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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Andrew Benintendi:  1/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .278.  The rare massive sleeper who has actually exceeded expectations since we weren't sure how potent the power would be.  This is an OF 1 folks who will push into Round 2 of most fantasy baseball drafts next spring.

Rafael Devers:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .339.  Boy the Red Sox know how to find top-shelf hitting prospects.  The talent here is drool-inducing and Devers is that special kind of talent that can be the next Yasiel Puig or Carlos Correa in terms of thrusting himself into the first two rounds of drafts with an insane finish.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with 2 home runs (26 for season) while hitting .253.  Three home runs in two games for Encarnacion who can still do the short-term massive power explosion.

Aaron Judge:  1/3 with his 36th HR while hitting .289.  Judge in the second half has morphed into an all-or-nothing slugger.

Aaron Hicks:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .284.  Been slow going for Hicks coming off the DL but remember how tremendous he was across the board prior which means have some patience.

Gary Sanchez:  2/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .273.  Sanchez took 5.5 months to get 20 homers where last season he seemed to do it in 20 days.

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .276.  The OF 1 Cespedes is back and has been for the last week.

Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .230.  Once again Granderson is putting together a very nice season and one of the better contracts that have been signed recently was the four-year deal the Mets have this guy.  The lefty swing in Yankee Stadium last night still produces magic like during his two 40-homer campaigns there.

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .258.  A huge final two months from Donaldson can help assuage the ugly first four but I fear his all-out style the last few seasons are taking a major toll on his health now.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/4 with his 43rd HR while hitting .283.  Fifth straight game with a homer from Stanton and third since I said he would relax more now that he reached 40 and hit a ton more.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .303.  Marcell you never had a chance keeping up with Stanton but terrific season no doubt.

Kris Bryant:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .296.  Seems like everyone who homered Sunday homered on Monday as well.

Anthony Rizzo:  3/5 with his 27th HR while hitting .262.  Rizzo seems to be entering into the very good but boring phase of his career where there is not much to talk about anymore.

Javier Baez:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .272.  See Bryant, Kris above.

Scooter Gennett:  2/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .292.  What the hell do we do with this guy in 2018?  I didn't even think Gennett could hit 10 homers this season, let alone 20.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 33rd HR while hitting .207.  Yup the homer was the only hit of the game for Gallo.

Justin Upton:  1/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .281.  The only variable now with Upton since he stopped running is the yearly average which usually is nasty but like with Giancarlo Stanton, is a pleasant surprise.

Michael Fulmer:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.78.  You know I did say all spring Fulmer would go bust in terms of not coming anywhere near his rookie performance.  Yeah that is working out.

Chad Bettis:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K with an 0.00.  And a big F U to cancer.  This might be the best performance of anyone in the majors this season given the circumstances.  Kudos and incredible stuff.

Zack Greinke:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.01.  174 K now in 155.2 IP.

Tim Beckham:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .296.  Beckham better make sure he stays in Baltimore forever.

Manny Machado:  2/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .260.  Machado has been insane the last two weeks as he reaffirms that yes he was worth that first round pick.

Trey Mancini:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .294.  Count me as someone who think Mancini is 100 percent legit.

Rhys Hoskins:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .176.  Yeah he is going to be something else with the home run swing.  This should be fun to see.


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