Beckham, Bay among top potential comeback candidates this season
It was a week to marvel at comeback stories. Roy Oswalt signed and debuted in the minors for the Rangers, Francisco Liriano found himself again for the Twins and Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history.
It makes us wonder where we might find the next great comeback story. It is a great place to buy low in fantasy before value rockets up.
Leading this week's look at fantasy baseball trends, we outline a trio of potential comeback stories worth buying into right now:
Since dipping below the Mendoza Line in mid-May, Beckham has raised his average around .040 points and shown the power that once made him the next Dustin Pedroia in the eyes of this fantasy writer. Beckham homered three times last week and six times since this resurgence began and is now on pace for 24 on the season.
"I feel like I'm back to being the guy I was and the guy I've been," Beckham said. "The guy I just kind of pushed under the rug for a long time. I just feel like I'm prepared to hit and ready to hit and that's allowing me to get in a good position and allowing me to do the things I'm capable of doing. That's all you can ask for. You don't know where the ball is going to go, but if you are squaring it up, you should get some hits."
He is one of the most-added players in mixed leagues now, and frankly, shouldn't be available at the thin second-base position.
This one might be a tougher sell, or buy, but Bay is at least coming off the DL on Tuesday and he was hitting pretty well before going down with the injury that has sidelined him for over a month and a half.
He isn't a 30-homer threat anymore, but he is a streaky slugger who can put some good runs together to help owners in deeper fantasy leagues. If Bay can salvage even some of his Red Sox form, you're going to be getting a bargain off the waiver wire.
The Padres don't win much, but when they do, you have to figure it will be a low-scoring, save-situation type victory. Street is returning from the DL on Tuesday and he was lights out in his first 9 1/3 innings with the Padres before going down.
Street often doesn't get enough credit in fantasy circles, but the Padres' pitcher-friendly park should serve him well as should a weak offense that figures to win its share of low-scoring games. He just might be a Top-10 fantasy closer again ... in a season where we just don't seem to have 10 worthy of that status.