It’s the last week of the season! If you’re still fighting for a money spot, it’s not too late to take advantage of every little thing you can. The Rockies finish the season with a six game homestand, first facing the Marlins for the first three games, taking a break on Thursday, and ending with a trio of games against the Dodgers. Here are some lesser owned names that might be available in your league to consider picking up for the week, especially in a daily transaction league when you could use them only during the games at Coors for Marlins and Dodgers players.
Gerardo Parra (CBS 49% Owned)
Parra is back to acting as an every day corner outfielder, even getting a start against a lefty last week. We expected big things from him last season in his first year with the Rockies, but that never came to fruition. Instead, the Coors Bump was delayed a year and he’s currently sporting a career best wOBA. His entire profile looks legit and that career high .353 BABIP is buoyed by a 23.2% line drive rate and a tiny 1.1% IFFB%. The only disappointment is just two steals along with five caughts, as his speed has clearly waned. He has hit .354 at home this year wit ha 12.8% HR/FB rate.
Brian Anderson (2% Owned)
I highlighted Anderson in last week’s deep league waiver wire for the very reason that he currently has a full-time job and this three game set in Coors was upcoming. He’s essentially been a singles hitter so far for the Marlins in 62 at-bats, but he does have power, and what better time to showcase it then during a series at Coors? If you have a hole at third base, he’s a nice alternative with the Coors-aided upside.
Miguel Rojas (2% Owned)
Rojas has taken over the every day shortstop mantle and has the great honor of having ZERO articles linking to his name on his page. The 28-year-old sports a pitiful .273 career wOBA, and isn’t doing a whole lot better this year with a .297 mark. But, he makes fantastic contact leading to strikeouts rates barely in the double digits and has been hitting liners frequently. Normally that would boost BABIP, but unfortunately all those line drives have been offset somewhat by an inflated pop-up rate. Clearly not a shallower league option, but in a deeper league where the middle infield pickings are slim, three games at Coors should be enough to convince you he’s probably a better option than who you’re currently trotting out.
Curtis Granderson (36% Owned)
Granderson is strictly a platoon player, but on the strong side, and the Rockies aren’t scheduled to throw any lefties in their three games against the Dodgers. It’s been a pretty standard season for the aging outfielder, except that his BABIP has plummeted to a career low .223. There’s no better fix to a weak BABIP than a trip to Coors! As a power hitting flyballer who doesn’t strike out too frequently, Granderson appears ideally suited to take advantage of the friendly environment.
Logan Forsythe (21% Owned)
With Justin Turner banged up, Forsythe has started the last five games, the last three of which have come at third base. Most of Forsythe’s underlying skills look strong, except that while the league as a whole has set a new single season total home run record, Forsythe has not contributed to such a feat at all. He has just five dingers and his HR/FB rate has been more than halved. All those power gains he enjoyed beginning in 2015 and then again in 2016 have disappeared. But he’s not too old to think he’s suddenly lost that power, he still sports a solid batted ball profile, and has shown excellent plate patience. He’s a good pickup who could be plugged in at multiple positions.
Austin Barnes (7% Owned)
Barnes is Yasmani Grandal’s backup, so it’s possible he fails to see a plate appearance at Coors. But he’s been fantastic in his limited time, displaying strong skills all over the place. He has combined a big walk rate with a small strikeout rate, resulting in nearly as many walks as strikeouts. He has hit tons of line drives, while avoiding the pop-up, all en route to a .325 BABIP. And he’s shown home run power never been seen out of his bat. He’s even chipped in four steals. He’ll likely get a start or two during the week and in deeper leagues where you’ve played the second catcher carousel, he’s a good choice for this final week.
Chase Utley (2% Owned)
Along with Anderson above, Utley was also discussed in last week’s waiver wire piece. He has benefited from Turner’s absence as well, and has continued to produce a little of everything. We can ignore the low BABIP as he plays at Coors and with the Rockies not throwing lefties, we don’t need to worry about platooning issues.
Mike Podhorzer is the 2015 Fantasy Sports Writers Association Baseball Writer of the Year. He produces player projections using his own forecasting system and is the author of the eBook Projecting X 2.0: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance, which teaches you how to project players yourself. His projections helped him win the inaugural 2013 Tout Wars mixed draft league. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikePodhorzer and contact him via email.