With the fifth week of the fantasy baseball season upon us, free agents picks are as important as ever. Below are my week five free agent pickups for larger fantasy leagues:
Large Leagues: 10-14 man leagues
1B Todd Helton , COL – Helton’s grand slam on Sunday got more than Peyton Manning’s attention, it got the entire fantasy world’s attention as well. Helton has always been a sound hitter and the veteran always gets off to a slow start.
2B Mark Ellis, LAD – Ellis has an amazing .370 OBP and the second baseman has given the Dodgers a solid stick in the two-hole.
3B Matt Carpenter, STL – Carpenter has been a pleasant surprise in the middle of the Cards’ lineup this year and will continue to produce as long as he gets at-bats.
SS Alcides Escobar, KC – Escobar has been electric at the bottom of the Royals’ lineup. He is batting an impressive .282 and is a very underrated source of steals, as he already has 5 on the year.
OF Jordan Schafer , HOU – Schafer has given the Stros some speed in their lineup, and the center field has already stolen 9 bases through the first 24 games. He will have more value in roto-leagues, but can still provide some solid numbers in deeper mixed leagues.
OF Alejandro De Aza, CHW – “A.D.D.” has captured the attention of the Chicago faithful, but still has yet to be recognized by a national audience. De Aza has speed and a very consistent swing, two things that are critical to the batters in the top of the order.
SP Wade Miley , ARI – The youngster has really dialed it up since being added to the rotation. Miley has a glimmering 1.26 ERA and a WHIP that is well below 1.00 (.806), while solidifying his spot in the D’backs’ starting five.
SP David Phelps , NYY– With Freddy Garcia being demoted to the pen, Phelps has been handed the fifth spot in the Yankee’s rotation. He may not have a long-term spot with Andy Pettitte coming back any week now, but he is still worth some spot starts in the meantime.
RP Scott Downs, LAA – Downs is the hot hand in LA and head coach Mike Scioscia gave him the closer job over Jordan Warden, who has been severely struggling. Downs will continue to get the brunt of the ninth inning work for the Angels and is a huge free agent addition to any fantasy team that needs a closer.