By now, you have a good feel for your fantasy baseball team. After all, we’re coming up on the All-Star Break.
Every team could use an additional piece, no matter how far out in front they are at this point of the season.
In Week 13, there are still several “buy low” trade candidates out there to be had. Whether they are currently injured, off to a slow start, or both, there are players that will turn it around in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Here are eight of the best “buy low” candidates for this week.
Chad Billingsley has had a wild 2011 so far, recording a 1.52 WHIP and 4.65 ERA.
This trend won’t continue for Billingsley, who has a career 3.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.
Billingsley will right the ship and return to his career averages by season’s end.
Martin Prado is a fantasy owner’s dream, filling up the box score while being eligible for three different positions.
However, Prado is now on the DL due to a staph infection and will be out the rest of the month.
Prado is the catalyst to the Braves’ lineup, and will continue to hit very well when he returns.
After a great start to the season, Darwin Barney now finds himself on the DL.
He should miss only two weeks with the injury, and is set to resume his great season and build off his .294 average when he returns.
Trade and stash Barney if your roster can afford it. It will pay dividends in July and August.
After missing the first two months of the season, young Orioles’ ace Brian Matusz still hasn’t found his groove.
Matusz is currently sporting a 5.60 ERA in his four starts in 2011.
A great young pitcher, Matusz will surely settle down and have a great second half of the season.
After a good start to the season, Colby Rasmus has cooled off considerably.
Rasmus’ average is down to .258 and only has five homers on the season.
Only 24, Rasmus still has a long, bright career ahead of him and will turn it around. His value is about as low as it can go, so grab him now.
Hanley Ramirez has had a rough 2011 season, hitting just above the Mendoza line with a .204 average.
Han Ram still records a good bit of steals, and has shown signs of turning it around lately.
A perennial top five fantasy player, Ramirez’s value can only go up.
Before the season, Brandon Morrow was a trendy breakout candidate. Those expectations haven’t panned out so far in 2011.
Morrow is currently 3-4 with a 5.02 ERA.
However, in two of his last three starts, he has not allowed an earned run. Unfortunately, in that other start during that span he gave up nine to the Red Sox in just 4.1 innings.
Though he still has some things to work out, Morrow should right the ship for the most part and be a productive fantasy starter after the All-Star Break.
Even before he landed on the DL with a hamstring injury, Carl Crawford was still a good “buy low” candidate.
In his first season in Boston, Crawford is hitting only .243 with six homers and eight steals.
Once he returns, look for Crawford to right the ship and still be a 20/20 player in 2011.