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No Doubting Duvall

by Jorge Montanez
Updated On: June 20, 2022, 10:51 am ET

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Alex Kirilloff, OF/1B, Twins -- Available in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues

Kirilloff returned to the Twins lineup on Saturday after missing most of the season with a reoccurrence of wrist inflammation. He got off to a miserable start, going 5-for-29 with 12 strikeouts over his first ten games before landing on the injured list. The 24-year-old slugger showed some promise last season, hitting .251/.299/.423 with eight homers across 231 plate appearances. And his underlying numbers, including a 12.8 percent barrel rate and 43.9 percent hard-hit rate, suggested a breakout was on the horizon. After being cleared to return to action, Kirilloff absolutely torched Triple-A pitching, to the tune of a .359/.465/.641 slash line and ten homers over 157 plate appearances. It seems the wrist is ok. Now widely available, Kirilloff could be a difference-maker for fantasy teams as we approach the second half of the season. 


Adam Duvall, OF, Braves -- Available in 59 percent of Yahoo leagues

Duvall had a big week at the plate, blasting four homers to double his season total, giving him eight on the year with a .205/.274/.366 triple-slash line across 248 plate appearances. The streaky slugger could keep the power binge going this week with a full seven-game slate for the Braves. Four of those seven starts are projected to come against left-handed starters. Duvall has performed much better against southpaws this season, with five of his homers and a .931 OPS. Teams looking to supplement some power could look to the 33-year-old veteran. 


Luis Gonzalez, OF, Giants -- Available in 91 percent of Yahoo leagues

Gonzalez has been a diamond in the rough for the Giants after they claimed the 26-year-old outfielder off waivers from the White Sox. He's hitting .303/.363/.454 with three homers, 19 runs scored, 23 RBI, and seven steals across 171 plate appearances. Much of his production is supported by a 19.9 percent strikeout rate and 36.4 percent hard-hit rate. His play at the plate has gotten him the leadoff spot in the Giants' lineup against right-handed starters. San Francisco has a full seven games this week, and five of those games come against right-handed starters. Gonzalez is batting .336/.394/.504 against righties and could be a decent play in mixed leagues this week for some production across the board. 


Nomar Mazara, OF, Padres -- Available in 98 percent of Yahoo leagues

First, it's incredible that Mazara is still just 27 years old. The forever youthful outfielder has found his way into everyday playing time with the Padres, hitting .327/.365/.429 with one homer and ten RBI across 52 plate appearances. He drove in eight runs in the last week while hitting sixth in the lineup and could move up a spot or two with Manny Machado likely out for a time. Mazara's ground ball issue doesn't seem to be fixed, but he's stuck out just nine times so far while putting up a 44.4 percent hard-hit rate. With seven games on the schedule and five of them projected against right-handed starters, Mazara could be a decent streamer in deep mixed leagues as a fifth outfielder. 


Alek Thomas, OF, Diamondbacks -- Available in 80 percent of Yahoo leagues

The fact that Thomas is available in 80 percent of Yahoo leagues goes to show he's been one of the more underrated rookies this season despite some solid production at the plate. The 22-year-old outfielder is slashing .275/.333/.435 with five homers, 21 runs scored, 14 RBI, and three steals across 140 plate appearances. One of the more impressive traits he's shown is the ability to make contact while being so young at the major league level with a 17.9 percent strikeout rate. Thomas is capable of providing some production across the board, with 13 steals in the minors last season and 15 steals in 2019. He's started to show off some of that speed on the bases with all three of his steals coming in the last 11 games. Teams looking to add a bit of speed with some five-category potential should take a chance on Thomas. 

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Rich Hill, LHP, Red Sox -- Available in 88 percent of Yahoo leagues

The Tigers have had one of the worst offenses in baseball. Over the last two weeks, they've produced a 77 WRC+ as a team that ranks last in that span. That makes Hill a viable streamer in deeper leagues. The 42-year-old southpaw has recorded a 4.42 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts over 55 innings for Boston. An area he's excelled at is limiting baserunners via the walk with a 5.7 percent walk rate. Don't expect the Tigers to get any free passes in this matchup. Their 4.2 percent walk rate ranks last in baseball over the previous two weeks. Hill likely won't provide much value over the rest of the season, but teams in deeper leagues looking for a starter this week can look to the veteran as a decent streaming option. 


Tyler Wells, RHP, Orioles -- Available in 94 percent of Yahoo leagues

Wells got off to a rocky start this season as he transitioned from the bullpen to the starting rotation. He produced a 4.41 ERA over his first eight starts but has been much better of late. In five starts dating back to May 25, he's put up a 2.67 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 27 innings. You'd like to see more strikeouts than a 12.5 percent strikeout rate, but at least Wells has been able to limit baserunners with a 5.8 percent walk rate. This week, he gets a favorable matchup against the Nationals. Washington has recorded a 70 WRC+ over the last week and has a .689 OPS on the year against right-handed pitching. The limited upside makes Wells a streamer for the deepest of mixed leagues as he's on the waiver wire in 94 percent of Yahoo leagues. 


Brady Singer, RHP, Royals -- Available in 75 percent of Yahoo leagues

Going after some of the worst lineups in baseball has been a weekly occurrence in this column. We're not stopping now as we attack the Oakland A's and their 78 WRC+ as a team this season, second-worst only to the Tigers. Singer draws a rematch against the A's this week after giving up three runs over 5 1/3 innings on Sunday. The 25-year-old right-hander carries a respectable 4.34 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts across 45 2/3 innings. And his 3.31 xFIP suggests he's pitched better than those surface stats indicate. Singer has made some improvements in key areas. With a mid-90s sinker, he's generated a 52.6 percent ground ball rate. And he's shown better control with an excellent 5.4 percent walk rate. Even on Sunday, despite giving up three runs, he did not issue a walk against the A's. We'll take our chances with a rematch. 


Jon Gray, RHP, Rangers -- Available in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues

There must be plenty of people out there burned by Gray's slow start to the season, as he's widely available despite back-to-back excellent starts. He tossed seven shutout innings with six strikeouts against the Tigers on Friday. And he held the White Sox to one run over six innings with ten strikeouts in the previous start. The two solid outings give him a 4.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 63 strikeouts across 59 innings this year. His 3.38 FIP and 3.61 xFIP indicate he's pitched much better than the overall line suggests. And we're seeing some of that regression happening. Gray draws a tough matchup against the Phillies this week, but it comes at home in Texas, away from the launching pad of Citizens Bank Park. This one has the potential to be more than just a weekly streamer across all mixed leagues. 


Brad Hand, LHP, Available in 83 percent of Yahoo leagues

Corey Knebel has been demoted from the closer role after struggling on the mound this month. Hand and Seranthony Domínguez are expected to fill in as a committee. But Hand has gotten the first two save chances since Knebel was moved to middle relief. He picked up a save on Friday against the Nationals. With the Phillies up by one run in the ninth on Saturday, it was Hand again on the mound to close it out. He walked a batter and allowed a base hit to score the tying run, charging Hand with a blown save. Meanwhile, Dominguez, who is regarded as the team's best reliever, has been saved for situational usage against the opposing team's best hitters. That's not to say he won't see a save chance as well, as he picked up the save in the tenth inning on Saturday, but it appears Hand will be used more in the traditional sense in the ninth inning. 

Jorge Montanez

Jorge is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge and FantraxHQ. You can follow him on twitter @Roto_Nino.