April is over, and we are just over a month into the regular season. The sample sizes are lengthening, and the injuries are piling up. Week 6 is upon us, and we dive into the week’s best adds, and names to keep an eye on moving forward. 12+ team leagues are going to differ a little bit just due to the player pool selection being limited. I will pull Yahoo and ESPN roster percentages. If you would like another site, feel free to let me know.
Michael Chavis – 2B, 3B – ESPN: 20% – Yahoo! 52%
As I write this up, Michael Chavis has two homers in today’s game. In competitive and larger leagues, Chavis is likely going to be snagged already. There are also plenty of names going to run out and get him today. First, it is hard to see Chavis going down at the moment. So far in the majors he has over a 1.000 OPS. Things will cool off of course, but he has been mashing since coming up. His swing is perfect for Fenway Park, and he is going to hit in the middle of a lineup that will start clicking at some point.
Howie Kendrick – 2B, 3B, OF – ESPN: 6% – Yahoo! 10%
With the Washington Nationals current injury situation, Howie Kendrick is going to gain plenty of playing time. Even if everyone is healthy, it is hard to see Kendrick losing a ton of playing time. Currently this season, Kendrick is in the 90th percentile or higher in exit velocity, xBA, hard-contact, and xSLG. Kendrick had a significant injury last season, but looks very comfortable at the plate. He was a productive player when healthy last season, and is a nice infield fill-in.
Yonder Alonso – 1B – ESPN: 8% – Yahoo! 14%
The average is killing Yonder Alonso this season, but his expected stats point to better days. He also still has some decent power. He has an xwOBA of .362, and a current wOBA of .295. His hard-contact is at 47% and his walk rate is up from the career norm. His xBA is at .263 which is where he has sat the last few seasons. Alonso is in the 80th percentile in hard-contact, and 70th percentile for xwOBA. He will be fine, and things will even out.
Gregory Polanco – OF – ESPN: 20% – Yahoo! 43%
Some may have missed Gregory Polanco coming back from the IL. Polanco has been disappointing from a career perspective, but when healthy he has still flashed fantasy potential. He is working his way back into form this season, and is a strong add while he does that. He had a .499 SLG last season, which was top 20 in the NL. Pittsburgh has a league average offense, but he is the better power bat mixed into some good contact hitters. Even if your outfield is set, Polanco is a solid bench add.
Franmil Reyes – OF – ESPN: 15% – Yahoo! 43%
Franmil Reyes has crazy power, but has always been one to rack up the strikeouts as well. Reyes is barreling 18% of his balls hit so far this season, and has a .644 xSLG. His hard-contact rate has been up over 45% since last season. His strikeout rate is still high, but has dropped 5% from last season so far. His xBA is .315. Reyes is hitting more in the air right now, and it shows. He is a strong power add, and is a core piece of the offense for San Diego. I am buying here for Reyes to notch 25+ homers this season.
Chris Bassitt – SP – ESPN: 21% – Yahoo! 45%
Chris Bassitt has been sneaky good out in Oakland. He is a 30-year-old right-hander who has mostly been league to below league average in his career. Diving into his first two 2019 starts, he has a 34% strikeout rate, and hitters have a .215 xwOBA. His pitch mix hasn’t really changed, but his pitches have improved. However, he has a 50% whiff rate on his curve and a 40% whiff rate on his cutter. He is mixing things up a little bit, but not a huge degree. Don’t expect the sub-one ERA, but Bassitt has potential to bring some strikeouts and quality starts. He also enjoys a friendly home pitcher park too.
Jerad Eickhoff – SP – ESPN: 23% – Yahoo! 36%
Jerad Eickhoff is another right-hander that has struggled mostly in his career. He isn’t a hard throwing right-hander, but has a spin rate in the 88th percentile. His strikeout rate is currently 87th, and his xwOBA against is 91st. After being barreled up 13% of the time last season, he is just at 3.9% this season. Eickhoff sits with a 3.43 xFIP over 22 innings so far this season, and has notched 27 strikeouts. His pitch mix has changed from last season. He was always a curveball heavy arm, but didn’t throw the slider much. His slider usage is up 16%, which has a 51% whiff rate so far this season. His curve is at 38%.