Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Jose Altuve photo 1. Jose Altuve HOU
Altuve is not done in the way Joey Votto appears to be, but he sure has hit a wall that caps both his batting average and stolen bases. The average should climb toward .290 with sufficient power remaining, but at this point, he is merely a second or even third-tier fantasy middle infielder.
10 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield photo 2. 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.
10 weeks ago
Javier Baez photo 3. Javier Baez CHC
The underlying metrics screamed regression last year but it hasn't come. It may be time to admit that he is some kind of cheat code who will continue to defy BABIP odds and bat near .300 with all the power to go with it.
10 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres photo 4. Gleyber Torres NYY
Although last year's sample wasn't quite large enough to draw a full conclusion, fantasy owners can be sure now that his rookie season wasn't a fluke. Torres is a safe source for batting average and homers with the lineup continuing to prop up his RBIs and runs as well.
10 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies photo 5. Ozzie Albies ATL
Albies bounced back nicely after last season's awful second-half. He isn't an elite source of either power or speed, but he contributes nicely in both areas while adding plus batting average and plenty of RBIs and runs thanks to the strong Braves lineup.
10 weeks ago
Ketel Marte photo 6. Ketel Marte ARI
Marte has been spectacular with an astonishing 21 first-half homers to go with a batting average well over .300. While he is clearly no fluke, the notion that he is suddenly one of the top offensive middle infielders in baseball won't stick around for long so sell him high if you can find a taker willing to pay enough.
10 weeks ago
Max Muncy photo 7. 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.
10 weeks ago
Yoan Moncada photo 8. Yoan Moncada CWS
If you are ever looking for an example of a post-hype sleeper, turn to Moncada who was all but left for dead by disappointed fantasy owners this winter. He finally broke out with both power and average while producing what will likely be double-digit steals by the end of the season.
10 weeks ago
Jonathan Villar photo 9. Jonathan Villar BAL
Villar was excellent after the trade to Baltimore last season and hasn't slowed down this year. Going into the break, he already had double-digit homers and was on track for both 100 runs and 30 stolen bases. The batting average isn't killing fantasy owners either which is a major surprise.
10 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu photo 10. 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.
10 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi photo 11. Adalberto Mondesi KC
Mondesi has slowed down of late in both the power department and with his batting average dipping below .270 and now he is on the IL with a shoulder injury significant enough that it wouldn't be a surprise if he was shut down for the season.
7 weeks ago
Daniel Murphy photo 12. 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.
10 weeks ago
Jeff McNeil photo 13. Jeff McNeil NYM
No, McNeil isn't going to bat .350 forever, but .320 and an NL batting title is quite possible. There won't be a ton of power or speed, but enough that he won't drag you down in any area. McNeil should be a top 100 pick next spring in re-draft leagues.
10 weeks ago
Dee Gordon photo 14. Dee Gordon SEA
Gordon won't steal 60 bases anymore and he clearly isn't a .300 hitter, but fantasy owners can still rely on him to offer nearly 30 steals with a batting average that won't kill you. Nothing about that is exciting, but he is still a worthwhile fantasy piece.
10 weeks ago
Matt Carpenter photo 15. 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.
10 weeks ago
Cesar Hernandez photo 16. Cesar Hernandez PHI
You may not feel sexy running Hernandez out there in your lineup every day, but as is always the case, Hernandez isn't making anyone regret spending a late round pick on his reliable production in all five categories.
10 weeks ago
Brian Dozier photo 17. Brian Dozier WSH
Gone are the days where Dozier will flirt with 40 homers, but he still has sufficient power that outweighs his often lousy batting average. He is a useful fantasy asset in deeper leagues and one worth keeping an eye on in more shallow formats.
10 weeks ago
Jonathan Schoop photo 18. Jonathan Schoop MIN
It may not be the Schoop of old, but there is certainly value in what the Twins' second basemen has accomplished for fantasy owners thus far. He should finish the season with 25 homers while offering plenty of RBIs and runs thanks to everyday at-bats in the strong Twins' lineup.
10 weeks ago
Rougned Odor photo 19. Rougned Odor TEX
Odor did his thing for a while where he was a total trainwreck, and while the batting average is still below .200, he has started to play much better of late and is, as always, producing in both the homer and stolen base departments.
10 weeks ago
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 20. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR
Gurriel was so awful to open the season the Toronto sent him back to the minors. He responded by earning his job back then taking the league by storm. Heading into the break, he was one of the most exciting middle infielders in the game and that should continue throughout the remainder of the year.
10 weeks ago
Keston Hiura photo 21. Keston Hiura MIL
It took long enough but the Brewers finally called Hiura back after he destroyed minor league pitching. The kid does not only have an excellent future, but he is polished and ready to provide fantasy owners vintage Robinson Cano like numbers.
10 weeks ago
Robinson Cano photo 22. Robinson Cano NYM
Cano was exceptional in 2018 when he wasn't suspended but apparently, he finally hit the wall towards the end of a player's career. Neither the batting average or power are here nor are the expected to return.
10 weeks ago
Jose Ramirez photo 23. Jose Ramirez CLE
Don't look now, but Jose Ramirez is back to obliterating baseballs over the past month. He may not finish the season like the first round pick we all expected him to be, but he will at the very least reward to owner who was patient enough to hold onto him.
10 weeks ago
Nick Senzel photo 24. Nick Senzel CIN
Senzel has merely been mediocre for fantasy owners up into the break with a .258 average and limited power, but he does have 8 steals already and we know he has the potential to breakout much like Scott Kingery did earlier this season.
10 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon photo 25. 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.
10 weeks ago
Scooter Gennett photo 26. Scooter Gennett FA
Scooter missed the vast majority of the first half and hasn't quite been playing every day since returning from injury. With that said, he was so exceptional over his previous 1000 plate appearances that it should be considered only a matter of time before he returns to hitting like Freddie Freeman.
10 weeks ago
Jurickson Profar photo 27. 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.
10 weeks ago
Cavan Biggio photo 28. Cavan Biggio TOR
It is tempting to get excited when you hear Biggio's name, but he was not a top prospect by any stretch of the imagination and while he may provide some power and speed, the batting average will likely kill you.
10 weeks ago
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 29. Asdrubal Cabrera WSH
Cabrera is the cut-off between a long list of useful fantasy middle infielders and players who can fill a roster spot if you are desperate for counting stats. The batting average is going to hurt and he surely won't steal bags, but the other three categories are all plusses.
10 weeks ago
Kolten Wong photo 30. Kolten Wong STL
For years, Wong has flashed excellent fantasy skills at times then proceeded to burn everyone who had the nerve to pick him up in the midst of his hot streak. There may be another flash left at some point this season, but you certainly can't count on much if you own Wong.
10 weeks ago
Adam Frazier photo 31. Adam Frazier PIT
You can be certain that Frazier won't offer any power or speed, but 80 homers and a .280 batting average never hurt anyone. If you need a warm body to fill in for an injured player, he can answer the call without pain.
10 weeks ago
Marwin Gonzalez photo 32. Marwin Gonzalez MIN
Starlin Castro photo 33. Starlin Castro MIA
Castro is playing every game for Miami, but that is quite literally all you can say on the pro side of his performance. He doesn't offer power anymore and his batting average will continue to hover around .250 for the remainder of the season.
10 weeks ago
Willy Adames photo 34. Willy Adames TB
There is no denying the potential in the Rays' young middle-infielder, but like Dansby Swanson over the past few seasons, he just isn't quite ready at the plate yet. You can still get a handful of steals and homers, but not enough to make up for his batting average.
10 weeks ago
Chris Taylor photo 35. Chris Taylor LAD
Taylor hit the IL with a fractured wrist and while he isn't quite worth holding onto, he will be one to add once he returns to action for the Dodgers. As always, Taylor should provide some power and speed to go with a solid batting average and great counting stats because of the lineup he is in.
10 weeks ago
David Fletcher photo 36. David Fletcher LAA
Fletcher isn't going to help you win the home run category, nor will he steal double-digit bases, but he might reach 80 runs with a batting average near .300 so make room for him if he is still available in your league.
10 weeks ago
Kike Hernandez photo 37. 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.
10 weeks ago
Brandon Lowe photo 38. Brandon Lowe TB
Lowe has slowed down considerably and hit the IL after fouling a ball off his shin, but he will be back any day and when he does, fantasy owners have a reliable player who will contribute in all five primary categories, but without carrying you in any.
10 weeks ago
Luis Urias photo 39. Luis Urias SD
Urias was rough in his debut, but don't give up on him quite yet. Rather, he is among the top stashes remaining in the minor leagues. When he does get another chance, he will be worth owning in most leagues assuming the Padres or his new team (via trade) gives him a chance.
10 weeks ago
Jason Kipnis photo 40. Jason Kipnis CLE
At this point in his career, Kipnis is only a worthwhile fantasy asset in deeper leagues. He should end up with double-digit homers and steals, but not by much, and drug down by a rough batting average.
10 weeks ago
Howie Kendrick photo 41. Howie Kendrick WSH
In what may be the most surprising breakout in all of baseball, the 36-year-old Kendrick has turned into a prolific hitter with power to go along with his .330 batting average. And believe it or not, the underlying stats suggest it is the real deal so don't get the crazy idea of trying to sell him high.
10 weeks ago
Travis Shaw photo 42. 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.
10 weeks ago
Garrett Hampson photo 43. Garrett Hampson COL
More than likely, Hampson won't get his job back as the Rockies' primary second baseman. Even with injury, he may be third on the depth chart. With that said, if for whatever reason he does find his way into at-bats, he'll be worth monitoring as a potential pickup.
10 weeks ago
Michael Chavis photo 44. 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.
10 weeks ago
Leury Garcia photo 45. Leury Garcia CWS
Garcia isn't even going to finish the season with 10 homers, but he offers some speed and is on pace for 100 runs thanks to a quality .290 batting average and every day playing time for the White Sox. You can use him without regret although he won't be a world saver.
10 weeks ago
Niko Goodrum photo 46. 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.
10 weeks ago
Wilmer Flores photo 47. Wilmer Flores ARI
Joey Wendle photo 48. Joey Wendle TB
Eric Sogard photo 49. Eric Sogard TB
Sogard has been a pleasant surprise this year with a batting average near 300 and both some power and speed. It's a risk to rely on that continuing, but there is more hope than many other options on your waiver wire in the middle infield.
10 weeks ago
Ian Kinsler photo 50. Ian Kinsler SD
Chad Pinder photo 51. Chad Pinder OAK
Jed Lowrie photo 52. Jed Lowrie NYM
Lowrie has been on the IL all season and just suffered another setback. Even if and when he returns to action, fantasy owners shouldn't pay any attention.
10 weeks ago
Tommy La Stella photo 53. Tommy La Stella LAA
La Stella was among the top breakout infielders this year before going on the IL for 2 to 3 months. If you have enough room on your IL or even bench, he may be worth holding onto for the head to head playoff stretch.
10 weeks ago
Eduardo Nunez photo 55. Eduardo Nunez FA
Isan Diaz photo 56. Isan Diaz MIA
Logan Forsythe photo 57. Logan Forsythe TEX
David Bote photo 58. David Bote CHC
Austin Barnes photo 59. Austin Barnes LAD
Josh Harrison photo 60. Josh Harrison DET
Joe Panik photo 61. Joe Panik NYM
Chris Owings photo 62. Chris Owings BOS
Ben Zobrist photo 63. Ben Zobrist CHC
Nick Solak photo 64. Nick Solak TEX
Zack Cozart photo 65. Zack Cozart LAA
Cozart may miss time at the start of the season with a mild calf strain, and after his 2018 performance, it is fair to forget about him, but don't be so quick to forget how excellent he was in 2017 with the Reds, knocking 24 homers with a .297 batting average in just 122 games.
25 weeks ago
Yolmer Sanchez photo 66. Yolmer Sanchez CWS
Daniel Descalso photo 68. Daniel Descalso CHC
Brandon Drury photo 69. Brandon Drury TOR
Hernan Perez photo 70. Hernan Perez MIL
Neil Walker photo 72. Neil Walker MIA
Ronny Rodriguez photo 73. Ronny Rodriguez DET
Brock Holt photo 74. Brock Holt BOS
Alen Hanson photo 75. Alen Hanson TOR
Jose Pirela photo 77. Jose Pirela PHI
Wilmer Difo photo 78. Wilmer Difo WSH
Devon Travis photo 80. Devon Travis TOR
Dustin Pedroia photo 82. Dustin Pedroia BOS
Greg Garcia photo 83. Greg Garcia SD
Jedd Gyorko photo 84. Jedd Gyorko LAD
Shed Long photo 85. Shed Long SEA