Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts

Fantasy Baseball Trade Targets for Week 12

Sometimes fantasy baseball can resemble the stock market. You want the best portfolio of players without having to pay too much for them. Sometimes to achieve the optimal team, you need to make trades. The best way to gain added value is to trade away an over-performing player for one in a rut. This way, you reap the benefits of a stud player hitting their stride as you get to watch the other person look for answers. The tricky part is assessing which players are trending in which way.

With about 40% of the season under our belts, teams and players are starting to take form. Expected stats are beginning to stabilize, and we can better understand a player's growth.

This will be a weekly piece that drops every Thursday for your assistance. If you like it, follow me on Twitter @davithius to send me a note, suggest other players you're not sure about, or if you want to chat about baseball. I am always happy and willing to answer questions.

Featured Promo: Get any full-season MLB and DFS Premium Pass for 50% off. Exclusive access to our Team Sync platform, Premium articles, daily Matchup Rating projections, 15 lineup tools, DFS cheat sheets, Research Stations, Lineup Optimizers and much more! Sign Up Now!


Trade Targets to Acquire

Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds

Showing up for the second time in my weekly trade targets is Luis Castillo. In the first write-up, I showcased Castillo for the past few years (3.89 ERA over 590 IP).  Unfortunately, this season started with a ton of issues for Castillo: career-low K% (20.9%) and a 5.83 ERA. But I am here to point out he may have finally turned things around, making him a trade target once again.

At the beginning of the season, there wasn't enough data to pinpoint exactly what was causing the issues. However, one significant aspect we can point to is the lack of effectiveness on the changeup. Castillo's changeup shape (vertical and horizontal movement) is nearly identical to previous seasons, and the velocity is in the range as well. However, the whiff% on the changeup has returned in his last two starts, and so have the strikeouts (12.2 IP, 14 Ks). In fact, since May 29th, Castillo touts a 2.28 ERA with a 60% ground ball rate.

My suggestion would be to start with an offer that views Castillo as an SP4. We are hoping that he is back to his old self. You know, the one where he took the MLB by storm and tossed 226 Ks over 190 IP with a 3.21 ERA. Offer any trade ASAP because another solid outing or two will make that trade value skyrocket.

Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies

Since his return from injury, Brendan Rodgers has been a fixture in the Rockies lineup. Whether it was playing SS with Trevor Story or showing his versatility by moving over to 2B. The Rockies' infielder with high pedigree continues to flash an assortment of skills. Also, it's never a bad thing when half your home games are in Coors Field.

In the past two weeks, Rodgers has come alive. In 67 at-bats, he mashed three HRs and racked up 13 RBI. As we advance, the Rockies have been slotting him in the sixth spot of the lineup, so I would expect the RBIs to continue. Additionally, Rodgers is showing growth at the plate. His K% has dropped to 20.5%, which is below the league average and significantly lower than his career marks.

I referred to his home games in Coors Field earlier, but let's give that another minute to talk about expected stats. When you dive into Rodgers' underlying metrics, they don't look very enticing (.226 xBA and .379 xSLG). However, this has become status quo for players in Coors Field because the park allows for a higher than usual BABIP. So my advice, worry less about the expected stats for a player like Rodgers, at least for now.

Sadly, Rodgers only harnesses a 38th percentile sprint speed, so stolen bases aren't likely. However, he wields a solid hit tool and a bit of power as well. Those two aspects at 2B are challenging to find. To my OBP league friends, his near 8% walk rate isn't too shabby either. Remember, he is only 25 years old and has only 180 plate appearances under his belt, but he could be a significant contributor to your team if he takes more steps in the right direction.

Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers

Over the past few weeks, Tarik Skubal has blossomed into a terrific starting pitcher. Oddly, he is still available in 54% of Yahoo leagues. So first, if he is on your waiver wire, stop reading and go scoop him up immediately. If not, let me tell you why Skubal is worth giving assets away to acquire.

For starters, Skubal has not gone shorter than five innings pitched since April. In that eight-game stretch, he has struck out 63 batters and carries a 3.32 ERA. Evermore impressive, the stretch is backed up by a 25.5 K-BB% and 3.53 FIP. This means Skubal has earned every ounce of those unique numbers.

What has made Skubal look elite at times is his changeup. Thrown primarily to right-handed hitters, it touts a 51% whiff rate and .163 batting average against. When you pair this offering alongside his 95-mph fastball and wipeout slider, it's a recipe for disaster for opposing batters. Furthermore, the leap forward has given him a quality start in three of his last four starts.

I would recommend not waiting too long to pounce on this Tigers' SP. Would we be buying a little on the high side? Possibly, but pitching with this kind of strike-out upside is worth it right now.


Trade Targets to Move

David Fletcher, Los Angeles Angels

Finding a player with a batting average over .250 seems like a daunting task these days. On the season, Fletcher is still hitting .273 and .315 over the last month. While his hit tool is incredible, the resume stops there. His walk rate is below 5%, so OBP leagues make him somewhat viable but not elite given his high BA. Additionally, his Statcast numbers suggest there is no power. His xwOBAcon (.288), xSLG (.313), and barrel rate (0%) is in the bottom 5% of the league.

I am not here to dump on Fletcher because he is a terrific real-life player, but that doesn't seem to equate to fantasy baseball. Yet, Fletcher is rostered in 55% of Yahoo leagues. Perhaps his multi-positional flexibility plays a role in it? Come on, the guy has three total barrels in his previous 1200 batted ball events and has never stolen double-digit bases.

If you do have Fletcher on your team, there is a sporting chance that you're lagging in counting stats and power. Don't fret, there is plenty of time to make up categories, but you must move on from Fletcher ASAP. I would offer him in every trade offer made. His roster spot is valuable.

Tyler Stephenson, Cincinnati Reds

Unfortunately for Stephenson, the at-bats are going to tail off due to the return of Joey Votto. Stephenson was getting full-time plate appearances by manning 1B and splitting backstop duties with Tucker Barnhart. The lack of opportunities alone is enough for me to consider swapping him, but there is more.

Much like Fletcher, Stephenson is probably a better baseball player than a fantasy baseball player. He carries a solid hit tool that keeps his .263 batting average sustainable. Furthermore, his xBA is .262, and Stephenson shows the ability to hit both LHP and RHP equally. However, there might be some batted ball luck in the HR department. With hard-hit rates steadily increasing, Stephenson's is down at 37%, and .365 xwOBAcon, is below league average.

The catcher position is extremely lacking, and I would be tossing Stephenson plus a piece for something better. Try to move Stephenson this week, if possible. Another week or two with ten or fewer ABs will drive his stock well below where it is currently at. Barring another injury, he is a streaming option at best.

Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy baseball app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, sleepers, prospects & more. All free!

More Fantasy Baseball Advice


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts


Triston McKenzie15 mins ago

Looks Outstanding In Season Debut
Nestor Cortes21 mins ago

Likely Headed To Injured List
Aaron Judge28 mins ago

Held Out On Sunday
Royce Lewis33 mins ago

Removed From Sunday's Game
Henry Davis37 mins ago

Promoted To Triple-A
Torrey Craig1 hour ago

Knicks May Pursue Torrey Craig In Offseason
Kevin Love1 hour ago

Expected To Start Sunday
Grant Williams2 hours ago

Teams Expected To Pursue Grant Williams In Offseason
Evan Fournier2 hours ago

Spurs Reportedly Interested In Evan Fournier
Caleb Martin2 hours ago

Will Play Sunday Night
Tyler Soderstrom3 hours ago

Launches Pair Of Home Runs
José Alvarado3 hours ago

Jose Alvarado Could Be Back Next Weekend
Andruw Monasterio3 hours ago

Injured On Sunday
Hanser Alberto4 hours ago

White Sox Release Hanser Alberto
Cody Bellinger4 hours ago

Not Expected Back During Road Trip
Nestor Cortes4 hours ago

Won't Start On Wednesday
Christian Walker5 hours ago

Absent From Lineup Again On Sunday
Brandon Lowe5 hours ago

Dealing With Leg Pain
Zach Plesac6 hours ago

Designated For Assignment
Michael Conforto6 hours ago

Can’t Get Back Into Lineup On Sunday
Anthony Rendon6 hours ago

Likely To Return This Week
Sean Murphy6 hours ago

Taking A Seat On Sunday
Anthony Duclair6 hours ago

Scores Fourth Playoff Goal
Alex Wood6 hours ago

Lands On The 15-day Injured List
Gunnar Henderson6 hours ago

Not In The Lineup On Sunday
Jack Eichel6 hours ago

Opens Stanley Cup Finals With Two Assists
Leody Taveras7 hours ago

Taking A Seat On Sunday
Jonathan Marchessault7 hours ago

Extends Point Streak With Another Goal
Amed Rosario7 hours ago

Absent From The Guardians Lineup
Randall Cobb7 hours ago

Expected To Be Included In Rotation
CeeDee Lamb7 hours ago

Not Distracted By Extension Concerns
Denny Hamlin10 hours ago

The Favorite To Win Gateway After Strong Practice
Ross Chastain10 hours ago

Really Happy With His Chances At Gateway
NASCAR11 hours ago

B.J. McLeod Does Not Start Last This Week
Ty Dillon11 hours ago

Starts 33rd At Gateway On Sunday
Gray Gaulding11 hours ago

Debuts At Gateway On Sunday
Noah Gragson12 hours ago

Begins 32nd For Gateway On Sunday
Ryan Preece12 hours ago

May Have Long Afternoon Sunday
Erik Jones12 hours ago

Another DFS Possibility For Gateway
Justin Haley12 hours ago

Can Move Up On Sunday Again
NASCAR12 hours ago

Bubba Wallace Needs To Keep It Together Sunday
Austin Dillon12 hours ago

Mired In Middle Of Pack Sunday
Daniel Suarez12 hours ago

Begins 13th For Sunday Race In Illinois
Tyler Reddick12 hours ago

Could Be One To Watch Sunday
Michael McDowell12 hours ago

Begins Near The Middle For Gateway
Austin Cindric12 hours ago

Qualifies Tenth For Enjoy Illinois 300
Ricky Stenhouse Jr13 hours ago

. Could Slide At Gateway
Ty Gibbs13 hours ago

Begins 15th On Sunday In Illinois
Kevin Harvick13 hours ago

Fires Up Strong Qualifying Effort Saturday
Kyle Larson13 hours ago

Starts 22nd At Gateway On Sunday
Gabe Vincent16 hours ago

Good To Go For Game 2
Caleb Martin16 hours ago

Questionable For Sunday Night
Bam Adebayo16 hours ago

Available For Game 2
Tyler Herro17 hours ago

Remains Out On Sunday Night
Tom Brady20 hours ago

"Certain" He'll Remain Retired
Buffalo Bills20 hours ago

Ed Oliver Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Buffalo
Harrison Burton21 hours ago

Could Fall Back At Gateway
NASCAR21 hours ago

Martin Truex, Jr. Starting In The Top Five
Justin Fields1 day ago

Was Last Year's Most Explosive Rusher
Kenneth Walker III1 day ago

Has Top-End Speed
Travis Etienne Jr.1 day ago

One Of The Most Explosive Backs In NFL
Lamar Jackson1 day ago

Remains Big-Play Threat On The Ground
Jonathan Taylor1 day ago

Not Taking Part In OTAs
Dalvin Cook1 day ago

A Real Possibility For The Dolphins
Julius Randle1 day ago

Has Ankle Surgery
Domantas Sabonis1 day ago

Not Ruling Out Surgery To Fix Thumb Issue
Danuel House1 day ago

Jr. Exercises Player Option
Phoenix Suns1 day ago

Suns Set To Hire Frank Vogel As New Head Coach
Cooper Kupp2 days ago

Rams Playing It Safe With Cooper Kupp
Kyle Pitts2 days ago

Could Be Ready For Week 1
Javonte Williams2 days ago

: "Everything Is Going Good"
Buffalo Bills2 days ago

Von Miller Believes He'll Be Ready For Season Opener
NFL2 days ago

Yannick Ngakoue Wants To Play For Contender
Hayden Hurst2 days ago

To Resume Running Routes
Michael Pittman Jr.2 days ago

Dealing With Injury
Breshad Perriman2 days ago

Visits With Colts
Greg Dulcich2 days ago

Could Have Expanded Role
Amir Albazi2 days ago

Can Earn Biggest Victory Of His Career
Daniel Pineda2 days ago

Set For Co-Main-Event Matchup
Jared Gordon2 days ago

Jesse Butler Replaces Injured Jared Gordon
Victor Altamirano2 days ago

Set For Dangerous Task On Saturday
Ketlen Souza2 days ago

Set For UFC Debut
Muhammad Naimov2 days ago

Steps Into Octagon For Debut This Saturday
James Harden2 days ago

Nick Nurse Hopes James Harden Will Return To Philadelphia
Aleksej Pokusevski2 days ago

Suffers Right Humerus Fracture
Jimmy Butler2 days ago

Struggles In Game 1 Loss To Denver
Bam Adebayo2 days ago

Leads Miami With 26 Points In Losing Effort
Jamal Murray2 days ago

Secures A Double-Double In Game 1 Win
Nikola Jokic2 days ago

Notches Another Triple-Double In Game 1
Dallas Cowboys2 days ago

Micah Parsons Looking To Become More Complete Player
Simi Fehoko2 days ago

Battling For No. 4 Spot
Payton Pritchard3 days ago

Reportedly Wants To Be Moved
Boston Celtics3 days ago

Joe Mazzulla Will Remain Celtics Coach
Max Domi3 days ago

Hopes To Remain In Dallas
Eetu Luostarinen3 days ago

Expected To Be Available For Game 1
Patrick Kane3 days ago

Out 4-6 Months After Hip Surgery
Kai Kara-France4 days ago

Hoping To Secure Top Position With Main-Event Win
Alex Caceres4 days ago

Set For Explosive Co-Main-Event Bout
Jim Miller4 days ago

Looks To Add To All-Time UFC Wins Total
Tim Elliott4 days ago

Veteran Tim Elliott Set For 18th UFC Bout
Karine Silva4 days ago

Can Continue Flyweight Climb Saturday
Jamie Mullarkey4 days ago

Looking For Third Straight Victory
PGA4 days ago

Matthew Fitzpatrick Looks To Rebound At Memorial
Brendon Todd4 days ago

Playing Well Heading To Ohio
Christiaan Bezuidenhout4 days ago

A Volatile Option This Week
Tom Hoge4 days ago

Playing Well But Tough To Trust At The Memorial
PGA4 days ago

K.H. Lee Looks To Extend Consecutive Cuts-Made Streak
PGA4 days ago

Byeong Hun An Continues Playing Well Heading To The Memorial
Billy Horschel4 days ago

To Defend Title At The Memorial
Keith Mitchell4 days ago

Hoping To Replicate Last Year’s Performance
PGA4 days ago

Cameron Davis A Risky Play At The Memorial
Keegan Bradley4 days ago

A Volatile Play Heading To Muirfield Village
4 days ago

Tom Kim Making Debut At The Memorial
Justin Thomas4 days ago

To Contend At The Memorial
Rory McIlroy4 days ago

Looks To Keep Momentum Going At The Memorial
Viktor Hovland4 days ago

In Search Of Signature Win
Xander Schauffele4 days ago

A Favorite At The Memorial
Thomas Detry4 days ago

Set For Memorial Debut
Kurt Kitayama4 days ago

A Boom-Or-Bust Option At Muirfield
Corey Conners4 days ago

Should Stay Hot At Muirfield
Cameron Young4 days ago

Continues To Struggle
Tyrrell Hatton4 days ago

Continues To Stay Hot
Patrick Rodgers4 days ago

Continues To Struggle On Approach
Adin Hill5 days ago

Shuts Out Stars In Game 6
Reilly Smith5 days ago

Hands Out Two Assists In Game 6 Victory
William Karlsson5 days ago

Tallies Three Points As Vegas Eliminates Dallas