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Sunday, March 31, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .333.  While he is a stripped-down version of his former MVP self, Tulo has always been a fast starter and certainly is worth using while healthy.

James Paxton:  5.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.59.  Paxton is the AL version of Stephen Strasburg in that he is always hurt, doesn't give good length, can strike out anyone, and has a yearly ERA that goes higher than it should. 

Jeff McNeil:  4/5 while hitting .500.  Daniel Murphy...I mean Jeff McNeil already has FOUR four-hit games despite not coming up until the second half of last season.  The guy is a line drive machine, can pop the occasional homer, steal the occasional base, and maybe even challenge for the batting title.  Sign me up.

Pete Alonso:  3/4 while hitting .500.  We already know all about how Alonso is a supreme power hitter but maybe we also need to acknowledge how good of a HITTER he is overall.  What a start.

Victor Robles:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .429.  You can see the talent here but also the raw aspect of Robles as he was picked off first in this one and thrown out at the dish in the opener.  Be patient but Robles can go 15/30 if all breaks right. 

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.00.  Typical Strasburg who always leaves you wanting more with all the strikeouts.  So overrated. 

Noah Syndergaard:  6 IP 7 H 4 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 6.00.  Just like with Strasburg, Thor was fighting it on a windy day in Washington.  No worries here but 2016 has still not been repeated.

Trevor Bauer:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.29.  The guy might be a weird ass creep but very few pitchers can completely overwhelm a lineup like Bauer can. 

Jake Odorizzi:  6 IP 1 H 1 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Well this was a nice surprise.  Odorizzi really hasn't been fantasy baseball relevant since his early Tampa Bay days so don't go nuts here but at least he is back on the radar. 

Jakob Junis:  5.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.76.  Junis is really just a mediocre pitcher who barely holds SP 5 value in deeper leagues.  In other words, move on. 

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Abreu was a great value in drafts this spring as he was unfairly knocked for his injury-marred 2018 campaign.  Still in his prime, Abreu should be able to go right back to his 2016-17 numbers. 

Yoan Moncada:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .500.  This is a crucial season for Moncada whose 30 percent K/9 rate has really capped his explosive potential.  If the breakthrough does come this season on that front, Moncada can quickly turn into a 2020 second round pick given his power/speed game. 

Justin Smoak:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .273.  Now that we all know 2017 was a fluke in terms of average, we can accept Smoak more readily as a UTIL or CI bat who should find a new home sometime this summer. 

Aaron Sanchez:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I guess if your a Toronto starter, you won't give up any runs in 2019.  All kidding aside, Sanchez has shown some decent enough ability to be a strong SP 5. 

Bryce Harper:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .167.  There is no debating the fact there will be a ton of home runs from Harper this season given his new home base but the parts up for debate are how many steals will he have and where will the average end up?  These two categories always cement the overall value on Harper which has been a bit lacking over the years considering the cost. 

J.T. Realmuto:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .286.  Hitting behind Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper put Realmuto in arguably the most precious batting spot in all of fantasy baseball this season.

Maikel Franco:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .500  Surely there are scars from owning him in the past but Franco is just begging us to give him one more chance.. 

Dansby Swanson:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  I guess we can still monitor Swanson given his past as a former number 1 overall pick but that's as far as I am taking this right now. 

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .083.  Ignore the slow start.  Bregman is a monster. 

Colin McHugh:  5 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.60.  If you want a really affordable arm who can strike a bunch of guys out and win games, this is it.  McHugh has a history of missing bats which always made him intriguing and now getting to operate in the Houston rotation will ensure wins.  Go get him.

Tyler Glasnow:  5 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.80.  The big thing to take away here was that there were no walks and there also are more strikeouts to be had.  So far, so good on the Glasnow breakout predictions. 

Mike Moustakas:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .444.  Said from the beginning Moustakas was a must own in looking at a full season with the Brewers and he is certainly delivering. 

Christian Yelich:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .400.  Yeah, I think Yelich doesn't want to cede his NL MVP trophy to anyone this season. 

Travis Shaw:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .200.  Shaw has fallen into that "very productive but boring" tier of fantasy baseball hitter but with the big-time versatility to go with all the power, he should be appreciated a bit more. 

Yu Darvish:  2.2 IP 2 H 3 ER 7 BB 4 K with an ERA of 10.13.  Like Hideo Nomo before him, Darvish looks completely shot after some massive initial success.  I don't even know what to say anymore about this as Darvish has been nothing short of a complete disaster for a while now and honestly he should not be put out there until he shows a modicum of ability. 

Eduardo Rodriguez:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 10.38.  Ugly for sure but E-Rod still carries quite a bit of upside and a K Rate that has always impressed.  Stay the course. 

Adam Jones:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .357.  As if we ever doubted Jones was not able to still contribute to a fantasy basbeall team. 

Cody Bellinger:  4/6 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .467.  The only person maybe hotter than Bellinger is the guy listed below. 

Joc Pederson:  3/3 with his third HR while hitting .5.83.  No strikeouts as Pederson continues to kill it.  There is no denying the fact the kid has really developed at the dish the last season-plus and that has allowed his already potent power to go of even more.  Really liking what it happening here. 




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