Deep League Adds Week 22: Six Players to Consider Who Are Under 15% Owned
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Every Tuesday from now until the end of the season, we will be taking a look at players with under 15% ownership (ESPN) that should be on your radar in deep leagues. The majority of fantasy baseball leagues are mixed leagues with 10-12 teams, however we know many of you play in 18-20 team leagues and/or AL/NL only formats. This column is for you all.
Two starters with favorable upcoming schedules highlight this week’s list, alongside two young outfielders and two slugging first basemen.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, MIA (2.6% owned)
Chen checked in at No. 89 on The List this week. His next three starts are vs. Tor, @Pit and @NYM, which is real tidy. He has also given up four combined runs in his last three starts, with a 19/4 K/BB ratio. Don’t expect anything elite from the soft tossing lefty, but a few nice matchups could give fantasy teams a boost down the stretch.
Joey Lucchesi, SP, SD (13.8% owned)
Lucchesi has a 3.74 ERA in August, but that comes with a 2.77 xFIP and a 11.22 K/9, along with a 2.91 BB/9. His next few starts are vs. SEA, @AZ and @CIN. Nothing too difficult, making Lucchesi a solid streaming option in 12-teamers and a nice add in anything deeper.
Billy McKinney, OF, TOR (6.5% owned)
McKinney has absolutely raked since being recalled on August 17, slashing .370/.485/.778 with three home runs. He has displaced Curtis Granderson as the fourth outfielder, and should see semi-regular playing time going forward. Obviously he won’t stay this hot, but in deeper leagues or AL-only formats he should be grabbed ASAP.
Ryan O’Hearn, 1B, KCR (1.9% owned)
O’Hearn is worth a look in leagues with daily roster moves, and for owners looking for cheap power. O’Hearn is hitting a blistering .333/.429/.762 against right-handers, but only .050/.050/.200 against lefties. If you can afford to platoon him, give him a look. Otherwise, he’s not a bad option in DFS formats against right-handers.
Tyler O’Neill, OF, STL (7.1% owned)
O’Neill is scorching the ball in August, slashing .316/.357/.605 with three home runs, all in the last six days. While two of them were at Coors, O’Neill has made the most of his playing time and could be a nice source of power down the stretch in 14+ team leagues.
Luke Voit, 1B, NYY (3.5% owned)
For the time being, Voit has surpassed Greg Bird on the Yankees depth chart. That’s thanks to a .325/.400/.625 slash line and four home runs in just 18 games. His hot streak will end, but if he is getting regular playing time he’s a cheap source of power.