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Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Willson Contreras:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .272.  Contreras is just killing it right now.  This is how you win in fantasy baseball.  You wait for the impatient owner to cut a talent like this and then you pick him up and reap the rewards when he turns it around.  Which is exactly what I did in the Experts League with Contreras.  Thank you very much.

Yuli Gurriel:  4/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .300.  Gurriel is trying his best to push himself into the very crowded everyday fantasy baseball third base tier but he is there in my opinion.  The power is only moderate by Gurriel is hitting .300 to boost the overall stock.

Brian McCann:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .249.  McCann has some work to go to get to his customary 20 homers but like the sun coming up in the morning, I think the chances are good there.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .303.  So yeah Schoop has been what we all thought Rougned Odor would be.

Mike Fiers:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.59.  This is the third time now we have seen Fiers turn into a fantasy baseball strikeout/ERA asset from July onward.  It is like the guy goes into hibernation from April to early July and then decides to start helping.

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Watching Nola pitch like the ace I said he was always capable of being is like watching my son walk up to the podium to get his kindergarden diploma.  I am beaming with pride.  And I told you so.

Michael Conforto:  2/4 with 2 home runs (18 for season) while hitting .289.  Conforto is red hot and as Jon Heyman said last night, he is making Citi Field look small which is no "small" achievement.  The biggest takeaway here is that the June slump that brought forth "here we go again" talk that was peaking early in the season is now a moot point.  Crucial development props.

Corey Dickerson:  3/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .315.  Has not had a day since the start of April where the average has gone under .300 despite the power leveling off a bit.

Elvis Andrus:  3/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .286.  Quietly one of the best and most potent "out of nowhere" seasons of anyone in 2017 fantasy baseball.

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .252.  Choo will always be there when you need an emergency outfield fill-in.  Just go to the wire which is where he is in way too many leagues.

Mallex Smith:  1/4 with his second HR and 14th SB while hitting .292.  Getting a home run from Smith is like finding a bonus present under the Christmas tree hours after you thought you opened everything.

Alex Cobb:  8 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.57.  Believe completely in the talent here as Cobb prior to Tommy John looked on the cusp of ace territory.  While not as flashy as that version, Cobb is successfully back to being a top-end guy.

Yu Darvish:  8 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.44.  You had to think the phone in the Texas front office began to ring incessantly during and after this gem.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .261.  I guess you can say it is almost a vintage Encarnacion season but it certainly doesn't feel like it.

Marco Estrada:  5 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 5.52.  And just like that Estrada is one of the worst pitchers in the major leagues.  This is why I always harp on BABIP because the numbers will always go back toward the mean no matter how long it takes as we are seeing from this horror show.

Victor Martinez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .265.  The old man still occasionally has his moment in the sun.

Ervin Santana:  5 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 3.26.  Santana needs to watch what is happening with Marco Estrada and be afraid.  Be very afraid.

Tyler Clippard:  1 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 5.15.  You truly are a glutton for punishment if you picked up Clippard after he was endorsed for saves.  He still sucks.  Keep Anthony Swarzak on speed dial.

David Peralta:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .325.  So three guys I have obsessed over the last two-plus season with some middling results previously have been Aaron Nola,. Ender Inciarte, and David Peralta.  How is working out this season?

A.J. Pollock:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .294.  Man this guy has become so annoying with all of the missed games but I remain a sucker for the talent.

Chris Sale:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.48.  Yawn.

Freddie Freeman:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .335.  Man what a stud this guy is here.

Alex Wood:  7 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 2.17.  Listen Wood was not going to pitch to under a 2.00 ERA all year so some simple statistical correction going on.

Aaron Judge:  1/2 with his 31st HR while hitting .313.  I think whatever "slump" Judge had coming off the Home Run Derby is a thing of the past.


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