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Impact Report: Week 26

by Seth Trachtman
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

They say fantasy baseball leagues are won in-season. If you actually believe that’s the case and your league uses free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) for weekly pickups, then this weekly article is for you.

 

Even if your league uses another free agent system like waivers or first-come, first-served, hopefully you can use the tips and analysis for guidance to help win your fantasy baseball league this season.

 

The difficulty in writing this article is catering to as many types of leagues as possible. Rotoworld Season Pass readers play in everything from 8-team mixed leagues to 20-team AL- and NL-only leagues. With that being the case, I’ve included headings and notes that will hopefully help you browse quickly to the players that are most pertinent to your league.

 

Note the that “Helpful for” and “Worth Breaking the Bank Tags” have been eliminated now that we have two weeks left. If you have any FAAB left, it’s now or never to spend it!

 

Overall, keep in mind these recommendations are for 5x5 leagues with standard rosters (14 hitters and 9 pitchers).

 

Just remember, I’m here to help you. If you have a suggestion about the format early this season, please don’t hesitate to email me or Tweet @sethroto.

 

As always, we’re looking at players who have gained value within the last seven days.  This is the final article of the season, and with few call-ups, we’re looking at several streaming starters.

 

 

Mixed League Players

 

Manuel Margot, OF, Padres

 

The clear center fielder of the future for the Padres, Margot was called up this week and has started two games near the top of the batting order. He had a great year at hitter-friendly Triple-A El Paso, hitting .304-6-55 with 30 steals at age 21. He’s obviously a great keeper prospect, and the speed could be attractive for a one-week run.

Helpful for: All leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? Yes, Margot is very worthy in the final week if you need steals or runs. He’s also a no-brainer pick up if he’s somehow still available in a keeper league.

 

 

Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres

 

Like Margot, Renfroe had a great year at Triple-A El Paso and was called up this week. Considered an elite prospect before this season, his performance has finally matched the hype this year. He’s hit .306-30-105 in 133 games at age 24. Renfroe isn’t the most patient hitter, walking only 22 times in 563 plate appearances this season, but his batting average is the best of his pro career. He should see semi-regular at-bats over the last week as he readies to compete for a starting job in 2017.

Helpful for: All leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? The power is intriguing in keeper leagues, and he’s likely the best player available. Obviously, he’s also a great keeper pick up.

 

 

AL-only Players

 

Luis Severino, SP, Yankees

 

Severino is getting at least one start this week with Masahiro Tanaka suffering a forearm injury. It’s been a very disappointing year for Severino, who looked like an ace down the stretch last season. However, he’s looked good in relief with only one earned run allowed in 23.1 innings. Fantasy owners hope he can carry over that success in his start on Monday at Toronto.

Helpful for: AL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? Given his 8.58 ERA in nine starts this season, Severino is a major risk but has upside if you’re desperate for a start over the last week.

 

 

NL-only Players

 

Taylor Jungmann, SP, Brewers

 

Jungmann has gone through a very disappointing season after posting a 3.77 ERA in 21 starts last season, but he’s getting a late look in the rotation. He was effectively wild on Sunday, allowing two runs in four innings, and is scheduled for one more start this week at Colorado. It’s obviously not an optimal destination, but could be worthwhile for a last-ditch effort at a win.

Helpful for: NL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? Definitely not, with one start at Coors Field, but the one potential win could make the difference in some leagues.

 

 

German Marquez, SP, Rockies

 

One of Colorado’s top pitching prospects, Marquez had a good year between Double- and Triple-A with a 3.13 ERA in 26 starts. He’s shown great control in the minors, with a 2.1 BB/9 this season and a 1.9 BB/9 last season. The control could help him play in Coors Field, though he’s still a bit of a long shot to make the rotation out of spring training, 2017, with only five Triple-A starts under his belt. He has pitched well in four major league appearances, albeit with mediocre control. He’s scheduled for potentially two starts this week, at San Francisco and vs. Milwaukee.

Helpful for: NL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? Marquez doesn’t have elite stuff, but he is a strong prospect. With potentially two starts, he’s worthy of a healthy bid if you need wins.