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Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Trey Mancini:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .285.  While this type of performance seemed to come completely out of nowhere, I am bullish on Mancini moving forward into 2018 as he was a terrific pure hitter in the minors as well.  Pure hitting skills always should be sought out first before power as the first leads to the second in many cases.

Wellington Castillo:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .285.  Castillo once again is arguably the best and most consistently productive catcher value in all of fantasy baseball.

Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .224.  Few players are hurt more in today's fantasy baseball than this guy given the plethora of home runs all over the game now.

Dylan Bundy:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.18.  I got to hand it to Bundy.  Just as we all were ready to shut him down in terms of fantasy baseball usage until 2018, he has reeled off a string of outings that bring back memories of April.  Ahh but September the fatigue scare is real.

Josh Harrison:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .281.  Yeah I think Harrison does have a knack for the dramatic.

Rich Hill:  9 IP 1 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.32.  Just a brutal way to lose a no-hitter but once again it needs to be said how awesome a story this has been going back to those four late season starts with Boston a few years ago.

Rhys Hoskins:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .244.  Between the minors and majors, Hoskins is on a 45 homer pace.  MASSIVE power here for sure but Hoskins needs to show he can put up a respectable number in the average department to achieve more fantasy baseball value.  That is the qualification now with so much power around.

Mark Leiter:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Some smoke and mirrors going on here but Leiter looks like a scrappy chip off the old block.  From his uncle and not his dad I add.

Dominic Smith:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .190.  I am buying in 2018.  UTIL or CI spot Smith will go.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/3 with his 29th HR while hitting .250.  Not the season Edwin's owners wanted but really that is just in terms of average as he could sneak to 40 homers again believe it not after that terrible start.

Drew Pomeranz:  5.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.18.  I admit I wanted no part of Pomeranz in the AL East this season but there is no debating the fact the guy's stuff is electric.

Corey Kluber:  7.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.65.  The most underappreciated awesome pitcher in the game.

Joey Votto:  2/4 with his 33rd HR while hitting .314.  The power has not let up at any single point this entire season.  40 homers for Votto?  We are in uncharted and drool-inducing territory.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .269.  Very nice season from Suarez so far and at a very nice value play price going back to March.

Scott Schebler:  1/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .231.  Again I keep saying it but Schebler would have been more exciting if the calendar read "2014" and not "2017 The Year Of The Home Run."

Kyle Schwarber:  1/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .202.  With catcher eligibility leaving the station, I doubt many will be on this radar next spring.

Gary Sanchez:  2/6 with his 26th HR while hitting .276.  There really be must be something about the month of August for Sanchez as he has like 169523 home runs in those 31 days.

Didi Gregorious:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .312.  The most underappreciated shortstop in fantasy baseball.

Ian Kinsler:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .248.  The usage meter is running out here due to age.  
Luis Severino:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.10.  Severino laughs in the face of fatigue.

Kevin Kiermaier:  3/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) and 11th SB while hitting .276.  Told you to pick up Kiermaier when he came off the DL.  Also told you to draft him in March.  What are you waiting for?

Steven Souza Jr.:  2/5 with his 27th HR while hitting .276.  Yes I know I cut him after 22 homers.  Let me have it.

Josh Donaldson:  1/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .264.  Outside of Gary Sanchez, there is not a hotter home run hitter in fantasy baseball right now.

Justin Smoak:  1/5 with his 34th HR while hitting .290.  Me and everyone else in the fantasy baseball community had down around 20 homers and a .230 average for this guy in March.  Yeah he overshot that by a bit.

Alex Bregman:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .280.  I think in 2018 we see the star version of Bregman.

Mike Fiers:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.17.  Mike Fiers does August like Gary Sanchez does but on the pitching side.

Eric Hosmer:  3/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .319.  Yeah I would say Hosmer's goal seems to be first round status next spring.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .311.  The good news is that Arenado made it out of the game without any more hand injuries.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/5 with his 30th HR while hitting .336.  Putting that power and average together is a fantasy baseball work of art.

Luke Weaver:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.31.  Jered and Jeff Weaver eat your heart out.


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