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Thursday, August 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Evan Gattis:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .241.  Everyone is going to pay through the nose for Gary Sanchez and Wilson Contreras next season but Gattis and his 20-25 home runs will be sitting there as a big potential value.

Gerrit Cole:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.55.  It has been a rough season for Cole who not only has seen his K rate plummet but his stuff has simply not been crisp.  He has pitched far from the ace level he was drafted at prior to 2016 and his outlook for 2017 has some risk flags attached as I don't think the health is good here.

Ryan Braun:  2/4 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .317.  Yeah Braun has been a slugging star this season and his average is the best it has been since his Biogenesis bust.  Whether Braun found a new "magic" pill or not, he is safely back into OF 1 status.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 34th HR while hitting .286.  Nothing else needs to be said that hasn't been said in glowing terms before.

Zach Davies:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.06.  The kid looks like he is 10-years-old but Davis has been very good as a borderline SP 4 with a big of giddyup in his fastball.

Gary Sanchez:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .389.  I mean this is starting to get silly now.  Clearly Sanchez has skills and clearly opposing pitchers don't know how to handle him yet which is why we are seeing such a crazy amount of home runs but I will already say that the Yankee backstop will be the biggest sleeper fight of all in drafts for 2017.

Masahiro Tanaka:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.11  When he gets his rest, Tanaka is a fantasy baseball ace.  Rinse and repeat.

Kendall Graveman:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.97.  Yeah Graveman is begging you to pick him up but just in AL-only formats.

Miguel Cabrera:  4/5 with his 28th HR while hitting .313.  So after all that talk of Cabrera being on the downside of his career, he is in the batting title race and will go over 30 home runs.  Yeah it is not 45 but this is still a monster first round bat.  At least for 2016.

Justin Upton:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .236.  Applaud the strong finish for Upton is you will but it just underscores how much of a truly colossol disgrace he was the first four months of the season.

Brian Dozier:  2/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .270.  Dozier hitting .270 this late in the season is huge as he already has logged a career-high in bombs.  Have to admit I blew it on the guy but honestly if you saw this uptick in average from his usual .235 range, all the power to you.  And prove to me you predicted this.

Manny Machado:  4/6 with his 29th HR while hitting .306.  No steals at all from Machado so we have to remove the five-tool tag but my goodness those other four tools are insane.

Matt Wieters:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .245.  Still think Wieters is much better then this as he has missed so much time the last few seasons but even I have to say the average is not good.

Daniel Murphy:  3/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .347.  So yeah Murphy is hitting almost .350 as September gets set to get underway.  He should be in clear contention for the MVP not only in real baseball but in fantasy baseball as well.  If we did a total game of baseball award here though, Jose Altuve now is locked up.

Danny Espinosa:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .220.  20 home runs is always a good benchmark in fantasy baseball but my goodness that ugly average makes it tough to stomach Espinosa on a daily basis.

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.91.  There are quite a few Fernandez owners who ended up in the hospital with a heart scare after their ace hobbled off after the seventh.  Just a cranp.  Whew.

Evan Longoria:  1/5 with his 30th HR while hitting .287.  No one would have thought we were going to be talking about 30 home runs again from this guy.

David Ortiz:  2/5 with his 30th HR while hitting .322.  Goldie oldie night in Tampa Bay with Ortiz and Longoria homering.  And makes sense with the early bird crowd in Tampa.

Stephen Piscotty:  3/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .279.  Piscotty was a guy I loved a bunch coming out of spring training but the power has been even better than I anticipated.  What I also love about Piscotty is that while he has been a sizable impact player, he has not blown it up to the point he will be a highly sought after commodity in 2017.  Winning.

Randal Grichuk:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .231.  If Piscotty could give Grichuk some contact skills, we could have a big player here.

Matt Carpenter:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .284.  Carpenter's injury removed him from possible NL MVP consideration but don't let the missed games cloud what has been an excellent season. 



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