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 small fantasy leagues:
Small Leagues: 8-10 man leagues:
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOS – “Salty” is having perhaps the best power season of his five-year career. He has already crushed 5 home runs in Beantown and is on pace to shatter his career-high 16 longballs that he hit last year in Boston. Saltalamacchia is certainly benefiting from the short outfield of the Green Monster.
1B Yonder Alonso, SD – Alonso has really been crushing the ball over the last couple of weeks. He has amassed 17 hits in his last thirteen games, including 6 extra base hits and 7 RBI in that span. He is certainly benefiting from the daily playing time and has become one of the best long-term keepers at the position in the league.
2B Mark Ellis, LAD – Ellis has an outstanding .376 On Base Percentage this year, which is second best in the majors among second basemen with at least 100 at-bats. He has really matured as a hitter and is providing a quality at-bat nearly every time he steps into the batter’s box.
3B Chase Headley, SD – Headley has been one of the most underrated third basemen in the game. He may only be hitting a mediocre .254, but his amazing eye has helped draw dozens of walks this year and collect a phenomenal .384 On Base Percentage.
SS Tyler Pastornicky, ATL – “The Reverend” has really hit with purpose over the last month and has earned his spot in the Braves’ lineup. He has been continually been overlooked in fantasy leagues, but has already had 12 hits this month.
OF Tony Campana, CHC – Campana has really added a spark at the top of the Cubs’ lineup. He has already stolen 9 bases on the year and is hitting a robust .315 through his first 24 games. Campana gives the team some blazing speed on the base path and is the only player on the lineup card who can score from first on a ball that is hit in the gap.
OF Allen Craig, STL – Craig was on fire when he came back off the DL earlier this month, but the hamstring injury still appears to be nagging him a bit. With that being said he should be right as rain in a couple days, so he could be a huge waiver wire steal this week.
SP Philip Humber, CHW – Humber has by far been the most inconsistent pitcher in the American League. He threw a complete game, no-hitter last month, but then followed it up by allowing 9 earned runs in a 5-inning meltdown against the Bo-Sox. Humber has had two games where he allowed 8 earned runs or more, but conversely has pitched in four games where he allowed 1 run or less. It is hard to predict which pitcher will show up in any given start, but his upside is so huge Humber may be worth some spot starts throughout the year.
SP Ryan Dempster, CHC – Dempster continues to have a career season, but his 0-1 record does not come close to doing his performance this season justice. He is literally getting no run support from his teammates, despite the veteran having an unthinkable 1.74 ERA.
RP Brian Fuentes, OAK – Fuentes was promoted to be the team’s closer after several weeks of shaky pitching by former closer, Grant Balfour. Fuentes will now be the man in the ninth, but will have to watch out for reliever Ryan Cook, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite.