Two Yankees among the bats to add for an offensive boost

The following players are widely available in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball formats and may be worth grabbing, depending on how deep your league is.

Hicks has three homers and two interceptions while batting .323 with more walks than strikeouts in eight games in July. The Yankees have been patient with him all season (a .359 OBP from an elite walk rate assist), and more power is finally starting to show. Hicks has 10 RBIs and eight RBIs in eight games this month because the counting stats will be there in the New York roster. Hicks has been a big disappointment over the past few years, but he’s worth adding to the deeper fantasy leagues given his power/speed resume and recent signs of life in his bat. It has a .606 OPS in New York compared to .825 on the road, and while Yankee Stadium has played like an extreme pitching park this yearit seems like a safe bet that Hicks will perform much better at home going forward.

Matt Carpenter, 1B/2B, New York Yankees (16%)

Carpenter doesn’t have an obvious day-to-day spot in the Yankees roster, but he’ll continue to play a lot in a super utility role while hitting so well. The veteran looked finished but bounced back a lot after revamping his swing during the offseason. It’s a small sample, but Carpenter’s suddenly up to 10 home runs with a breathtaking 260 wRC+ more than 77 home plate appearances this season. Among the skilled hitters, Yordan Alvarez leads MLB with a 197 wRC+. Carpenter hits both left-handers and right-handers, and while he’s sure to calm down, the veteran is three seasons away from hitting 36 homers with over 110 runs scored and over 100 walked. He also hit midfield on a Yankees formation that scored by far the most runs in baseball. Eligible for midfield, Carpenter can be added to deeper fantasy leagues.

Matt Carpenter is back on the fantasy baseball radar as part of a powerful Yankees roster. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

Danny Jansen, C, Toronto Blue Jays (9%)

Jansen remains available in over 90% of Yahoo leagues despite posting 1.165 OPS after the All-Star break last season and 148 wRC+ this year before suffering a hand injury from which he is set to return. Gabriel Moreno is promised a bright future, but his 66 wRC+ will have no trouble going back down to the minors as soon as Jansen is ready (he homered in Sunday’s final rehab game). Since last year’s All-Star break, Jansen has 14 home runs for 121 at bat. Among qualified catchers, teammate Alexander Kirk leads MLB with an .876 OPS at an extremely thin position to fill the fantasy. Jansen will return with a .915 OPS (and a Toronto pitching staff who will welcome his catch).

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Nolan Jones, 3B, Cleveland Guardians (16%)

Jones was called up to the majors Friday after hitting .311/.417/.500 in Triple-A and homered while walking more than hits over the weekend. Jones has 70 degree power and could also add a handful of steals, and it’s available in nearly 85% of Yahoo leagues. Jones will soon add OF as well, but he’s very valuable given his 3B eligibility, as the position is behind the lone catcher as fantasy baseball’s thinnest.

Josh Rojas, 2B/3B/SS/OF, Arizona Diamonds (53%)

Rojas was dropped in many fantasy leagues after hitting just 0.216/0.260/0.299 in June, but rebounded by beating 0.485 from 10 games in July when he boosted his season OPS by over 100 points while adding three tours/flights. . Selective at home plate and yet to be thrown to the base paths, Rojas recently beat first against right-handers. Eligible for four different positions, the hard-hitting Rojas have already been a popular addition of late and are unlikely to be available in the Fantasy Leagues for much longer.

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