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2017 Fantasy Baseball: Six Buy-Low Candidates

Dr. Roto reveals six players Fantasy owners should attempt to buy at a discounted price after the first quarter of the MLB season.

Daily Dr. Roto—May 17, 2017

Buy Low, Buy Low, It’s off to Trade I go…

Here are some names of players who are underperforming but are on my trade radar:

1. Braves SS Dansby Swanson—When Ron Shandler selected Swanson at the FSTA Draft in Round 13, I wondered if he knew something I didn’t. Then the more I looked at Swanson, I realized that Ron was right: Swanson was a terrific young prospect capable of providing a little power/speed atop the Braves' lineup. Thus far, we have not seen the power or the speed—or anything for that matter…BUT over the last seven games, Swanson has hit .391 which is telling me that he might get going soon. If he does, he could bounce back to hitting second in front of Freddie Freeman, a huge boon to his overall counting stats.

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2. Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista—Admittedly, I was a little shocked when no team seemed to want to take a chance on Bautista this offseason. I know that he is 36 years old, but he can still hit 20+ home runs, right?? So far, Bautista hasn’t looked sharp at the plate. However, he has three home runs in his last seven games, which tells me that a hot streak might be looming for him and the Blue Jays. Also note that Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki will both the back in the lineup by the end of this week which should give Bautista much better lineup protection.

3. Indians 1B Edwin Encarnacion—When the Blue Jays signed Kendrys Morales in the off-season, the Indians thought they got extremely lucky by signing Encarnacion to provide some thump in the middle of their order. Sadly, E5 has been anything but Thumper. As of this minute, he is hitting .207 with six home runs. Will this continue? No chance. Encarnacion has hit at least 30 home runs in each of the last five years and I think he does it again this season.

4. Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen—The Pirates OF has taken a beating in 2017. Starling Marte is suspended, Gregory Polanco is hurt, and Andrew McCutchen stinks. But I see a glimmer of hope with Cutch. He has six home runs and three stolen bases. If he can just get a hot streak going, a 20/20 season is not out of reach. I am willing to take a shot on him if it doesn’t cost me too much in a deal.

5. Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber—Fantasy owners seem to be down on Schwarber but I think they are crazy! Here’s a guy with less than 400 major league at-bats who is still learning a new position after being injured for the better part of the last two seasons. Moreover, he is the leadoff hitter for the World Champion Cubs. I know he is hitting .187, but I will gladly take him in a deal right now. I think he hits .250 at season’s end, which means he will probably hit .300 the rest of the way. I am just fine with that.

6. Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr.—One of the things I love about living in Southwest Florida is my proximity to Spring Training. This year I attended three games and the player I came away most impressed with was Jackie Bradley Jr. Some people may think he overachieved last season in terms of hitting for power, but I don’t think it was a fluke. He has 20+ home run potential and he might just be the best defensive CF in baseball. I can promise you that the Red Sox won’t give up on him and neither should you.

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