07 Aug Fantasy Baseball Buy-Low Candidates For Keeper/Dynasty Leagues
By: Lou Landers – @realSportsCrew
Xander Bogaerts (BOS):
The young Red Sox shortstop is having a tough year in the power department and his batting average continues to dip since the All-Star break. He is still only 24 years old and if you’re in dynasty or keeper leagues this is the best time to try and pry him away from his current owner. It’s likely that there are some Bogaerts owners out there who are fed up, so reach out to them and see if you can strike a deal. He may only ever be a 17-22 HR caliber player in his prime, however the expectation for him from a batting average standpoint should still be above .315 and he’s currently sitting at .280 on the season. It’s worth noting of course that he has added 9 SB this season which has gone under the radar as people still continue to underrate the importance of speed, especially in Roto leagues. Xander has been moved from the top of the lineup down to the 7 hole which of course hurts his fantasy value, but it’s hard to imagine him being a 7 hitter forever. By next season, Bogey will find himself hitting anywhere from 2-5 in the Red Sox lineup and will once again be one of the leagues premier SS. Buy Now.
Nomar Mazara (TEX):
After an incredible 1st half to his rookie season last year, Mazara really cooled down in the 2nd half of the season and he appears to have brought those struggles into his 2017 campaign. The thing is, Mazara is still only 22 years old and has the ability to be a .300 hitter someday, with 25 HR, 85 RBI and 85 Runs. Many fantasy players who are playing for right now are not impressed with his avg in the .240’s and his 14 HR, however, I need to remind you again that he is only 22 years old. Although the HR totals are down in 2017, he does have more RBI and doubles this year compared to 2016, and has done so over 40 less games. Owners have soured on him due to his underproductive last 5-7 months of baseball and this is the time to try and pry Mazara away from those who have lost patience. Sometimes when a player has success at such a young age, a down season changes everyone’s opinion of them pretty quickly. Not everyone is Mike Trout and Bryce Harper and it’s important to preach patience with young players, especially when they’re as young and talented as Mazara is.
Miguel Cabrera (DET):
He has easily been one of the best hitters in baseball over the last decade in MLB and giving up on him for the next 3 plus years would be a mistake. This hasn’t been a great season for for the Tigers overall, so looking for a specific reason to explain Miggy’s lack of stardom in 2017 may be difficult. It could be attributed to any number of factors such as injuries, a struggling lineup or even his age beginning to catch up with him. Perhaps a full time move to DH could be in the cards, but this guy is just far too good of a ball player to be hitting in the .250’s, with just 13 homers and 52 RBI in August. 2017 will be just the 2nd time in the last 13 seasons that Miggy ends the year with an avg below .300. The one other year he did that, he still hit .292. He may no longer be a top 10-12 pick in fantasy baseball drafts heading into next season, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t incredibly valuable. I still think he will be a top player in 2018, purely based on the fact that he has always been a model of consistency and can also turn things around at any moment. If someone is willing to give this guy up at his current value, I highly suggest jumping all over it right now, because there is nothing to suggest that this is the Miguel Cabrera we’re going to see for the remainder of his career.
Keon Broxton (MIL):
Broxton may be 27 years old already but he is also only in his first full season of MLB. It has been a tough go for him, considering he is hitting in the .220’s; but I would suggest that you not shy away from him just yet. Broxton is a terrific athlete, with a great power/speed combo and could easily be in line for 20 HR, 30 SB and 80+ runs in 2018. With Ryan Braun aging and the Brewers getting younger, I expect Broxton to be a huge part of the future of the Brewers outfield with other young future stars like Domingo Santana and Lewis Brinson. I know that 20 HR’s isn’t a huge deal anymore, but when you can couple it with 30+ SB potential and the ability to score a lot of runs in an up and coming offense, Broxton provides great value and tremendous upside moving forward. For now he is hitting in the bottom of the Brewers order, but I expect them to give him a chance to hit lead off again heading into next season.