The All-Star break gave us all a chance to catch our breath, and if you’re like me, it also gave us a chance to miss baseball and realize how much more exciting life is with 30 teams of the Major League who fight each day. For the fantastic managers who are committed to winning this year, it’s time to get back to work. Let’s find long term gems and weekend rentals.

Naylor is someone who often finds his way into this article, as his squad splits (.921 OPS vs. RHP) make him an obvious target when the Guardians are ready for a series of games against right-handers. That’s the case today, as Cleveland will play eight games against right-handers over the next seven days.

Intermediate options on the waiver wire aren’t great right now, which makes a stable asset like Hoerner more attractive than usual. The shortstop has been one of the most consistent assists in the batting average category this year, hitting over .280 each month, which leads to an overall batting average of .307. He also has a bit of speed (nine steals) and could help many roto teams until someone more exciting comes along.

Laureano continues to exhibit a valuable power-speed blend, having scored nine on both home runs and stolen columns in 64 games played. In fact, if you add up his totals over the past two campaigns, he has 23 homers and 21 sweeps in 152 games. This is a great time to find roster space for Laureano, as he may be on the roster of a contending team past the trade deadline.

Now is the time to add Ramon Laureano to the Fantasy Leagues. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Anthony Santander (OF, Baltimore Orioles, 43%)

I won’t use too much space on Santander, who has little breakout potential from now on. But the right-handed hitter could finish the year with 30 homers and 90 RBIs, making him an underrated producer to fill fantasy rosters.

Akil Baddoo (OF, Detroit Tigers, 9%)

Akil has put the Bad on Baddoo (sorry, I couldn’t resist) this season, posting a .323 OPS and showing no real signs of improvement since being recalled from a stint at the Minors. But he’s only 23 and still has the skills that led to 13 home runs and 18 interceptions in 124 games last season. Those who can afford to keep Baddoo on their bench for a week or two might have someone with an exciting power-speed mix for stretch racing.

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Braxton Garrett (SP, Miami Marlins, 10%)

Fantasy managers were quick to pick up a recently recalled prospect Max Meyer but not his rotation mate, Garrett. Their enthusiasm for Meyer may be misplaced, as Garrett is the one who posted solid ratios (3.70 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) and a 40:10 K:BB ratio over eight starts. After an 11-strikeout outing, Garrett should be listed in most leagues for his start today against the Pirates.

Jake Odorizzi (SP, Houston Astros, 37%)

Odorizzi has been solid in 10 starts this year (3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP), including posting a 12:1 K:BB ratio over 12.1 innings in back-to-back starts against the modest A’s roster before the All-Star break. The right-hander will make his third straight start against Oakland on Monday before wrapping up a two-start week against the Mariners. It’s time to catch it in the Weekly Trade Leagues.

Ross Stripling (SP/PR, Toronto Blue Jays, 40%)

Stripling continues his successful conversion from the Blue Jays bullpen to rotation (2.84 ERA inbound), and he is expected to remain in the starting quintet going forward. The right-hander is a risky option in Boston this weekend, but could help those in the points league’s abbreviated weeks. He has an advantageous game against the Tigers next week.

Kutter Crawford (SP/RP, Boston Red Sox, 5%)

Crawford had four starts with the Red Sox, posting a 3.60 ERA and a 22:6 K:BB ratio. And with Chris Sale facing a broken finger, the right-hander is expected to remain in the starting quintet for the foreseeable future. Backed by Boston’s talented roster, the 26-year-old has the potential for a few wins, starting with a game against the Blue Jays tomorrow.

Kyle Finnegan (PR, Washington Nationals, 16%)

For the second year in a row, Finnegan was crowned closest to the Nats for the final months of the campaign. The right-hander made 11 saves from July 29 to the end of 2021 and is set to do the same this year now that Tanner Rainey was sidelined until 2023. With a lifetime ERA of 3.53 and a WHIP of 1.40, Finnegan is far from a dominant reliever, but he should be good enough to help those who have desperately need stops.

Brett Martin (PR, Texas Rangers, 39%)

Martin continues to look like Rangers’ best option for saves, having allowed his last earned run on May 29. The southpaw has picked up three saves since Joe Barlow was relieved of the closer role in early July, and there’s a chance he’ll never allow another Texas pitcher into the closer picture. For those with the option, I would choose Martin over Finnegan.