With the seventh week of the fantasy baseball season upon us, free agents picks are as important as ever. Below are my week seven free agent pickups for large fantasy leagues:
Large Leagues: 10-14 man leagues
C Jesus Flores, WAS – Flores was forced into the starting catching role after Wilson Ramos was put on the shelf for the rest of the year with a torn ACL. Flores is in line to take over as the everyday catcher in the nation’s capital and has already made an impact with two hits and two runs in his first two games.
1B Travis Ishikawa, MIL – Ishikawa has been on fire since replacing first basemen Mat Gamel, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ACL. Ishikawa blasted two homers on Tuesday night and drove in 5 of the team’s 8 runs in the 8-0 victory over the Mets. It is unlikely that “Ishy” will continue this power surge, but his ability to hit to both sides of the field makes him a welcomed addition to any team that is in need of a 1B.
2B Johnny Giavotella, KC – The 24-year old was just called back up last week and has already shown progress from where he was in the beginning of the season.
3B Alberto Callaspo, LAA – Callaspo is not been showing the power that has become synonymous with him over the last several seasons. However, the veteran has really come around as a contact hitter, as he has racked up 6 hits in his last four games.
SS Elliot Johnson, TB – Johnson has really seen an increase in playing time at the hot-corner with third baseman, Evan Longoria, on the DL with a hamstring injury. Johnson may be playing the majority of his games at third, but the veteran still qualifies to play the majority of the infield. EJ may be at the bottom of the Ray’s batting order, but he has provided some quality at bats for a team that is being decimated by injuries right now.
OF Andres Torres, NYM – Torres has provided a huge spark to the Mets’ offense when he returned from the DL earlier this month. He provides some speed atop of the Mets’ lineup and will even provide some pop for fantasy owners.
OF Andy Dirks, DET – Dirks looks to be healthy following his lingering hamstring injury and the centerfielder will be getting more at-bats as the weeks go on. He has amassed 20 hits in his last 12 games alone.
SP Scott Diamond, MIN – The 25-year old has pitched perfectly through his first two starts and has yet to allow a run through his 14 innings this season. He adds some much needed youth to a Twins’ rotation that has severely struggled behind Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano. Diamond is a great free agent pickup and is guaranteed to have a spot saved for him in the Twins’ lackluster rotation.
SP Felix Doubront, BOS – “Doubie” has really heated up over his last couple starts, including striking out 7 batters in his 5-plus innings victory against the Rays on Wednesday night. Doubront has also lasted until the sixth inning in four of his last six starts and will only pick up more wins once the Bo-Sox start to pick up their play.
RP Casey Janssen, TOR – Janssen is the latest reliever to get the promotion to closer. He boasts a sizzling 0.84 WHIP and is averaging over a strikeout per inning; two statistics that fantasy owners love to see from a guy in the ninth inning. Janssen pitched another scoreless inning on Wednesday night, on his way to his third save of the season. Janssen may only be holding the job until Sergio Santos comes off the DL in a couple weeks, but Janssen is still worth grabbing in deeper leagues, especially since saves are becoming one of the most coveted statistics in all of baseball.