In addition to Monday's nine featured Pickups of the Week, Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert Brandon Funston offered a Wednesday update on five hitters on the rise that weren't profiled in Monday's POW. And on Friday, Brad Evans goes through the same drill for pitchers. The same criteria applies - players must be available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues.
Brittish invasion underway in AL East
Zach Britton (SP) Baltimore Orioles
The post-hype sleeper label fits the youngster. Hyped last year, he failed to measure up to expectations. But a year older and a year wiser, he's leaned heavily on his slider, drawing more weak contact while missing more bats. Over his four-game win streak, he's surrendered only three runs while punching out 29 in 28.2 innings. If he controls the Yankees Sunday, the sky's the limit. If still available, grab him.
- Y! %18%
- L14 rank8
Yet another A's pitcher bumping by the Bay
A.J. Griffin (SP) Oakland A's
Many owners will focus on Griffin's .217 BABIP and 3.91 xFIP, but he continues to defy the odds. Stellar against Boston in his last turn, he went seven strong, yielding just one run with five strikeouts. A control freak (1.74 BB/9), he's worth an immediate add in 12-team mixers. The A's' remaining schedule is daunting, but he has the stuff to minimize the damage.
- Y! %19%
- L14 rank 107
Former reliable Rockies SP3 back in the saddle
Jhoulys Chacin (SP) Colorado Rockies
Toiling away in the minors for much of the season, Chacin has stormed back with a vengeance since earning a promotion August 21. In his past four rubber taps, he's surrendered just five runs in 21 innings pitched. Instead of trying to blow hitters away, he's pitched to contact, which has helped limit free passes and has kept the ball in the park. Wins may be few and far between, but he's definitely an acquirable commodity in 12-team and deeper mixers.
- Y! %23%
- L14 rank198
San Diego a factory for quality starters/starts
Andrew Werner (SP) San Diego Padres
The southpaw, who was torched at Triple-A prior to his promotion (5.79 ERA), has been a pleasant surprise in San Diego. Against rigid competition (PIT, ATL, LAD), he tallied three consecutive quality starts, striking out 17 over 18 innings. His favorable ground-ball rate, plus command and 3.53 xFIP indicate he's no fluke. Add that to his friendly pitching environment and he's one to work into the stream schedule.
- Y! %1%
- L14 rank 203
Converted closer brilliant in first start
Hector Santiago (SP, RP) Chicago White Sox
The screwball specialist, briefly coveted in a closing role early in the season, has suddenly morphed into an interesting starter. In his first turn against Minnesota, he allowed just one earned over five innings, striking out six. Matched against KC Friday, he could solidify his standing in the rotation with another standout outing. Given his flexibility and strikeout potential (9.66 K/9), he's a hurler worth auditioning in deeper leagues.
- Y! %4%
- L14 rank159
"L14 rank" denotes the ranking of the player in the Yahoo! fantasy baseball game for the past 14 days.