Every Monday this season I’ll take a look at the players most added to Ottoneu rosters over the last week to see what I can glean from the hivemind of the community.
Ottoneu Top Adds Week 7
|Ottoneu Top Adds Week 7|
|Brandon Crawford SFG||SS||43.86%|
|Michael Fulmer DET||SP/RP||35.38%|
|Jesus Sanchez MIA (AAA)||OF||32.75%|
|Tyler Chatwood TOR||SP/RP||31.28%|
|Harrison Bader STL||OF||28.36%|
|William Contreras ATL||C||20.17%|
|Taylor Walls TBR||SS||16.09%|
|Kris Bubic KCR||SP||14.92%|
|Rich Hill TBR||SP||12.86%|
|Nick Pivetta BOS||SP/RP||12.57%|
Either the 3rd (.475 wOBA) or 4th best (.205 wRC+) hitter in May. Unexpected from a veteran, defense first SS. But he has increased his HardHit% and launch angle leading to career best Barrel% each of the last 2 seasons. Should be rostered at least until he cools off.
4 saves this month, so grab him if he’s still available in your 5x5. Failed starter due to recent spate of injuries. Even with a return to his early career velocity (95.7 mph) I don’t totally trust him enough to recommend in points leagues.
Last week I told you word was Sanchez had lots of power, but questionable plate skills and told you to “Do with that what you will.” Well he kept raking (13 XBH, 4 BB in 16 games) and you kept adding him. The Marlins are somehow just 2 games back in the NL East. Why isn’t he up yet?
Another returner to the list from last week. Was touched up Sunday (4 ER on 2 H and 2 BB), but still hasn’t given up a homer. That combined with his 34.8% K% should offset his 10.1% BB% and keep him in high-end middle reliever territory.
Run it back again. Since he was last week’s top add he has just one hit and two walks. Baseball is hard. His 14.6% BB% rate is still encouraging (career 28.1%) and is playing everyday in CF. But who the heck knows what he does with that playing time.
A returner from 2 weeks ago. Initially garnered interest because of Travis d’Arnaud’s injury. He’s back because he’s playing well so far (.354 wOBA, 122 wRC+). If his K% remains above 30% he’ll be streaky going forward, but if you need a catcher, sure, why not?
Called up after Willy Adames was traded to the Brewers. Certainly not Wander Franco. Regarded as a defense first SS. Solid OBP (.369) in the minors and 66 SBs in 276 games, but he was also caught stealing 33 times. Not seeing the appeal here, personally.
Made his debut last year and it wasn’t a total disaster (4.32 ERA) despite a 12.9% BB% and giving up 8 homers in just 50 innings. Has been fine so far in about half the innings, but he’s another soft tossing lefty. Not for me.
Over his last 5 starts, Dick Mountain has a 29.5% K% and has given up just 2 HRs. Just remember he’s 41 and often injured, blisters are a regular issue for him. Don’t invest heavily, but for now the Rays seem to have found the secret formula to make him into an effective starter.
The bane of many fantasy baseball managers. The same ball that’s driving his renewed 95 mph velocity, I think is also suppressing the number of home runs he has allowed. I also think that will change as temperatures continue to rise. Avoid.
Ottoneu Top Cuts Week 7
I’ve started analyzing some of the top cuts as well. I’m going to be more selective with these players as many are on the list for obvious reasons, mostly injury related.
|Ottoneu Top Cuts Week 7|
|Aaron Hicks NYY 10IL||OF||-29.24%|
|Andres Gimenez CLE (AAA)||2B/SS/3B||-14.03%|
|James McCann NYM||C||-12.28%|
|Keone Kela SDP 60IL||RP||-9.94%|
|Asdrúbal Cabrera ARI 10IL||1B/2B/3B||-9.35%|
|Tommy La Stella SFG 60IL||1B/2B/3B||-9.06%|
|Jakob Junis KCR||SP/RP||-8.19%|
|Tyler Duffey MIN||RP||-7.60%|
|Steven Matz TOR||SP||-7.31%|
|Didi Gregorius PHI 10IL||SS||-6.73%|
I’ve never understood the hype and don’t know why he’s still rostered in nearly 50% of leagues. A defense first SS with a career .760 OPS in the minors. Sure he stole 93 bases, but he was also caught stealing 47 times. Cut him already.
Many fantasy managers avoid players who just signed with a new team. I imagine for a catcher, learning the pitchers’ game plans and getting familiar with them takes precedence. 44.6% HardHit% is still very good. Worth putting on your watchlist for later in the year.
Worth an add to your watchlist, much like I told you Tommy La Stella was a few weeks ago (and still is). Both players are eligible at multiple infield positions which could be hugely valuable later in the year when you’re trying to hit your games played caps.
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