With just 1.5 weeks left in the regular season, fantasy managers are done looking for Mr. Right and are instead focused on finding Mr. Right Now. Whether needing power, speed, strikeouts, or saves, here is a wide array of options who are available in more than half of Yahoo leagues.
Jared Walsh, LAA (1B, 37 percent rostered)
Walsh has been this month’s biggest surprise story, having come out of nowhere to produce seven homers and 18 RBIs across 13 games. And while I say he came out of nowhere from a Major League and fantasy perspective, there are reasons to believe that some of his success is sustainable, namely the ridiculous 1.109 OPS he logged in Triple-A last season. For those who need a powerful shot in the arm down the stretch, Walsh is the top option.
Bobby Dalbec, BOS (1B/3B, 22 percent)
Dalbec sits behind Walsh as the best power option among corner infielders this week. And Dalbec will be a better fit for some managers, due to his dual eligibility. The slugger has already gone deep six times in 54 at-bats, which is not surprising after he produced 27 homers in the Minors last year. Dalbec is unlikely to be a batting average asset, but his playing time is rock-solid and the homers will be there.
Jesus Aguilar, MIA (1B, 21 percent)
Marlins hitters are great options for those who are looking for volume in the final days, as the club has a pair of double-headers and zero days off. Aguilar is hitting a solid .278 and leads the teams in homers and RBIs.
Andres Gimenez, NYM (2B/3B/SS, 15 percent)
Gimenez has given everything that fantasy managers had expected from Amed Rosario. The youngster has usurped Rosario as the Mets primary shortstop, delivering a solid batting average (.276), seven steals, and 19 runs scored in 105 at-bats. Those who want late-season steals without having to roster a one-category contributor should give Gimenez a shot.
Alec Bohm, PHI, (3B, 37 percent)
I keep writing about Bohm, and y’all continue to leave him on the waiver wire. So, I’ll keep this simple. A notable prospect, he is hitting .317 with 20 RBIs and 18 runs scored in 123 at-bats. And his initial success has earned him a premium lineup spot in recent games. If you want a corner infielder with pure power, Walsh and Dalbec are your guys. If you are looking for a balanced profile, look no further than Bohm.
DJ Stewart, BAL (OF, 32 percent)
Stewart is the outfield version of Dalbec, a pure power source who may be a bit of a batting average drain. Unlike Dalbec, Stewart does not have a Minor League track record of elite power numbers. But the 26-year-old is swinging a hot bat right now (seven homers in September) and will play all his remaining games at hitter-friendly parks.
Tyler O’Neill, STL (OF, 2 percent)
Like Aguilar, O’Neill is a pure volume play. The Cards have two more doubleheaders and zero remaining off days, which should give O’Neill plenty of chances to compile counting stats. The career .236 hitter won’t help with batting average, but he has plus power and sneaky speed.
J.A. Happ, NYY (SP, 40 percent)
Happ has been solid in the ratios department (3.96 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) and has excellent win potential Saturday when he faces a Red Sox team that is struggling to field a competent pitching staff.
Deivi Garcia, NYY (SP, 47 percent)
Set to start against the Red Sox on Sunday, Garcia is an even better streaming option than Happ. The rookie has been terrific in his initial four Major League starts (3.28 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) and should help with ratios and whiffs en route to earning a win.
Cole Hamels, ATL (SP, 27 percent)
The rest of this space will be dedicated to two-start pitchers for the final week. Hamels is a bit of a desperation play, but he is on a quest to prove he should be in the postseason rotation and has a pair of favorable home starts (Marlins, Red Sox).
Jon Lester, CHC (38 percent)
Lester is similar to Hamels: A veteran who could pick up a win but is unlikely to help your ratios. The southpaw has a favorable early week matchup against the Pirates before finishing his season with a White Sox squad that may have already clinched a division title.
Brady Singer, KC (28 percent)
Among upcoming two-start hurlers who remain widely available, Singer is almost certainly the best option. The rookie has been on fire of late, throwing 14 shutout frames with a 16:3 K:BB ratio across his past two starts. And his final two outings are reasonable home matchups against the Cardinals and Tigers.
Tyler Anderson, SF (12 percent)
Anderson is the third straight member of this article who could help with wins and whiffs but likely not with ratios. The southpaw opens next week with a favorable home matchup against the Rockies before facing a Padres squad that may have nothing to play for by the weekend.
Josh Fleming, TB (15 percent)
A control artist who is backed by one of baseball’s best teams, Fleming should be a WHIP asset while racking up strikeouts and hopefully a win across two starts. He has reasonable matchups that include the Mets and Phillies.