One hidden gem to grab off the wavier wire this week in fantasy baseball leagues is Kansas City Royals’ Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the middle of the month and it has done wonders for his fantasy value.
The infielder is still hitting just .219 on the year, but he finally has a chance to get everyday at-bats. It is hard to get into any kind of a groove when you play every couple days. The move to the Fountain City will only help this veteran resurrect his fantasy value.
Bonifacio has notoriously been an amazing base stealer, but he has been somewhat timid lately as he only has 16 stolen bases on the year. He amassed 70 stolen bases over his two previous seasons, though, so he has speed in his legs. Kansas City’s offense isn’t exactly leading the majors, so fantasy fans can expect to see Bonifacio run much more to try to manufacture runs.
The most valuable aspect to grabbing Bonifacio off the waiver wire right now is his flexibility. He can be plugged in at second base and in the outfield. The utility man has even been moved over to third base recently to sub in for Mike Moustakas, which would qualify him to play half of the offensive positions. It is important to have as many multi-positional options as possible for the fantasy playoffs because most leagues freeze free agent pickups.
Bonifacio can be a great bench option or flex play in deeper leagues. He will cover half of the spots in the infield and will be a great veteran bat to take a shot on.