This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Isn't September baseball fun? This isn't the time to discuss whether we should cut the fantasy season short. The reality is there's still a little over three weeks left and there's plenty of time to talk about next season's rankings, so let's look at some players with the potential to help down the stretch. Some are familiar names, others a bit more covert.
Before jumping into the players, let's first think about the best teams to target to assure maximum playing time. You want clubs at the extremes, either embroiled in a hotly contested chase for a playoff berth or out of it and dedicated to auditioning specific players for next season. Playoff-bound teams will likely afford their regulars a bit more time off, while non-competing teams could shut down their better hitters once they're mathematically eliminated.
With that as a backdrop, here are some bats getting a lot of playing time and who figure to do so the rest of the season.
Victor Reyes, OF, Detroit Tigers
The 24-year-old, switching-hitting outfielder has hit safely in 13 of 14 games entering the weekend, including nine straight. He's batting .410 in that span (25-for-61) albeit with only one walk and no homers. Reyes has swiped three bags in this stretch and there's no reason for him to stop running. There's no indication the Tigers plan to call up Daz Cameron, so center field looks to be property of Reyes the rest of the season, and perhaps most of next