The middle of June is quickly approaching, which also means summer is upon us. This is often times when fantasy owners start to fall off. There's an edge to be had around this time in terms of the waiver wire and sometimes just by continuing to check your rosters. This is when the grind really begins to kick in and we just need to work harder and reap the rewards.
1. Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Jay Bruce -- The veteran was traded to the Phillies and hasn't stopped hitting since he arrived. Bruce hit four home runs during the last week with 11 RBIs and is giving fantasy owners a nice boost. The average will never be great which limits his ceiling, but the power will be there. He's in a prolific lineup, so the run production should continue as well.
2. Chicago White Sox Starting Pitcher Lucas Giolito -- It has been a great ride for the one-time top prospect. Giolito struggled early in his career, but as I have often said, it's difficult to project how quickly these prospects adjust to the big leagues. The right-hander has finally adjusted and is having an epic season, as he is pitching to a 2.28 ERA with a low WHIP of 0.92 to go along with nine wins and 89 strikeouts. This past week alone, Giolito struck out 20 and did not give up a run. I think we have the makings of a true ace, and fantasy owners are being rewarded in a big way.
3. Philadelphia Phillies Starting Pitcher Nick Pivetta
-- We recommended Pivetta as a
waiver-wire addition in our latest article
and he paid off for us immediately as he pitched a complete game while allowing just one earned run and striking out six. Pivetta has now struck out 15 during his last two starts while allowing only one earned run. If Pivetta can finally figure it out, fantasy owners are in for a nice second half of the season.
1. Oakland Athletics Outfielder Khris Davis -- We're waiting for the slugging outfielder to get on a roll, but it hasn't happened yet. Davis has just 13 home runs and is well short of the 40 home run pace that he has hit the past three seasons. This past week, Davis struck out 11 times while only collecting seven hits. Davis did end the week hitting a home run, which is good to see. The power surge is coming, and fantasy owners will benefit big time when it does.
2. San Diego Padres Infielder Manny Machado -- It has been a sluggish start for Machado this season, as the slick-fielding infielder is batting .242 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs. The current pace would be the worst season for Machado since 2014 when he played just 82 games. Machado will turn it around, but we are nearing the halfway point so it needs to happen quickly.
3. Boston Red Sox Third Baseman Rafael Devers -- It has been a strong season for the 22-year-old, as he is batting .301 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs. However, it was a sluggish week as Devers collected just four hits while striking out five times. These weeks happen and Devers will easily bounce back and continue to provide fantasy owners with production.