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Saturday, April 30, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRENDING UP/TRENDING DOWN

Another week gone by in 2016 fantasy baseball as the month of April gets set to be put in the books.  As always let's see who moving up and moving down this past week.

TRENDING UP

Steven Matz:  While he was not totally efficient on Friday night, Steven Matz has given up two earned runs total in his last three starts for the Mets with 21 K's.  The talent is supreme here and some early rust was the only issue Matz had to fight through.  Fully back on track. 

J.T. Realmuto:  I was very high on Realmuto during the spring and still very much am after he has started to drive the baseball over the last week.  Realmuto is capable of a solid average with a handful of home runs and some rare steals.  Get on board.

Tanner Roark:  While I don't buy the recent explosion of strikeouts, Tanner Roark is showing that his very good but not talked much about 2014 performance was not a total fluke. 

Aledmys Diaz:  All the kid has done is hit since getting into the lineup once injury took out Jhonny Peralta.  Diaz was just a .260 hitter in the minors prior to 2016 though so a correction is on the way.

Gregory Polanco:  Hitting at the bottom of the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup, Polanco has scorched the baseball which could get him a promotion back toward the top where his major speed will be an asset. 

TRENDING DOWN

Cody Allen:  Allen continues to ripped on an almost daily basis at the back end of the Cleveland Indians bullpen which is exactly what happened a year ago at this time as well.  Maybe Allen is simply a slow starter but either way his hold on the closer role is growing more tenuous by the day.

Kevin Jepsen:  Speaking of closers who are struggling, throw Kevin Jepsen into that grouping for the Minnesota Twins.  Jepsen has only been average at best since replacing an injured Glen Perkins at closer for the team and the terrific pitching of Trevor May means there is heat on his hold on the gig. 

Dallas Keuchel:  Already spoke at length the other day about how Keuchel has come back down to earth off his outlier 2015 Cy Young campaign.  While I think Keuchel can still be very good, he will not be the ace many assumed he would be. 

Adam Jones:  As a Jones owner, I have been front and center to the annual All-Star outfielder's struggles.  Jones has missed a lot of time with a stubborn oblique injury which robbed him of crucial early season at-bats when guys usually begin getting into a groove.  The last few days have been better but Jones could be on the downside now, especially with his steals vanished forever. 

Hisahi Iwakuma:  Been a big fan of his over the years but Iwakuma has been getting shelled for most of this season and we have to go back and wonder if the injury question marks that made the Los Angeles Dodgers pull out of a prospective deal with Iwakuma could be to blame. 

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