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Six buy-low targets for final month

Make a move for these players for a lift down the stretch
September 4, 2019

The final month is here. It's time for one last push to solidify your place in -- and hopefully near the top of -- the standings in your fantasy league. This batch of a half-dozen under-the-radar players looks poised to help over the final weeks. Go get 'em.

The final month is here. It's time for one last push to solidify your place in -- and hopefully near the top of -- the standings in your fantasy league.

This batch of a half-dozen under-the-radar players looks poised to help over the final weeks. Go get 'em.

Yasmani Grandal, C, Brewers

The 30-year-old's overall season line looks good with a .249 average, 22 home runs and 64 RBIs, but he's slumped a bit (.230 AVG, 3 HR, 16 RBIs) in the second half, and there's a chance his owner has noticed. Grandal, however, continues to maintain his strong plate discipline (19.9 BB%, 21.5 K%) since the break, and he's going to play as much as possible while the Brewers fight for their postseason lives. There could be one more homer binge here.

Ryan McMahon, 1B/2B/3B, Rockies

McMahon has shown some of the ability and production this year that many expected in 2018. After hitting .232/.307/.376 amid irregular playing time last season, the 24-year-old former top prospect is slashing .260/.341/.462 in his sophomore campaign. Better yet, he's provided more power since the start of August with a .541 SLG and nine of his 20 long balls. Expect McMahon, whose defensive versatility boosts his fantasy value, to see plenty of action as the Rockies focus on the future.

Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners

Look, the veteran Mariners hot corner man was not good in 2018, and then he missed the first chunk of this season with a torn tendon in his left hand suffered during Spring Training. All of that means you're excused if you haven't noticed the 31-year-old has been downright dangerous from Aug. 1 on, owning a .314/.410/.676 line with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 29 games. Your team could use a little of that, right?

Franmil Reyes, OF, Indians

Reyes looked like an emerging slugger over the first few months, smashing 24 dingers through June. Then the Padres sent the 24-year-old to Cleveland in that massive three-team blockbuster that included Yasiel Puig and Trevor Bauer, and Reyes hit just .154/.197/.277 in his first 20 games in the new league. He appears to have found his footing, however, with a .378/.489/.811 line over his past 11 contests. The biggest sign Reyes is starting to get it? A walk-to-strikeout ratio of 8-to-10 in those 45 plate appearances.

Willie Calhoun, OF, Rangers

At long last, the Rangers are giving Calhoun his shot, and the key acquisition in Texas' trade of Yu Darvish in 2017 is beginning to pay off. Still just 24, the lefty hitter has posted an .859 OPS with 11 home runs and 24 RBIs in 38 second-half games. Calhoun even has managed to work his way into the middle of the lineup, meaning he could see his counting stats spike over the final month.

Aaron Civale, SP, Indians

Civale was never a big prospect and seemed stuck behind a very deep batch of arms on Cleveland's depth chart. Well, all he's done since making his MLB debut on June 22 is register a 1.94 ERA to go with a 1.03 WHIP in seven starts. The 24-year-old doesn't have strikeout stuff (7.3 K/9), but his game revolves around command and control: Civale has just nine free passes in 41 2/3 IP with Cleveland, and he walked only 1.4 per nine in his four seasons in the Minor Leagues.

Jason Catania is an editor and reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JayCat11.