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Joey Meneses, 1B/OF, Nationals -- Available in 69 percent of Yahoo leagues

Meneses has been a nice surprise for the Nationals this season. The 30-year-old has taken full advantage of his first opportunity in the big leagues. After playing for two seasons in the Mexican Pacific Winter League, he performed well in Boston’s minor league system before signing a minor league contract with the Nationals. He hit .286/.341/.489 with 20 homers before earning the call to the majors. Meneses is showing excellent ability at the plate, making plenty of hard contact while striking out just 14.5 percent of the time. In his 17 games so far, he’s hitting .318/.348/.5651 with five homers, supported by a 9.4 percent barrel rate and 41.5 percent hard-hit rate.


Emmanuel Rivera, 3B, Diamondbacks -- Available in 94 percent of Yahoo leagues

After the Diamondbacks acquired Rivera from the Royals at the trade deadline, he’s made it hard for the team to take him out of the lineup. The 26-year-old has gone 14-for-48 with four homers with his new team. On the year, he’s up to ten home runs while hitting .248/.307/.443 over 267 plate appearances. Rivera saw a power spike in the Royals’ system last year, hitting 20 homers. With a 10.4 percent barrel rate and a decent 22.1 percent strikeout rate, he can provide fantasy managers a bit of power in deeper mixed leagues while getting starts at third base, first base, and designated hitter in Arizona.


Franmil Reyes, OF, Cubs -- Available in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues

It appears Reyes just needed a change of scenery to kickstart his season. The 27-year-old slugger had been struggling mightily, hitting .213/.254/.350 with nine homers over 280 plate appearances. In early August, the Guardians decided to part ways with Reyes, designating him for assignment. The Cubs took a chance, claiming him on waivers. And over the 11 games with his new team, he’s gone 15-for-45 (.333) with two homers and seven RBI while hitting in the heart of the Chicago lineup. Despite his struggles for most of the season, Reyes is still capable of hitting homers and driving in runs behind his 14.1 percent barrel rate.


Yandy Díaz, 1B/3B, Rays -- Available in 73 percent of Yahoo leagues

Diaz got a day off for the second time in three days on Sunday as he rested a minor knee injury. He’s coming off an excellent week at the plate, going 9-for-23 with one homer and five doubles. With elite plate discipline, the 31-year-old infielder has been a regular in the leadoff position for the Rays, scoring 53 runs while hitting .278/.387/.404 with seven homers across 442 plate appearances. His 14 percent walk rate is perfect atop the Tampa Bay lineup. The Rays are one of eight teams with at least seven games this week, so it could be a good time to add someone like Diaz, who, despite the team frequently mixing and matching, could be in line to score some runs this week with matchups against the Angels and Red Sox.


Sam Haggerty, OF, Mariners -- Available in 94 percent of Yahoo leagues

Haggerty was a late scratch from the lineup on Sunday as he was dealing with some shoulder soreness. That didn’t stop the 28-year-old outfielder from entering the game and stealing two bases anyways. The two steals give him five in the last week and ten on the season while hitting .310/.357/.491 with four homers across 127 plate appearances. Those numbers have earned Haggerty some everyday playing time of late. Teams in mixed leagues looking to supplement some speed could look to the widely-available Haggerty.


David Peterson, SP, Mets -- Available in 76 percent of Yahoo leagues

Peterson served as the 27th man for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Phillies, giving up three runs over 4 2/3 innings. He’ll likely slot back into the Mets rotation with Carlos Carrasco on the injured list with an oblique strain. While the results weren’t exactly what Peterson was hoping for in his last start, he’s been otherwise excellent for New York, posting a 3.44 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 97 strikeouts across 83 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old left-hander is still issuing too many free passes, with an 11.1 percent walk rate. But he’s been able to limit the damage by inducing an excellent 52.8 percent ground ball rate. He’s also generating a 12.1 percent swinging-strike rate, an improvement for the second straight season. It’s led to a career-high 27 percent strikeout rate. This week, he’ll face the Rockies in New York, who have posted .642 OPS on the road, ranking among the bottom five in baseball.


Alex Cobb, SP, Giants -- Available in 58 percent of Yahoo leagues

After coming into the season with some sleeper appeal, Cobb got off to a disappointing start. He’s been better in the second half, posting a 3.79 ERA since the All-Star break. His underlying numbers have been excellent all season, with a 3.00 FIP and 2.86 xFIP. The improvements in the second half have come behind a rise in his strikeout rate, a 26.7 percent mark over his last six starts. And Cobb is still generating ground balls at an elite 61.1 percent clip. The 34-year-old right-hander has the potential to help fantasy managers over the final six weeks.


José Suarez, SP, Angels -- Available in 89 percent of Yahoo leagues

Suarez has been excellent over his last four starts, posting a 1.19 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts over 22 2/3 innings since the All-Star break. It’s a significant improvement over the 5.60 ERA he posted in the first half. He’s pitched at least five innings in each of his last four starts, something he had done only twice in his first nine. Over his stretch of success, Suarez has managed to post a 5.6 percent walk rate, down from the 10.8 percent mark in the early going. He’s also inducing more ground balls, as he’s yet to allow a home run over his previous four starts. The 24-year-old left-hander will take on the Rays in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, an offense that has been around the middle of the pack all season.


Nick Lodolo, SP, Reds -- Available in 79 percent of Yahoo leagues

Lodolo has had some inconsistencies this season, but he’s coming off a seven-inning shutout performance with eight strikeouts against the Phillies. The 24-year-old left-hander has been at his best when he’s able to limit walks. His impressive 28.7 percent strikeout rate does come with a 10.4 percent walk rate. Still, his 3.81 xFIP indicates he’s been pitching better than his 4.12 ERA. Lodolo could collect some strikeouts this week as he gets a rematch against the Phillies, followed by a start against the Nationals in Washington.


Luis García, RP, Padres -- Available in 88 percent of Yahoo leagues

Josh Hader hasn’t exactly been working out with the Padres after the closer was acquired at the trade deadline. Given his struggles, the team is moving him off the ninth-inning role for the time being. With Hader out, Luis García steps in as part of a committee for saves in San Diego. You can add Nick Martinez as well -- 4 percent rostered in Yahoo leagues. García picked up a save on Saturday. And after pitching in back-to-back games, Martinez locked down his fifth save of the season on Sunday.