March 31, 2023, 5:55 pm
Most Added Players
Hello fantasy baseball heads, welcome to the first iteration of our top add column. We’ll be reviewing standard and deep league add options in this running segment. Draft season is over, and after the draft- the real work starts on the waiver wire. It’s important not to overreact to spring training statistics, but tangible things such as role shifts, or velocity increase (I.E. Reid Detmers) do bring a level of intrigue to potentially mash the add button on certain players if still available post draft. We understand a lot of content focuses on standard leagues, so we’re happy to also give the deep leaguers some love as well. We’ll start with potential adds, and then get into the must rosters:
Potential Standard League Adds (12 team):
James Outman (OF, Los Angeles Dodgers):
Dodgers’ prospect, James Outman, is looking like he’ll at least be the strong side platoon CF. He’s a good all formats fantasy bat/flier/OF depth option- .294/31HR/106runs/101rbi in the minors in 22. He hit .300/3HR in spring training. He should play against righties, and he could stake a full role if he mashes, which is in his profile. He put up numbers similar to a Jim Edmonds profile in the minor leagues. He’s an older prospect than Volpe/Walker types, but he was blocked due to the Dodgers depth. Now that Bellinger is gone, it’s James time. Outman is best owned as a flier combined with another daily bat that can plug in if/when Outman sits against lefties.
Michael Fulmer (Cubs)/Dany Jimenez (A’s)/Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox) (RPs):
Fulmer went the 9th after Boxberger went in the 8th on opening day to finish off a 4-0 game. This usage indicates Fulmer is the best bet as of today for the Cubs. Boxberger is a solid hedge. Jimenez grabbed the save on opening night for the A’s and a recent report noted he was in the mix before the season started. Jimenez grabbed a handful of saves last year and had the role before injury and shoddy work upon his return. Lopez had great ratios in 2022 and he profiles as a closer fill in or fireman for the White Sox while Hendriks is out. He’s a great roto play, and a saves asset for now in all formats. I can see Lopez having ROS value even when Hendriks reclaims his role due to ratio upside.
Jake Fraley (OF, Cincinnati Reds):
Fraley crushes right handed pitching and seems to be locked in the middle of the lineup for the Reds. The Reds have a bandbox of a hitters park- so the upside is there for Fraley to deliver on his 15/15 in HR and SB upside. If Fraley can hit and play versus righties, I’d say there’s even a 20/20 profile here. I’d want to have a flexible bench bat to platoon Fraley in and out the lineup for when he sits against lefties (or if he doesn’t perform well in the LHP split)
Scott McGough (RP, Arizona Diamondbacks):
McGough got the save on the Monday before the season started in Spring Training, and he seems the best bet to earn the closer job in AZ. As of 3/29/23, McGough had only let up 2 runs in Spring Training over 9 innings with 11 Ks. If you need saves- McGough is one of the best speculative saves adds. He’s behind Robertson types- but with less linear bullpens, any guy with potential closer helium can be worth an add if you’re short on closers in Saves only.
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Adam Ottavino/Brooks Raley (RPs, New York Mets):
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