If there is one thing we’ve learned in 2020, it is that we should expect the unexpected.
We never expected our living rooms would double as our offices, yet here we are. We never expected a 19-ounce can of Lysol disinfectant spray to cost $15, yet here we are. We never expected to get sick of searching for shows to watch on Netflix, yet here we are.
It is the same with fantasy baseball. Did you expect to see Christian Yelich’s name accompanied by a batting average below .210? Did you expect to see Max Scherzer’s ERA above 4.00 after 10 starts?
It is a weird year, but the goal of winning a fantasy title remains the same. That means you have to look to unexpected places to fortify your roster during the final week to make that happen.
In 31 big league games last year, Angels first baseman Jared Walsh hit an uninspiring .203 with one homer, five RBIs, six runs and a .605 OPS. That dreary performance continued this season while playing sparingly in July and August, going hitless in his first 13 at-bats while striking out twice.
When the calendar switched to September, however, something suddenly clicked.
Over his first 13 games this month, Walsh raised his average from…