Deep League Waivers
August 5, 2017 | Derek Favret
The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone with names such as Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray, and JD Martinez changing addresses. A number of minor trades were made that fell under the radar of most fake ballers. In this article, I discuss two versatile players that you should consider rostering this weekend.
In a deadline deal with the Rays, Beckham stays in the AL East, moving to the Orioles to take over at SS for the injured JJ Hardy. No need to search out Beckham’s 1st grade teacher, we now know his favorite color is orange. In four games wearing the Orioles colors, all he’s done is hit at a .688 clip with 2 HRs, 3 doubles and a triple. After the last two years with the Rays in which he totaled 146 games, Beckham became an everyday player this season and was posting his best numbers as a pro before the trade. Moving to Camden Yards tends to make average players good and good players great. The early returns for Beckham suggest the same trend and his low ownership in the fake leagues probably won’t last much longer. Ride the hot streak while he’s on fire but keep an eye on JJ Hardy’s status as Buck Showalter has said JJ will reclaim his starting spot upon his return. He’s eligible to come off the DL on August 18 but has been slow to ramp up his baseball activities. Even still, how long do the Orioles stick with the .211 hitter anyway? Beckham finds himself in an ideal situation for the remainder of this year and beyond.
This deal between divisional rivals didn’t get a lot of coverage but when a professional hitter is traded to a top contender, fake team owners need to get excited. Despite two extended injury absences with the Phillies, Kendrick brought to the Nats a .340/.397/.454 slash over 156 ABs. Since joining his new teammates, he’s hitting .476 and chipped in a HR and SB. Better yet, he’s been inserted into the 2-hole for Dusty’s bunch. Batting in front of the likes of Murphy, Harper, Zimmerman and Rendon with an OBP of over .400, Howie could have a significant impact in BA, OBP and Runs-scored categories. He’ll also give you a long ball and stolen base on occasion as well as providing some positional flexibility. This should be the final weekend where his ownership is below 20%. If he remains healthy over the next two months, chances are very good he’ll be an everyday starter on your playoff team.