Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: C.J. Cron Still Isn't Seeing Enough Love
It’s really hard to believe that we’re already at the last week of the first half before the All-Star break. It’s crazy how fast this season has flown by, and the amount of under-the-radar guys that have stepped up big from week-to-week is a great indication of how much of a difference any given player can make on the diamond. As always, here’s a look at four guys staying just out of the mainstream eye who could have huge weeks.
Note: All ownership statistics are an average of ESPN, Yahoo and CBS ownership numbers.
C.J. Cron - 1B, Los Angeles Angels
Last week I wrote about MegaCron, and while his .250 batting average is a bit of a let down, he definitely delivered with four runs, a homer and five RBI. Over the last two weeks he’s now hitting .310 (13/42) with eight runs scored, four home runs and 10 runs batted in, yet he’s still somehow owned in only 36.4% of leagues and started in a measly 28.5%. Those are mind-bogglingly low numbers, people!
Cron faces six right-handed starters this week (hitting .333 at home and .286 away vs. RHP) and should fare nicely against J.A. Happ, the sole lefty he faces (hitting .293 at home against LHP). Go out there and get Cron in your lineup now, before everyone finally catches on.
Scooter Gennett - 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Gennett has been one of the hottest-hitting second basemen all season long, but his 54% ownership makes a little more sense, given his strict platoon status in Milwaukee. I get that owners don’t like to have to fiddle with their lineups too much every week, but they’re really missing out on a proven producer by not taking the extra few seconds every day.
Gennett hasn’t seen a ton of playing time recently, given the bevy of opposing left-handed pitchers the Brewers have faced, but this week they go up against five right-handed pitchers in seven games against the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, who have a combined 23-27 record and 3.84 ERA. Even with a matchup against Adam Wainwright, Gennett should put up good numbers in his contests.
Andrelton Simmons - SS, Atlanta Braves
A quick glance at Simmons' stat page and seeing the .261 average, .284 wOBA, -0.90 nERD (327th) is probably enough to drive most casual owners away, which is reflected in his 58.3% ownership. But if you take a second to look past the surface, you’ll realize that Simmons has been on a tear recently. Also, since moving to the two hole in the batting order, he’s gotten on base better and upped his runs scored numbers. Over the last two weeks, he’s hit .302 (16/53) with eight runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases, and he exploded this past week, hitting .429 with four runs, all seven of the aforementioned RBI and a stolen base. On top of all of this, Simmons has five straight two-hit games, and shortstop continues to get more shallow every single week. Play the hot hand and thank me later.
Yan Gomes - C, Cleveland Indians
And now to the most perplexing player on this list, Gomes. He’s quietly established himself as the ninth-ranked fantasy catcher this season, yet he’s still owned in only 60% of leagues, and started in just 45%. Over the last two weeks, he’s hitting .324 with seven runs, three home runs and nine RBI, and he hit a very solid .294 (5/17) this past week.
All seven of the Indians matchups are at home this week, where Gomes has his best splits (.299 average) and he should especially tee off against John Danks (hitting .419 vs LHP at home). Masahiro Tanaka is really the only matchup you probably need to be concerned about, but that’s nothing new. Gomes’ ownership numbers have been steadily on the rise, so get your hands on him now, not only for a big week, but also before everyone else catches on.