Fantasy Baseball – Consistency Triple Play – All-Star Edition
Ron Rigney is here every week sharing his favorite bats and arms who are performing on a consistent basis yet flying under the radar in your weekly H2H points leagues!
It’s All-Star Week! The Triple Play here at Big Guy Fantasy Sports is geared toward the head-to-head players using the Consistency model. However, don’t go anywhere just yet you roto players! Each week I’ll highlight three bats and three arms that are consistently scoring points but may not be at the top of the total points category. No matter your league format, you need Consistency! Check out the Baseball Consistent Report by clicking here. Here we go!
Nolan Jones, 3B/OF – CLE
If you’re familiar with the minor leagues, you already know Nolan Jones has been a top prospect in the Guardians system for a while. After going through a bit of a rough 2021 campaign, Jones turned a hot start at Triple-A into a big league call-up, where he has continued to impress. In 33 PA he’s posted a .333/.455/.519 line with a homer and nine RBI. At first, his career K% of 27.3% looks a bit alarming, but when paired with his ability to take a walk (18.7% BB%) it isn’t as worrisome as it looks. He’s a great addition for consistent power, but his .471 BABIP will decline at some point, so in batting average leagues he may be a riskier add. He gained eligibility at third base, so the flexibility is always a plus. It’s not often you can add a player with 70-grade raw power at this point in the season, but Jones remains low-owned in most shallow leagues (29% owned on Yahoo).
Esteury Ruiz, OF – SD
Another thing that’s tough to come by during the season is speed. Stolen bases are expensive in drafts, but virtually non-existent off waivers. Ruiz recently got the call to the show in San Diego based on his hot hitting in the minors. Up until this season, he was a guy with elite speed that couldn’t do much else, including hit. In both Double and Triple-A Ruiz has suddenly learned how to hit for average and take a walk. His BB% hovered around 14% at both stops in the minors and has more than double his career mark. Ruiz also posted batting averages over .300 as well as OBP’s that topped .450. He’s started five out of eight games up to this point and has only stolen one base thus far. However, his 60 stolen base total in the minors makes him a must-add for speed, even if he doesn’t carve out an everyday role.
Max Meyer, SP – MIA
The 23-year-old top prospect has been the minor league arm everyone has been waiting to see in The Show. Meyer was the third overall pick in the 2020 draft and has showcased elite stuff in the minors. He sports an upper 90’s fastball and a nasty wipeout slider that is his best offering. He’s posted a double-digit K/9 in the minors and should be able to do that in the bigs as well. He showed flashes in his first start but ultimately ended up allowing five earned in 5.1 innings. He should be added in most formats and will make his second start on July 23rd against the Pirates.