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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Anthony Rendon:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .272.  When a younger player who is still in his early prime years gets off to a rough start to the season, the BUY LOW bells should be going off which is what Anthony Rendon was.  I screamed to the rafters to stay patient and trust in the talent and so the inevitable payoff is here.

Gio Gonzalez:  7.2 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.10.  I admit I was a big Gio skeptic but he has shown an uptick in K/9 this season and his BABIP has been in the neutral mode almost all season so he is actually in fact legit.

Andrew Benintendi:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .292.  Damn I am jealous of all Andrew Benintendi owners.

J.D. Martinez:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .320.  The Triple Crown could actually be in play here.

Jose Altuve:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .329.  The hit streak was nice but we need to see a bit more of this if you spent the second pick overall on the guy.

Greg Bird:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .273.  Never a question of talent here but instead the comical health woes that Bird has dealt with.  We clearly can't ever depend on the guy but being smack dab in the middle of the awesome New York Yankee lineup is as sweet a spot as there is in all of fantasy baseball.

Justin Verlander:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.11.  Even Ken Giles couldn't blow this gem.

Mike Trout:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .303.  I finally own Trout this season for the first time in literally forever in the Experts League and now I can see why his previous owners always walked around with a smile.

Leonys Martin:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .250.  I would absolutely pick Martin back up after coming back from the DL.  While the average is a bit rough right now, he has shown an uptick in power of late and the speed is still hanging on.  Lots of tools to work with as your OF 3.

Tyler Skaggs:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.60.  There are just some guys I never want to own no matter how good their start to the season may be and Skaggs is one of them.

Anthony Rizzo:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .228.  You get the feeling by the end of the season Rizzo's average will be where it should be but as an owner of his, I have to say it has been a tough slog so far.

Mike Montgomery:  5.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.35.  I always thought Montgomery deserved a long look as a starter for the Chicago Cubs and I am intrigued again given what he did Monday. Keep an eye on him.

Matt Carpenter:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .221.  Bless Mike Matheney's heart because he stuck with Carpenter longer than anyone reasonably could and now he is getting results.  Add him back while the going is good.

Christian Yelich:  2/4 with his sixth HR and 2 SB (6 for season) while hitting .310.  This game alone pretty much encompasses why everyone tripped over themselves trying to get a piece of this in drafts this past spring.

Jonathan Villar:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .275. Everyone is valuable at the right price and Villar became that guy this spring given the drastically dipping ADP and this a year after his insanely high ADP made him a huge bust made good as I said he would be.  Wow that was a really long sentence.

Luke Weaver:  4 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.63.  It is just not happening this year it seems.

Marco Gonzales:  6.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.60.  Like in San Diego with Petco Park, feel free to stream Seattle starters at home.

Devin Mesoraco:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .241.  I said as soon as Mesoraco arrived in New York that he should be added and he has been very solid in a catcher 2 sort of way in two-backstop leagues.  Keep him in that realm.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.52.  Second straight gem by DeGrom wasted by the inept Mets pen.  Reason 1410462792 to do away with wins in fantasy baseball.

Tim Anderson:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .242.  Hey man if your not going to steal bases then keep doing this.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .228.  All Encarnacion owners wish May went a few more weeks.

Brandoin Nimmo:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .260.  Those in on-base leagues certainly have more love for Nimmo but the power is consistently showing up for the first time in his still-young career.

Kurt Suzuki:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .269.  I own Suzuki as a starter in one of my two competitive leagues and I have no qualms about throwing him out there on a daily basis.


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