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MLB Fantasy Fixer-Uppers August 27th
Still reading a fantasy baseball column? I suppose your team must either be a lock for the playoffs or maybe you are already in them. Either way there isn't much time left. Each play makes a difference. The guy on your bench that homers? Well, it hurts a little more come playoff time. Your ace pitcher gets shelled? Can't have that in the playoffs. It's win or go home time. Whethere you cruised to the top seed or barely eked in at the end anything can happen in the playoffs. By now the waiver wires are pretty bare. But let's hold out hope that some of the bottom feeders in the league have stopped paying attention and haven't added anyone recently. Yeah, let's go with that. And with that, we head to the list.
Zack Wheeler, SP, New York Mets (70% owned standard ESPN leagues)
Zack has been wheeling and dealing on the mound for the lowly Mets of late recording a W in five of his last seven decisions. He has put up modest strikeout totals during his timein the bigs and should be good for five or so a start. He also showed what he can do in an outing against the San Diego Padres in which he fanned a dozen. Matt Harvey may be getting all the attention in Queens but Wheeler is nothing to sneeze at. The big piece in the trade that send Carlos Beltran to San Francisco a few years ago is the real deal. He may not be able to summon Captain Planet on his own, but Wheeler can certainly provide solid numbers for your team during the playoffs.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (60% owned)
The acquisition of Nolasco kind of went under the radar but if he keeps pitching like this he won't be a secret for much longer. Ricky has been livin la vida loca in LA winning five of his six decisions to go along with a sparkling 2.53 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. There isn't a team in baseball that is hotter than the Dodgers lately and that bodes well for Nolasco. Available in nearly half of the leagues out there (sadly, not mine) he is absolutely worth the roster spot. Drop that extra bench bat. It's Ricky time.
Emilio Bonifacio, OF.2B, Kansas City Royals (47% owned)
At one time in his career Bonifacio looked like he would be an above average player with speed to kill on the basepaths. That never really materialized and when he went to Toronto his value hit rock bottom. Enter Kansas City. They acquired him a few weeks ago and he has been seeing regular playing time since. He has been hitting better (roughly .260) but that isn't the reason to add him. His speed is one again an asset. Frozen for most of the year in Toronto the Mighty Duck man himself is burning things up in KC with eight stolen bases in his last dozen games. Speed kills and it is a category Bonifacio can certainly help most teams out with. The dual eligibility is also nice.
Bartolo Colon, SP, Oakland A's (44% owned)
Colon was largely ineffective in his last two starts giving up 10 runs in just six and two thirds innings before landing on the disabled list. That caused many owners to drop him. Well, Colon is slated to return from the DL Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. While that matchup is not ideal it may be worth picking him up for the stretch run. If Colon can pitch like he did most of this season it will be like adding an ace for the price of a simple click on the waiver wire. It doesn't get much better than that.
Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals (19% owned)
The fireballer out of the Cardinals bullpen would be a welcome addition to most teams. While he has a shot at collecting some saves while Edward Mujica is hobbled Rosie just plain brings it. The kid is sporting a phenomenal 12.6 K/9 and a 1.19 WHIP in 60 plus innings this year. Both of those categories sometimes go unloved in fantasy which is a huge mistake. Middle relievers can help provide the stability needed to win those pitching categories. It's the playoffs. Take what you can get. And if Rosenthal is available, well, take him. And enjoy.