Kendall Graveman
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Kendall Graveman, Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants
Graveman is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Giants are hitting .246 and are averaging 3.97 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 94 starts, 31-26, 527.1 IP, 387 Ks, 4.35 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (537 hits, 186 walks)

Jhoulys Chacin
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Having ace pitchers is very important to your success in fantasy baseball, which is why the top pitchers always go early in the draft. At this point in the season, finding an ace is almost impossible, but it can still be done. If you enjoy betting on baseball and fantasy sports, check out the MLB odds that affect fantasy baseball.

 

One thing you have to understand at this point of the season is the fact that you won’t be picking up the likes of Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, or any other big name pitchers unless they suffer season ending injuries.

 

Even though you can’t sign the guys mentioned above, you can still sign some really good pitchers that are often overlooked because they are on terrible teams.

 

One of those pitchers is San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin was available in many fantasy leagues earlier in the season because he struggled a lot. In his first 12 starts of the year, Chacin was 4-5 with a 5.65 ERA. Opponents were also hitting .277 against him at the time.

 

Since his horrible start, Chacin has turned things around and is currently one of the hottest pitchers in the league. In July, Chacin was 4-0 in five starts with a 2.51 ERA. Opponents were hitting .207 against him as well.

 

In his last nine starts, Chacin is 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA. While his numbers improved as the season went on, he is still not a very reliable pitcher on the road, but his numbers on the road have also improved as well. Chacin hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last four road starts.

 

The best part about picking up Chacin right now is he is approaching the months in which he has historically been at his best.

 

In 28 career appearances in August, Chacin is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA. In September, he is 8-10 with a 3.37 ERA.

 

The interesting thing about Chacin is he is currently owned in only 28 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues, which means he is probably available right now.

 

While he isn’t expected to be your top pitcher, he will get you a lot of points and help you win games because he is pitching really well right now. If you can get past the fact that he pitches for the Padres, you will have a valuable asset on your team.

 

Here are a few other pitchers that can help you out.

 

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Corbin is 4-3 in his last nine starts, and while that might not jump out at you, you have to consider the fact that he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those games. Additionally, Corbin is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA since the All Star break and has pitched very well at Chase Field this season with a 6-3 record and a 3.14 ERA.

 

Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds

 

Castillo is 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA, which aren’t impressive numbers. However, the rookie is striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings and leaving 81 percent of batters stranded on base.

 

James Paxton, Seattle Mariners

 

Paxton was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in June, but he rebounded nicely in July, going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

Ricky Nolasco Angels
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Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Angels vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Nolasco is 4-12 with a 5.07 ERA, but has been rock solid in two of his last three home starts. The Phillies are hitting .248 and are averaging 4.09 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 93 starts, 30-26, 521.1 IP, 382 Ks, 4.38 ERA (254 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (531 hits, 184 walks)

Dinelson Lamet
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Dinelson Lamet, San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Lamet is 2-2 in his past six starts with a 4.54 in his past six starts, including 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two home starts. He’s 2-1 at home this year with a 4.30 ERA. Pittsburgh is hitting .248 and averaging 4.26 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 91 starts, 29-26, 510 IP, 371 Ks, 4.41 ERA (250 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (525 hits, 177 walks)

Chad Kuhl
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Chad Kuhl, Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres
Kuhl is 3-7 with a 4.92 ERA, but is 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA in road starts. He’s 1-1 in his last five starts with a 3.25 ERA. He was 3-1 with a 2.72 road ERA last year. San Diego is hitting .236 and averaging 3.81.
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Season Totals: 90 starts, 29-25, 507 IP, 369 Ks, 4.38 ERA (247 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (520 hits, 173 walks)

Chris Flexen
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Chris Flexen, New York Mets at San Diego Padres
Flexen will make his MLB debut at PETCO. He’s 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 48.2 innings for Double-A Binghamton. The Padres are hitting .235 and are averaging 3.79 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 89 starts, 29-25, 501 IP, 367 Ks, 4.42 ERA (246 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (515 hits, 170 walks)

Rafael Devers
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This late into the season, it is difficult to get good fantasy players because the best players have already been taken and have likely been helping your opponents defeat your team. Despite all the big names being gone, there are still good value players to take this late in the season, thanks to the late season call-ups. If you are interested in betting on the second half of the season, check out the latest MLB lines for the rest of the season.

 

The one thing about players in the minor leagues is that it sometimes doesn’t matter how well they play in the league. Some players have dominated their peers in the minor leagues but ended up being busts when they get the call to join the majors. While some don’t look like they will do much in the majors and have gone on to have storied careers.

 

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is a great example. In the minors, he was a towering figure and did very well. In August, the Yankees called him up but he failed to impress in the big leagues. This year, after learning from his experience last season, Judge is one of the best young players in the game, leading his team in homeruns, RBIs, and batting average.

 

The Boston Red Sox are hoping for similar success to what their rivals got from Judge. The Red Sox called up third baseman Rafael Devers, who is expected to make his big league debut on Tuesday. While there is no such thing as a sure thing, Devers is apparently as close as it gets.

 

Devers has been one of the top hitters in the minor leagues this year, and is hitting .305 with 20 homeruns in 85 games. Devers, who is 20-years-old, is also one of the youngest players in the minors.

 

Scott White’s midseason prospect rankings has Devers as the second best prospect, but he actually ended up beating Amed Rosario, the number one ranked prospect to the majors.

 

Devers always had a sweet swing, but a few years ago, he didn’t have much power. Now, he’s power has improved and he has become the type of prospect fantasy owners go after because he could end up being the next Aaron Judge.

 

With Devers making his big league debut on Tuesday, watch for fantasy owners to scramble to get him before others do because players like Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez have made big splashes recently and have given their fantasy owners plenty of points without costing them much.

 

Will Devers live up to the lofty expectations? It’s honestly way too early to tell. He will likely go through growing pains like most players that get the call up for the first time, but once he has settled into a groove, he could be the next great Red Sox player.

 

The good news for Devers is he doesn’t have to worry about playing time. The Red Sox released Pablo Sandoval a few weeks ago, and need someone to fill the void at third base. If Devers can prove he belongs in the big leagues, expect him to man third base for the Red Sox for quite some time.

Trevor Williams
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Trevor Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants
Williams is 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA, but is 1-1 in his last seven starts with a 4.28 ERA. He has a 3.00 ERA against the Giants, who are batting .244 and are averaging 3.9 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 88 starts, 28-25, 495 IP, 366 Ks, 4.42 ERA (243 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (507 hits, 170 walks)

Seth Lugo
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Seth Lugo, New York Mets at San Diego Padres
Lugo is 4-2 with a 4.05 ERA this year after going 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA last year. San Diego is hitting .235 and averaging 3.78 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 88 starts, 28-25, 495 IP, 366 Ks, 4.42 ERA (243 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (507 hits, 170 walks)

Matt Moore
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Matt Moore, San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres
Moore has struggled this year, but he has a 4.20 home ERA. Plus the Padres are hitting .232 and averaging 3.68 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 86 starts, 28-25, 485.1 IP, 358 Ks, 4.34 ERA (234 earned runs), 1.36 WHIP (493 hits, 166 walks)


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