Thursday, May 18, 2017


Eduardo Nunez:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .262.  Nunez has been red hot of late, running wild on the bases and now finally nets his first home run.  While everyone chased the high-priced Jean Segura, this is the guy you should have targeted all along.  Which of course I said in the OVERVALUED/UNDERVALUED piece I wrote on both.  Yup.

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.15.  Ho-hum.

Corey Dickerson:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .335.  I said all I needed to say here with Dickerson and you can read my March piece on him below.

Logan Morrison:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .246.  What is funny is that Morrison is still widely owned out there, so terrible has he been over the years.  Can't blame anyone for being hesitant but in deeper formats and AL-only he should have been accruing stats for someone by now.

Bradley Zimmer:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .286.  Zimmer is on the board as my prediction the rest of the way reads:  17 HR/.257/20 SB.

Alex Cobb:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.67.  Cobb is beginning to ratchet up the K rate now which makes sense since he needed to get his legs under him for missing so much time.  He was filled with previous potential here and with the rust knocked off, could be a big help the rest of the way if he stays upright.

Lance McCullers:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.65.  Knock, knock.  Who's there?  Lance McCullers.  Lance McCullers who?  The Lance McCullers who is busting through the top ten fantasy baseball starting pitching door,

Michael Conforto:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .310.  My goodness Conforto is a monster.  I said at one time 25 home runs was his calling.  Maybe I undershot this.

Jake Lamb:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .283.  Lamb's K/9 rate is over 28.0 which means his average is headed for a huge fall.  Sell like right this second.

Matt Harvey:  5.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.56.  Harvey has taken the sharpest fall I have seen in years.  In fact Harvey needs to be the Mets' closer.  It is not such an outlandish thing when Steven Matz returns.

Josh Bell:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .246.  Somewhere along the way in his development, bell said to himself "F-this.  Forget this .300 average crap with no power.  Swinging for the fences baby."

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.94.  Cole has been dominant and pitching like an ace since mid-April but the strikeouts from 2015 seem long gone or at least he is fully concentrating on pitching to contact like he once said in a Sports Illustrated story.  Either way, I as a Cole owner am beyond pleased.

Ty Collins:  3/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .238.  I always have to note two-home run games.  There I did.

Michael Fulmer:  7 IP 10 H 3 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.72.  Fulmer gave up a bunch of hits but kept the damage to a minimum.  I was clearly not a fan of his in the spring given the mediocre K rate which is still an issue but some guys just know how to pitch (advanced numbers be damned) and this kid seems like one of those hurlers.

Justin Smoak:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .280.  Hey I am fully on the Smoak bandwagon since it costs nothing to try him out (widely available at this moment).  Sure the scars run very deep here but Smoak has cut the K's and is being more selective.  Maybe it took sucking all those years to realize he needed to change but how is Yonder Alonso doing as a comparison?

Zak Cozart:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .350.  Don't sniff at this guy as Cozart in between injuries have been very solid then last two years.  The average is always a problems so gloss over what is happening there so far and pick up a shortstop-eligible player who is mashing everything this last week.

Dexter Fowler:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .229.  Yeah leaving the friendly confines of Wrigley was not such a good thing.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .212.  Yeah I guess you can point out that Bradley Jr. has turned on some recent power but he couldn't be any worse overall.

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 9 H 4 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.23.  So basically this is the Porcello every season of his career except the fluke-filler 2016 campaign.

Christian Bergman:  7.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Yeah that works as a nice SP 5 pickup.

Aaron Hicks:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .326.  Jacoby Ellsbury needs to take a long vacation because Hicks is killing it this season.  A former first-round pick, Hicks struggled for a number of years before it the light bulb has seemingly gone off.  Absolutely should be owned everywhere.

Salvador Perez:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .276.  Outside of Buster Posey, no catcher has been better in fantasy baseball this season.  Overall that is not saying much though despite how solid a player Perez is.

Jason Vargas:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 2.03.  The regression gods of fantasy baseball have put their bibs on and are fully ready to dig in and feast.

Brandon Maurer:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 6.75.  Pick up Brad Hand everywhere as Maurer looks like he is ready to go from closer to the minor leagues.


  1. How would you rank Zimmer with Altherr, Joseph, and Margot?

  2. tough to say this early for Zimmer. would go Zimmer, Altherr, Margot, Joseph