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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Cody Bellinger Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Paul Goldschmidt Note
Paul Goldschmidt photo 4. 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.
37 weeks ago
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 5. 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.
37 weeks ago
Rhys Hoskins Note
Rhys Hoskins photo 6. 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.
37 weeks ago
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 7. 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.
37 weeks ago
Pete Alonso Note
Pete Alonso photo 8. 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.
37 weeks ago
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 9. 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.
37 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
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.
37 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 11. DJ LeMahieu NYY
There is no doubt about it that LeMahieu has been an incredible surprise, but that doesn't mean that he will continue hitting .340 with power. Granted, the runs and RBIs will continue to help fantasy owners, but you may be able to sell high right now and will want to take advantage of that opportunity.
37 weeks ago
Yasmani Grandal Note
Yasmani Grandal photo 12. Yasmani Grandal CWS
Grandal's batting average may not seem all that appealing in the .240s range, but that is actually at replacement-level for the position so he won't hurt you there. He will definitely help in HRs, RBIs and runs, though. Over the last three seasons, he trails only (the injured) Salvador Perez in homers, and that was before he moved from an awful park for hitters in L.A. to a hitter's have in Milwaukee.
52 weeks ago
Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 13. 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.
37 weeks ago
Daniel Murphy Note
Daniel Murphy photo 14. 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.
37 weeks ago
Joey Votto Note
Joey Votto photo 15. 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.
37 weeks ago
Eric Hosmer Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 17. 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.
37 weeks ago
Luke Voit Note
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.
34 weeks ago
Edwin Encarnacion Note
Edwin Encarnacion photo 19. Edwin Encarnacion CWS
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.
37 weeks ago
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 20. 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.
37 weeks ago
Hunter Dozier Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Justin Smoak Note
Justin Smoak photo 22. Justin Smoak MIL
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.
37 weeks ago
C.J. Cron Note
C.J. Cron photo 23. C.J. Cron DET
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.
37 weeks ago
Miguel Sano Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Ian Desmond Note
Ian Desmond photo 25. 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.
37 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar Note
Jesus Aguilar photo 26. Jesus Aguilar MIA
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.
38 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 27. 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.
37 weeks ago
Miguel Cabrera Note
Miguel Cabrera photo 28. 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.
37 weeks ago
Daniel Vogelbach Note
Daniel Vogelbach photo 29. 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.
37 weeks ago
Jose Martinez Note
Jose Martinez photo 30. Jose Martinez TB
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.
37 weeks ago
Christian Vazquez Note
Christian Vazquez photo 31. Christian Vazquez BOS
Vasquez is one of a handful of surprising catchers to breakout in the first half. Regardless of whether you believe it to be a fluke, he has been so good that even with some regression, he sneaks into the top 10 rest of season projections.
38 weeks ago
Christian Walker Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Jay Bruce Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Brandon Belt Note
Brandon Belt photo 34. 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.
37 weeks ago
Joc Pederson Note
Joc Pederson photo 35. Joc Pederson LAD
Joc has already swatted 20 homers even though the Dodgers primarily only play him against right-handed pitchers. He will continue to produce while he is in the lineup, but the counting stats may not finish as high as others with his sort of pop.
37 weeks ago
Nate Lowe Note
Nate Lowe photo 36. 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.
37 weeks ago
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 37. Danny Santana TEX
Among all the fantasy breakout players, Santana may be the biggest surprise with double-digit homers and steals in the first half to go with a batting average above .300. All of those numbers are likely to take a dip, but even with that being the case, he should still be owned in every league.
37 weeks ago
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 38. Marwin Gonzalez MIN
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 39. 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.
38 weeks ago
Eric Thames Note
Eric Thames photo 40. Eric Thames WSH
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.
37 weeks ago
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 41. Renato Nunez BAL
Nunez has always had power, there was never a doubt about that. What is surprising, however, is that it has translated to a 90 RBI, 80 runs pace. The batting average will be tough to swallow, but even so, he is worthy of a fantasy roster spot without question.
37 weeks ago
Ryan Zimmerman Note
Ryan Zimmerman photo 42. 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.
38 weeks ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 43. Mark Canha OAK
Mitch Moreland Note
Mitch Moreland photo 44. Mitch Moreland BOS
Derek Dietrich Note
Derek Dietrich photo 45. 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.
37 weeks ago
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 46. Albert Pujols LAA
Yonder Alonso Note
Yonder Alonso photo 47. Yonder Alonso ATL
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.
52 weeks ago
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 48. Travis d'Arnaud ATL
d'Arnaud is extraordinarily hot over the past month and while it may not keep up, he has always possessed this type of potential so it wouldn't be surprising if this was a start of a major breakout.
36 weeks ago
Wilmer Flores Note
Wilmer Flores photo 49. Wilmer Flores SF
Garrett Cooper Note
Garrett Cooper photo 50. Garrett Cooper MIA
While there isn't much help in the Marlins' offense, Cooper has been playing well enough that fantasy owners can mostly ignore the RBIs, runs and lack and speed. His batting average and power will both play and appear to be legitimate.
37 weeks ago
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 51. Ryan O'Hearn KC
Rowdy Tellez Note
Rowdy Tellez photo 52. Rowdy Tellez TOR
Dominic Smith Note
Dominic Smith photo 53. Dominic Smith NYM
Ronald Guzman Note
Ronald Guzman photo 54. Ronald Guzman TEX
Kendrys Morales Note
Kendrys Morales photo 55. Kendrys Morales FA
Matt Adams Note
Matt Adams photo 56. Matt Adams NYM
Justin Bour Note
Justin Bour photo 57. Justin Bour LAA
Matt Beaty Note
Matt Beaty photo 58. Matt Beaty LAD
Brandon Dixon Note
Brandon Dixon photo 59. Brandon Dixon DET
Chris Davis Note
Chris Davis photo 60. Chris Davis BAL
Kevin Cron Note
Kevin Cron photo 61. Kevin Cron ARI
Jose Osuna Note
Jose Osuna photo 62. Jose Osuna PIT
Bobby Bradley Note
Bobby Bradley photo 63. 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.
37 weeks ago
David Freese Note
David Freese photo 64. David Freese FA
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 65. John Hicks ARI
Neil Walker Note
Neil Walker photo 66. Neil Walker PHI
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 67. Victor Caratini CHC
Peter O'Brien Note
Peter O'Brien photo 68. Peter O'Brien FA
Austin Nola Note
Austin Nola photo 69. Austin Nola SEA
Matt Davidson Note
Matt Davidson photo 70. Matt Davidson CIN
Tyler Austin Note
Tyler Austin photo 71. Tyler Austin FA
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 72. Matt Thaiss LAA
Lucas Duda Note
Lucas Duda photo 73. Lucas Duda FA
Hanley Ramirez Note
Hanley Ramirez photo 74. Hanley Ramirez CLE
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