Each week Baseball Press will be providing some Under the Radar fantasy players for NL-Only Leagues, AL-Only Leagues and Mixed Leagues.
These articles will be dedicated to finding those diamonds in the rough on the waiver wire that will either be a short term or long term replacement to an injury or struggling player on your fantasy team. All players listed are owned in less than 30% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
The Mets rookie first basemen has been mediocre since his call-up and really for a corner player, that is not easy to do. He has had his struggles with batting average, July being the most noticeable dip when he only hit .214, but did contribute 6 home runs. So far in September you have seen the power (3 home runs) and he has posted an average North of .400. It looks that he has put things together, and even though the Mets are not playing for anything but respect, Davis looks to want to finish the season strong.
Logan Morrison - 1B/OF, Florida Marlins (Yahoo! 15% / CBS 44%)
@LoMoMarlins as most of the Twitter world knows him is one tough cookie that is doing what he can to guarantee himself a roster spot in 2011. Even though he took a foul ball off the face while standing in the on-deck circle, Morrison did not slow down his September tear last week. Even though he hasn't recorded a home run yet, he does have 6 doubles and 3 triples in the month of September while hitting .385. The majority of the Marlins remaining games are at home where Logan has a .327 average. Hitting towards the top of the order will give him plenty of Run and RBI chances even if the ball doesn't end up over the fence which still makes him worth picking up in Mixed Leagues here on out.
Danny Espinosa - 2B, Washington Nationals (Yahoo! 4%, CBS 19%)
My award for "Best Performance from a September Call-up in 2010" goes to Danny Espinosa. He is a definite speed / power threat and if he can stay hot he can be a huge boost at your middle infield spot. There is no reason for the Nationals not to play the 23 year old rookie, who they have an eye on to be their 2011 every day second basemen. He only hit .268 in the Minors this year but he did have 22 homers and 25 stolen bases with an OPS just over .800. If you are in any kind of keeper/dynasty league you have to go pick this guy up now, especially with the lack of depth at the second base spot once you get out of the top tier. Thanks to a big first game he already has 3 home runs, 10 RBI with a .310 average in his 9 games played.
Drew Stubbs - OF, Cincinnati Reds (Yahoo! 30% / CBS 48%)
Around the All-Star break Drew Stubbs was real close to being sent down to triple-A for a combination of reasons, the biggest of which was his lack of production. If it wasn't for his defense he most certainly would have been riding on a bus across the country instead of flying in a jet. There is one thing that has saved Stubbs a couple time this year from being benched, and that is playing at Wrigley Field. In his 5 games in the Friendly Confines he has hit 4 home runs with a .400 average and a slugging percentage (Not OPS but Slugging) of 1.050. Since that trip to Wrigley in early August he has hit over .300 with 3 home runs and 6 stolen bases. He has the potential to grab you a few home runs and stolen bases before the year is over and is well worth the add as a 4th or 5th outfielder to finish the season.
Chris Narveson - SP, Milwaukee Brewers (Yahoo! 4%, CBS 29%)
Narveson had been the butt of many a jokes among members of my NL-Only league this year, but in his past 3 starts he has been excellent. He has thrown 20.1 innings, allowing only 5 earned runs and collected 23 strike outs with 2 wins. And he wasn't toeing the rubber against some bad teams in that stretch which included the Reds and Cardinals. This week he is a two-start pitcher, and even though the Brewers offense has been inconsistent so you can't count on wins the Astros and Giants, you probably can count on the strike outs to continue to be put on the board. As long as he can go at least 5 in each outing he is more than worthy of a roster spot this week.