Fantasy Baseball Pickups

1. Byron Buxton – Twins CF

Owned in 74% of ESPN leagues the speedy Minnesota outfielder began the season with a very slow start. He has been a player waiting to breakout ever since he got the call-up in 2015, but he has never been able to put it all together. He has homered in three of his last five games and looks to be healthy after a foot injured hindered him in the beginning of the season. If you need outfield help, I would add Buxton right away before it is too late.

2. Jairo Diaz – Rockies RP

The Rockies pitching situation is always a little scary and I usually try to avoid it. On the other hand, Colorado is 11-5 and are tied for the most wins in the national league. With their regular closer, Wade Davis, out for a while with shoulder strain. Their set-up man, Scott Oberg, out for the rest of the season with blood clots, Jairo Diaz is the next guy up.

He does not have much MLB experience or even closing experience for that matter, only recording 5 save his entire career prior to this season. If the Rockies keep winning like this, they will need someone to close games for them and Diaz has been that guy posting a 1.35 ERA in 7 appearances.

3. Rafael Montero – Rangers RP

After the Rangers regular closer, Jose Leclerc, was placed on the 60-day DL Texas scrambled to look for a closer and were planning on using a committee approach. This was until Rafael Montero came in for two hitless saves in a row and was officially named the closer by the Rangers manager. Montero has no closing experience but has been a decent pitcher throughout his MLB career. Texas is not a great team and plays in a tough division, but they will still get a decent amount of save chances that Montero looks to eat up all year.

4. Renato Nunez – Orioles 1B

OOOHH Baltimore. I tend to avoid everyone on this team in fantasy baseball, but Nunez has been raking this season for a surprisingly average Oriole team in the middle of one of the toughest divisions in baseball. He has hit five homeruns this season has a .618 slugging percentage and a .973 OPS. These will most likely regress towards the average once Nunez and the Orioles come back to earth but if you need first base help pick him up while you can. He is a solid player who hit 31 homers and 90 RBI last season, and someone needs to score for this team, and it will be him.

Today’s Picks

Marlins ML +135

Rays -1.5 (+130)

Rockies ML -108


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