Sunday, June 26, 2016


By Michael Wong  

Carlos Carrasco:  9 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.73.  Just like clockwork, Carrasco is doing his best work as the weather heats up.  Carrasco has quickly become a favorite of yours truly due to his extreme K rate and vastly imporving ratios across the board.  He is absolutely Cy Young and fantasy baseball ace material.

Drew Pomeranz:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.76.  The amazing breakout season for Pomeranz continues as he now has 102 K's in just 88 innings which is insanity for a guy who was hardly on anyone's fantasy baseball radar.  He was on mine though as he made the SLEEPER list in the Draft Guide (hope you bought it) as the arm was always capable of high strikeout numbers and the ballpark was elite for hurlers.  Fatigue will become and issue in late July so a sell high should be undertaken in a few weeks but this is a spectacular value play no matter.

Justin Bour:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .273.  Bour has homered in three straight games and continues to slow elevate himself into usage in all fantasy baseball formats.  He reminds me of a young Mike Morse before injuries ruined his career and guys like Bour and Adam Lind are always valuable commodities with their power and the fact their draft price habitually is dirt cheap given the lack of flash.

Chris Carter:  2/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .229.  Carter should be finding a new home soon as the Brewers will deal whatever is not nailed down.  He is having a solid comeback season off his busted 2015 but the average needs to be covered still.

Andrew McCutchen:  2/4 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .243.  Maybe McCutchen is taking this whole gets off to a slow start and gets hot in the summer to an extreme.  It took extra long for us to see this kind of production from McCutchen but he has a ton of work to do to get back in his fantasy baseball owners' good graces.  With only two steals and a body that is starting to betray him with more regularity, McCutchen's days of being a five category guy look finished.

D.J. LeMahieu:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .328.  Also with 7 steals on the season, LeMahieu has been terrific once again like he was in his 2015 breakout.  While the overall slate of numbers is impressive, LeMahieu could even get slightly better as he firms up his prime.

Jose Altuve:  4/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .348.  This is your fantasy baseball MVP folks.  Can you imagine now Altuve being a 20-plus home run hitter with all those runs and steals and that batting title average?  I just peed msyelf I think.

Matt Wieters:  3/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .278.  Safe to say Wieters is back to being the stud top five fantasy baseball catcher he was before injuries ruined his 2014 and 2015.  There was a lot of rust to knock off but he has made good on the sleeper tag I placed on him again.  Always look for value at catcher and this is my best case for that strategy.

Danny Valencia:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .333.  Yeah you scratch your head that it took going from Toronto to Oakland for Valencia to hit like this but we'll take it.  The numbers are fantastic but it gets a bit loost in the shuffle some given the insanity that the third base position has been lately.

Francisco Lindor:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .306.  I admit I doubted the power put up by Lindor last season but he has more than validated it.  In fact what is nutty here is that Lindor was the better buy so far over Carlos Correa. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/4 while hitting .258.  Encarnacion is destroying the baseball right now and he is something to see when he is in a run like this.  Look for a home run today.

Kevin Gausman:  7.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.93.  Less flash but more impressive has Gausman been this season.  While it is tough to use anyone in the AL East who is a pitcher, Gausman can be streamed in the right matchup based on how nicely he has developed.

Jacob DeGrom:  8 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.69.  DeGrom has been his old dominant over the last month despite the fact his fastball sits in the 93-95 range and not 95-98 like it was last season.  While the K rate is down, everything else is right in line where it should be. 

Julio Teheran:  8 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.46.  Teheran has given up three total earned runs in his last four outings as his monster comeback season continues.  The BABIP remains in lucky territory which will correct when he stops throwing against the New York Mets but yeah 2015 is old news by the looks of it.

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