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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Josh Donaldson:  1/3 with his 34th HR while hitting .294.  Can't wait to do the 2017 Draft Debate between Donaldson, Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, and Manny Machado. 

Jose Bautista:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .229.  Rough season for Bautista both at the dish and with injuries.  Age, age, ae.  Goodbye OF 1 era.

Jayson Werth:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .251.  Werth is still productive at his advanced age but only in an NL-only sense.  What is funny about him is that the ridiculous contract the Nats gave him actually hurt his draft standing in fantasy baseball.

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.87.  Roark is right there at the top of the "non-strikeout" pitcher fraternity.  Take out the bumbling of his role a year ago and we could have been looking at three straight dominant seasons from the guy.

Mookie Betts:  2/5 with his 30th HR while hitting .322.  Out of everything Betts has accomplished this season as he rivals Jose Altuve and Mike Trout for the honor of being the top player for both 2016 and in next season's draft, 30 home run was not something I foresaw.  Wow what a talent. 

Rick Porcello:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.26.  If Porcello had a 2.00 ERA, I still would never own him while he pitches for Boston.  There would be a pit in my stomach from the moment I put him in the lineup to start to the moment he threw his last pitch that night.  Sorry but I don't need that stress. 

Carlos Beltran:  3/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .292.  If it wasn't for David Ortiz, Beltran would be the graybeard MVP in 2016 fantasy baseball hands down. 

Yu Darvish:  6.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.01.  Darvish remains a tremendous ace-level pitching talent but the volatility has really ramped up as far as ownership.  The 2017 sticker price will be decent given the missed time this season but Darvish screams out "RISK!" 

Jon Gray:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.41.  Kudos for anyone who had the stones to start Gray in Coors Field.  Guy has clear power ability but streaming at home is the plan of action which limits the overall impact. 

Orlando Arcia:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .196.  Arcia has looked overmatched at the dish early on but so did Corey Seager in April and now look at him.  This is a big talent who will steal a bunch of bases and score runs with developing power as a perennial top-of-the-order hitter real soon.  Love him for 2017.

Jedd Gyorko:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .249.  Every agent who has a struggling hitter as a client needs to do everything they can to get their guy to St. Louis.

Randal Grichuk:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .232.  Guys with this power/ugly average profile are a dime a dozen across baseball so that is why I never bought into any hype here and instead pumped up Stephen Piscotty.  Nailed it.  If you wanted Grichuk so bad, you should have gone with Khris Davis instead.  Same player but much cheaper draft price.

Kolten Wong:  2/4 with his third HR and sixth SB while hitting .240.  Well at least Wong met expectations once the last two years. 

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.07.  Good to see Martinez finishing strong given the injury fears the last season-plus.  Like with Noah Syndegaard, you cross your fingers on every start with the hopes he makes it out in one piece. 

Zach Davies:  6.1 IP 7 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.07.  Where are these strikeouts coming from?  Talk about a new wrinkle that is changing the impact for the better here. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  3/5 with his 27th HR while hitting .299.  Walk-off shot here for Cespedes who is still hobbled with an ongoing quad issue but who is gutting it out as best he can.

Jose Fernandez:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.79.  The Marlins won't allow Fernandez to pitch more than six innings in any outing down the stretch as they go into innings consevation mode here but other than some walks, the comeback from Tommy John has been beyond smooth.  Or the firm opposite of Zach Wheeler. 

Justin Upton:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .235.  Imagine that Upton owner who was so frustrated with his horrible first four months that they did an anger cut.  And now that owner is watching his red hot bat the last few weeks. 


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