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Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Rhys Hoskins:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .244.  Hoskins is starting to percolate and the buy low window will close very fast here.  Possibly last chance to get him dirt cheap.

Nick Williams:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting. 230.  Was never excited about Nick Williams coming into the season and he still smells like a fourth outfielder to me. 

Ryan McMahon:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .202.  Like Tom Murphy a few seasons ago, this Rockies prospect fizzled out quickly but always pay attention to any Colorado hitter. 

Andrew McCutchen:  3/7 with his 8th HR while hitting .267.  Yeah I guess you got to use him again.  After all that, McCutchen is close enough to .280 with improving per game power. 

Dan Straily:  5 IP 3 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.23.  Straily strong suit is not giving length with his starts but the K's are always underrated and he has been a top SP 5 for a while and through multiple organizations. 

Francisco Lindor:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .295.  The average up around .300 as expected after the fluky drop a year ago and the power is being completely legitimized from 2017 as well.  What a talent and Carlos Correa is clearly looking up to him in every way. 

Jose Ramirez:  1/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .292. So after all that talk about Ramirez trying to replicate the power uptick a year ago, he may now actually get to 40 home runs.  Incredible. 

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .288.  The fact that Abreu slipped to the third round this past March in drafts makes him one of the best picks relative to round in all of fantasy baseball.  There may not be a more dependable hitter around. 

Mike Clevinger:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.15.  Add in the 1.18 WHIP and Clevinger has been tremendous.  Lots of validation among Cleveland hitters and pitchers this season and Clevinger has come through in every way and more for his fantasy baseball owners after the unexpected a breakout a year ago. 

Michael Fulmer:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.13.  This is about where I anticipated Fulmer being around ratio-wise after his unsustainable previous seasons.  Pay the cost based on these ratios going forward. 

Brian McCann:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .216.  You can make the case that McCann has been the third-best catcher-eligible player on the Houston Astros this season.  No longer a fantasy baseball story even in very deep leagues. 

Khris Davis:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .248.  Extra credit goes to Davis for going long versus Justin Verlander. 

Matt Olson:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .242.  Olson has been worth everyday status for about two weeks now and that should continue.  A 28.5 K/9 is dangerously high though so the bottom could drop out at a second's notice. 

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.61.  This "shelling" opens the door for Gerrit Cole to grab the AL Cy Young favorite spot. 

Matt Duffy:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .316.  Not sure how much longer Duffy can hit over .300 given his .260-ish career marks but as always enjoy the fun while it lasts and at the very least he is a terrific MI guy in leagues that go deeper than 12.

Aaron Hicks:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .243.  A .276 BABIP has depressed thins for Hicks in terms of his average but a 7/6 split on his per game pace is not awful by any means given the earlier DL stint. 

Gleyber Torres:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .295.  Nothing Torres will do from now through the end of the season will surprise me given the vast amount of talent at work here.  Already moving toward top-tier status. 

Blake Snell:  5 IP 5 H 4 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.58. Again, while there were a ton of baserunners, Snell hung in there and punched out 8 in Yankee Stadium which is another sign of growth here.  What a season. 

Domingo German:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.23. We have seen the strikeout potential in glimpses but German is much too raw to use outside of streaming at this point in his very young career.

Ender Inciarte:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .250.  Really think the Braves should put Inciarte back in the leadoff spot to remove some pressure from the scuffling Ozzie Albies. 

Anibal Sanchez:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.93.  Sanchez has been rejuvenated with the Braves and honestly, he faded to the reaches of the fantasy baseball world due mostly to serious injuries.  Pretty much everything in Atlanta has come up smelling like roses this season so no reason this shouldn't be any different. 

Brandon Nimmo:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .265.  The Mets are so pathetic that Nimmo is now hitting in the third spot.  Good for Nimmo's growing fantasy baseball value but a huge indictment on his team.

Amed Rosario:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .238.  Things have not gone according to the sleeper plan for Rosario this season but that just means the post-hype sleeper angle is in place.

Michael Conforto:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .216.  Conforto is playing for his major league life so this helps but boy has it been a trying season.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .258.  Goldy is killing it right now in almost completely erasing April and May.  That's how it goes in fantasy baseball which is about as an extreme "what have you done for me lately?" arena. 

David Peralta:  2/3 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .279.  Just hours after doing a feature on Peralta's power growth, he goes yard two more times.  Yes sir. 

Xander Bogaerts:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .281.  Love the power growth here as Bogaerts taps into his prime years but it always just comes down to health here which already has been a bit of a challenge. 

David Price:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.76.  Price will throw a gem every single time out the rest of the season based solely on the fact I cut him last month.


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