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Thursday, August 4, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Cameron Rupp:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .274.  So yeah my late round suggestion to draft Rupp as a rare upside catcher paid off by the looks of it.  Both in single and double catcher formats.

Ryan Howard:  3/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .178.  Perhaps the biggest surprise of the Aug. 1 trade deadline is that the Phillies didn't percent of Howard's deal in sending him anywhere to get him off the roster.

Justin Turner:  2/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .276.  Turner will be hitting .300 before you know it and now he has the big power to go with it go.  Can't think of many cases like this where a guy;s best years came after the age of 30 without chemicals. 

D.J. LeMahieu:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .324.  We need to start including LeMahieu in the class of one of the best pure hitters in fantasy baseball. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/5 with 2 home runs (23 for season) while hitting .322.  CarG exited with an ankle injury but X-Rays were negative.  The power has remained very impressive here but a .322 average usually is not part of the Gonzalez equation.  While we still miss the stolen bases, what is funny is that CarGo is now more valuable than ever without that part of his game since it leads to fewer injuries. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/3 with his 27th HR while hitting .281.  Honestly if you have both Arenado and Josh Donaldson staring back at you in the middle of Round 1 next season, what do you do? 

Mike Napoli:  2/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .252.  Fifth straight game with a home run from Napoli who is on pace to go over 40.  I should just keep Napoli's name in the rough copy of the Wrapup and just update the home run total every day. 

Tyler Naquin:  1/2 with his 13th HR while hitting .330.  Wow the Cleveland Indians have supplied some monster hitting values this season.  This kid is something else and he snuck up on the fantasy baseball community for sure since he was not anywhere near the picture if there were a healthy Michael Brantley.  I said a few weeks ago the Indians were actually better off with Brantley hurt and that statement has no reason to be changed. 

Brian Dozier:  2/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .261.  If we could lock in a .260 average for Dozier, we would sign up for that in a second.  That would represent progress as modest as it may be. 

Trevor Bauer:  7 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 4.08.  Remember all those "Trevor Bauer has finally arrived features around fantasy baseball a month ago?  We weren't one of them.  A tiger can't change his inconsistent stripes. 

Neil Walker:  4/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .263.  Over the last tw weeks Walker has hit like Daniel Muprhy so get him back into the lineup in NL-only and pick him up while hot in deep mixers. 

Curtis Granderson:  1/2 with his 17th HR while hitting .235.  Granderson has 17 home runs and 30!!!!!!!!!!!! RBI.  Ridiculous. 

Steven Matz:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.63.  Yeah so I remind you I said Matz would pretty much blow chunks the remainder of the season once the bone spur revealed itself.  Yuppers.

Kevin Kiermaier:  2/4 with his 6th HR and 10th SB while hitting .222.  Always got to applaud the power/speed juice game no matter how bad the player is. 

Jake Odorizzi:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.70.  Odorizzi's owners are thankful he didn't end up in Texas.  While the NL would be optimal, the spacious ballpark in Tampa is as good a spot to pitch as there in the American League due to its vast dimensions. 

Trea Turner:  1/6 with his first HR while hitting .312.  Turner has done nothing but hit since being promoted.  He batted leadoff in this one and if Turner sticks there, rejoice.

Jake Lamb:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .281.  Yet another monster third baseman is added to the list that now goes beyond 10 deep.  Amazing what has gone on with this position and the offensive numbers that are no emanating out of it.

Yasmani Tomas:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .269.  With the recent stories of Yasiel Puig and the complete busts that have been guys like Alex Guerrero and Rusney Castillo, kudos to Tomas who overcome some bad struggles a year ago to turn himself into a very good outfielder 3 who can graduate to an outfielder 2 if he continues to develop. 

Max Scherzer:  8 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.87.  With Clayton Kershaw injured, Scherzer's longtime status as the SP 2 overall turns to a 1.



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