Fantasy: FAAB Targets For Week 13

This time of the year creates great buying opportunities in dynasty leagues. By now, many players who slumped early have quietly turned it around. By throwing out early-season samples, we can identify top talents before their numbers jump back up. Below, I have listed players who have slid under the radar for a variety of reasons, many because of slow Aprils. Use these struggles to your advantage when buying at the bottom of the market. 

Mitch Keller, RHP, Pirates 
League Size: Trade Target in all formats
There was a lot of excitement around Keller this spring after videos surfaced of him featuring a low-launch, high-rise fastball that was up to 100 mph. The early returns, however, were tough. Keller went 0-5 in his first seven starts and allowed 24 earned runs in 32.2 innings. Keller was then moved to the bullpen for a pair of appearances. When he returned to the rotation, he found the feel for his slider and the results started changing. Over his last five starts, Keller is 2-0 with 23 strikeouts to 12 walks over 27 innings. It’s taken a while, but the sudden turn in results makes Keller an excellent post-hype target in all formats.  

Blaze Jordan, 1B, Red Sox 
League Size: 12 Teams with 125+ Prospects Rostered 
Few players have had more notoriety and fame as a high schooler than Jordan. His home run derby exploits were the stuff of legend, but when he reclassified into the 2020 draft class his stock really took off. Since he’s entered pro ball the excitement has lost steam, but Jordan has really started to turn up the heat the last few weeks. Over his past 11 games Jordan has five home runs and is hitting .522/.551/.935 while walking as often as he’s striking out. Jordan doesn’t turn 20 until December, and he’s an excellent bat-first prospect worth targeting in dynasty leagues of all sizes. 

Owen Caissie, OF Cubs 
League Size: 12 Teams with 125+ Prospects Rostered 
This time of year is optimal for identifying players who slumped early but now have turned a corner. Caissie is one such player. After hitting .122/.173/.163 in April, the Canadian-born slugger has turned it on as the weather has warmed up. Since May 1, Caissie is hitting .314/.390/.490 with six home runs while striking out in just 23.3% of his at-bats. It’s easy to get lost in the current slash after a putrid April, but savvy dynasty managers will see a prime time to buy. 

Elijah Dunham, OF, Yankees
League Size: 16 Teams with 250+ Prospects Rostered 
After coming out of the gate on fire, Dunham has slowed down a little in the month of June. Still, he possesses a skill set dynasty managers should value highly. He’s an excellent base stealer who’s 50-for-58 over his pro career. He shows average or better game power with above-average bat-to-ball skills. He’s a severely underrated player in dynasty, where speed-power combinations are in short supply. 

Ryan Spikes, SS, Rays 
League Size: 20 Teams with 300+ Prospects Rostered 
After missing a majority of the first two months of the season with a quad injury, Spikes has been one of the toughest outs in professional baseball since returning June 7. Over 12 games, Spikes has clubbed five home runs while hitting .347/.448/.694. A Georgia native, Spikes is yet another member of the vaunted 2021 high school shortstop class. He’s an add in deeper formats and a heavy watch or speculative add in shallower mixed dynasty leagues. 

Junior Caminero, SS/3B, Rays 
League Size: 20 Teams with 300+ Prospects Rostered 
One of my favorite players at the complex level, Caminero’s production so far has yet to catch up to the scouting reports. The incongruity, however, presents a great buying opportunity for our purposes. Caminero has big power and bat-to-ball skills, which is a combination that should lead to some loud weeks this summer. He’s not likely to stick at shortstop long term, but his arm is strong enough for third. 

Darick Hall, 1B, Phillies 
League Size: Deep Redraft 20+ Teams 
If you’re looking for a deep league flier, Hall might be a name worth buying. If there’s an injury or trade or some catastrophic event that opens up an opportunity, Hall has the power to go on a run this summer. He’s already up to 20 home runs on the season and has the type of juice that should play in the major leagues immediately. He keeps his strikeouts low and shows bat-to-ball ability, which should ease his landing a little. 


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