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Saturday, May 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Travis Jankowski:  2/4 with 5th SB while hitting .370.  It has been a massive struggle to hit previously in the majors but Jankowski is really working it nicely this season with a phenomenal 14.3 BB/9 and a drastically lowered K/9 rate of 19.0.  Add in the 30-steal speed and newly minted leadoff duties and Jankowski is the latest speed asset which needs to be owned everywhere.

Paul Goldschmidt:  0/4 with 4 K while hitting .203.  There is no debate that Goldy has been hands down the biggest fantasy baseball bust of the season and by a mile I might add.  The humidor talk/effects no doubt has had an effect but that may be overstating things a bit as well.  Still just 30, Goldschmidt should be flat in his prime but there is trouble everywhere such as a K/9 that has exploded to 31.6 from 22.1 a year ago.  Even more crazy is that his.295 BABIP is right around the median line so Goldy is earning his .203.  I would like to say it will get better but something is completely amiss here as Goldschmidt seemingly lost it overnight which is crazy considering his age.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 13 K with an ERA of 1.75.  In between the elbow issue, DeGrom is having a Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers season right now with the nuclear amount of strikeouts.  He just keeps getting better which is amazing since he was already so good to begin with.

Dustin Fowler:  2/3 with his first HR and second SB while hitting .227.  Fowler was a top prospect in the NY Yankees system before making his way to Oakland so he should be added on pedigree alone.  There was a 3/8 split in HR/SB with a .310 average at Triple-A before the promotion so we are talking multiple skills that play well in fantasy baseball.  Make the add.

Jonathan Schoop:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .243.  Schoop still in the "settling in" time period when it comes to his stats after missing time with injury so pay no attention to the average.

Mookie Betts:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .371.  Your fantasy baseball MVP is right here.

Jon Lester:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.52.  Vintage Lester here but he is a major sell by the end of July given the age and fatigue factor.  Still, think he ends up with ERA of 3.50 or higher.

Dan Straily:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.60.  Straily is always there as your "break class in case of emergency" SP 5.

Kyle Gibson:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.96.  I always shake my head when I see people in the fantasy baseball community owning Gibson.  I mean we have seen this horror show act too any times to count and he has been an absolute fraud leading into this outing with his ERA under 4.00.  Will be 4.50 or higher real soon.  Tiger can't change his stripes.

Jesus Aguilar:  3/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .326.  Injuries in the Milwaukee lineup is opening up chances for Aguilar for now and so those in NL-only leagues or deep formats can dive in and see where it takes you.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .215.  May has not really gone according to plan here as it usually does and if by the end of the month it hasn't changed, we can write Encarnacion off as nothing more than a backup at best.

George Springer:  2/3 with his 9th HR and 1st SB while hitting .294.  Boy if only those steals could be more consistent, we would be talking about a first-round guy.

Jose Altuve:  1/4 while hitting .308.  Altuve has just 2 home runs and 2 steals which is far from what his owners expected in using the second pick on him in 99 percent of drafts.  Not saying there is any cause for alarm overall but Altuve is at the age now where the steals could start to dry up a bit and the 20 home run power was never supported with his advanced metrics.

Charlie Morton:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.94.  Home runs are my only remaining concern here but otherwise Morton has been arguably the best value play pitcher drafted this past spring.

Whit Merrifield:  3/4 with 3 steals (12 for season) while hitting .300.  Facing Gary Sanchez is always time to run wild but Merrifield has been terrific regardless and 2017 is being fully validated so far.

Salvador Perez:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .258.  Nothing but dependability here at a position where there is virtually none.

Jake Arrieta:  3 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.82.  The margin for error is so small here with the strikeouts no longer being part of the equation and so I continue to preach selling Arrieta now before the inevitable trouble arises.

Wilson Ramos:  2/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .282.  This is what I wrote about Ramos in my annual draft guide (why didn't you get it?):  "Remember just prior to the knee injury Ramos has clubbed 22 home runs and batted .307 for the Washington Nationals last season which shows there is big ability here.  The fact that Ramos missed so much time a year ago has kept the volume down surrounding his name and so some major value could be had here.  If you look to wait on drafting your catcher this spring, Ramos is the guy to get."  Nothing more needs to be said.  

Mike Trout:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .291.  Taking slight overall backsteat to Mookie Betts but otherwise as great as ever this season.

Blake Snell:  6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.07.  Was very crucial Snell came back with a big outing coming off a shellacking and he did just that.  That really speaks to the maturity or Snell who is firing on all cylinders.  This could be Jake Faria in 2019 as well.




2 comments:

  1. So you like Jankowski better than Buxton over the long haul?

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  2. didnt say that but Jankowski alone has decent value in the short term at least.

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