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Saturday, May 6, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Brett Gardner:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .247.  Bottom of the ninth winner for Gardner who has 5 homers over the last week-plus.  He is the latest example of a guy originally built for speed to picked up pop later on in his career a la Elvis Andrus.

Kris Bryant:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .322.  I still think Bryant will get to 40 home runs but he has to pick up the pace a bit.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .193.  I said all I wanted to say in the Status Report yesterday,  Scroll down and read.

Kyle Hendricks:  5.1 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.51.  Hendricks is picking it up of late but his velocity is still lagging like the rest of his tired Cubs rotation mates.  He can get by on location more than John Lackey or Jake Arrieta and so that gives Hendricks a chance to still be a solid SP 3.  Not anywhere near the "ace" his numbers appeared to suggest a year ago.  Of course if you followed by advice you didn't pay for that career year and saw through it as the fluke it was.

Billy Hamilton:  3/4 with 2 steals (18 for season) while hitting .233.  Basically Hamilton is a lock to pick up a steal every single time he gets on base and that still gives him immense fantasy baseball value despite the hurt he puts on you literally everywhere else.

Matt Cain:  9 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 4.70.  Harsh lesson learned for those who picked up Cain thinking he was pitching well and he is Matt Cain former stud.  Guys he is completely shot.

Chris Davis:  3/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .250.  I always shake my head when Davis is picked in drafts.  As overrated as it gets.  And don't give me the home runs bit as the hit to the average is immense which takes the shine off of them.

Brad Brach:  1 ER in 1 IP for his sixth save with an ERA of 2.12.  Brach looks like he is going to be closing for awhile longer as Zach Britton is dealing with scary forearm issues.

Eric Thames:  0/4 while hitting .310.  Full regression going on now and I told all you Thames owners to trade him when the iron was insanely hot.  I mean I was getting tweets that people were offering Paul Goldschmidt or Francisco Lindor for him straight up.  Give me a break.  The K/9 is at 22.3 and rising.

Josh Bell:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .258.  Why do so few people own this guy?  He is young, already was established as a terrific young hitter, and now the power is showing up.  Help me out with this.

Ryan Zimmerman:  3/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .433.  This is the Ryan Zimmerman "F-You" tour to all his critics the last five years.  I am front-and-center to that group.  Nothing new to add here.  One of those crazy out-of-nowhere deals.

Anthony Rendon:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .288.  So after all that angst Rendon is hitting .288.  The guy can swing it.

Stephen Strasburg:  5.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.66.  All the self-righteous Strasburg owners are doing the "See?" bit with me but let's talk in June when he is on the DL with his 87th elbow/shoulder scare.  Strasburg always starts out dealing and then the trouble arises as the innings pile on.  You should know this already.

Matt Albers:  scoreless ninth for first save with an ERA of 0.00.  Pathetic this is what the Nats are down to in the ninth inning.  Albers likely just holding things for Kodi Glover who is due back any day now.  Dusty Baker has had a fascination with Glover since the beginning of spring training so that is the guy I would own.

T.J. Rivera:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .300.  If you check out the history on Rivera, you would see he is hits .300 or better everywhere he goes.  Those in NL-only leagues should be especially interested.

Kendrys Morales:  3/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .243.  Of course since I cut Morales a few days ago.  Damn I just couldn't deal with the April struggles despite calling Rogers Center home.  Now I will pick him back up, Morales will go 0-for-20, cut him again, and he has a three-home run game.

Chris Archer:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.57.  Gave up a 7th inning bomb to Morales which put a dent on a spectacular outing.  If Archer could just keep the ball in the park, he would win the Cy Young.

Matt Carpenter:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .256.  Carpenter is now entering into the boring veteran phase of his career, having been passed by the younger and more flashy guys at his eligible positions.  That just makes Carpenter a guy to target in trades as he is ultra-dependable.

Lance Lynn:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.04.  Incredible.  This is what I wrote at the end of March "That issue (walks) aside, Lynn looks like a really nice buy for 2017 given his health and very low draft cost given the fact many have forgotten about him given how long he has been away from active duty.  In 15 spring training innings on the major league side, Lynn logged a splendid 1.20 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in still showing the power stuff that made him a decent fantasy baseball asset to begin with.  While he still will have trouble with walks (especially after the surgery), Lynn can yield SP 3 value for the cost of an SP 5."  Yup.

Andrew Benintendi:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .309.  Benintendi has been everything I expected him to be down to the .300 average and moderate power and speed.  This is just the starting point though and superstar status is on tap.

Brandon Kintzler:  first blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 2.70.  Yeah that big blowup I said would happen in April might be happening now in May.  The fact of the matter is that Kintzler is a flawed pitcher who would be exposed before too long.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .310.  Man Encarnacion has been as big a bust as anyone in fantasy baseball in a non-injury sense.  The hope all along was that his usual May explosion would save things and it is still early in the month for that to happen.  But it has to happen. Like now.

Eric Hosmer:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .271.  I swear Hosmer doesn't know what kind of hitter he wants to be.  He either sprays the ball all over the ground like he has done this year or he hits for power like he did in 2016.  He seems incapable of combining power and average though.

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .330.  I would say Goldy is pretty locked in wouldn't you?

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.09.  I have to admit I never in a million years saw this coming and I had company there.  Good for Greinke for recovering from what was an epic 2016 failure and he actually is yielding low-end SP 2 value now.  And Ryan Zimmerman has 12 home runs.

Michael Fulmer:  8 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Geez Fulmer has skills.  This is another guy I was leery of coming into the year as Fulmer has a mediocre K/9 as a rookie and a great deal of BABIP luck.  Seems like Fulmer is tapping into another level.

Brian McCann:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .280.  Standard operating procedure.

Josh Reddick:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .293.  Buy low window closing fast.

Dallas Keuchel:  8 IP 7 H 5 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.88.  I mean Keuchel was due for a clunker so no worries.  He has been phenomenal with a downgraded K/9 rate from his outlier 2015 which is fine.  One of the best pitching buys of the year thus far.

Cody Bellinger:  3/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .342.  Adrian Gonzalez injury was perfect timing for Bellinger who is hitting for the huge power he showed in the minors.  The average is a fluke as Bellinger's high K rate makes him more of a .280 at best guy but this is a real talent people.

Kenta Maeda:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.81.  Two excellent outings in a row for Maeda or two excellent outings after this guy informed you to buy low.


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