September 4, 2022, 12:58 pm
The final month of the season is upon us. As teams across Major League Baseball make a final push to enter the postseason, you are likely doing the same with your fantasy teams. Some playoffs have started already, but this week is when a lot of them kick off and the time for heroes is now.
That’s what the players below are trying to accomplish for your squad. They are all riding very hot streaks right now and all have a strong case to be on everybody’s roster for the last few weeks of the season. Ideally, you have a spot on your roster reserved for such an occasion: To rotate in the best option from the waiver wire every week. Below, there’s power, speed, and most importantly, playing time. Let’s dive in.
Joey Meneses (41% Yahoo, 21% ESPN)
Meneses is a great story. He’s a 30-year-old career minor leaguer who was given a chance to play some right field when Juan Soto was traded, and he’s been one of the best assets in fantasy during that time.
He made his debut on August 2nd and has hit .333 with seven home runs while occupying a top-three spot in the Nationals order. Granted, it’s not a great lineup, but that hasn’t stopped Meneses from scoring 19 runs and driving in 15 this past month.
His 45% Hard Hit is in line with Michael Harris II and Mookie Betts, while his .277 xBA is right there with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Starling Marte. I’m not saying he’s anywhere near as good as those guys, but that’s the level of production he’s given us during his time in the show.
With eligibility at first base and outfield, Meneses should be pretty easy to slide into your lineups for the stretch run.
Bubba Thompson (12% Yahoo, 3% ESPN)
Thompson is a fast dude, ranking in the 100 percentile for sprint speed and that’s allowed him to rack up 59 steals in 106 games between AAA and MLB this year. That would be the primary reason for adding him, but he can still give you some production in other areas.
He has 13 home runs across 80 games in the minors. While that has only translated to one in 26 major league games so far, he is batting .305 since his promotion. He does have a very high BABIP of .429 but he’s always been well above average in that department despite having a lot of swing and miss in his game (K% of nearly 28).
It all comes back to his speed. Despite hitting in the 9-hole, the playing time has been there for Bubba and he’s the ideal pickup to make up some ground in SB.
Joc Pederson (52% Yahoo, 54% ESPN)
It’s been a bit of an up-and-down season for Pederson in fantasy, as he has gone through periods of being a must-roster player but has also been featured in my most dropped player segment many times on Fantasy MLB Today. However, it’s hard to classify Pederson as anything but a success on the season.
For the year, he has 21 HR, 61 RBI, 3 SB, and a career high .271 batting average. The high average has been a very welcome surprise and he’s been especially hot as of late, as he’s currently riding an eight-game hit streak. He has five multi-hit games in that span while going 13/24 (.542)
Pederson will sit a lot of the time against left-handed pitching, so the best place to deploy him would still be a daily changes league, but his value there is extremely high.
Manuel Margot (19% Yahoo, 16% ESPN)
Margot is having a quietly strong season. He has missed quite a bit of time, only appearing in 63 games, which accounts for his less than impressive counting stats, but he has produced when he’s been out there.
He’s batting exactly .300 with three home runs and six steals while normally batting second for the Rays, a team that has come alive in a big way over the past month. In that time, he has a .292 average with 17 R+RBI and a steal.
Margot is the archetype of a Tampa Bay Ray: Not the sexiest player, just someone who goes out there and gives you pretty steady production while accepting his role. I would prioritize the players listed above him, but he should still be rostered in a lot more than 20% of leagues given his status and numbers.