In addition to Monday's nine featured Pickups of the Week, Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert Brandon Funston offered a Friday update on five hitters on the rise that weren't profiled in Monday's POW. And also 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.
Reliever back in the closing saddle with Street sidelined
Dale Thayer (RP) San Diego Padres
With Huston Street out possibly through August, Thayer, and not Luke Gregerson, is the end-game option for the Pads. His previous ninth-inning stint was rocky at times, but for those chasing points in saves, any closer, no matter how Borowski-like, is worth riding. His first reappearance August 13 in Atlanta was a rousing success. An additional 4-6 saves are possible over the next couple weeks.
Masterpiece versus Boston latest in long line of quality starts
Zach McAllister (SP) Cleveland Indians
At 6-foot-6, 260-pounds, McAllister is an intimidating presence on the mound. But unlike other mound monsters (*cough* Chris Volstad) his stuff should also be feared. Brilliant against fading Boston on August 11 (8 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, W), the righty deserves more attention. Including his turn against the Sawks, he's yielded four earned or more in a start only once since mid-May. Considering his strong peripherals and above average K contributions (7.96 K/9), he's well-worth a rest-of-season roster spot in mixers.
L14 rank 301
Surprisingly, Trevor Bauer isn't the hottest young arm in the desert
Patrick Corbin (P) Arizona Diamondbacks
Everyone believed Bauer or Tyler Skaggs would be the rookie pitcher lighting it up in Arizona, but, surprisingly, Corbin is the one turning heads. Recalled August 1, he's allowed a mere four runs in three starts (19 IP), totaling 19 strikeouts and two wins. His pinpoint command and fantastic ground-ball rate (47.4 GB%) arrow to continued success. Add. Reap. Win.
Former standout ready to retake hill after prolonged layoff
Jaime Garcia (SP) St. Louis Cardinals
Sidelined since June 5 with a shoulder injury, the once revered fantasy producer toes the rubber again Sunday versus Pittsburgh. Because of the nature of the setback, many remain hesitant about the southpaw, but his lengthy rehab was relatively smooth, lending hope for a rebound. He is a risk-reward plug-in versus the Pirates, but deserves strong consideration in 12-team-plus mixers moving forward.
L14 rank --
Rookie continues to sizzle on the South Side
Jose Quintana (SP) Chicago White Sox
Though long gone in highly competitive leagues, Quintana remains widely available in shallow formats. Speaking to those folks, he's more than just a streamer. Yes, his 4.90 K/9 is very unexciting, but his excellent command and sparkling ground-ball rate are quite laudable. There's still room left on the bandwagon.
"L14 rank" denotes the ranking of the player in the Yahoo! fantasy baseball game for the past 14 days.