PLAYOFF TIME!! It’s finally here, all the hard work that was put in over the past 23 weeks is finally paying off (hopefully). No time to slack now though, you gotta make sure your team is firing on all cylinders now that the easy part is over.
To help you achieve ultimate glory, here are the top 5 add/drops for Round 1 of the Fantasy baseball playoffs.
Luke Weaver, StL +29.7% – Current Ownership = 60.5%
My man! Mr. Weaver has been dealing since his call up and should continue to do so for the rest of the season. Luke owns a spectacular 2.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP (along with 45 Ks) and will look to cement himself as a reliable starter. I’ve always been high on this kid, grab him.
Jorge Polanco, MIN +28.0 – Current Ownership = 49.8%
It looks like August is the month of breakouts! Polanco has been mashing since August 17th, hitting 7 bombs, 15 runs scored, and 23 RBIs. He has been playing like a stud and should continue to do so for a surging Minnesota twins team. With the Twins in the hunt for the playoffs, look for all of their pieces to start firing on all cylinders.
Blake Parker, LAA +21.4% – Current Ownership = 26.5%
A locked in closer?! In Anaheim!? This must be a miracle! The Angels have been running a closer by committee in the bullpen for the majority of the past 2 months, with 4 different relievers getting closing opportunities in the month of August. But it looks like Parker has settled in as the go to man, accumulating 4 straight saves in the past week. Blake sports a 2.36 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 76 Ks and seems to be ready to rock as closer for the Angels. If you’re in need of some saves, grab Parker before it’s too late.
Welington Castillo, BAL +19.4% – Current Ownership = 51.9%
Over the course of the season, Castillo has been a fantastic contributor from the catcher’s position (.300/.339/.512) exploding for 18 homers, 48 RBIs, and 40 runs. The biggest problem is Wellington’s ability to actually stay in the lineup! He has been plagued with injuries this season, which has made him a bit of a risky fantasy play, but has been looking healthy and ready for action as of late. If you need a replacement for Gary Sanchez this week (3 game suspension), grab Welly.
Mike Montgomery, ChC +17.2% – Current Ownership = 34.0%
Mike Montgomery has been a weird case this season. Last year he was dominate, posting a 2.52 ERA, while this year he has a lackluster 3.38 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. 2 of his last 3 starts have been great but Mike will ultimately be used as a spot starter and electric option out of the bullpen. You can pick him up if you please, but I don’t see anything special here.
Yoenis Cespedes, NYM -25.6% – Current Ownership = 57.9%
My god the Mets are brutal, and now they’re free swinging big man is done for the rest of the season. If you still believe in Yo as a keeper then you can stash him on the DL for the rest of the season, but personally I think you can get something better in the early rounds of the draft. With his injury history, Cespedes is looking like a late round selection instead of a keeper option.
Adrian Beltre, TEX -20.8% – Current Ownership = 72.8%
Another golden oldie that is looking to finish the season on the DL. Beltre is a great fantasy player but will be worth nothing by seasons end. Drop him and look for more youthful players on the rise!
Michael Conforto, NYM -18.5% – Current Ownership = 39.7%
Another day, another Met injury. Conforto will be undergoing surgery to repair his left shoulder this week, and will need an additional 4-6 month before he is ready to resume baseball activities. This is a sad one for me. I believed Conforto was ready to take the next step into Fantasy stardom, this year he was batting .279 with 27 long balls, 68 RBIs and 72 runs scored. I would look into drafting Conforto decently early next season, given his rehab goes well and that he is going to be an everyday player.
Tyler Flowers, ATL -15.0% – Current Ownership = 12.9%
Oh look! Another player on the DL! I am starting to see a trend here. Flowers is dealing with some hand swelling and soreness but will look to only be on the shelf for a week or so. He has been a fantastic value find at the catcher position this year (.279, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs), and emerged as a great player down the stretch for the Braves.
Michael Fulmer, DET -14.3% – Current Ownership = 73.8%
After expecting to only miss a week or so, It now looks like Fulmer could be out for the remainder of the fantasy baseball season. He is supposed to go in for an examination on the 11th, which already eliminated him for round 1 of the play offs (and most likely round 2) so dropping him makes sense. Not much to say here. Grab a new youthful starter, maybe some Luke Weaver.
So there we have it! Add/Drops for Round 1 of the playoffs. I decided to add Welington Castillo, Robert Stephenson, C.J Cron and Jake Juris to my playoff roster, so hopefully your key add/drops work in your favor and you come out with a W in round 1.
Check back next week to see which players are making the rise in Round 2 of the playoffs!