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Friday, August 12, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Mark Trumbo:  2/4 with his 32nd HR while hitting .262.  Trumbo had 5 RBI and once again reaffirmed his status as a monster fantasy baseball value considering the cost on draft day in March.  The average has jogged back all season after being in outlier .300-plus territory for awhile but Trumbo has easily come all the way back and then some from his Seattle disaster.

Adam Jones:  2/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .277.  Yeah Jones looks like he will hit .280 with about 30 homers for the 18th time in a row.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.56.  Now up to 15 wins, Tillman is actually in the AL Cy Young pitcher.  He surely doesn't carry the flash that his Cy Young competitors carry due to a lack of K's but Tillman has more than proven himself as good an SP 3 as there is out there. 

Brandon Moss:  2/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .262.  After a tough 2015 that almost got him run out of the league, Moss is back where he usually is in terms of 20-plus home runs and a mediocre average.  That works for him and his OF 3 value in fantasy baseball.

Randal Grichuk:  1/1 with his 13th HR while hitting .219.  Dave Kingman is proud. 

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.34.  The hits and walks are piling up now for Martinez who has been shaky the last two weeks.  We are at the fatigue portion of the season for young starters (right Noah Syndegaard?) and Martinez also has the added issue of onging shoulder scares.  Never been a fan for those reasons as there is simply too much volatility here. 

George Springer:  3/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .260.  At the start of the season I said Springer would hit 30 homers and bat .260.  Yup.  Very good talent who has a smidge of ceiling left but Springer is right there on the low end of being an OF 1.

Carlos Correa:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .273 after homering in Game 1.  Correa could hit 25 home runs and his owners will be disappointed.  Such were the grandiose expectations entering into the season which was somewhat unfair. 

Evan Gattis:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .229.  If you were to measure pure power, Gattis is up there with anyone in the game.  Listen the only surprise with anything Gattis has done is that he regained precious catcher eligiblity this season. 

Mike Trout:  1/2 with his 22nd HR while hitting .313.  I mean if you go position scarcity, Jose Altuve is a better first overall pick than Trout.  Still 95 percent will go with Trout out of reflexive habit and with the uptick in steals again in 2016, you can't go wrong there. 

Carlos Santana:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .242.  Not your most conventional leadoff hitter but Santana's power is on a career-best pace and the extra at-bats he nets in the number 1 spot helps there.  Like with his teammate Mike Napoli, there is life after losing catcher eligibility. 

Mike Napoli:  4/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .261.  No need to go deeper here as I wrote a piece on Napoli the other day but if you saved you last few picks in March for Mark Trumbo and Napoli, you did well.  In fact boring veteran home run guys make for some of the best value plays in the game as we also have seen out of Brandon Moss with the Cardinals. 

Danny Duffy:  9 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Duffy is one of the best breakout plays regardless of position this season in fantasy baseball.  His performance is not getting the pop it deserves and that is due to another oddity in fantasy baseball where sleepers who went bust became afterthoughts from those who once owned them.  Then when the light bulb goes on, no one seems to notice.  This is what is happening with Duffy whose owners this season likely never had him before.  True or not?

Noah Syndegaard:  5 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.75.  This is why young pitchers are never good investments in fantasy baseball.  While they will likely dazzle for a few months early on, they are never there for you when you need them most in winning your league title during the summer and fall when injuries and fatigue becomes clear issues.  I present you Noah Syndegaard circa 2016. 


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