Free agent wire: Snider, Bryd, Morgan

Need some help heading into the all-star break? These three players are under 20-percent owned and could help your fantasy team as we head into the season’s second half.

All players under 20-percent owned in Yahoo leagues.

Travis Snider – After a slow start, the Jays sent Snider to triple-A to work on his swing and plate approach. He did just that. In 226 plate appearance, Snider hit .333/.403/.488 while lowering his strikeout rate to 16 percent–it had never been under 25 percent at the upper minor league levels. The new approach helped Snider to hit for AVG, but did affect his power output a bit–only two home runs and a .154 ISO.

If he can transfer that approach to the big leagues, I feel confident that Snider could easily hit .280 or better. Given his natural power, he should still run into a home run here or there, even if he doesn’t go wild in that category.

Given his upside, he’s a great gamble to take if you are in need for offensive help.

Marlon Byrd – An unfortunate pre-game accident cost Bryd over a month with facial fractures, but he’s back in the Cubs lineup batting sixth. The good news is that Byrd’s injury didn’t affect him from the neck down, meaning he should be back to his old self once he gets his timing back.

While Byrd isn’t going to set the world on fire, he has been a consistent source of AVG with a little power and a few stolen bases. He should get ample RBI opportunities as the season moves on as well. If you have a roster spot, you can add Byrd now and bench him until he gets going again.

Nyjer Morgan – The energetic–is that the right word?–Morgan has been an electric shock of energy to the Brewers lineup. He’s hitting .331/.364/.519 with three home runs and five stolen bases in only 149 plate appearances. The problem is that he doesn’t start against lefties, but daily leagues have an opportunity to take full advantage of that. Since he’s not an everyday player, he’s readily available in most mixed leagues, but if you have a roster spot available and need some speed, you can plug him in when the Crew are facing a right-handed pitcher. Since there are more right-handed pitchers than left-handed pitchers in the big leagues, Morgan should get plenty of playing time the rest of the way.

It’s highly unlikely that Morgan will continue to hit for such a high AVG (.390 BABIP) or hit for much power–he has already tied his career high in home runs–but Morgan should hit for enough AVG and steal a good number of bases going forward.