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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Jose Altuve Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 3. 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.
37 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 4. 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.
37 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 5. 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
Yoan Moncada Note
Yoan Moncada photo 6. 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.
37 weeks ago
Jonathan Villar Note
Jonathan Villar photo 7. Jonathan Villar MIA
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.
37 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 8. Eduardo Escobar ARI
It seemed inevitable each week that Escobar would finally return to the player he once was, but at this point, it seems clear that the breakout is for real. Now, he might not be a top-five fantasy third baseman, but top 15 seems reasonable.
37 weeks ago
Daniel Murphy Note
Daniel Murphy photo 9. 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
DJ LeMahieu Note
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.
37 weeks ago
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 11. Mike Moustakas CIN
Although he wasn't a popular free agent this off-season, fantasy owners knew they could rely on his power, especially with him being in Milwaukee, and Moose has delivered. He is on track for 45 bombs to go with 100 RBIs and runs.
37 weeks ago
Dee Gordon Note
Dee Gordon photo 12. 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.
37 weeks ago
Cesar Hernandez Note
Cesar Hernandez photo 13. Cesar Hernandez CLE
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.
37 weeks ago
Brian Dozier Note
Brian Dozier photo 14. Brian Dozier SD
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.
37 weeks ago
Jonathan Schoop Note
Jonathan Schoop photo 15. Jonathan Schoop DET
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.
37 weeks ago
Rougned Odor Note
Rougned Odor photo 16. 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.
37 weeks ago
Robinson Cano Note
Robinson Cano photo 17. 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.
37 weeks ago
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Note
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 18. 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.
37 weeks ago
Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 19. 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.
37 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 20. 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
Scooter Gennett Note
Scooter Gennett photo 21. 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.
37 weeks ago
Jurickson Profar Note
Jurickson Profar photo 22. Jurickson Profar SD
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.
37 weeks ago
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 23. 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.
37 weeks ago
Adam Frazier Note
Adam Frazier photo 24. 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.
37 weeks ago
Cavan Biggio Note
Cavan Biggio photo 25. 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.
37 weeks ago
Starlin Castro Note
Starlin Castro photo 26. Starlin Castro WSH
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.
37 weeks ago
Kolten Wong Note
Kolten Wong photo 27. 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.
37 weeks ago
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 28. 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.
37 weeks ago
Scott Kingery Note
Scott Kingery photo 29. Scott Kingery PHI
Kingery was white-hot for a month and has since come back down to earth like Tim Anderson. While Kingery is a quality ballplayer, his underlying metrics suggest the regression will continue coming, albeit with some power and speed to soften the blow.
37 weeks ago
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 30. 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.
37 weeks ago
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 31. 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.
37 weeks ago
Travis Shaw Note
Travis Shaw photo 32. Travis Shaw TOR
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.
37 weeks ago
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 33. Luis Urias MIL
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.
37 weeks ago
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 34. 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
Howie Kendrick Note
Howie Kendrick photo 35. 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.
37 weeks ago
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 36. 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.
37 weeks ago
Wilmer Flores Note
Wilmer Flores photo 37. Wilmer Flores SF
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 38. Joey Wendle TB
Eric Sogard Note
Eric Sogard photo 39. Eric Sogard MIL
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.
37 weeks ago
Chad Pinder Note
Chad Pinder photo 40. Chad Pinder OAK
Jed Lowrie Note
Jed Lowrie photo 41. 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.
37 weeks ago
Ian Kinsler Note
Ian Kinsler photo 42. Ian Kinsler FA
Kevin Newman Note
Kevin Newman photo 43. Kevin Newman PIT
Neman's .326 batting average entering the break sure is exciting, but underlying metrics suggest that will come plummeting down before long, and when it does, all you've got is mediocre power and speed. While you can still play him, he shouldn't be regarded as safe quite yet.
37 weeks ago
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 44. Ian Happ CHC
Colin Moran Note
Colin Moran photo 45. 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.
37 weeks ago
Tommy La Stella Note
Tommy La Stella photo 46. 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.
37 weeks ago
Derek Dietrich Note
Derek Dietrich photo 47. 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
Franklin Barreto Note
Franklin Barreto photo 48. Franklin Barreto OAK
Eduardo Nunez Note
Eduardo Nunez photo 49. Eduardo Nunez NYM
Isan Diaz Note
Isan Diaz photo 50. Isan Diaz MIA
Logan Forsythe Note
Logan Forsythe photo 51. Logan Forsythe PHI
David Bote Note
David Bote photo 52. David Bote CHC
Josh Harrison Note
Josh Harrison photo 53. Josh Harrison PHI
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 54. Jon Berti MIA
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 55. Luis Arraez MIN
Ty France Note
Ty France photo 56. Ty France SD
France has been terrific in the minors this season and while he wasn't impressive in his MLB debut, there is a chance that he gets another shot before the end of the season and proves to be a worthwhile waiver wire addition.
37 weeks ago
Joe Panik Note
Joe Panik photo 57. Joe Panik TOR
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 58. Chris Owings COL
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 59. Nicky Lopez KC
Ben Zobrist Note
Ben Zobrist photo 60. Ben Zobrist FA
Nick Solak Note
Nick Solak photo 61. Nick Solak TEX
Josh VanMeter Note
Josh VanMeter photo 62. Josh VanMeter CIN
Yolmer Sanchez Note
Yolmer Sanchez photo 63. Yolmer Sanchez SF
Robel Garcia Note
Robel Garcia photo 64. Robel Garcia CHC
Daniel Descalso Note
Daniel Descalso photo 65. Daniel Descalso CHC
Brandon Drury Note
Brandon Drury photo 66. Brandon Drury TOR
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 67. Hernan Perez CHC
Donovan Solano Note
Donovan Solano photo 68. Donovan Solano SF
Austin Nola Note
Austin Nola photo 69. Austin Nola SEA
Neil Walker Note
Neil Walker photo 70. Neil Walker PHI
Ronny Rodriguez Note
Ronny Rodriguez photo 71. Ronny Rodriguez MIL
Brock Holt Note
Brock Holt photo 72. Brock Holt MIL
Alen Hanson Note
Alen Hanson photo 73. Alen Hanson SEA
Daniel Robertson Note
Daniel Robertson photo 74. Daniel Robertson TB
Jose Pirela Note
Jose Pirela photo 75. Jose Pirela FA
Wilmer Difo Note
Wilmer Difo photo 76. Wilmer Difo WSH
Cory Spangenberg Note
Cory Spangenberg photo 77. Cory Spangenberg FA
Yangervis Solarte Note
Yangervis Solarte photo 78. Yangervis Solarte ATL
Greg Garcia Note
Greg Garcia photo 79. Greg Garcia SD
Shed Long Note
Shed Long photo 80. Shed Long SEA
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