If you need a fill-in for an injury or are simply looking for a short-term spark, Scott White has you covered with 10 sleeper hitters for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. They're not must-starts by any estimation, but they're the best you'll find off the waiver wire.
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Matt McLain SS
CIN Cincinnati • #9 • Age: 24
The Reds' matchups this week are a mix of good and bad, but the real story here is that McLain has been awesome and needs to be rostered in more than 80 percent of leagues so I can stop writing about him here. He's even playable in your utility spot at this point.
Lane Thomas RF
WAS Washington • #28 • Age: 28
The Nationals are one of just nine teams playing seven games this week, and the matchups are decent enough. Most notable, though, is that three of them are against lefties, and Thomas, always a lefty killer, is batting .356 with a 1.043 OPS against them this year.
ATL Atlanta • #20 • Age: 33
Ozuna took a pitch off the wrist the other day but appears to be no worse for wear. He's still batting well over .300 with an OPS near 1.000 since the start of May, and while he's scheduled to face a couple tough pitchers against the Phillies and Reds this week, he's close to an automatic start at this point.
Luke Raley RF
TB Tampa Bay • #55 • Age: 29
Raley tends to play only against righties -- and not even all of those -- but it's hard to discount the power and speed numbers in the sporadic work he's gotten. The Rays have only one lefty on the schedule this week, which means we can hope for maybe four starts against pitchers like Kyle Bradish, Mike Mayers, Zack Greinke and Jordan Lyles.
Jake Burger 3B
MIA Miami • #36 • Age: 27
Burger is back to getting regular at-bats and has an even wider opening with Yoan Moncada recently going on the IL. He appears to be on another power binge, too -- not that his ever really ended given his stellar exit velocity readings -- and while his matchups this week are less than stellar, having three lefties on the schedule helps.
ARI Arizona • #31 • Age: 26
McCarthy has been more consistent at the plate since rejoining the Diamondbacks in late May and is back to running with reckless abandon, too. The Diamondbacks have seven games in a week where several teams have only five, and it just so happens they have the third-best hitter matchups as well.
ATL Atlanta • #11 • Age: 29
Those of us who keep expecting Orlando Arcia's batting average to dip below .300 are instead seeing it go the other direction. He comes out of the weekend batting .341 after a big series against the Rockies, so even if the Braves' matchups are merely so-so, there isn't much justification for sitting him.
SD San Diego • #99 • Age: 31
Catchers always make for difficult streamer recommendations because it would never make sense to use them in a utility spot, but someone has to represent the Padres in a week when they have the best hitter matchups. Why not Sanchez, who's been homering like it's 2019 since joining them two weeks ago?
Josh Bell 1B
MIA Miami • #9 • Age: 31
The Guardians have been uncommonly patient with Bell, who has tended to run hot and cold throughout his career, and their patience may finally be paying off given that he's batting .283 (15 for 53) with three homers in his past 15 games. There's legitimate hope he can keep it going this week with matchups like Luis Medina, Paul Blackburn, JP Sears and Wade Miley.
Will Brennan RF
CLE Cleveland • #17 • Age: 25
Brennan has settled in as the Guardians' everyday right fielder, and while he doesn't have big power, he's kind of like another Steven Kwan, delivering a high contact rate with good speed. He has struggled against lefties, but the Guardians fortunately have just two of those on the schedule this week while boasting the fourth-best hitter matchups.