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Monday, June 20, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Willson Contreras:  1/1 with his first HR.  Well that is certainly a nice way to being your major league career.  I slobbered all over the place talking about Contreras going back to a futures post I did on him in May and this is why.  I stand by my assessment that Conteras is the next in the mold of Victor Martinez or Buster Posey as a .300 hitting catcher with power.  The Cubs keep giving conflicting accounts on how long he will be sticking around but he needs to be owned and stashed in all formats.

Anthony Rizzo:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .268.  Rizzo has been running hot and cold all season but his overall numbers are where they should be as he does have some strikeout holes that make his average a bit less than stellar.  As long as the power continues to hold, he is a locked-in top three fantasy baseball first baseman. 

Kyle Hendricks:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Incredible stuff happening in the Chicago Cubs rotation as every single member is pitching like a fantasy baseball ace and that includes the continuing to improve Hendricks.  The K rate continues to climb for Hendricks as he now has punched out 73 batters in 79.2 innings and of course the ERA is stellar.  I need to fix my originaly argument that Hendricks was the best SP 4 in fantasy baseball prior to 2016 and bump him up to that assessment of him as an SP 3. 

Josh Harrison:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .300.  I correctly predicted Harrison would go bust last season in terms of his ADP going higher then it should have off a nice 2014 breakout.  With that out of the way, Harrison was much more affordable this season and so far he has been a very nice investment as he is hitting for average and has 12 steals. 

Mookie Betts:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .295.  Welcome to the first round of fantasy baseball drafts for 2017 Mr. Betts. 

Drew Pomeranz:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Pomeranz now has 96 K's in 81 innings.  Let that sink in when you consider his WAIVER WIRE draft price.  And yes I remind that I told you all to draft him as a late round upside grab in pitching his home runs in San Diego.  I would say that was good advice. 

Michael Taylor:  4/4 with 2 home runs (6 for the season) and 10th SB while hitting .243.  Taylor checked all of the boxes in this one but these type of performances have been few and far between so far for him this season.  The speedi s tremendous but Taylor has not hit enough to be anything more than a bench fill-in guy unless he stays hot following this outing. 

David Price:  8 IP 8 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.24.  The ERA is still very high for Price but he is still fighting back from some brutal early BABIP bad luck and missing bats at his usual clip.  Also Price is locked in right now with 6 dominant starts in his last 8 outings. 

Sam Dyson:  scoreless ninth for his 11th save with an ERA of 2.04.  Looks like the Texas Rangers have uncovered another mid-season closing asset as Dyson has been flawless since replacing teh struggling Shawn Tolleson.  Whether this lasts into 2017 is another story. 

Marcell Ozuna:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .319.  Ozuna has been terrific pretty much all season as his 2015 no-show is now firmly in the rearview mirror.  His power is in the 25-30 range and that puts him squarely in outfielder 2 territory if he keeps his head on straight. 

Marcus Stroman:  7 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 5.23.  It has all gone wrong for Stroman since mid-May but again I remind you that he missed virtually all of 2015 which means yes he is going through a dead arm period.  Don't even think of cutting Stroman as he is way too talented to keep struggling like this.

Brandon Belt:  2/3 withh is 10th HR while hitting .305.  With the health cooperating so far, Belt has done the hitting thing that made him such a sought after prospect in the first place. 

Julio Teheran:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.66.  Teheran toyed with the awful Mets lineup and right now he is right there in line for an All-Star bid.  This is the Teheran we loved in 2014 and we can also start firmly forgetting about 2015's massive struggles. 

 

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