Fantasy Baseball: Under The Radar in Mixed Leagues (Week 18)
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.
All players listed are owned in less than 30% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
Even though the trade deadline is not as stressful for mixed league players as it is for owners in Only Leagues, some moves can really effect the value of players by playing time increasing or decreasing. The Non-Waiver deadline has come and gone, and even though there could be a few waiver moves, everyone's playing time from now until September 1st is pretty much set.
Luke Scott 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles (Yahoo! 36% / CBS 48%)
Luke Scott was mentioned earlier in the year in the AL-only UtR when he was starting to go on one of his hot streaks, and now it is time to add him in the mixed leagues. He did cool off on last week's road trip, but he is heading back to Baltimore next week for seven games where he will see at least five righties and possibly six to get himself going again.
Neil Walker 2B/3B, Pittsburgh Pirates (Yahoo! 16%, CBS 29%)
Neil Walker was mentioned last week in the NL-only UtR, but any deeper mixed league should see him on a roster. He has seemed to finally fulfill his once top prospect potential—think of him as a late bloomer like Brandon Phillips without as much speed. Of course his value is muted just a little playing on the Pirates, but he still has two home runs, 14 RBI and a .370+ average since the all-star break.
Jhonny Peralta SS/3B, Detroit Tigers (Yahoo! 27% / CBS 46%)
A change of scenery has already seemed to pay dividends for Jhonny Peralta.
So far, he has gone 3-7 with two home runs and three RBI in his short life as a Tiger. Playing time is definitely not going to be an issue for Peralta and he should excel in the Tigers lineup. He has been on the fringe all year as far as being a solid contributor in a mixed league and last week's move has put him over the edge.
Domonic Brown OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Yahoo! 25% / CBS 36%)
So far, Domonic Brown seems to be as advertised since he has hit Majors. After his first four games, he is 4 for 13 with a double, two RBI and only three strike outs.
His offensive role may become bigger if the injury Ryan Howard sustained on Sunday is more than a day to day setback. The thing you have to worry about with Domonic is his playing time once Shane Victorino gets healthy enough to get back on the field.
There is the outside chance that if Brown outperforms Raul Ibanez while getting every day time, he could bump the veteran from the starting lineup.
Nyjer Morgan OF, Washington Nationals (Yahoo! 39% / CBS 47%)
Nyjer Morgan really struggled before the All-Star break, and even though he was a prolific base stealer last year, he had been just a mediocre overall offensive player this year. Since the All-Star break, he is 18-56 and currently enjoying a seven game hitting streak.
The big news is he has eight stolen bases without being caught—something that didn't happen before the break. Last year, Morgan was huge in the second half and all indications point to him doing something similar this year.
Travis Wood SP, Cincinnati Reds (Yahoo! 23%, CBS 47%)
Travis Wood has been more than a pleasant surprise so far for the Cincinnati Reds and his solid 2.87 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while striking out 33 in 37.2 innings has helped them stay right at the top of the NL Central.
After all, with all the hype surrounding Aroldis Chapman in spring training, Wood was completely overlooked, but when given the chance, he has shown he has the stuff to stay in the Majors.
He gets two starts next week against two struggling offenses in the Pirates and the Cubs, which makes him worthy of a stream this week.
Drew Storen RP, Washington Nationals (Yahoo! 30%, CBS 19%)
With the departure of Matt Capps to the Minnesota Twins, it appears Drew Storen will assume the role he was drafted for, the closer of the Washington Nationals.
Even though the Nats are not winning games like they were at the beginning of the season, you would have to think that Storen is going to get at least 15 chances between now and the end of the season. Pair that with a 2.61 ERA and 26 strike outs in 31 innings, he will help you in more than just the saves category.