Each week Baseball Press will be providing some Under the Radar fantasy players for NL-Only Leagues, AL-Only Leagues and Mixed Leagues.
These articles will be dedicated to finding those diamonds in the rough on the waiver wire that will either be a short term or long term replacement to an injury or struggling player on your fantasy team.
It is quite possible that some names will be added to this list once Saturday afternoon comes and goes but these are the guys to roll with at the current time. Make sure you keep your eyes on the transaction line to make sure if a gem switches leagues that you are able to pick him up if you have a hole to fill.
Rick Ankiel - OF, Kansas City Royals (Yahoo! 4%, CBS 13%)
With the injury of David DeJesus , Ankiel is all but guaranteed playing time in the Kansas City outfield. Since coming off the DL himself he has gone 5-17 with a home run. While on his rehab he hit .294 with 3 home runs in 34 at-bats. He is a great option as an upside look for the rest of the season as long as he stays healthy. He could have a ceiling of a .280 hitter with 8 home runs and 6 stolen bases for the remainder of the season.
Danny Valencia - 3B, Minnesota Twins (Yahoo! 5%, CBS 15%)
Injuries to just about everyone that plays an infield position in Minnesota has opened up a spot for this Twins rookie. Collecting at least 3 hits in his first 4 games he seems to do fine at making contact but he has only 1 home run this year between the minors and majors in almost 300 at-bats. Not a typical bat you want out of a corner player but definitely worth an add in AL-only's until opposing pitchers figure him out.
Josh Bell - 3B, Baltimore Orioles (Yahoo! 0%, CBS 9%)
With the recent departure of Miguel Tejada to the San Diego Padres it opens up playing time for another hot prospect in Baltimore. He was only hitting .266 at triple-A this season but has 10 home runs with a .455 slugging percentage. There is no guarantee that he will be a bat that you want in your line-up because he is still raw, but he will be getting all of the at-bats the team can stomach at third.
Alexi Casilla - 2B, Minnesota Twins (Yahoo! 1%, CBS 3%)
As mentioned above, there are some injuries in the Twins infield, and Orlando Hudson is another player to hit the DL. Casilla, who is also coming off the DL himself, has shown to be a productive infielder back in 2008 and the Twins are hoping he does the same now. In 2008 he hit .281 with 7 home runs and 7 stolen bases in 385 at-bats. Fantasy wise he could be a cheap option to collect a handful of steals in the near future.
Travis Snider - OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Yahoo! 5%, CBS 31%)
Let's do this one more time. Travis Snider has been a tease to fantasy owners all year long and after his expected return this weekend he may continue to do the same. Or he could turn the corner and perform like we all thought he would at the beginning of the season. Since coming off the DL playing at double-A he has batted .316 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI in 10 games. Let's hope he can continue to do so for Toronto.
Brian Duensing - SP, Minnesota Twins (Yahoo! 7%, CBS 22%)
Duensing has been having a stellar year in middle relief posting a 1.62 ERA in 28 appearances, but is being moved to the starting rotation where Minnesota is having some problems. Last year as a starter he posted a 2.73 ERA in 9 starts when the Twins needed him to fill that role then. He has had a couple easy outings since his transition this year facing off against Baltimore and Kansas City, but as a two start pitcher next week he should be picked up. His first opponent next week is in Tampa Bay, which is obviously a powerful offense, but at the end of the week he gets the Cleveland Indians, which should help normalize what damage the Rays could do.