In this week's rambling, Hopkins takes a look at a post-deadline trade and at three red-hot players to own in fantasy land.
Even after the non-waiver trade deadline we see the odd move that will count for something, along with guys who all of a sudden decide to play after they cannot be traded easily. This is also the time of year when owners should be trying to secure that last trade ticket to help down the stretch, with multi-position eligible players being uber valuable - let’s get it!
The injury-riddled Tigers, with at least three starters on the DL, including Miguel Cabrera being day-to-day with a left biceps strain, managed to put together a decent real-world trade this past Tuesday, acquiring shortstop Erick Aybar from the Braves for utility-man Mike Aviles and catching prospect Kade Scivicque. Funny story: last time Justin Verlander talked with (or at) Erick Aybar, his message was caught on camera and it was Verlander pointing to his back to Aybar from the Tigers dugout to let him know where he was going to get hit with a pitch after bunting on him with a no-hitter ongoing. Verlander never really got to drill Aybar after though. Aybar will give the Tigers some depth at shortstop while Jose Iglesias recovers from his hamstring strain. Aybar, 32, was batting just .242/.293/.313 with two home runs and three stolen bases in 97 games with Atlanta. That all being aid, in fantasyland this is really a minor waiver trade, despite the semi-notable names, and shouldn’t really have any effect on fantasy teams.
Charlie Blackmon (OF, COL) has been white hot of late – 28-67, 22 R, 15 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB over the past 14 days is pretty ridiculous really. Blackmon is showing just how productive he can be across the board now that he is healthy.
Jose Ramirez (2B/SS/3B/OF, CLE) has really turned into one of this year's pleasant surprises. Currently hitting .311, he has ripped off 9 SBs and scored 14 runs over the past two weeks, to go with 3 HR, 8 RBI and 7 doubles. His current season-to-date total of 20 SB is pretty decent when you combine it with his multi-position eligibility, and his .311/.366/.451 slash line.
Brad Miller (1B/2B/SS/OF, TB) – Miller is now the owner of a .836 OPS in 111 games this season, and after a two-week spurt of 19-51, 14 R, 8 RBI, 18 RBI, and 2 SB he's shown why he has been one of the best fantasy sleepers of 2016. He might even be found on a waiver wire in one of your deeper leagues, but he shouldn’t be there.
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