Saturday, June 10, 2017


Charlie Blackmon:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .336.  Blackmon has a massive 52 RBI out of the leadoff spot as well and is challenging for the batting title.  I was derelict in not including Blackmon in early fantasy baseball MVP discussions as he is every bit in the running.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .288  Listen if I were a Stanton owner, I would forget the annual 40-home run wish and trade that for the current average in a split second.

Tyler Glasnow:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 7.45.  I said in April when he was getting shelled that Glasnow has no business being in the majors.  Now the ERA is over 7.00.  What are the Pirates doing here?

Jonathan Lucroy:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .268.  Been tough sledding for Lucroy and pretty much the entire Texas Rangers hitting lineup all season but it appears the tide is turning.  With catcher who are beginning to age as Lucroy has, you never know if the decline phase has begun but I don't think we are there yet.

Rougned Odor:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .209.  I can't add anything new here as Odor is on the short list as most disappointing hitter in fantasy baseball this season but a lesson to be learned here is that young players who are still fining his way like he is are prone to the sudden lost year like Michael Conforto with the Mets in 2016.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .240.  Upwards we go.  Encarnacion has been very good the last three weeks and maybe his annual May assault is moving into June as he ages.

Corey Kluber:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.38.  Kluber is rocking a 10.76 K/9 which would be a career-best if the season ended today but he is giving up a ton of home runs and his 2.92 BB/9 is very high for him.  At 31 and with a ton of innings on his arm the last few years, there is some concern here but nothing drastic seems to be happening just yet.

Nick Castellanos:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .229.  Castellanos is scorching hot right now and is worth using (especially in AL-only) while he is going like this.

Mitch Moreland:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .276.  Once again Moreland is just hitting well enough to stay relevant in a backup capacity in fantasy baseball which is about all I can say nicely here about the veteran.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .231.  Bradley Jr. symbolizes the blahness of the Boston Red Sox team outside of Chris Sale this season.

Alex Wilson:  third blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.29.  Wilson has been hit hard in two of his last three outings as we now have to take a closer look at this ninth inning situation.  Can there ever be peace in the closer world?

Steven Souza Jr.:  3/5 with his 11th HR and second SB while hitting .261.  What I learned about Souza Jr. is that he can get insanely hot and ridiculously cold from week-to-week.  Volatile guy to own for sure but he is having a nice overall year.

Mallex Smith:  2/3 with his first HR and 3 steals (6 for season) while hitting .308.  Go get Smith as he is leading off for the Rays, has speed to burn, and can pop the occasional homer.

Logan Morrison:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .231.  I forgot to include Morrison on the All-Veteran Value Team I posted on Friday.  This guy fully deserves a spot on that roster as Morrison has been right there with Justin Smoak, Yonder Alonso, and the other veteran clan no one wanted in spring training but who now is dominating fantasy baseball collectively.

Corey Dickerson:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .332.  Yeah Mallex Smith coming back kicks Dickerson out of the leadoff spot but he can pick up some more RBI doing his customary mashing like he has done all season.  What a year this guy is putting together.

Andrew Triggs:  8 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 4.27.  So yeah remember when I said back when this all started in April that Triggs was about as big a fluke as you can get in early fantasy baseball 2017?  The regression is complete.  Or almost complete as he shouldn't even be in the majors.

Jonathan Schoop:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .286.  Schoop is going to bore us all the way to 25 home runs.

Starlin Castro;  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .319.  Not letup in sight here as Castro has been a hitting machine since the start of the season.  He is also being overshadowed by Aaron Judge and the rest of the mashing Yankees but do fully realize the monster season Castro is having.

Aaron Hicks:  2/5 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .318.  When I always talk about the value of post-hype sleepers, this guy is going to be the poster boy of what I am talking about.  Already Joe Girardi has said Hicks will play everyday when Jacoby Ellsbury gets back and again its just another chapter in this season of fantasy baseball like no other in terms of these guys coming out of nowhere with high-end years.

Jordan Montgomery:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.55.  Andy Pettitte anyone?

Curtis Granderson:  1/2 with his sixth HR while hitting .203.  Overall it was money well spent when they Mets gave a four-year deal to Curtis Granderson 3.5 years ago but he is on fumes now and the return of Yoenis Cespedes today makes the veteran nothing but a fourth outfielder.  The game waits for no one.

Travis D'Arnaud:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .224.  Like the power and there is value here given the pathetic state of catching but we have more than reached the point where we can say D'Arnaud is nothing but a player who failed to meet initial expectations.

Matt Harvey:  5 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.02.  Baby steps.

Alex Bregman:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .251.  Yeah the average stinks but a .283 BABIP is partly to blame and Bregman has been hitting for consistent power since May's beginning.

Michael Wacha:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Man try to capitalize on this one outing and get the hell out from under this disaster.  Wacha's losing velocity with each start and his shoulder simply cant hold up throughout the course of a full season.

Hernan Perez:  1/4 with his 8th HR and third SB while hitting .269.  I own Perez in the Experts League (got him off the wire in April) and love the versatility and recent uptick in hitting.  This is the perfect guy to stash on your bench to use all over when other guys sit out or on light schedule days,.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .299.  Next stop:  .310.  Next stop 2.0:  30-plus homers by end of season.

Justin Turner:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .378.  The batting averages since coming to the Dodgers have been tremendous but Turner's health is an ongoing question mark as he begins the climb into his 30's.

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .273.  This is your number 2 catcher in fantasy baseball this season.  Pretty good.

Ervin Santana:  9 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.20.  Take that regression fairies.


  1. what to do with montgomery? is he a sell-high?

  2. Yes he has to be because of innings limit and fatigue when innings get high.


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