In these critical, final 21 days of the fantasy baseball season, chasing trends and short-term matchups is paramount to success. The upcoming small sample means planning ahead is increasingly unnecessary, and clinging to even bigger fantasy names in the midst of slumps or seeing a rising amount of rest is poor strategy.
It's why someone like Patrick Wisdom, a handy pickup for so many managers at multiple points, but who since a five-homers-in-a-14-plate-appearance stretch from Aug. 25-28 has batted.109 with 23 strikeouts in 46 at-bats, is no longer a mandatory piece for your championship push. The Chicago Cubs, after all, have a weekend series ahead against the strikeout-happy Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff.
Similarly, German Marquez, an All-Star who has posted only a 6.23 ERA and 19.5% strikeout rate in his past starts, isn't a required part of your pitching staff the remainder of the way. After all, he's set to face the Atlanta Braves, whose 5.22 runs per game since Aug. 1 rank third in baseball, on the road on Thursday, and of his possible four remaining starts, his next two after that Braves outing are likely to take place at hitters' heaven Coors Field. Marquez's schedule is rather unforgiving.
With that in mind, here are some names you can freely chase off the free-agent list, and bear in mind that cycling these through for tomorrow's big add is an entirely acceptable strategy. Mix and match as you make that final push!