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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Adrian Beltre:  1/2 with his 19th HR while hitting .290.  No longer with a mediocre average and still steady 25 home run power, Beltre is not ready to cede beign a top ten fantasy baseball third baseman just yet.  A minor surprise given the age.

Martin Perez:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.09.  Before and after Tommy John surgery Perez has shown that he can be a very helpful SP 5.  The added caveat is that you want to be in a non-innings capped league as the K rate is ugly. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .305.  It may look like at the end of the season Martinez had a bad year relative to 2015 but remember that season so far is an outlier for the Detroit outfielder.  Always project him for 25 home runs and accept whatever else he gives there with a bonus smile.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/5 with his 20th while hitting .281.  Recent dip in the batting average a minor knock but Ozuna can be the OF 2 for years that props up your home runs and RBI at a very affordable rate since no one seems to ever want him due to lacking stolen base flash.

David Phelps:  5.1 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.48.  Phelps has been a strikeout machine since moving into the Miami rotation and with the ballpark boost, he should be a speculative add in all leagues where available.  He always has had a power arm capable of racking up the K's but lack of control and a consistent third pitch eventually got him sent to the bullpen.  Will be interesting to see if he can sustain in terms of keeping the runs down but at least on the strikeout front, he seems very capable.

Logan Forsythe:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .280.  Forsythe has picked up his power swing over the last two weeks and now seems here to stay as a top 12 fantasy baseball second baseman as he has matched 2015 to remove the fluke factor.

Kevin Kiermaier:  3/4 with his 7th HR and 2 steals (12 for season) while hitting .228.  Man if Kiermaier was not such a gigantic average killer, I could get more excited about this.

Drew Smyly:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.85.  Yeah it has been a rough go of it for Smyly this season after a huge April but he does tend to finish strong if you want to take the 19712397 chance on the guy.

Neil Walker:  3/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .279.  Walker has done a nice Daniel Murphy impression over the last three weeks now, hitting over .320 in that span with big power.

Yasmani Tomas:  1/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .265.  Baseline seems to be that Tomas is a .260 hitter but a guy who can move close to 30 homers with his natural pop.  At least this is one Cuban who went along with the projection plan.

Chad Green:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.05.  This is the second time now Green has lit up the K board and he gets a decent start versus the Los Angeles Angels his next time out.  If you need to use some innings, stream him for that one outing.

 

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