Thursday, September 8, 2016


Jose Peraza:  4/5 while hitting .347 out of the leadoff spot.  Told you all to pick up Peraza yesterday as he is now the everyday leadoff man in place of the injured Billy Hamilton.  4 hits and a .347 average later I can say "YUP!"

Curtis Granderson:  2/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .225.  Granderson is more all-or-nothing than ever before but he is going to threaten 30 home runs real soon.  At his age yes please.

Jose Reyes:  2/5 with his sixth HR and 8th SB while hitting .287.  We still get in short glimpses the Jose Reyes of old and he is raging hot right now with home runs, hits galore, and some steals of old.

Wilmer Flores:  1/2 with his 16th HR while hitting .270.  Flores is pretty much going to play every day now that Neil Walker is on IR and the home runs swing is working nicely.  Get him in there in deeper formats.

Noah Syndegaard:  5 IP 6 H 0 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.48.  Syndegaard still has to much Yovani Gallardo in him in terms of bad pitch efficiency but he fought through and kept the Reds off the scoresheet.  The elbow is holding up which is the only thing we care about.

Kevin Kiermaier:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .240.  Yeah he can't hit for average and is pretty much another Steven Souza Jr. but Kiermaier in five outfielder formats is hot enough to use.

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .241.  I swear it is almost like Upton waited until his fantasy baseball owners were completely out of the running in their leagues before going crazy with the power in August and now into September.  There is a special place for guys like this in fantasy baseball and that is being ignored on drat day 2017 due to all the burned bridges.

Jung-Ho Kang:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .257.  Three homers in two games for Kang so I would have to say he is pretty locked in.  Now two seasons into his career, the baseline of 20 homers and a .260 average is set. 

Jonathan Villar:  2/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .299.  Villar is just stupid this season.  I mean he was a low-end sleeper who had some steals appeal coming into the year but now he is putting up first round numbers with 15 homers, a .299 average, and a monstrous 52 steals.  Right now there is not a single better value play in all of fantasy baseball and we all now have to figure out how we missed this. 

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .295.  Guys like Rizzo can carry your team to a fantasy baseball title with a hot September and three homers in two games is a nice start in that venture. 

Dansby Swanson:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .270.  And the Braves were able to get this monster in waiting for Shelby Miller? Wow.

Stephen Strasburg:  2.1 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.60.  The elbow likely went bad again and at the very least this is the last you will see of Strasburg in the regular season.  Worst case scenario is you won't see him until 2018.  This is the type of risk you run when you draft Strasburg which is why I tell you not to do so every season.

Andrew Cashner:  5.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.77.  Good outing by Cashner but the guy is forever going to be a tease and then an injury-plagued old man.

Yasiel Puig:  1/2 with his 9th HR while hiting .266.  I am not even sure the Los Angeles Dodgers can't what he does anymore and neither should we. 

Robbie Ray:  6 IP 2 H 3 ER 4 BB 12 K with an ERA of 4.46.  Buried out west under a high walk rate and ugly ERA is an ace-like K rate from Mr. Robbie Ray that really makes me determined to own him for 2017.  So should you.

Starlin Castro:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .265.  Castro reaches the 20 homer mark for the first time in his career so that alone has made this is a very good season for the sometimes volatile to own Castro.

Marcus Stroman:  5 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.55.  Yes things have been quite messy here at times this season but this is still the first full major league season for the ultra-talented Stroman.  Yes I will be buying low.

Jharel Cotton:  6.1 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Can't argue with that debut but don't get caught up in this one as Cotton was very hittable in the minors and his K rate lags. 

C.J. Cron:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .286.  I always believed in the talent and patience has won out here.  Sort of like with me betting on Wilson Ramos as well.  Trust in my instincts. 

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