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Fantasy Baseball Category Analysis: Week 15

Jul 16, 2015

Trevor Plouffe ended the first half on a high note

Trevor Plouffe ended the first half strong

Here’s this week’s category analysis, providing you with potential players to add to boost your fantasy baseball team in a range of H2H categories. All hitters must have at least 19 plate appearances and all pitchers must have at least two games started unless they are a closer. Stock percentage increase and decrease are over the previous week for that particular player.

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Hitters

Runs

Trevor Plouffe (MIN – 3B)
Owned in 37% of ESPN leagues

Plouffe is hitting just .259 on the season, but he was on fire last week as he had eight hits in 23 at-bats (.348). He scored six times, once on a home run, and had three RBI. He has 11 home runs on the season now with 46 RBI. He needs to work on his batting average to get a higher stock percentage, but as of now he raised it 4.2 over last week’s action.

Home Runs

Kelly Johnson (ATL – 1B/3B/LF)
Owned in 17.6% of ESPN leagues

Johnson is a jack of all trades, as he can play both corners and an outfield spot on any roster. He swung the bat well last week, finishing with six hits in 26 at-bats for a nice .300 average, 0.25 points higher than his season total of .275. Johnson also went deep twice adding to his home run total (9).  He also contributed three runs and five RBI to boost his season total to 33 and had a nice rise in his stock (up 11.5%).

RBI

J.T. Realmuto (MIA – C)
Owned in 3.6% of ESPN leagues

Realmuto had not done much until last week. He was hitting just .247 on the season with 24 RBI and four home runs. Last week he batted .250 having five hits in 20 at-bats with three runs and one home run. He also knocked in six. He is not a type of player that is going to do much more than last week’s numbers, but if you are in a need of a catcher in a very deep league you can do worse than Realmuto. He only saw a 0.1 increase to his stock.

Stolen Bases

Alex Rios (KC – RF)
Owned in 33.4% of ESPN leagues

The speedy Rios swiped two bags over the course of last week bringing his stolen base total to six. He missed a good portion of the season thus far or that total would be a lot higher. He is also hitting better. At this point Rios only has a .238 average, but he had eight hits in 23 at-bats last week for a .348 mark. He added five runs and one RBI as well and saw his stock rise a half of a point.

Batting Average

Nick Hundley (COL – C)
Owned in 33.9% of ESPN leagues

Hundley has been on this season as he is hitting .309 with six home runs and 30 RBI. Last week he was 9-for-20 (.450) with three runs and three RBI. His stock increased 1.7% because of it.

Pitchers

Wins

Kyle Gibson (MIN – SP)
Owned in 34.9% of ESPN leagues

Gibson is having a solid year thus far. He has a 2.85 ERA to go along with a 1.21 WHIP and eight wins to six losses with 78 strikeouts in 113.2 innings. What holds Gibson back is his lack of strikeouts, but that didn’t faze him last week at all. In his 13 innings pitched he had 13 strikeouts and allowed just 10 hits with two earned runs and three walks for a 1.38 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Gibson also won his two outings, and his stock jumped 16.3 percent.

Strikeouts

Wade Miley (BOS – SP)
Owned in 11.9% of ESPN leagues

Miley was dominant with strikeouts last week, but hitters were hard on him as well. Miley finished with 11 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched, but he also allowed nine earned runs to go along with 14 hits and two walks for a 1.33 WHIP and 6.75 ERA. On the season, Miley has a 4.80 ERA and an 8-8 record to go along with his 73 strikeouts. Despite being hit hard, Miley saw an increase with 0.9 percent to his ownership.

WHIP

Chris Young (KC – SP/RP)
Owned in 36.3% of ESPN leagues

To go along with his dual position eligibility, his WHIP has been on a nice pace all season. At this point of the baseball year, Young has a 3.00 ERA with a 7-5 record and 56 strikeouts in 87 innings and a 1.02 WHIP. Last week Young had nine strikeouts in 12 innings pitched to go along with allowing 10 hits, seven earned runs, and three walks. He also finished the week with a not very good ERA 5.25 but a strong 1.08 WHIP.

ERA

Nathan Eovaldi (NYY – SP)
Owned in 23% of ESPN leagues

Eovaldi has been putting up wins even though he has a 4.50 ERA. At this point of the season, he has a 9-2 record with 71 strikeouts in 98 innings with a 1.52 WHIP. If he can lower both his ERA and WHIP he will be able to also pick up his low ownership. I would definitely look to him if you need wins. Last week he pitched 10.1 innings and allowed 13 hits with five earned runs and one walk with eight strikeouts. He also finished the week with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Saves

Roberto Osuna (TOR – RP/SP)
Owned in 31.8% of ESPN leagues

Osuna has been getting a lot of looks lately from owners. He has taken over the closer role and has done a good job in that position. Last week he picked up one save and allowed one earned run in two innings pitched. He also gave up two hits to go along with the one strikeout. Don’t be too worried about the one earned run in two innings, since on the season he has a 2.25 ERA with four saves and 44 strikeouts in just 40 innings pitched. He saw his stock rise 2.2 percent over the last week.

Mike Valverde is a correspondent for FantasyPros, and he also writes for Fantasy Sports Warehouse. You can follow Mike @RFLRedZone and Fantasy Sports Warehouse @FantasySportsWH.

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