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2014 MLB Fantasy Fixer-Uppers Week 5
Well, well, well. We're a month into the season already. Where did the time go? More importantly, how is your team doing? Are your title hopes dashed already? Did your big stars come crashing down to Earth? Did your sleeper picks not work out? Maybe you are on the other side of the spectrum and sit atop your league laughing at those below you. Either way odds are you can use some advice on some players to add. Maybe these players can help you climb up your league's leaderboard. Maybe they help you stay one step ahead of the rest. Whatever they do, no need to thank me. And if they don't? Well, no need to ridicule me either. Please?
Nate Eovaldi, SP, Miami Marlins (69% owned ESPN leagues)
If you were wondering if there was a Marlins starting pitcher you should own that isn't named Jose Fernandez the early answer is yes. Eovaldi didn't get the win in his most recent outing but he did strike out a career high 10 batters against only one walk. He hasn't given up more than four runs in any of his seven starts this year and has only walked more than one batter in a game once. He walked two that day. Miami boasts the league's best home record so if anything he is at least worth streaming for home starts. I picked him up the other day and I'm recommending you do too.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox (53% owned)
When Avisail Garcia went down Viciedo found himself starting every day. The move didn't seem like much at the time but Viciedo seems to have found his hitting stroke. The homers aren't there at the moment as he has just two long balls but the eleven doubles are encouraging. The power should return and if he keeps his batting average up over .280 that is an added bonus. Viciedo was supposed to amount to great things. Maybe this is the season he breaks through.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (46% owned)
Back in his Cardinal days Rasmus never quite lived up to his potential. In fact, you heard more about his dad going off on how former manager Tony LaRussa (a Hall of Famer) didn't use his son right. Well, those days are long gone and Rasmus is quietly playing well north of the border. He has a modest six-game hitting streak going on and has homered and driven in multiple runs in four of those six games. Of all the talent on the Jays Rasmus is easily the most overlooked. He can be had in more than half of ESPN leagues and all you have to do is drop that utility guy you never put in your starting lineup. That's it. Really.
Casey McGehee, 1B, Miami Marlins (26% owned)
You may have hard the story of Casey at the bat. That has nothing to do with McGehee but you should listen to what he has to offer anyway. Miami brought McGehee back to the states this year and so far it has looked like a smart move. The Marlins cleanup hitter is batting over .300 and has already driven in 21 runs which is just outside the top 10 in the National League. He has yet to knock one over the fences but Casey is proving he is worth at least a bench spot on most fantasy rosters. You could do much worse when your regular first baseman has an off day.
Derek Norris, C, Oakland A's (2% owned)
I was stunned to see that Norris is owned in only two percent of leagues. How can this be? He is only slashing .371/.466./.548. For comparison's sake Albert Pujols clocks in at .296/.364/.600. Norris' bat has him entrenched as the A's starter and the catcher will even steal some bases for you as he is 10-for-11 in his career. With the weak performances coming from the backstop position this year you would be wise to pick up Norris. Odds are he is there on the waiver wire in your league ripe for the plucking.