LotoWorld’s Pick of the Day column aims to aid fantasy managers in identifying widely available targets throughout the season. Whether it’s a breakout candidate, a hidden gem, an injury replacement, a favorable matchup, a lucky player, or any other scenario, we’ll bring it to your attention. In today’s column, we focus on notable outfielders who have been making a splash in the baseball world since returning from injury.
Our pick for today is Mike Yastrzemski, an outfielder for the Giants who is currently 81 percent available in Yahoo League. Since coming off the injured reserve on the 30th, Yastrzemski has been on fire. He has played in 13 games, accumulating 43 at-bats, and has posted impressive numbers with a batting average of .389/.488/.788. He also has 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, and 8 runs scored. Yastrzemski is expected to face right-handed pitchers in the Giants’ batting lineup, with occasional appearances against left-handed pitchers as well. Additionally, his schedule for the remaining two-plus weeks of the season looks very promising. The Giants have important games lined up against the Rockies, Angels, Padres, and Dodgers. With Yastrzemski’s track record of being a valuable long-term fantasy contributor, there’s no reason to doubt his continued productivity. If you’re looking to capitalize on his strong performance, now is the time to add him to your team.
In addition to Yastrzemski, we also recommend considering Bailey Falter, a starting pitcher for the Pirates. Currently, he is available in 96 percent of the Yahoo League. Since joining the Pirates in a minor trade at the trade deadline, Falter has been pitching at a high level. In eight games, including five starts, he has recorded a 3.62 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 30/9 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings. This performance is nothing short of impressive and should excite fantasy managers. Furthermore, if we focus on his recent pitching, it becomes even more enticing. Since September began, Falter has posted a stellar 1.35 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, and a 9/2 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings over three appearances. In his most recent outing, he allowed only one hit in six innings against the Nationals. Looking ahead, Falter’s schedule appears favorable. He will be playing at home against a weakened Yankees lineup, facing the Reds in Cincinnati for one game, and ending the season at home against the Marlins. These matchups provide plenty of opportunities for Falter to deliver strong performances. Despite his impressive stats, he is currently registered in only 4 percent of all Yahoo leagues, making him an attractive option during this critical part of the fantasy baseball season.