We are getting into the dog days of summer and it’s going to be harder to find quality players to help your fantasy team. Here are players you should be adding right now regardless of your league size.
Brandon Nimmo, Outfield, New York Mets-
The former first-round pick of the New York Mets is finally starting to get his time to shine at the big-league level.
According to Fangraphs, Nimmo has a 44 percent hard-hit rate (his career average is at 37 percent). This is showing that he is improving his swing and when he makes contact, he is hitting it hard. He also has an excellent walk rate at 15 percent (league average is around eight).
His .421 OBP is well above average and that will allow for him to steal bases and score runs. Over the last two weeks, he has hit five home runs and stole four bases. There aren’t many players in baseball who have his power and speed combo which makes him an add in every league.
Nick Senzel, Infield, Cincinnati Reds
If I had to pick one hitter who is in the minors that could have an impact on fantasy teams for the rest of the season, it would be Nick Senzel. He is playing all over the infield in Triple-A which will help him get the call-up quickly and should be here before the All-Star break.
He will hit for a good average, provide power and speed. The Reds need all the help they can get and Senzel should be the next big rookie phenom for fantasy purposes. Add him now before it’s too late.
Joe Musgrove, Starting Pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates
Every week it seems harder to find starting pitching in deeper leagues (12 teams or more). Joe Musgrove has been dealing with injuries his whole career but seems to finally be healthy now. In his first two starts of the season, he has been lights out.
He’s pitched 14 innings, allowed one earned run and has struck out 12. He’s worth the add and if he continues to stay healthy, Musgrove can be a top 40 starting pitcher for the rest of the season.
Kyle Barraclough, Closer, Miami Marlins
It only took the Miami Marlins 10 weeks into the season to figure out who their best relief pitcher was and to make him the closer. Kyle Barraclough has pitched 25 innings on the season and he has 27 strikeouts.
He’s on a bad team but even if he only gets you 15-20 saves for the rest of the season, his other stats will help you out. His 1.42 ERA is elite and his strikeout numbers will help. There aren’t many good reliable closer options on the free agent list but Barraclough is the guy I would pick up.
Vince Velasquez, Starting Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
Vince Velasquez is the type of pitcher who could finish inside the top 20 for pitchers and help you win your league. Over the last 30 days, he has been electric. In his last 33 innings pitched he has 45 strikeouts to go along with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He’s available in over 67 percent of ESPN leagues and should be added if he’s available in your league. It’s hard to ignore a pitcher who is striking out 30 percent of the batters he is facing on the year.