A new week of MLB betting and fantasy baseball is upon us, and we wanted to highlight a few guys you should target if you’re looking to beef up your bullpen or bolster your lineup.
Week 19 presents the possibility that some of your best players get a few unexpected days off due to Tuesday’s trade deadline. While I can’t accurately predict who will go where or when, I can suggest a few players worthy of a roster spot to help fill in gaps left by trades.
Whether you need help on the bump or at the plate, we have a few MLB picks to help win your week 19 matchup.
Because it’s impossible to predict trades or how many days off players will take, trying to fill in any specific gap you may or may not have is futile.
Instead, I want to look at two guys who have multi-position eligibility. This provides flexibility and allows you to choose one player to fill in for players at multiple positions during this week of roster uncertainty.
The first player I want to highlight is Jake Burger. Burger is a must-add in 12+ team leagues but also a viable option to plug into your lineup during his recent offensive surge with the Chicago White Sox.
Yesterday’s Top Batters:
Jake Burger (2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)
Shohei Ohtani (2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)
Andrew Knizner (2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 28, 2023
Don’t let his .214 season average fool you into thinking Burger is not a key contributor. He has 25 home runs, 52 RBI, and a weighted OBA of .338 in 88 games. After a brief slump, Burger rediscovered his power stroke in Week 18 with four home runs in his previous five games with five RBI.
This week, Burger is an attractive option thanks to his eligibility at first, second, and third base. You could do much worse than a streaking power hitter who can cover three infield positions.
Wilmer Flores of the San Francisco Giants is another quality option with eligibility at 1B/2B/3B. He’s owned in more leagues than Burger, so he may not be available, but Flores rewarded owners in Week 18 with eight hits and three RBI in six games.
Double the Fun With Two-Start Pitchers
Unlike most weeks, Week 19 provides us with a deep list of high-quality two-start pitchers. It wasn’t easy, but I whittled down the list to two players likely available in 10 or 12-team leagues.
First up, let’s talk about Seattle rookie Bryce Miller, who will start on Tuesday against the Red Sox and again on Sunday against Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.
Miller has been on point during his rookie season with a 7-3 record, 3.86 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP in 14 starts spanning 75 innings. With a K/BB rate of 71/15, Miller has proven that he’s capable of handling hitters and has pinpoint control of his repertoire of pitches. Bettors take note: the Mariners are 3-0 against the MLB spread in Miller’s last three starts.
If you must dig a little deeper, consider taking a chance on Texas’ Jon Gray when he faces the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins this week. Gray has had some low points this season, but he has good matchups against the White Sox and a slumping Marlins offense.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.