Last Minute Fantasy Moves Before the End of the Season

Aug 24, 2017

Byron Buxton
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With the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season fast approaching, fantasy baseball fans are trying to make moves that can help them win their leagues. With teams that have big division leads contemplating resting players for the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how people respond to baseball betting odds for the rest of the regular season. In any case, there is still plenty of time to pick up the right player to help you win your fantasy league.

 

Thanks to their struggles either at the beginning of the season or at the midway point, there are some players that wouldn’t be available this late in the season if everything was equal, that are still available and can make a significant difference on your team.

 

There are also players that you have probably kept on your roster for way too long and need to get rid of for more productive players.

 

Here are some players that should be on your roster right now.

 

Trevor Bauer, Pitcher, Cleveland Indians

 

Bauer had a very slow start to the season and was a disappointment to those who picked him early, which is one of the reasons he is likely still available in most leagues. For the season, he has a 4.50 ERA to go with a 12-8 record.

 

However, Bauer has been playing very well lately, and has a 1.51 ERA since late July and has 38 strikeouts in his last 35 2/3 innings. Even though he still gives up a lot of hits, Bauer is one of the hottest pitchers in the league right now and it would be a good idea to add him to your roster and ride the streak out.

 

Dinelson Lamet, Pitcher, San Diego Padres

 

Like Bauer, Lamet has overcome a poor start to the season and has become one of the hottest pitchers in the league. For the season, Lamet has a 4.84 ERA and a 7-5 record, but since the All-Star break, he has gone 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. The fact that he is doing this with the Padres makes it more impressive.

 

Byron Buxton, Outfielder, Minnesota

 

Nelson too had a slow start to the season but has since picked things up. Since July, Buxton has been hitting .356 and has eight stolen bases as well.

 

Cory Spangenberg, Utility, San Diego Padres

 

For the season, Spangenberg has a .278 batting average, 12 HRs and eight SBs. But he has also been hitting.300 since July, and can fill in for at least three positions on your roster, which makes him a very smart pickup.

 

Players to Sit or Drop

 

Trevor Rosenthal, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Rosenthal was providing quality fantasy points as a closer for the Cards, but an injury just likely ended his 2017 season, so there’s no reason to keep him on your roster.

 

Gregory Polanco, Outfielder, Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Fans had big expectations from Polanco this season, but a slow start to the season quickly tempered the expectations. In the past month, he hit .175, and is heading to the disabled list with an injury making it the right time to part with one of the most disappointing fantasy players of the year.

 

Dustin Pedroia, Second Base, Boston Red Sox

 

Pedroia, decline continued this season and the former AL MVP continues to deal with injuries, which have affected his power and speed.

 

Brent Suter, Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers

 

Suter was hot in July, posting a 1.50 ERA in five starts. However, things haven’t gone as well for him recently and he had an 8.16 ERA in three August starts.

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