With the sixth week of the fantasy baseball season upon us, free agents picks are as important as ever. Below are my week six free agent pickups for small fantasy leagues:
Small Leagues: 8-10 man leagues
C Jesus Montero, SEA – Montero may have started the season as the M’s designated hitter, but Miguel Oliva’s early season groin injury has put Montero back behind the plate. Montero is an extremely disciplined hitter and will help the team not miss a beat following the loss of their starting backstop.
1B Mitch Moreland, TEX – Moreland has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and has raised his batting average from .232 to .260 just in the month of May. His home run power will always be there, but he will become a true fantasy star if he can keep his batting around .280.
2B Ben Zobrist, TB – Zobrist may have a completely embarrassing .206 batting average, but he also has a respectable 4 homers and 12 RBIs on the year. “Zorro’s” batting average will come around eventually, so the veteran certainly has some multi-hit games in his future.
3B Mike Aviles, BOS – Aviles continues to be impress with 5 home runs and 19 RBIs on the year. The veteran is also eligible at second base and shortstop in most leagues, so his ability to be plugged in at a variety of positions is just icing on the cake.
SS Cody Ransom, ARI – Ransom has captured the attention of the fantasy community in the last couple weeks. He has crushed 3 home runs, 8 hits, and 8 RBIs in his last seven games alone. Ransom is worth starting while he is in such a hot streak, but owners should be weary, because the 36-year old has a long cold stretch coming.
OF Jordan Schafer , HOU – Schafer is still available in a majority of fantasy leagues, despite showing a combination of both speed and power in centerfield. He has an amazing 11 stolen bases on the year, but has uncharacteristically added 2 homers with his dynamic base sealing ability. Schaffy also has drawn 13 walks so far and has become a great fantasy pickup in all formats.
OF Angel Pagan, SF – Pagan has hit 4 homers already for the Giants, which is surprisingly only 3 behind his total from all of 2011. The 30-year old looks rejuvenated on the west coast, and his 4 stolen bases coupled with his power numbers have a made him a fantasy All-Star so far.
SP James McDonald, PIT – It is hard to believe that McDonald is still available in a majority of fantasy leagues with his glimmering 2.70 ERA. He is hitting all his targets and is not afraid to make a batter chase a pitch outside of the strike-zone. McDonald has looked the Buco’s best starter, which has come as a huge surprise to anyone with A. J. Burnett on his or her roster.
SP Carlos Zambrano, MIA – “Big Z” has shown that he is finally healthy and back in “baseball shape”. He has a 2.51 ERA through his first six starts, but none of them were as impressive as his nine-inning shutout over the Houston Astros Tuesday night. He was hitting every one of his targets, while striking out nine batters and only allowing 4 base runners (3 hits and 1 walk).
RP David Robertson, NYY – With Mariano Rivera done for the year, Robertson just became the most coveted free agent pick of the year. Robertson has seriously struggled in his first two save chances, including the ninth inning disaster late Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, if he can settle into his new role, then he could easily end up 30 saves by the time the year is done.