If you have Fantasy needs, you have come to the right place. Here are six widely available players who could make up for any roster shortfall, starting with potential power boosts…
Lately, all he does is hit the bomb. Burger is up to 10 homers on the season in just 27 games and has been heating up since coming out of the IL. Yes, he swings at everythingBut if you were, you would do the same Capable of 118 mph exhaust velocity, Burger has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the White Sox. He's clearly headed for a 30-plus homer total. Don't leave this gentleman in the free-agent pool.
Really, what are you still waiting to see from Schmidt? He has had five multi-hit games in his first nine since his callup, including a 4-for-4 performance. He has hit two home runs, driven in seven runs and is currently hitting .417 with an OPS of 1.111. Schmidt cleared the fence 21 times over three minor league levels last year and was batting .313 in Triple-A when he earned his promotion. At this point, it should be clear that he can help. He has also been blissful in the field, show off your flamethrower arm, Schmidt certainly looks like he'll stick around as an everyday player.
Listen, as long as they allow me to write these pickup features, I'm going to keep recommending Abrams. He's a former top-10 prospect with distinctive speed and multi-position ability, plus he's still only 22 years old. We want to remind you, not for the first time here, that Abrams stole 42 bases in 114 career minor-league games while hitting .331/.385/.511. He has four homers and five steals so far this year and three-quarters of the season is still ahead of us.
We know McMahon has 20-homer power because he's already reached that plateau three different seasons. He hasn't been anything special to this point in the season, but, for what it's worth, his barrel rate is currently the best of his career (13.5%). There are no obvious red flags here. After the Rangers series this weekend, the Rockies will play seven straight (and 13 of 20) at home at Coors Field. Go check if he is still available in your league.
Yep, we've done this exercise before, just last season, and Liberatore didn't help (5.97 ERA). But He added mass in the offseason, his velocity is up a tick or two, and he got off to an excellent start (11.0 K/9, 1.17 WHIP, 3.13 ERA) in Memphis before being recalled. His breaking ball is considered brutal:
Liberatore pitched six scoreless innings over 5.0 against Milwaukee in his 2023 MLB debut, so he's definitely back on our radar in the game. it sounds like he will be in rotation until he finds his way back.
Is Castro Arizona's closer, co-closer, or just another sketchy closing option? Don't know. But in his last four starts, he has two saves, one hold and one win. He also has a 0.97 WHIP at the moment, so his innings have been relatively clean. Give it a test drive if you're speculating on savings.