The Major League Baseball trade deadline is less than two weeks away, but fantasy owners need to start preparing now by looking at their roster and identifying the players who could be on the move.
This is more important in league-only formats, as players could be switching from American to National and vice versa. However, even in mixed leagues, the fantasy value of a player could be impacted if his role changes with the new team.
St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Tyler O'Neill -- It's difficult to find a hitter that is hotter right now than the 24-year-old. The outfielder has collected 10 hits during his last five games, including four home runs. That is scorching and fantasy owners need to take advantage. There's no way this hot streak keeps up, but we can hop on the bandwagon now and ride the wave for as long as it lasts.
Tampa Bay Rays First Baseman Nate Lowe -- When a player wins Player of the Week and is less than 35 percent owned, we need to take notice. Lowe collected eight hits after the All-Star break, which earned him the weekly honor. He is now batting .286 with five home runs in only 18 games played. Lowe does come with some risks. He played well in May and was demoted and then came up for a day in June and was demoted again. After his strong weekend after All-Star break, the Rays benched the infielder for three of four games against the New York Yankees July 15-18. This isn't ideal, but the production is there when he is in the lineup. I wouldn't go crazy if you're low on free-agent money, but if you need an upside player, Lowe is your guy.
St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher Adam Wainwright -- If you're in need of starting pitching help, you can do worse than the veteran. Wainwright has not allowed more than three earned runs since May 28, which spans six starts. The right-hander has also struck out at least six hitters in six of his last seven starts. It's amazing to think the 37-year-old could still be a fantasy asset, but that's exactly what he is with two and a half months left.