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Impact Report: Week 7

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.

 

The two notes are “Helpful for” and “Worth Breaking the Bank?” Definitions:

 

Helpful For: The minimum league size where the player is better than a typical replacement-level player. For example, “12-team leagues” in the Mixed League Players section indicates the player can help in a 12-team mixed league or larger.

 

Worth Breaking the Bank?  Is this player worth a significant portion of your FAAB budget or a high waiver priority? Since I don’t know what positions and categories you need or your FAAB budget after this week, it’s difficult to be more specific. However, I will try to provide some guidance, if possible.

 

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.

 

This week we’re looking at players who have gained value within the last seven days.

 

 

Mixed League Players

 

Yonder Alonso, 1B, Athletics

 

Alonso isn’t a mystery to anyone, and has likely been dropped by any fantasy owners who drafted him at the beginning of the year. With mediocre power (33 career home runs in 1,734 at-bats), there simply isn’t much upside in fantasy leagues. That could change if the A’s install him second in the batting order like they did on Saturday. He’s hit seventh and eighth in the batting order this year, but a recent eight-game hitting streak and Mark Canha’s major hip injury make Alonso a more intriguing option for Oakland. A career .270 hitter, mostly in pitcher’s parks, Alonso is hitting .315 this month through Saturday and even getting looks vs. lefties with Canha out. He’s certainly not a game changer, but Alonso could be of help if he continues to hit No. 2 vs. right-handers.

Helpful for: 14-team and larger mixed leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? No, there’s limited upside with his lack of power.

 

 

Sam Dyson, RP, Rangers

 

Texas closer Shawn Tolleson’s ERA is above 7.00 after blowing his third save on Saturday. It’s his second blown save this month. Dyson, on the other hand, recorded his first save of the year on Wednesday and has been terrific this season, with a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings. Dyson is far from a prototypical closer with a sub-8.0 K/9 for his career, but he also has a career 2.80 GO/FO ratio. The Rangers could make a move soon if Tolleson continues to struggle.

Helpful for: All leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? He’s not officially a closer yet, but Dyson is still worth a significant investment if you’re in a position to speculate for saves.

 

 

Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Rays

 

Logan Forsythe will miss at least one month with a shoulder injury, leaving second base open in Tampa. The Rays have also used Tim Beckham at second base since Forsythe was injured early this week, but Pearce has drawn three starts at the position in four games. It certainly looks like he will play regularly between first base and second base with Forsythe sidelined, and the returns this month have been terrific with four homers. While Pearce’s batting average slid to .218 last season, he still hit 15 home runs in 294 at-bats. Given how poorly Logan Morrison has played this season, Pearce was already seeing more playing time at first base, and Forsythe’s injury is one more sign Pearce will play regularly. There should be some doubt the career .249 hitter can be an all-around help, but he does have 41 homers in 705 at-bats since the start of 2014.

Helpful for: All leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? Possibly. With Pearce likely gaining second base eligibility soon, if he doesn’t have it already, the power could be a huge asset if you need it.

 

 

AL-only Players

 

Tim Beckham, 2B/SS, Rays

 

As mentioned previously, Beckham is splitting time at second base with Steve Pearce while Logan Forsythe is out. Pearce has the more intriguing offensive skillset, but Beckham is no slouch. He hit nine home runs and 37 RBI in only 203 at-bats last season, and was also a career .268 hitter in the minors with as many as 22 steals in a season. The minor league numbers actually show somewhat limited power, capped off by 12 homers in a season in 2011. Still, Beckham is superior defensively at second base to Pearce and should at least draw 2-3 starts per week while Forsythe is out.

Helpful for: 12-team AL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? No, Beckham’s upside and playing time is limited.

 

 

Jhoulys Chacin, SP, Angels

 

Desperate for pitching, the Angels acquired Chacin from the Braves earlier this week. Chacin went on to allow only two runs in seven innings in his first start with the Angels on Saturday. Through six starts this year, Chacin has a 4.81 ERA but also has 31 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. He was an ace for the Rockies once upon a time, and is showing a slight rebound in his fastball velocity this year. Perhaps more importantly, Chacin’s groundball rate is also starting to bounce back, and he has a GO/FO of 2.40 this season. Believe it or not, there are definitely signs to like here.

Helpful for: 12-team AL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? No, but the peripherals, velocity, and groundball rate make him an interesting addition.

 

 

Gregorio Petit, 2B, Angels

 

The Angels shortstop situation is a mess, to say the least, with Andrelton Simmons out 6-8 weeks and Cliff Pennington now also on the DL with a hamstring injury. The team traded for Brendan Ryan this week, but Petit played on Friday and started Saturday’s game. It looks like both shortstops will get a look. Ryan is superior defensively, while Petit has more offensive upside, hitting .327 at Triple-A prior to his call-up. A journeyman minor league veteran, Petit is just a .270 career minor league hitter and has hit .258 in 198 major league at-bats going all the way back to 2008.

Helpful for: 12-team AL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? No, you’re paying for at-bats. Petit has limited upside, and will be replaced in a few weeks when Pennington returns.

 

 

NL-only Leagues

 

Gordon Beckham, 3B/2B, Braves

 

Activated from the DL earlier this week, Beckham is now Atlanta’s regular third baseman. We’ve seen more than enough from this former top prospect to not expect much, though he is capable of double-digit home runs based on his track record. Beckham doesn’t have a future in Atlanta, but it looks like he will play regularly as long as the Braves aren’t confident in Adonis Garcia’s defense.

Helpful for: 12-team NL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? No, Beckham has some pop but it’s very limited.

 

 

Tommy Joseph, 1B, Phillies

 

Joseph was called up this week to replace Darin Ruf on Philadelphia’s roster, which means he will platoon with Ryan Howard at the very least. He’s a good story as a former top catching prospect who is finally finding health and success this season with the shift to first base. Still only 24, Joseph was hitting .347-6-17 in 95 at-bats at Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to his call up, and hit as many as 22 home runs in the low minors. There is reason to be skeptical of Joseph’s results based on last year’s numbers (.193-3-18 in 166 at-bats at Triple-A), but the Phillies probably wouldn’t hesitate to ride his bat if he can out-hit Howard.

Helpful for: 12-team NL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? No, unless he’s catcher eligible in your league. Regular playing time could be difficult to find unless he really gets on a hot streak when he plays.

 

 

Jose Pirela, 2B, Padres

 

San Diego has seen an alarming number of infield injuries this season between Cory Spangenberg, Yangervis Solarte, Alexi Amarista, and Jemile Weeks. The next man up is Pirela. He’s serving as San Diego’s regular second baseman, and shows a bit of upside based on his minor league history. Pirela is a career .276 hitter in the minors, and impressively hit .325-3-23 in 231 at-bats at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season. The Padres probably have no choice but to play Pirela for a couple weeks until their other infielders return, and his history shows that he could produce enough to stick around longer.

Helpful for: 12-team NL-only leagues

Worth Breaking the Bank? No, his time as a regular will be limited, though Pirela does show a bit of offensive upside.