Top Sluggers Rostered in 70% of Leagues or Less
Author: Broc Maples
As we get closer to the end of the Fantasy Baseball season, it’s time to look at this year's top sluggers that may still be available in your league. For the purpose of this article we will look at home runs and slugging percentage for players that are rostered in 70% or less of Yahoo leagues. Now, if you are in a 30 team league there probably won’t be any of these players available, but for a standard 12 team league, there may be some of these gems on waivers.
1. Kyle Seager 3B, SEA
SLG: .456 HR: 30 Rostered: 67% of Leagues.
Seager has already tied his career high for home runs in 2021. While he is 33 years old, he is someone who is going to start almost every day for the Mariners at third base. Already in 2021 he has 476 at-bats. Seager is heating up at the perfect time for fantasy owners, hitting five home runs in his last 10 games.
2. Adam Duvall OF, ATL
SLG: .469 HR: 27 Rostered: 59% of Leagues
While the average is low at .224, Duvall is another player that is going to start almost everyday for the Braves. Although he only has five home runs in August, the first place Braves seem to be turning the corner on their season. Duvall’s walks are above his career average and he has a sturdy 86 RBI this year. Having a player on a team trying to make the postseason and who is heating up could be a good momentum play.
3. Mike Zunino C, TB
SLG: .554 HR: 26 Rostered: 52% of Leagues
Catchers are always in demand for fantasy owners, so it’s almost amazing Zunino is only rostered in half of leagues with the offensive numbers he has. Already surpassing his career high for home runs, Zunino had a home run in five straight games in August. Strikeouts are a problem with 109 on the year, but it may be worth overlooking if you need a hard hitting catcher.
4. Hunter Renfroe OF, BOS
SLG: .501 HR: 25 Rostered: 62% of Leagues
Renfroe has 407 at-bats already this year, so this is an everyday player you can slot into your lineup. AVG is good at .258 with a decent 77 RBI. Due to his spot in the daily lineup, Renfroe already has a career high 71 runs. Overall, a decent player that won’t hurt your team, but has a big chance to help.
5. Eugenio Suárez 3B/SS, CIN
SLG: .369 HR: 23 Rostered: 65% of Leagues
So the at-bats are good at 425 and the home runs are good at 23, but not a lot else. Such a low slug percentage means when he isn’t hitting homers, he is getting weak contact on balls hit. AVG is bad at .172, strikeouts are high at 146, and RBI are mediocre at 66. If you need help with home runs on your team, this guy could be of use, but If you have a choice and aren’t desperate, I would look elsewhere.
6. Jesús Aguilar 1B, MIA
SLG: .468 HR: 22 Rostered: 69% of Leagues
This is a guy that would help any fantasy roster. Only four home runs in the month of August is pretty pedestrian, but Aguilar has 10 RBI in his last 13 games. The Miami first baseman has 110 hits and 21 doubles in 2021, making him fantasy relevant for more than just the long ball.
7. César Hernández 2B, CWS
SLG: .408 HR: 21 Rostered: 29% of Leagues
This guy is a workhorse, already accumulating 471 at-bats on the season. While he does see a lot of at bats, strikeouts are high at 117 and the AVG is a lackluster .229. Hernández does have 2 triples and 17 doubles, but unfortunately that hasn’t translated to runs batted in. This is a risky play, on a bit of slump, he has 14 strikeouts in his last nine games.
8. Tyler O’Neill OF, STL
SLG: .509 HR: 21 Rostered: 59% of Leagues
O’Neill’s strikeouts are high at 123, but this being the 26 year old’s first full season in the majors, it comes with the territory. O’Neill is 10/14 on stolen bases this season and he has a solid .273 AVG. The home runs have been lacking recently, but he does have nine hits in his last 11 games. The good slugging percentage bodes well for O’Neill’s potential in the future.
9. Eric Haase C/OF, DET
SLG: .512 HR: 19 Rostered: 43% of Leagues
This is Haase’s first real season in the MLB, currently sitting as an every other day player for the Tigers. Currently sitting with 252 at-bats and a .238 AVG. The AL Rookie of the Month in July has good home run numbers for a catcher and an encouraging 60 hits in 70 games played.
Randal Grichuk: .442/21/61%
Rhys Hoskins: .530/27/71%
Avisaíl García: .506/24/70%
Ryan Mountcastle: .493/23/72%
All Stats from MLB and Yahoo Fantasy