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Friday, July 6, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Brian Anderson:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .284.  Anderson has had a very nice season coming out of nowhere but his average is mostly empty which means he has value in only five outfielder formats or NL-only leagues. 

Justin Bour:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .238.  We saw in the Home Run Derby a year ago that Bour's power is very much legit.

Trea Turner:  3/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .280.  What is interesting here is that if you polled Turner's fantasy baseball owners in a knee-jerk reaction about his season so far, many would say he was a letdown.  The movement all over the order is annoying as hell but Turner is on pace for around 20 home runs to go with all those steals and runs and even the average is trending northward.  That's why they call it a marathon and not a spring. 

Jeremy Hellickson:  8 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.81.  A streaming option that went horribly wrong. 

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .192.  I think Gallo's home run is still in orbit.  Can he .200 though?

Niko Goodrum:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .241.  AL-only bat a shade or two below the breakout of Jeimar Candelario. 

Matthew Boyd:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.58.  And Boyd is back where he should be in terms of ERA after that incredibly fluky April and May.  Just goes to show you that the law of averages in fantasy baseball applies to everyone.  Waiting on you now Junior Guerra.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .207.  There are scores of ex-Schoop owners out there who are muttering to themselves this morning "so, NOW he does this."

Logan Morrison:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .194.  The Joey Gallo of first base. 

Aaron Sledgers:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.38.  This 25-year-old who was once a fifth-round pick has some truly horrid K/9 rates which of course doesn't work in the AL or the majors for that matter.  Pass him by. 

Jhoulys Chacin:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.63.  This guy seems to sneak up on the fantasy baseball community each season and posts some decent numbers no matter where he is in during his journeyman career. 

Jose Altuve:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .332.  Using the second overall pick on Altuve has worked out just nicely.  Wow those yearly averages of his are nuts. 

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.15.  Coming off his worst outing of the season, Verlander reminds us that he is literally going to kick ass all year long. 

Carlos Rodon:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 6 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.29.  Look at those walks.  This is why you need to resist the urge to use Rodon as he simply can't harness his stuff.  Like ever.

Marco Gonzales:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.64.  Said that Gonzales was pretty legit a few weeks ago without going over the top and that prediction has held steady. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .264.  Carpenter has been insane over the last month so even I admit to casting his fantasy baseball funeral a bit prematurely. 






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