Each week, Baseball Press provides some "under the radar" fantasy players for AL-only leagues, NL-only leagues, and mixed leagues. We'll review the diamonds in the rough on the waiver wire that might help you boost your fantasy team in 2011.
Under the Radar - AL/NL Only Leagues
Thursday September 22nd, 2011
The final AL/NL-only Under the Radar of the season features a few rookies and a few veterans that may have just enough in this final stretch of the fantasy season to put your team on top. For managers looking to make that final push on their single-league fantasy teams, look no further.
* Owned percentages via Yahoo!
Jason Donald - 2B/SS, Cleveland Indians (0% owned)
Even after the return of Jason Kipnis from the disabled list, Jason Donald has been seeing enough playing time to make him noteworthy for deeper AL-only owners. The former Arizona Wildcat is currently carrying a .310 batting average with one home run, and three stolen bases on the season. Even though those numbers show little upside, he has been very solid at the plate as of late, hitting .353 over the last two weeks of play with four runs scored. With teams shutting down regulars at the end of the season for injuries, or resting them for the playoffs, Donald will continue to see at-bats, making him able to help your team.
Everett Teaford - RP, Kansas City Royals (4% owned)
Even though he still only possesses relief pitcher eligibility with Yahoo!, the Kansas City Royals have moved rookie Everett Teaford into their rotation for the remainder of the season. In his 28 innings out of the bullpen, Teaford posted a 3.21 ERA, with 15 strikeouts and allowed 5 home runs. The 27 year-old's last two appearances have been in the starting capacity, combining for 11 innings and allowing one earned run (on a home run), striking out nine, and holding the opposition to a .184 batting average. His final appearance of the season will come on Friday versus the White Sox, who he faced his last start and defeated, making him a good pickup for daily leagues in his final start of 2011.
Darnell McDonald - OF, Boston Red Sox (0% owned)
If you are grasping at straws for an outfielder then Darnell McDonald's current hot streak may be something to be interested in. In the last seven days, the veteran outfielders is hitting .438 with a home run and 4 RBI in 16 at-bats. He currently has a five game hitting streak and expect him to keep getting a few at-bats down the stretch as Boston searches for some kind of spark on offense.
Jordan Pacheco - C/1B/3B, Colorado Rockies (2% owned)
Playing primarily behind the plate in the minors, Jordan Pacheco has yet to log an inning as a catcher with the Rockies, splitting time between first and third base since his early September promotion. Even though he doesn't possess the power of a typical big league corner infielder, he did carry a .303 batting average with an .803 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) during his five minor league seasons. The New Mexico native has been playing regularly since becoming a big leaguer and doing well at the plate, hitting .286 with two home runs and three multi-hit games over his first 49 big league at-bats. Since he presently has catcher eligibility, Pacheco would be a good pickup in any two catcher league for the final stretch of games this season.
Kevin Millwood - SP, Colorado Rockies (3% owned)
Veteran starting pitcher Kevin Millwood has pitched well for the Rockies since joining the team in early August. Before his last start against San Diego, when he lasted only 3 1/3 innings giving up two home runs and six earned runs, Millwood owned a respectable 3.68 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. His next start is this Sunday against the Houston Astros and Millwood should fair well against the young team that has yet to see him. Owners should not put too much stock in his last start, since it was his first start of the season that he did not pitch at least 5 1/3 innings and gave up more than 4 earned runs in an outing.
Allen Craig - 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals (4% owned)
With the unfortunate injury to Matt Holliday, Allen Craig is a lock to be in the St. Louis starting lineup until Holliday's return. On the season, the 27 year-old utility man has posted a .309 batting average, hit eight home runs, and has stole five bases in 181 at-bats. Craig has made the most of his recent regular playing time, going 5-24 with two home runs, three RBI, and two multi-hit games since becoming a starter for Tony LaRussa. He is a great candidate to replace Holliday, or any struggling outfielder you may have active on your roster for the remainder of the season.
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