Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Cody Bellinger photo 1. Cody Bellinger LAD
Although he has cooled off, Bellinger is clearly one of the top three fantasy assets in baseball this season. He may end the season with 120 runs, 120 RBIs, 50 homers and 15 stolen bases. And don't forget that he is still batting over .340.
6 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman photo 2. Freddie Freeman ATL
Freeman is as steady as ever this season, batting a crisp .313 through the first half with 20+ homers and nearly 70 RBIs and runs each. He may not have the upside of Pete Alonso, but there is something to be said about Freeman's reliability month by month.
6 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo photo 3. Anthony Rizzo CHC
Rizzo is your typical player who is much better in real life than in fantasy baseball. With that said, he is still on track to hit 35 homers with a quality batting average, but that doesn't mean he is as useful as even Max Muncy in fantasy.
6 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield photo 4. Whit Merrifield KC
Whit has done exactly what fantasy owners have hoped for up until the break. He is on pace for both 20 homers and 30 steals to go with a batting average north of .300. While he doesn't possess top-tier upside, fantasy owners can continue to rely on him as a 3rd or even 2nd round value.
6 weeks ago
Paul Goldschmidt photo 5. Paul Goldschmidt STL
Fantasy owners have been disappointed with Goldschmidt and wondering if he has hit the inevitable brick wall that comes with age. It is possible but more likely that he is just in an extended slump as we've seen from him before. Expect fireworks after the break.
6 weeks ago
Pete Alonso photo 6. Pete Alonso NYM
Alonso hasn't been in the bigs long enough for pitchers to pinpoint his struggles and get a blueprint so a slump may come, but even if it did, we'd be looking at a top-ten fantasy first basemen at seasons end and with likely 45+ homers.
6 weeks ago
Josh Bell photo 7. Josh Bell PIT
Bell's breakout has been legitimate with the underlying stats confirming that he is, in fact, one of the best hitters in baseball. Neither his .300 batting average nor his 45 homer pace are expected to slow down so don't get the idea to sell-high via trade.
6 weeks ago
Rhys Hoskins photo 8. Rhys Hoskins PHI
You can say what you want about Hoskins' potential, and while it may be true, the fact of the matter is that he has never contributed in the batting average department and has actually been propped up quite a bit by batted ball luck to even keep him above .260. He will provide RBIs, runs and homers, of course, but is more of a sell candidate than a buy-low.
6 weeks ago
Jose Abreu photo 9. Jose Abreu CWS
Abreu just keeps getting it done for fantasy owners year after year and this time around is no different. He has a .280 batting average with 21 homers going into the break and that's the type of reliable production we should expect in the second half too.
6 weeks ago
Max Muncy photo 10. Max Muncy LAD
Muncy has now been one of the best hitters in baseball over the last calendar year. He has shown no signs of slowing down so don't be shocked when you look up at the end of the season and see 40 homers and 100 RBIs with a solid batting average.
6 weeks ago
Carlos Santana photo 11. Carlos Santana CLE
Most were shocked to see Santana compete in the home run derby, but he has been a beast for Cleveland and fantasy owners with 19 homers and a 90/90 RBI/run pace to go with a .295 batting average. He seems to only improve with age.
6 weeks ago
Matt Olson photo 12. Matt Olson OAK
If Olson hadn't been injured to start the year, he likely would have been a top 100 pick. Since returning from the IL, he has done nothing to change the narrative so he should continue to be treated as though he is that top 100 player.
6 weeks ago
Daniel Murphy photo 13. Daniel Murphy COL
Unfortunately, Murphy is playing like a shell of his former self. There is even less power than before and his batting average has dropped south of .290. While that is still helpful and possible to increase, fantasy owners are right to be disappointed.
6 weeks ago
Joey Gallo photo 14. Joey Gallo TEX
Even despite all the strikeouts, Gallo is batting .279 thanks to a league-high average exit velocity of 94 MPH. Add in 20 homers in 204 at-bats thus far and we are talking about one of the premium power hitters in fantasy baseball, worthy of a top 50 pick next year.
6 weeks ago
Trey Mancini photo 15. Trey Mancini BAL
There is nothing sexy about owning Trey Mancini, but he has rebounded quite nicely from his disappointing 2018 campaign. The underlying metrics suggest what we have seen in 2019 is the real Mancini so it wouldn't be wise to attempt selling high on him.
6 weeks ago
Eric Hosmer photo 16. Eric Hosmer SD
Don't look now, but Hosmer is back to playing quite well again, hitting nearly .300 with some power for once. If you grabbed this bargain on draft day, you would do best to hang onto him rather than try to sell high on the trade market.
6 weeks ago
Joey Votto photo 17. Joey Votto CIN
We can't rely on Votto for power any more, of course, but the batting average should return back closer to the .290 mark in the second half to go with plenty of runs thanks to his bonkers BB-rate. Don't drop Votto quite yet.
6 weeks ago
Luke Voit photo 18. Luke Voit NYY
Voit finished 2018 on a complete terror and started off the 2019 season the same way. In fact, the underlying statcast metrics all suggest he might actually hit better once he returns from the IL but that timeline is still up in the air and it may be awhile.
3 weeks ago
Yuli Gurriel photo 19. Yuli Gurriel HOU
Gurriel isn't a big source of power, but playing in this Astros offense guarantees him plenty of runs and RBI opportunities. Add in a worthwhile batting average and you've got a solid starter for your fantasy squad.
6 weeks ago
Edwin Encarnacion photo 20. Edwin Encarnacion NYY
There is no doubt that Encarnacion's 25 homers are a welcome site to fantasy owners, but his .215 batting average is dreadful and may cost him at-bats once both Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton are back for the Yankees off the IL.
6 weeks ago
Hunter Dozier photo 21. Hunter Dozier KC
Dozier entered the all-star break om pace for 20 homers, 80 RBIs and carries a .283 batting average. Regardless of whether those numbers are a fluke or not, you can bet he won't regress enough to become waiver wire fodder in the second half.
6 weeks ago
J.T. Realmuto photo 22. J.T. Realmuto PHI
Realmuto may be struggling so far compared to expectations, but he certainly hasn't hurt you with a BA over .270 to go with double-digit homers and a handful of steals. He may not be the top overall fantasy catcher but he could be in the secound half.
6 weeks ago
Matt Carpenter photo 23. Matt Carpenter STL
Don't drop Carpenter quite yet. Remember, after all, that Carp was every bit as bad heading into July last year before he went scorched earth in the second half. You don't have to play him, but keep him on your bench and wait out the slump.
6 weeks ago
Miguel Sano photo 24. Miguel Sano MIN
Sano is back off the IL and doing Sano things with a .230 batting average but with loads of power. He could hit 25 bombs in the second-half with the RBIs and runs to go with it so don't give up on him quite yet.
6 weeks ago
C.J. Cron photo 25. C.J. Cron MIN
Cron is dealing with a thumb injury heading into the break, but when he returns, fantasy owners are getting an excellent asset with 30+ homer power and a quality batting average to go with loads of RBIs in a top-notch Twins lineup.
6 weeks ago
Justin Smoak photo 26. Justin Smoak TOR
According to Baseball Savant's Statcast metrics, no one in baseball has been more unlucky than Justin Smoak. He is actually hitting the ball harder and at a better angle than he did in his 2017 breakout season so it is time to buy the second-half bounceback.
6 weeks ago
Ryan Braun photo 27. Ryan Braun MIL
As usual, Braun is dealing with injuries off and on, but getting the job done for fantasy owners while he is on the field. Going into the break, he carries a .271 average with a dozen homers and a handful of steals which is what we should expect in the second half too.
6 weeks ago
Daniel Vogelbach photo 28. Daniel Vogelbach SEA
While the batting average won't be ideal, you can avoid that penalty by just sitting him when the Mariners take on a lefty. Outside of that, Vogelbach has been one of the best hitters in all of baseball and that isn't any kind of fluke considering the dominant underlying metrics.
6 weeks ago
Ian Desmond photo 29. Ian Desmond COL
Although he isn't starting every game for the Rockeis, Desmond does play enough in Coors to warrant a roster spot on fantasy teams. Gone are the days where he will steal 20 bags, but he should be solid at worst in the other four standard categories.
6 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar photo 30. Jesus Aguilar TB
This time last year we were talking about Aguilar in the same light as we are with Ketel Marte today. It now appears clear, however, that he isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues.
6 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon photo 31. Ryan McMahon COL
McMahon has loads of upside seeing that he plays in Coors, has power and some speed. Now, it hasn't shown yet, and the playing time hasn't been consistent, but he is a classic post-hype sleeper to have a huge second half for fantasy owners.
6 weeks ago
Christian Walker photo 32. Christian Walker ARI
Walker has been streaky and volatile, but even so, he still managed to put together an impressive first half stat line with both power and a little speed. The batting average may drop south of .250 at some point, but he is still well worth starting even if that is the case.
6 weeks ago
Jay Bruce photo 33. Jay Bruce PHI
Most gave up on Bruce before the season because he was so awful in 2018, but he was struggling through plantar fasciitis. Now that he is healthy, Bruce just keeps mashing with 24 homers headed into the break. He is good bet to keep hitting if he can stay on the field.
6 weeks ago
Miguel Cabrera photo 34. Miguel Cabrera DET
Cabrera has been healthy and is batting .304 as a result, but his power is completely zapped and there is, of course, no hope for speed. You can roll him out in your fantasy lineup, however, and expect similar results to Votto at this point.
6 weeks ago
Jose Martinez photo 35. Jose Martinez STL
Martinez hasn't provided fantasy owners much with a .282 batting average and just 6 homers, but all Statcast metrics suggest those numbers will come roaring up in the second half. It might be time to add him before it costs you a pretty penny.
6 weeks ago
Brandon Belt photo 36. Brandon Belt SF
Belt has given fantasy owners reason to be disappointed for years now. Although he is never awful, it may finally be time to give up and cut him loose. There are plenty of other projects on the waivers with more fantasy upside like Bobby Bradley.
6 weeks ago
Nate Lowe photo 37. Nate Lowe TB
Lowe didn't do much in his brief MLB debut and was thus sent back down to the minors. Since then, he has been batting .340 with bonkers power. He should be a hot pickup the moment Tampa calls him back up and may actually be worthy of a stash now.
6 weeks ago
Jurickson Profar photo 38. Jurickson Profar OAK
Profar has been downright awful this season for fantasy owners, batting just .212. With that said, he is still on track for 18 homers and double-digit steals so if he can turn the batting average around, we may have a fantasy impact player again.
6 weeks ago
Marwin Gonzalez photo 39. Marwin Gonzalez MIN
Eric Thames photo 40. Eric Thames MIL
Thames has shown flashes of all that pop we got in 2017 during his breakout campaign but the Brewers just aren't playing him enough to make much of a fantasy impact. He belongs on your waiver wire speed dial, however.
6 weeks ago
Kike Hernandez photo 41. Kike Hernandez LAD
The batting average has devestated fantasy owners thus far in the first half and while it may come up, it won't be enough to warrant rostering Kike in a standard-sized league.
6 weeks ago
Mitch Moreland photo 42. Mitch Moreland BOS
Jake Bauers photo 43. Jake Bauers CLE
Bauers hasn't turned it on yet, and although there is still promise that he will, it isn't worth banking on this year. Rather, target him as a post-hype buy next season.
6 weeks ago
Derek Dietrich photo 44. Derek Dietrich CIN
The batting average has come crashing down and his power has completely halted to go along with the playing time. With that said, he was so exceptional for a stretch that you can make a case for stashing him until he comes out of it and mashes again.
6 weeks ago
Michael Chavis photo 45. Michael Chavis BOS
Chavis has cooled down after he came roaring out of the gates for Boston and fantasy owners. He won't bat .300, but the batting average won't be bad enough to be a concern and there is still enough power that you ought to keep him on your roster for now.
6 weeks ago
Albert Pujols photo 46. Albert Pujols LAA
Niko Goodrum photo 47. Niko Goodrum DET
The batting average hasn't been there with Niko this year, but there is reason for hope and when you add that to the fact that he is a reliable source of both power and speed, he is worthy of keeping an eye on for a potential injury fill-in in the coming weeks.
6 weeks ago
Buster Posey photo 48. Buster Posey SF
Feel free to drop Buster at this point. He isn't likely to finish the season with double-digit homers and doesn't play in a good enough offense to tally up runs and RBIs like the top 15 fantasy catchers in baseball.
6 weeks ago
Ryan Zimmerman photo 49. Ryan Zimmerman WSH
Zimmerman had his run as a useful fantasy baseball player but it seems to be over at this point so go ahead and cut him loose for one of the better options on waivers.
6 weeks ago
J.D. Davis photo 50. J.D. Davis NYM
Davis is raking for the Mets, but it hasn't quite shown up on paper. His underlying metrics are exceptional so don't be surprised if his batting average and power numbers follow in the second half.
6 weeks ago
Mark Canha photo 51. Mark Canha OAK
Tyler White photo 52. Tyler White LAD
Wilmer Flores photo 53. Wilmer Flores ARI
Yonder Alonso photo 54. Yonder Alonso COL
Alonso wasn't especially impressive last year with a .250 batting average and just 23 homers, but he is just one year removed from posting an .866 OPS with Oakland and Seattle so don't discount a big bounce-back campaign.
21 weeks ago
Travis Shaw photo 55. Travis Shaw MIL
Shaw could potentially be a worthwhile addition at some point later in the year, but for now, he has lost his job to Hiura and should be released in every format.
6 weeks ago
Colin Moran photo 56. Colin Moran PIT
Moran is still batting near .300 heading into the all-star break and although he doesn't offer a ton in the power department, finishing with 18 homers and 80 RBIs would be a welcome line to any fantasy owner.
6 weeks ago
Ryan O'Hearn photo 57. Ryan O'Hearn KC
Dominic Smith photo 58. Dominic Smith NYM
Rowdy Tellez photo 59. Rowdy Tellez TOR
Ronald Guzman photo 60. Ronald Guzman TEX
Ryon Healy photo 61. Ryon Healy SEA
Matt Beaty photo 62. Matt Beaty LAD
Brandon Dixon photo 63. Brandon Dixon DET
Matt Adams photo 65. Matt Adams WSH
Josh Naylor photo 66. Josh Naylor SD
Chris Davis photo 67. Chris Davis BAL
Greg Bird photo 68. Greg Bird NYY
Pablo Sandoval photo 69. Pablo Sandoval SF
Nobody saw it coming, but Pablo is back and playing great for the Giants. Of course, he isn't playing every day so the counting stats aren't ideal but with a .290 batting average and 11 homers in 176 at-bats, there may be a place for him on your fantasy squad.
6 weeks ago
Justin Bour photo 70. Justin Bour LAA
Kevin Cron photo 71. Kevin Cron ARI
Stephen Vogt photo 72. Stephen Vogt SF
Jose Osuna photo 73. Jose Osuna PIT
Bobby Bradley photo 74. Bobby Bradley CLE
Just because Bradley hasn't started out all that hot for Cleveland doesn't mean you should give up on him. Rather, keep a close eye on this potential 40-homer threat, as he could explode onto the fantasy scene any day now.
6 weeks ago
David Freese photo 75. David Freese LAD
Neil Walker photo 76. Neil Walker MIA
John Hicks photo 77. John Hicks DET
Victor Caratini photo 78. Victor Caratini CHC
Peter O'Brien photo 79. Peter O'Brien MIA
Adam Duvall photo 80. Adam Duvall ATL
Matt Davidson photo 81. Matt Davidson TEX
Miguel Rojas photo 82. Miguel Rojas MIA
Tyler Austin photo 83. Tyler Austin FA
Matt Thaiss photo 84. Matt Thaiss LAA
Daniel Descalso photo 85. Daniel Descalso CHC
Steve Pearce photo 86. Steve Pearce BOS
Lucas Duda photo 87. Lucas Duda ATL
Hanley Ramirez photo 88. Hanley Ramirez CLE