Owned in fewer than 50% of league polled
The future is now
C Travis d'Arnaud, New York Mets
When John Buck is ready for activation from paternity leave, the Mets plan to keep d'Arnaud on the 25-man roster and play him regularly. Although he missed more than three months of this season because of a fractured metatarsal bone in his left foot, the Mets clearly believe that d'Arnaud doesn't have much to gain by heading back to the farm for a couple of weeks, especially because he's expected to become the starting backstop next year.
The 24-year-old posted a .286/.420/.514 slash line in 131 plate appearances between three levels this season. Yep, d'Arnaud has 20-home run power, and he controls the strike zone as if he were a benevolent dictator.
He should contribute in two-catcher formats immediately, so anyone who's been playing a replacement-level type (or worse, or even better) in those formats should be interested in d'Arnaud. It's conceivable that he'll even convince those in one-catcher leagues, but they probably shouldn't dump their top backstop for him just yet.
2B/3B/OF Emilio Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals
The Royals bought low on the versatile and speedy Bonifacio, who's been filling in at third base often lately because Mike Moustakas (calf strain) is sidelined. Moustakas has returned to action, but he's not 100 percent. KC can't expect Chris Getz to continue to bat .333, like he has this month, either, so there's another spot at which Boni will be in the mix. Heck, Lorenzo Cain's oblique strain may open up time in the outfield, too.
Bonifacio had a miserable run of 4 1/2 months with the Toronto Blue Jays. It's clear that he needed some kind of change of scenery. Since he joined the Royals, he's collected five hits, including three doubles, in 19 at-bats and has stolen four bases in four attempts. The playing time may be Bonifacio's for the taking, his speed is difference-making, his eligibility is a big plus, and Ned Yost should let him run wild. Take a shot.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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