The first major marker in the fantasy baseball season is here, as we are in the final weekend of May. This has always been a time to seriously consider moving on from struggling players who we invested in back in March. Every situation is different. A fantasy player may be fine in the batting average department, meaning he or she can hold onto a player like Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien longer.
In a perfect world, we can just bench these players until they start playing well, but roster spots are extremely valuable. Where players were drafted back in March is meaningless two months into the season. If they are dragging your roster down, move on and find someone else who can give you a boost.
Atlanta Braves Catcher William Contreras — The theme will always be finding a catcher who has any offensive pulse and Contreras checks that box. The catcher is batting .417 with three home runs, four RBIs and five runs scored during the last seven days. For the season, Contreras is hitting .277 with seven home runs and 11 RBIs. The Braves also used Contreras in the outfield to keep his bat in the lineup.
This is a trend worth monitoring, as the Arizona Diamondbacks do this with their catcher Daulton Varsho and the Baltimore Orioles will be using Adley Rutschman as a designated hitter when he’s not behind the plate. There are just not enough good offensive catchers in baseball, so when a team has one it is going to try everything to keep that bat in the lineup. If Contreras continues to be moved around the diamond then his at-bats will be secure. He’s a strong fantasy target.
Kansas City Royals Starting Pitcher Brady Singer — Back-to-back outings of seven scoreless innings should get our attention. The 25-year-old is pitching to a 1.83 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, which is very impressive. Singer did strike out nine in one of his starts, so there’s upside here as well. It’s hard to find a pitcher throwing well and deep into games on the waiver wire, so Singer is a fine target despite playing on a team like the Royals that may not win many games.
San Francisco Giants Outfielder Joc Pederson — The outfielder has gone on hot streaks throughout his career in the power department and he’s currently on one. He has hit four home runs in his last two games. If you need power, Pederson is always a fine option. He has 11 long balls this season. Even with a batting average of .260, Pederson has hit just .170 in the month of May. Tread carefully, as we are only targeting Pederson for the power. If he stops hitting home runs, the value drops considerably.
Milwaukee Brewers Starting Pitcher Aaron Ashby — Due to Freddy Peralta’s injury, Ashby should slide into the rotation moving forward. In his first start since Peralta’s injury, Ashby did not allow an earned run while striking out five in 5.2 innings pitched. The left-hander brings strikeout upside and will now be given a chance to showcase his skills on a consistent basis.
New York Yankees Reliever Clay Holmes — There’s a strong chance Holmes is not available as he’s way over the 50 percent threshold, but most of that ownership has come in the last few days. Depending on when waivers run, Holmes may be available and since he’s not 100 percent rostered, he’s worth mentioning. The right-hander has only allowed one earned run this season and that came during his first appearance of the season back in April. The 29-year-old has had an impressive season, and Holmes is now in line to pick up saves due to Aroldis Chapman’s injury. The reliever has five saves on the season and will continue to be used late in the game for the Yankees. He’s a must pick up if he is somehow still available.