As we move into the season's second half and approach the All-Star break, it gets harder to find impact talent that hasn't already been addressed. The majority of those worthy of your roster are either minor league call-ups or those returning from injury. Gaps in the standings are becoming more pronounced and instead of adding potential balanced, well rounded players is replaced by those with strength in a particular category where points can be won.... or lost. Just like some players may re-appear on Waiver Flavor over time, inevitably players you have dropped again receive consideration.
As the calendar rolls into June, we have also reached the one-third mark of the season. Trends are meaningful and gaps are real in your fantasy standings. It seems we get an influx of prospects in bunches and this week was no exception. The All-Star ballots are out at major league ballparks across the land and also on the Internet. I like the "select team" option, allowing you to vote for all the players on your favorite team with one click. Also the home run derby voting is an interesting touch. On to the most important news each and every week, our top choices on the waiver wire and free agency.
The choices are clear this week. For those with priority or the biggest FAAB budgets, will it be hitting and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, or pitching and Arizona's Trevor Bauer? A fairly hearty list this week, which includes three possible sources for saves. This week's starters have been vetted, with at least two quality starts back to back, or have a track record of success.