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Fantasy Baseball Radar #12: League Winners

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The clock is ticking on the fantasy baseball regular season and with only half a week left until the playoffs start, contenders should be stressing over their final rosters. Many are aware that the players that peak in the last four weeks of the season are the ones that make the biggest difference. These ‘league winners’ are often low-level pick-ups that suddenly blow up. Knowing this, there’s a tendency to just throw blindly, hoping to get lucky and land a league winner. While there’s still an element of randomness to the sport, I’ve got a good handle on who your league winners could be.

Calescent Cardinals

The Cardinals’ second-easiest remaining schedule makes them prime candidates for a strong run to end the season. These mid-level Cards could be one of your league winners:

Lars Nootbaar (28-55% rostered)

Baseball’s coolest name has recovered from a horrific start to the season that saw him post a sub .170 BA through the first 3 months. Nootbaar has tempered his batting average back up to .240, making himself the Cardinals’ lead-off man in the process. With a high ceiling in runs, Nootbaar is a bonafide league winner.

Albert Pujols (19-43% rostered)

Pujols came into the season with low expectations after an up-and-down year in LA. The 2022 return to his old stomping grounds in St. Louis has proved beneficial to the MLB legend as he has put up a surprising 149 OPS+. 

That unexpected resurgence has Pujols within striking distance of 700 career homers (at the time of writing, he currently sits at 694). His chase to 700 homers become one of baseball’s biggest stories, and for good measure. Pujols has insisted that this season will cap his storied 21-year career, so watch for a mad chase in the season’s final weeks to get Pujols to the 700-club. Additionally, expect Albert Pujols to get regular appearances in September, and possibly some meatballs from opposing pitching staffs.

Tyler O’Neill (68-84% rostered)

O’Neill’s 5 hits in the last 7 days isn’t exactly the most encouraging stat, especially for someone who has played poorly all season. It starts to sound a lot better when you realize that 4 of those 5 hits were dingers. O’Neill’s statline gets even funnier when you see the .071 BABIP in the last 7 days. All jokes aside, O’Neill’s propensity for power – and that laughably unsustainable BABIP number – make him a prime candidate for league winner. 

Ragin’ Rooks

Corbin Carroll (17-48% rostered)

I know it has only been 3 games, but just look at this:

LOOK AT IT

Guys like Corbin Carroll don’t just grow on trees. Give him a chance… you may have yourself a league winner. 

Gunnar Henderson (5-13% rostered)

I covered Henderson in last week’s edition on stashes, but I’d put him as one of my league winners as well. If you want to see why Henderson is roster able, I’d check out last week’s edition. While it’s hard to take a gamble on somebody who hasn’t played a game in Major League Baseball, it may be worth it. Gunnar Henderson is a tantalizing talent who could do enough to win you your fantasy league. 

Gavin Sheets

Gavin Sheets (2-4% rostered)

August has treated the White Sox slugger well as he has put up a .371 BA with an OPS of 1.031. He has found himself near fantasy relevance again after his stellar month, including two monster showings in the past week. It would only take another one of these showings for Sheets to be picked up en masse. Act quickly and pick up the streaking Sheets now.

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