Who are the hottest pickups in fantasy baseball leagues? Can you trust them on your fantasy baseball teams?
Young getting wiser
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Baltimore Orioles
- Last 27: .333 BA, 20 R, 12 HR, 26 RBI in 108 PA
A few weeks ago, he was percolating. Power defines his fantasy value. The newest Yankee killer is clubbing more liners (per Fangraphs, a career-high 22.3 percent on the year), taking more walks and simply, at a gaudy level, displaying the reason we would consider drafting him in the first place.
Not much else to say but to keep clicking his name.
Zach Britton, SP, Baltimore Orioles
- Last 4: 4 W, 0.94 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 29 K in 28 2/3 IP
Following a brief demotion, the O's brought Britton back up when rosters expanded. The southpaw now induces more K's, thanks to a 10.2 swinging-strike percentage and more confidence in and use of his four-seamer and slider. These are alluring developments when paired with his already noteworthy grounder inducement and should make him useful for the rest of 2012 and potentially beyond.
A.J. Griffin, SP, Oakland Athletics
- 9/1: 1 W, 1 ER, 3 H, 5 K in 7 IP
Diamond Market informed you two weeks ago of Griffin's impending return to the rotation. He's been fortunate this year (84.6 LOB percentage, .217 BABIP), but the right-hander's craftiness and his ideal pitching environment will make him a solid mixed play anyway.
Delmon Young, OF, Detroit Tigers
- Last 27: .333 BA, 14 R, 5 HR, 18 RBI in 107 PA
Despite speculation he asked out of the lineup, Young was sat Tuesday against a righty, per Jim Leyland, partially due to his poor history against Justin Masterson. Don't worry, Young has matured and has been carrying his fantasy owners of late as he's shown more adult tones to his game, chiefly going the other way more frequently and with more precision.
He's still repulsed by taking a walk, but his live bat is sizzling and deserves lineup confidence.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
- Last 25: .286 BA, 11 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 SB in 45 PA
For the second straight week, Gomez was running through the minds of picker-uppers. An altered batting stance, molding skills and his presence in the SB column will keep him relevant - maybe high-level - for the remainder of the season.
A few more Brewers to sip on....
About Tim Heaney
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