There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few of the most interesting players for fantasy owners, with perspective on who deserves your attention, who deserves your patience, and who deserves to go straight to bed without dessert.
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Players to be picked up; available in most standard leagues
Jon Singleton | Houston Astros | 1B
Once again, Jon Singleton has earned a call up by obliterating Triple-A pitching, this time feasting to the tune of a .280/.387/.553 slash line in 313 plate appearances. In an even more encouraging development, he was able to reign in his strikeouts, cutting his K-rate down to 20.1%. Singleton hadn’t posted a strikeout rate better than that in a sample of at least 200 plate appearances since his first appearance in A-ball, back in 2009. All things are pointing toward a successful stint in the major leagues.
Accept that big ‘ole elephant in the room. The one that’s telling us he’s seen this movie before. And he’s right.
Just last season, Singleton rode an early .267/.397/.544 Triple-A slash line to a major league call up. And that moment was the highlight of his year. His .168/.285/.335 MLB slash line made him one of the worst players in the big leagues, but it was likely his 37.0% strikeout rate that got him sent him back to Fresno to open 2015.
So why am I buying now?