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Fantasy baseball: Yankees, Mets worth adding heading into May

Rooting against your favorite team in favor of a guy on your fantasy team is a conundrum, but it's something you can avoid. Here are some under-the-radar Yankees and Mets who can add to your fantasy team.

Note: Availability is as of Thursday, April 30

Juan Lagares, Mets

Juan Lagares, Mets Outfield Coming into Wednesday, Lagares
Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Juan Lagares, Mets
Outfield
Coming into Wednesday, Lagares was 9-for-17 the past four games. Lagares is among the top four on the team in average (.299), RBIs (11) and runs (12). He still doesn’t have a home run this season, and he’s hit just four in each of the past two seasons. While Lagares is providing in three of the five major fantasy categories, he’ll likely need to start providing more power or speed on the base paths to become an everyday value. As of now, Lagares is a must-add in NL-only formats but just worth monitoring otherwise. Availability: 6 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues; 26.8 percent owned in ESPN leagues

Chris Young, Yankees

Chris Young, Yankees Outfield Young carried a 2-for-17
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Chris Young, Yankees
Outfield
Young carried a 2-for-17 slump into Wednesday’s game, but he was on fire before that. On the season, he’s hitting .305 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs. He looked like the Young of earlier in April on Wednesday as he went 2-for-4 with a home run. It’s tough to rely on a fourth outfielder for fantasy purposes, but with the Yankees’ age and injury history, he’ll continue to get his share of at-bats. And if he continues to hit, Joe Girardi will find a place for him in the lineup. Young’s worth considering in deeper leagues, even if it’s just to stash him on your bench, and a must-own in AL-only formats.
Availability: 26 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues; 51.1 percent owned in ESPN leagues

Kevin Plawecki, Mets

Kevin Plawecki, Mets Catcher With Travis d’Arnaud out
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Kevin Plawecki, Mets
Catcher
With Travis d’Arnaud out at least another couple of weeks, Plawecki is a nice filler. In just 26 at-bats so far, Plawecki has six hits, three RBIs, three runs and a home run. With catcher being such a tough spot to fill, he’s worth owning across the board, at least for now.
Availability: 13 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues; 7.8 percent owned in ESPN leagues

Wilmer Flores, Mets

Wilmer Flores, Mets Shortstop Flores had an eight-game
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Wilmer Flores, Mets
Shortstop
Flores had an eight-game hitting streak from April 15 to April 26. In that span, he hit three home runs and drove in eight. His hot start has cooled lately — one hit in his last 12 at-bats. If Flores can continue to provide a little pop, he’ll be a productive fantasy player. Right now, he’s only worth adding in deeper and NL-only leagues.
Availability: 17 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, 16.9 percent owned in ESPN leagues

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