The fantasy baseball season is getting closer and closer to the playoffs, making each free agent period more important then the last. Below are my week 18 free agent pickups for small fantasy leagues:
Small leagues: 8-10 man leagues
C Mike Napoli, TEX – “Napster” started the season streaming extremely slowly, but he has really picked it up over the last month.
1B Ryan Howard, PHI – Howard has only appeared in 17 games this season since coming back from his Achilles tendon injury. Howard has already drilled four homers and is picking up right where he left off.
2B Rickie Weeks, MIL – Weeks started off the 2011 season miserably, however, over the last couple weeks the Milwaukee second basemen has really heated up. He has blasted 5 homers in his last 19 games and is finally looking like a top fantasy option at his position.
3B Ryan Zimmerman, WAS – Just incase the “Z-Man” is sitting on the waiver wire; make sure to scoop him up. No hitter is hotter in baseball, as he has hit 10 home runs this month and is slugging an ungodly .752.
SS Zack Cozart, CIN – Cozart has had ten hits in his last eight games and the 26-year old has really stepped it up with Joey Votto on the DL.
OF Desmond Jennings, TB – Jennings is finally showing the power and speed he is known for, so expect him to heat up as the summer gets hotter.
OF Ichiro Suzuki, NYY – Ichiro has never been in a lineup with a semblance of run support, so the move to New York will do wonders for his fantasy worth for the remainder of the year.
SP Wei-Yin Chen, BAL – Chen has only allowed seven earned runs in his last four starts and has amazingly struck out 27 batters.
SP James McDonald, PIT – McDonald has been a reliable option all year long. He has a strong 10-5 record and 3.37 ERA.
RP Ernesto Frieri, LAA – The Angles have been very sporadic with Frieri’s save chances, despite being the team’s closer. The Angels just got a lot more pitching help by signing Zach Greinke, so Frieri has many more saves in his future.