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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017

Logan Morrison is one of the more inconsistent players in the league. When LoMo goes cold, it’s like walking in Antarctica in shorts. Through the middle of May, the former Marlin sported a stat line most pitchers would be ashamed of (.119-3-0-0-1). It forced the one-time Mariner to look at some film and make a very simple adjustment: stop swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone. The fruits of only swinging at strikes over the last 15 games: .440-11-3-11-3 and a 1.149 OPS. How long will it last? It won’t last forever, but there’s nothing wrong with riding the wave.

Pat Dean is the prototypical finesse lefty that lacks velocity. The soft-tosser gets by with changing speeds, eye-level, pitching in-out-up-down, and location. The rookie’s velocity tops out at about 90 mph, so any mistakes get punished. If you are set in your ratios but need to chase strikeouts and wins, the southpaw is definitely a streaming option in good matchups. Keep in mind the risks if you don’t have sufficient ERA and WHIP anchors on your roster.

Coco Crisp is no longer a spring chicken, and I know that in 12-team mixed formats, outfielders grow on trees. But Crisp is just three years removed from a 20-20 season and is capable of posting those rate stats if played in the right matchups. Over the next five weeks, the Athletics centerfielder gets matchups against the Brewers, the Reds, and the Twins. If you have the roster space, Oakland’s leadoff hitter is worth plugging into your lineup.

Doug Fister is still unowned in some leagues. The high walk rate, low strikeout rate, and 5.06 FIP are concerning. Still, after a rough start, this right-hander has posted a 3.06 ERA, with a ground ball rate that is back up to nearly 50%, which erases some of the free passes. Houston will start winning games eventually, making Fister a serviceable streaming option. Besides, how many #9 starters in your fantasy rotation have given up more than three runs only once this season?

The Phillies believe in Tommy Joseph enough to make him their cleanup hitter, sending Ryan Howard to the pine. In a small 27-game sample at Triple-A, the Rookie slashed .347/.370/611, leaving the yard six times in 95 at-bats.

Cody Anderson has been a huge disappointment this year after a successful rookie campaign and displaying increased velocity during spring training. After a dominating performance at US Cellular Field, the Indians sophomore was sent back down to Triple-A Columbus, but Trevor Bauer’s smoke and mirrors act is nearing its end. Anderson is worth a stash in 15-team formats. Keep him on your radar in 12-team leagues looking to his imminent recall.  

Byron Buxton is worth a roster spot in 15-team leagues because of his upside. He’ll likely be a hot commodity in the Rotowire Championship after taking Danny Santana’s spot on the Twins' active roster. I’m going to pass due to the abundance of outfielders and the rookie’s alarming 26/2 strikeout to walk ratio. Not all prospects hit the ground running.

Luis Valbuena is a streaky, left-handed power bat, capable of 30 home runs over 162 games, but you’ll only want him in your lineup against right-handed pitchers. With bi-weekly moves, if you punted your corner infield spot on draft day and are struggling for pop in your lineup, he might be worth a bench spot, serving as part of a platoon in good matchups. He gets the Rangers in Arlington and the Reds pitching staff at home over the next two weeks. 

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