Emilio Bonifacio and Khris Davis: Waiver Wire

This is it. We’re getting real close to the end here. August is nearly finished and then we’re into the home stretch. The waiver wire will start to fill up a little more once we hit September and MLB rosters expand, but for right now it’s a matter of sifting through the rubble and seeing if there’s anyone out there who can help you in some way. There’s really no more time to sit and wait for someone to turn things around. They’re either producing or they’re not and if they aren’t, you need to make a switch fast. Time is running out. Maybe these two can be of some help…

Emilio Bonifacio, KC |2B, OF| Ownership: ESPN – 24.8%  Yahoo – 16.0%

OK, fine. So last week I said that the Royals recent deals did nothing for fantasy owners, but things change. What can you do? Gotta roll with the punches, I guess. With Lorenzo Cain sidelined with a strained oblique and potentially out for the duration of the season, manager Ned Yost said that he will be platooning Bonifacio and fellow speedster Jarrod Dyson in center field the rest of the way. Well, he said until Cain returns, but he is still weeks away. How this platoon will work exactly is not yet known as neither guy can hit a lefty worth spit, but with Bonifacio’s flexibility as a switch-hitter, the hope is that he stays relatively hot and gets the lion’s share of the work. We’ve already discussed his struggles this season, so a recap of his overall numbers isn’t really necessary right now. What is important is the fact that, since coming over to the Royals, he has made six consecutive starts and is batting .263 (5-for-19) with two RBI, one run scored and four stolen bases. Yost said that Bonifacio has the green light when he’s on and there’s no question about whether or not he’ll use it. If your stolen base category is fairly moveable, as most are, then adding Bonifacio for the final month or so could be worth a few points.

Khris Davis, MIL |OF|  Ownership:  ESPN – 18.2%  Yahoo – 7.0%

While he’s certainly no Ryan Braun, Davis has done more than his part to help fill the gap in left field for the Brewers and with Caleb Gindl back in the minors, it seems that the team is more than comfortable with rolling this way to the end. Though he posted a 21-percent strikeout rate down in Triple-A, a number you’d likely expect to increase with a move up to the majors, his 11-percent walk rate and .218 ISO provided hope that he’d be able to, not just handle the job, but succeed as well. And succeed he has as Davis is 17-for-50 (.340) since being recalled in late July with has six home runs, 13 RBI, 15 runs scored and one stolen base. He’s currently on a seven-game hit streak and while his 46.2-percent HR/FB is ridiculous and completely unsustainable, his 20.4-percent line drive rate and .345 August BABIP are not overly gaudy by any means. He may not stay this hot over the final month of the season, but he will be in the lineup regularly and he should remain productive to the end.




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19 Responses to “Emilio Bonifacio and Khris Davis: Waiver Wire”

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  1. Shauntell says:

    5×5 league: Would you drop Moreland or Chris Carter for Davis?
    Thx.

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    • Matthew Kirkeby says:

      I’d drop Moreland. Averages are pretty set at this point and Carter at least gets you pop. Moreland is definitely the better player, but he hasn’t been good for months.

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    • Howard Bender says:

      Agreed on losing Moreland. Carter’s HR power can still be of service to you.

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  2. gjones says:

    drop both

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  3. Shauntell says:

    Thx guys, much appreciated.

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  4. Harpy says:

    Worth dropping Starlin Castro for Bonifacio at this point? I feel like I’ve held on too long already.

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    • Howard Bender says:

      If you’re talking about a non-keeper league, then I would say make the move. For lack of a better way to say it, it sucks to have to cut a name like Castro from your roster, but with the drop in the order, the attitude problem and the fact that manager Dale Sveum seems to have had enough of him, it doesn’t look like he’s going to be of much help the rest of this season. I can definitely see him turning things around some time in the future which is the only reason I would hold him in a keeper league, but now does not seem to be that time.

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  5. Drew says:

    Non-keeper, 5X5, H2H League – Nava or Davis ROS?

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  6. Atreyu Jones says:

    Khris Davis is the new Zach Kroenke

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  7. Paul says:

    Bonifacio is not just platooning with Dyson. And of course this is typical Ned Yost. I suspect he will even be taking ABs away from David Lough even if Cain returns this season, which I doubt (he has a history of experiencing complications in returns from injury). Bonifacio appears to be a Ned Yost favorite already, so you can bank on him taking ABs away from more deserving players (which, despite their awful offense, is everybody except Chris Getz). Here is one of those situations where Royals fans’ Yost-driven angst is some fantasy owners’ glee.

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    • Howard Bender says:

      I recently read something from Bob Dutton of the KC Star that Yost does want to use Bonifacio at 2B. Hopefully with Dyson in center, he’ll act on that and start switching things up at the keystone. When they first picked him up I really thought that’s what they were going to do with him anyway.

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  8. Sgt Hulka says:

    Just lost Jason Heyward in a 15-team league. Khris Davis or Chris Carter? Feel like I should just ride the hot hand but both of them have been kinds decent the last couple of weeks.

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  9. jmyzell26 says:

    I’d go with Khris

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  10. Charlie says:

    I’ll take the Davis with the C in his first name, please.

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    • Cybo says:

      I love seeing articles like this days after I already added a player. Also I love having two Chris/Khris Davises on my team hahaha.

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  11. Eric says:

    Yelich or Davis?

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