Following the All-Star festivities, let’s take a look at some players that are coming off injuries or nearing a return that could help you with a second half surge in your league.
Drew Pomeranz SP, BOS
Owned in 37% of CBS Leagues
Pomeranz is nearing a return from a biceps injury that has kept him out since May 31st. On Wednesday night he went 6 innings, giving up 1 run in a rehab start. All signs point to that being his last rehab outing, meaning he should rejoin the Red Sox rotation next week, replacing the injured Eduardo Rodriguez (ankle).
Pomeranz is still a High Injury Risk, but he’s trending towards 100% health given his Above Average Health Performance Factor. It’s been a rough season so far, both on the performance and injury front, but there’s plenty of time for him to come back and help the Red Sox and your fantasy team should he rediscover his form from recent seasons. Also, the fact that he’s a part of the Red Sox rotation means he has a great shot of picking up a win each time out, which is big in some fantasy formats. If you’re looking for a high upside starter for the second half, Pomeranz could be your guy.
Clay Buchholz SP, ARI
Owned in 30% of CBS Leagues
Before being sidelined with an oblique injury, Clay Buchholz was having one of the more unexpected come back seasons we’ve ever seen. After struggling mightily in 2016 and then making just 2 starts last year due to elbow surgery, it seemed as if the 33-year old righty was on his way out. However, Buchholz has posted impressive numbers in 7 starts for Arizona, including a 2.56 ERA and a .96 WHIP.
On the health front, he’s nearing a return after throwing a bullpen session last week and has a low Overall Injury Risk designation. With Shelby Miller back on the DL with an elbow injury that has him listed as a High Injury Risk, not to mention his 11.o4 ERA in 4 starts, it seems likely that Buchholz should regain his spot in the rotation. With the Diamondbacks fighting for a playoff spot and the conditions being more pitcher-friendly than in the past in Arizona, it’s worth taking a look at Buchholz for the back half of the season to see if he can keep this going.
Scott Schebler OF, CIN
Owned in 47% of CBS Leagues
Schebler was placed on the DL before the All-Star break with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, giving him an Elevated Overall Injury Risk. It’s unclear the actual severity of the sprain, but reports out of Cincinnati are that it shouldn’t hold him out too long. This unfortunate stint on the DL could be an opportunity for fantasy owners to scoop up a guy that has been one of the more underrated outfield bats in baseball this year. He’s posted an .821 OPS and 12 homers in 266 at-bats this season, making him more than roster worthy.
Also, it’s possible that he’s included in a trade before the deadline, meaning he could join a better lineup as part of a contender, providing him with more run production opportunities. If not, Schebler still gets to hit in a Reds’ lineup that has been much better than expected, while getting roughly half of his at-bats at Great American Ballpark, so either way it’s a win. Scoop him up if he’s sitting on the wire in your league.
Ryan Zimmerman 1B, WAS
Owned in 49% of CBS Leagues
While 2017 was a dream season for Ryan Zimmerman, 2018 has been an absolute nightmare so far. After sitting out most of Spring Training (the Nationals say it was a planned program for the veteran, other reports say it was a calf injury), Zimmerman got off to an incredibly slow start before landing on the DL with an oblique injury in early May.
Now, Zimmerman is expected to rejoin the Nationals Friday after starting a rehab assignment Monday. He does come with a High Overall Injury Risk, but you already know that’s always the case with Zimmerman given his history. However, given what Zimmerman did in 2017 and the late season hot streaks he’s had a pension for in the past, he still might be worthy of a risk. If he gets going, Zimmerman’s bat could help carry the Nats’ lineup, as well as yours. He’s a boom or bust add for the remainder of the season, but you might need to take risks to win your league, and Zimmerman is the kind that can pay off big enough to help that happen.