunday July 30th and may require surgery to repair the knee. Drop him and look for other options at middle infield.
Ian Happ (OF,2B) -13% – Current Ownership = 37.3%
Happ has hit a slump in his last 24 at-bats, hitting only 3 balls in that stretch. I don’t think we should be worrying just yet though. Happ is a young player with a load of potential. Let him get through this rough patch and then slot him right back into your lineup. Dropping him may be a bit hasty so keep your calm and wait out the storm.
Personally the biggest takeaway from this is Whit Merrifield and his current dominance over the show. This guy is proving to be the real deal and at just 74% owned, he is worth taking a long hard look at in all formats. Not included on this list, but right under the top 5 guys is Rafael Devers, rookie third baseman for the Boston Red Sox. This kid has been great so far with a .300 average, 2 HRs and 3 RBIs. If he gets regular playing time, grab him up.
Check back next Monday for the week 20 top add/drops!