There usually are a few unlikely players that could help fantasy baseball teams late in the season. Connor Joe is one of them. The Rockies outfielder/first baseman has been getting playing time recently and excelling. He was more on the radar this past weekend since the Rockies are at home all week, but he's still available in many leagues.
In the last 14 games, Joe has homered five times. In his last 21 games, Joe is slashing .329/.381/.645 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs. Overall, Joe is slashing .292/.367/.492 with 14 runs, seven home runs and 25 RBIs with a 19.7 percent strikeout rate and 10.9 percent walk rate. The 29-year old slashed .300/.426/.503 with 82 runs, 15 home runs and 68 RBIs in 360 at-bats at Triple-A with the Dodgers in 2019. In the spring of 2020, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Five months after he was diagnosed, he was cancer free. Joe has reached base safely in 25 of 27 starts. Joe has an 11.8 percent barrel percentage and has hit lead off in 11 straight games. Joe is especially useful when the Rockies are at home considering his 1.160 OPS at Coors Field.
Frank Schwindel is another older player taking advantage of an opportunity. The 29-year old first baseman is getting the playing time after the trade of Anthony Rizzo. Schwindel has spent most of his career in the minors with the Royals, Tigers, A's and Cubs. He played six games in the majors for the Royals in 2019. He played eight games with the A's this season and has been with the Cubs since July 30. Schwindel has been playing every day with the Cubs and done well in August, hitting 21-for-55 (.389) with eight runs, four home runs, 14 RBIs and an 11:3 K:BB ratio. Schwindel doesn't strike out much and doesn't walk much. Schwindel has shown good power over the last few seasons in the minors . He has a .973 OPS in 75 at-bats and while he isn't this good, he can fill the void if injuries have hit.
In most competitive leagues, Eliser Hernandez was added over the last two weeks, but he's still available in some. Hernandez returned from the injured list on Sunday after making one start in April and one start in June. The Marlins right-hander went 5.1 innings against the Cubs and allowed four hits, one run, one walk and struck out four. In 12.1 innings, he has allowed nine hits, four earned runs, walked one and struck out 13. Since the 2020 spanning 38.1 innings, Hernandez has a 3.05 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and has a 37:6 K:BB ratio.
One of the reasons for the Giants success this season is getting production from a player like Logan Webb, who has also been one of the best values in fantasy this season. Webb dominated the Mets on Tuesday, pitching 7.1 innings and allowing seven hits, two runs, one walk and striking out eight. He has pitched at least six innings in five straight starts. In his last 11 starts, Webb has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each one.
Since returning from the injured list on July 9, Webb has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. In those eight starts, Webb has a 1.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and a 44:10 K:BB ratio over 43.1 innings. Webb is 7-3 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 26.1 percent strikeout rate and 7.2 percent walk rate. Webb has a 61.7 percent ground ball rate, mainly due to his lethal sinker and his slider has led to a lot of swings and misses.