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Sunday, August 27, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Jacoby Ellsbury:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .241.  Ellsbury doesn't run much anymore, he has hardly any power, he can't stay healthy, and the average is sinking.  Now just a name.

Sonny Gray:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.26.  Moving from Oakland to Yankee Stadium was a sizable concern but Gray has been superb.  Overall it has been a tremendous comeback campaign for a guy who looked prematurely toasted a year ago.

Josh Donaldson:  3/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .262.  Despite all the time Donaldson has missed, he might hit 30 home runs after all which speaks to how insanely hot the guy's bat is right now.

Kendrys Morales:  2/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .246.  Considering the ballpark, Morales should have done better in the average department.  I won't be chasing him again a year from now.

Tim Beckham:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .293.  Imagine what Schoop would have done if he were with the Orioles all season.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .307.  Why did we all not want him again in March?

Kevin Gausman:  7.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.98.  As horrid as Gausman was during the first half, Gausman has been that dominant in the second.  It is a crazy game.

Wilmer Flores:  4/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .277.  It has been a nice season for Flores as he has come the closest he ever has come to being an everyday player and responded accordingly.

Gio Gonzalez:  6.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.40.  Interesting here that Gio's career-year has come with a loss in velocity and K's.  Sometimes that's how it happens.

Luis Castillo:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.26.  Finally a Luis Castillo we can enjoy owning.  The strikeouts are piling up here as expected and this is a story I want to continue reading aggressively in 2018.

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.99.  I bought low on Cole this past March but cut him loose by May given the rampant inconsistency.  I don't miss him as Cole honestly has lost quite a bit of flash from just a few seasons ago.

Anthony Rizzo:  3/5 with 2 home runs (30 for season) while hitting .275.  After a very tough average battle early on in the season, Rizzo is pretty much where he should be overall statistically.  A stalwart mid-first round pick for the next few seasons.

Tommy LaStella:  3/5 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .315.  LaStella can give you LaBoost in NL-only leagues the rest of the way.

Kris Bryant:  2/3 with his 24th HR while hitting .289.  Like with Nolan Arenado, the power is down a bit but Bryant is still not even in his prime years yet.  He will be just fine.

Rhys Hoskins:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .300.  Fastest MLB hitter ever to 10 home runs.  Even Giancarlo Stanton is impressed by the kid.

Kyle Hendricks:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.45.  Hendricks has come back from injury pitching well but clearly we all now (even his most ardent supporters) that 2016 was one of the biggest fantasy baseball outliers ever.

D.J. LeMahieu:  3/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .315.  Any homers from LeMahieu is a bonus but he is remains one of the most easy to call .300 hitters in fantasy baseball.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/5 with his 31st HR while hitting .335.  Could you imagine if Blackmon still stole bases?  He would be the number 2 player in all of fantasy baseball hands down behind Mike Trout.  Even so, he is so close to knocking on late first round territory next spring.

Matt Adams:  1/1 with his 19th HR while hitting .272.  A crowded Braves roster has screwed both Adams and his fantasy baseball owners to see where his big summer was going to take him in terms of another month of possible everyday numbers.  May need a new home again next season.

Justin Upton:  1/5 with his 28th HR while hitting .282.  Upton always frustrated me in the past but perhaps maybe he is finally finding some sort of consistency from the rapid hot and cold spells he went through with the bat in the past?

Miguel Cabrera:  3/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .256.  Sometimes I think that instead of a baseball, the hardest hit Cabrera had all season was on Austin Romine.

Carlos Rodon:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.27.  Man Rodon always seems to want to remind you when things are going good for a bit that he still wants to remain as frustrating to own as ever.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .311.  It can be tough to do on a Miami team with Stanton but don't overlook how terrific Ozuna has been this season.  With Yoenis Cespedes constantly hurt and with similar fantasy baseball skills, I would take this guy every time in a draft now.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .247.  At least unlike Miguel Cabrera, Encarnacion is still hitting for big power with the average slipping.

Carlos Santana:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .251.  The only way I would have interest in Santana in the future is if as a free agent this winter he signs on with someone to catch.

Mike Clevinger:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.72.  This guy is begging us to pay attention to him but I just don't given the minor league rates.  Pitching way over his head.

Lucas Duda:  1/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .235.  I like how MLB no longer makes the average re-set when hitters switch leagues.  We still would know Duda can't hit over .250 no matter where he is though.

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .291.  This story lost some steam along the way but the fact Dickerson is still over .290 with now 25 bombs shows the overall staying power and him saving his once fledgling fantasy baseball career.

Tommy Pham:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .304.  Yet another piece of gold coming from the St. Louis system.

A.J. Pollock:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .264.  The home runs was nice but damn put this man back in the leadoff spot.

J.D. Martinez:  1/3 with his 27th HR while hitting .274.  Martinez is as good a lower-level OF 1 as there is in all of fantasy baseball.

Madison Bumgarner:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.85.  It is like Bumgarner never left for like half the season with a biking accident.


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