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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 1. Ronald Acuna Jr. CF,LF,RF - ATL
Acuna picked up right where he left off last season with 70 first-half runs to go with a 40/20 homer/steal pace to go with it. As if that wasn't enough, he may end up hitting .300 as well, putting him in the conversation as the top fantasy asset in baseball next spring.
21 weeks ago
Nolan Arenado photo 2. Nolan Arenado 3B - COL
While Arenado hasn't been quite as dominant as seasons in the past, he is back in the top two among fantasy third basemen once again. His reliability is off the charts and fantasy owners might be in store for an even better second half.
21 weeks ago
Mookie Betts photo 3. Mookie Betts RF - BOS
Incredibly, as disappointing as Betts has been, he is still a top 10 fantasy outfielder and hasn't even begun to play his best ball yet. Although Trout, Yelich and Bellinger are the clear top three, it would surprise no one if Betts has the best second half of them all.
21 weeks ago
J.D. Martinez photo 4. J.D. Martinez DH,LF,RF - BOS
If you are hoping to make some noise in the trade market, you may want to put in a feeler for J.D. who has been among the most unlucky hitters in terms of batted balls this season. While his production looks down, he is actually hitting the ball just as well as he has the past few seasons.
21 weeks ago
Trevor Story photo 5. Trevor Story SS - COL
It is a challenge to imagine thinking Story would outperform his absurd breakout 2018 season, but here we are in mid-July with it looking more likely than not. It goes without saying that if he keeps it up, we'll be talking about Story in the first round next Spring.
21 weeks ago
Trea Turner photo 6. Trea Turner SS - WSH
Turner missed enough time that the counting stats entered the break far behind other star shortstops, but he is still performing at a 20/45 full-season pace with a batting average of .280. If he can stay on the field, that's a top 15 overall fantasy asset.
21 weeks ago
Justin Verlander photo 7. Justin Verlander SP - HOU
Verlander's 0.85 WHIP is almost unbelievable, as is the fact that he has already struck out 172 batters with 40% of the season to go. While he is firmly entrenched in the top tier, he is still behind Scherzer as the #1 starter in fantasy baseball.
20 weeks ago
Jacob deGrom photo 8. Jacob deGrom SP - NYM
deGrom won't finish with the magical sub 2.00 ERA we saw last season but with the way things are going, it should once again end up below 3.00 with well over 220 Ks. The wins, of course, won't be there on the Mets, but even so, he is a clear-cut SP1.
20 weeks ago
Alex Bregman photo 9. Alex Bregman 3B,SS - HOU
While the batting average has dropped, Bregman is still compiling RBIs, runs and homers at a rate where you can't move him out of the top five third basemen in fantasy. Don't be shocked if he kicks it into the next gear in the coming months too.
21 weeks ago
Max Scherzer photo 10. Max Scherzer SP - WSH
With a short IL stint, Verlander has passed up Scherzer as the top performer so far this year but the stay should be brief, as there is no better fantasy pitcher in the game when healthy than Scherzer. In fact, he may be #4 in all of fantasy behind only Trout, Yelich and Bellinger.
20 weeks ago
Cody Bellinger photo 11. Cody Bellinger 1B,CF,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Francisco Lindor photo 12. Francisco Lindor SS - CLE
Lindor had a slow start as he recovered from his injury, but with the way he performed to close out the first half, it seems likely that he will finish the year with 25 homers, 25 steals and a batting average nearing .300. It's tough to beat that at any position, let alone shortstop.
21 weeks ago
Gerrit Cole photo 13. Gerrit Cole SP - FA
Cole reached 200 Ks once again and may very well end up north of 300 by season's end. His ERA won't be quite as low as Scherzer's because of his struggles in preventing homers, but there is little doubt he is a top-tier starter this year.
20 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman photo 14. Freddie Freeman 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Javier Baez photo 15. Javier Baez SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Charlie Blackmon photo 16. Charlie Blackmon RF - COL
Blackmon took a bit of a step back last year after finishing as the top overall fantasy asset in 2017. It seemed as though he was going to continue his downward trend at the start of the season but Blackmon has kicked it into gear and ended up being a top fantasy outfielder in the first-half.
21 weeks ago
Aaron Judge photo 17. Aaron Judge RF - NYY
Now that Judge is finally back, everyone will soon remember why he was recently considered to be in the top-tier of outfielders. Don't be shocked if he leads the AL in homers and runs over the rest of the season.
21 weeks ago
Anthony Rendon photo 18. Anthony Rendon 3B - FA
Rendon may not have the ceiling of an Alex Bregman or Manny Machado, but his consistency is a sight to behold. He is on pace for 35 homers, 120 runs, 110 RBIs and a .310 batting average. We may be looking at a first round fantasy pick next year.
21 weeks ago
Juan Soto photo 19. Juan Soto LF - WSH
Soto may not equate to much in the field long term, but in fantasy, he continues to dominate with an average still over .300 to go with plus contribution in RBIs, runs, HRs and even a few stolen bases mixed in.
21 weeks ago
Jose Altuve photo 20. Jose Altuve 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Bryce Harper photo 21. Bryce Harper CF,RF - PHI
It is hilarious that an .850 OPS is a major disappointment for someone like Harper. He has actually been solid in fantasy as well thanks to 115 combined RBIs and runs thus far. Sure, the batting average is still low, but overall, no one should be complaining about his production.
21 weeks ago
Xander Bogaerts photo 22. Xander Bogaerts SS - BOS
Entering the all-star break, Xander has been the single most useful fantasy shortstop thanks to a batting average north of .300, 20+ homers and mostly his 130/130 RBIs and runs pace. Both of those may slow down but there is no denying that he is firmly within the top tier of fantasy shortstops moving forward.
21 weeks ago
Starling Marte photo 23. Starling Marte CF - PIT
While still not elite, Marte is clearly a second-tier fantasy outfielder with both power and speed to go with a potential 100/100 RBIs and runs season despite playing for the Pirates' sluggish offense. Fantasy owners have to be loving his performance once again.
21 weeks ago
Manny Machado photo 24. Manny Machado 3B,SS - SD
Machado has taken a step back from an obvious second round pick to a fringe top 50 player. There is still a chance he returns to that type of production, but as expected, the new ballpark seems to be playing a significant role in his numbers.
21 weeks ago
Kris Bryant photo 25. Kris Bryant 3B,LF,RF - CHC
Believe it or not, Bryant is on pace for 130 runs this season despite his slow start. He won't bop 40 homers like some of the other stars, but with a quality batting average and sufficient power, fantasy owners have to be pleased with their investment.
21 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo photo 26. Anthony Rizzo 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Walker Buehler photo 27. Walker Buehler SP - LAD
Buehler was exceptional in the second half last year then had mighty struggles to begin the 2019 campaign. Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief, however, as he is back to pulverizing hitters like the top five starter he is.
20 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield photo 28. Whit Merrifield 2B,CF,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
George Springer photo 29. George Springer CF,RF - HOU
With the injuries to both Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, Springer's counting stats haven't quite been what fantasy owners expected but he is still among the clear-cut second-tier of fantasy outfielders and may finish with 35 homers, 10 steals and a .300 batting average.
21 weeks ago
Paul Goldschmidt photo 30. Paul Goldschmidt 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Aaron Nola photo 31. Aaron Nola SP - PHI
Nola began the season much like many of the other aces: with horrible ratios and fantasy owners all devastated. He has fixed whatever issues he may have been having, however, and is now roaring back in both ERA and WHIP while striking out everyone in sight.
20 weeks ago
Stephen Strasburg photo 32. Stephen Strasburg SP - FA
Strasburg has never put it together for a full season, and while this isn't exactly the best we've seen from him, he may finally finish the season as that top 10 starting pitcher we always imagined him to be with 18 wins, 250 Ks and strong ratios.
20 weeks ago
Zack Greinke photo 33. Zack Greinke SP - HOU
Greinke isn't your prototypical strikeout heavy ace but he is as reliable as they come in the ratios which will, of course, translate to plenty of wins as well. If he is your SP1 on your roster, you should feel pretty good about your team.
20 weeks ago
Trevor Bauer photo 34. Trevor Bauer SP - CIN
Bauer's season has been a series of major highs and major lows. In all, it has come to a mildly disappointing first half, but somehow still a SP1. It seems now that Cleveland will hang onto him since they are back in the race so perhaps we will get more of the same in the second half.
20 weeks ago
Clayton Kershaw photo 35. Clayton Kershaw SP - LAD
Kershaw certainly isn't the same dominant pitcher that everyone was drafting in the first round every year but that by no means implies he is washed up. Rather, he keeps chugging along with a WHIP near 1.00, a sub 3 ERA and nearly a K-per inning. That will do.
20 weeks ago
Rafael Devers photo 36. Rafael Devers 3B - BOS
Going into the break, there has been no third basemen more valuable to his fantasy team than Devers. He is stealing bases, hitting bombs and scoring an unbelievable number of runs thanks to his high batting average. Lock him in as a top 30 pick next year.
21 weeks ago
Patrick Corbin photo 37. Patrick Corbin SP - WSH
Corbin has seen his ratios drop a bit from last season's incredible breakout, but he is still going to strikeout 220 batters and don't be surprised if he ends up at 15 wins despite struggling to reach double-digits in the first 4 months.
20 weeks ago
Eddie Rosario photo 38. Eddie Rosario LF - MIN
Rosario is no longer swiping any bags for fantasy owners, but his consistency at the plate has rewarded them richly as he is once again on track for 30 homers with a useful batting average and all the RBIs and runs to match both.
21 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz photo 39. Nelson Cruz DH - MIN
Cruz may not be producing quite at the same rate as we've seen in years prior, but his batted ball data is virtually identical so it is difficult to even say he has slowed down. Rather, we are still talking about a top 100 overall player in fantasy baseball.
20 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi photo 40. Andrew Benintendi LF - BOS
Even with the power disappearing, Benintendi batting in the middle of the Boston lineup means runs and RBIs galore thanks to his strong BB-rate. While he might not return draft value the rest of the season, fantasy owners can at least expect him to right the ship from here on out.
21 weeks ago
Eugenio Suarez photo 41. Eugenio Suarez 3B - CIN
Suarez has been great over the last few seasons and while he may have slowed down in the first half this year, there is nothing wrong with a guy who bats .250 if he is hitting 35 bombs with 100 RBIs which is the pace Suarez is on going into the break.
21 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies photo 42. Ozzie Albies 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres photo 43. Gleyber Torres 2B,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Rhys Hoskins photo 44. Rhys Hoskins 1B,LF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Charlie Morton photo 45. Charlie Morton SP - TB
Morton was about as safe of a late-round starting pitcher steal as you'll ever find.Even so, no one anticipated the year he is having with a 250 K pace to go with incredible ratios and perhaps 16 or 17 wins if he keeps it up in the second half.
20 weeks ago
Noah Syndergaard photo 46. Noah Syndergaard SP - NYM
Thor may have elite stuff but the strikeout numbers and ERA are definitely not there this season. That can always change with a talent like this, but it is by no means a guarantee, nor are wins when he pitches in front of a lousy Mets' offense.
20 weeks ago
Jose Abreu photo 47. Jose Abreu 1B,DH - 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.
21 weeks ago
Luis Castillo photo 48. Luis Castillo SP - CIN
Castillo was everyone's favorite breakout candidate and boy has he sure delivered. Through the first half, fantasy owners have received nearly 140 Ks, a sub 2.50 ERA and a WHIP hovering around 1.10. He may very well be a top 10 starting pitcher at the end of the season.
20 weeks ago
Yasiel Puig photo 49. Yasiel Puig RF - FA
Puig was borderline droppable just a month ago but he has quickly turned his season around and is now on track for 40 homers, 20 steals, 100 RBIs and is batting over .260. While that may not keep up, it wouldn't be a surprise either considering he is playing in Great American Ballpark.
21 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna photo 50. Marcell Ozuna LF - FA
Ozuna may currently be on the IL but he was terrific in the first half with a whopping 62 RBIs to go with both power (20 homers) and speed (8 steals). His batting average isn't, nor will it be ideal, but all of this still combines to make him a top 50 fantasy asset.
21 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi photo 51. Adalberto Mondesi SS - 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.
18 weeks ago
Matt Chapman photo 52. Matt Chapman 3B - OAK
Chapman entered the All-Star break on pace for 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 35 homers. That batting average isn't ideal, but those are the numbers of a bonafide stud. If drafts were tomorrow, he'd be top 60 without a doubt.
21 weeks ago
Hyun-Jin Ryu photo 53. Hyun-Jin Ryu SP - FA
As we enter August, Ryu is still rocking a sub 1.00 WHIP and a sub 2.00 ERA. Now, whether he can sustain that is clearly a no, but who would complain if he finishes the year with a 2.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 200 Ks? Certainly not the guy who drafted him in the 20th round.
20 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman photo 54. Aroldis Chapman RP - NYY
Chapman may not be as dominant as he once was, but he still clearly belongs within the elite tier of fantasy closers. Once again, fantasy owners can expect 100 Ks to go with plenty of saves and solid ratios.
20 weeks ago
Jose Berrios photo 55. Jose Berrios SP - MIN
Berrios may not be the strikeout pitcher we saw when he entered the league with such electric stuff, but he is still getting the job done, and perhaps better than any other point in his career. Fantasy owners have a top 20 starter in Berrios.
20 weeks ago
Jack Flaherty photo 56. Jack Flaherty SP - STL
Flaherty hasn't been anywhere near as strong as he was as a rookie, but even so, 200 Ks appears to be likely and the WHIP is strong once again. If the Cardinals start supporting him at the plate, he may finish with a dozen wins too which isn't bad for a SP3.
20 weeks ago
Mike Clevinger photo 57. Mike Clevinger SP - CLE
Clevinger spent quite a bit of time on the IL but since he has returned, it has been absolute gold. With the way he is going, he may move up from top 20 starting pitchers to top 10 by the end of the season.
20 weeks ago
Pete Alonso photo 58. Pete Alonso 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Carlos Correa photo 59. Carlos Correa SS - HOU
Correa was again playing great baseball for the Astros prior to his fractured rib which has held him out for two months. Now that he is coming back, he should quickly return to being a top 10 fantasy shortstop and top 50 fantasy asset overall.
21 weeks ago
Josh Bell photo 60. Josh Bell 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Tommy Pham photo 61. Tommy Pham DH,LF - SD
Pham has not only managed to stay healthy so far this season, but his efficiency has actually improved as well. If he keeps it up, fantasy owners could be looking at a 30/20 season to go with another strong performance in the batting average department.
21 weeks ago
Kenley Jansen photo 62. Kenley Jansen RP - LAD
Jansen has been so good for so long that you might automatically assume him to be the top closer once again in 2019, but last year, he was nowhere close to it. Rather, his ERA plummeted to 3.01 with "just" 82 Ks. You can still grab him among the top tier, but you shouldn't even be considering taking him in the first five or six rounds.
36 weeks ago
Shane Bieber photo 63. Shane Bieber SP - CLE
Underlying stats all screamed that Bieber was due for a huge season and anyone who believed it is dancing in the streets right now. It seems to be legitimate too so don't be getting the crazy idea of trying to sell him while his stock is high.
20 weeks ago
James Paxton photo 64. James Paxton SP - NYY
As always, Paxton missed some time and it would be no surprise if it happened again in the second half. With that said, he is still striking out loads of batters but will need to fix his ratios if he wants to be considered a top 20 starting pitcher anymore.
20 weeks ago
Gary Sanchez photo 65. Gary Sanchez C - NYY
Sanchez is in the clear-cut top tier of catchers with Realmuto, Contreras and Grandal. Although he won't help in batting average much, his power and the RBIs that will follow are what sets him apart as potentially the best fantasy catcher in baseball.
21 weeks ago
Brad Hand photo 66. Brad Hand RP - CLE
Cleveland struck gold in acquiring Brad Hand last year. He has been nothing but magic for them, continuing into this year when he struck out over 60 first half batters and already executed more than 25 saves.
20 weeks ago
Michael Brantley photo 67. Michael Brantley DH,LF - HOU
Brantley keeps on hitting, and as long as he stays healthy, fantasy owners can expect a .320 average from him to go with all the runs and RBIs that come from batting in the middle of the order for Houston. There won't be much in the way of power or speed, however.
21 weeks ago
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. photo 68. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B - TOR
Prior to the home run derby, Guerrero's start had been so bad that many were beginning to call him a bust. Let's not forget that this is one of the best prospects in the last decade. Make a move for him before his owner snaps out of it.
21 weeks ago
Mike Moustakas photo 69. Mike Moustakas 2B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Justin Turner photo 70. Justin Turner 3B - LAD
Turner is still chugging along as an underrated fantasy baseball asset. He may reach 90 runs, 20 HRs and a .300 batting average this season despit being drafted low each and every season.
21 weeks ago
Kirby Yates photo 71. Kirby Yates RP - SD
Yates is the latest of a long line of dominant closers for the Padres. He has been the single best fantasy closer through the first half thanks to loads of save opportunities to go with incredible ratios and that is all expected to continue.
20 weeks ago
Roberto Osuna photo 72. Roberto Osuna RP - HOU
The change of scenery has proved useful for Osuna, who has done nothing but dominate since the deal to Houston. While he won't strike out 100 like some of the names above him, Osuna is a safe bet for 35 saves and excellent ratios.
20 weeks ago
Khris Davis photo 73. Khris Davis DH - OAK
Davis has dropped off in power this season, but we all know that at the drop of a hat, he can rattle off a dozen homers in a month and quickly climb that leaderboard. He is still be all means a top 25 fantasy outfielder even with is frustrating first half.
21 weeks ago
Josh Hader photo 74. Josh Hader RP - MIL
Hader has run into a bit of a cold spell in July but that is bound to happen to even the best relievers at one point or another. The fact of the matter is, he is on pace for 140 Ks again to go with 35+ saves and sparkling ratios.
20 weeks ago
Josh Donaldson photo 75. Josh Donaldson 3B - FA
Donaldson has managed to stay healthy so far this season, but the risk remains a factor. With that said, when he is on the field, you can still bank on 30-homer power with plenty of RBIs and runs.
21 weeks ago
Michael Conforto photo 76. Michael Conforto CF,LF,RF - NYM
It now seems clear that Conforto will never be that star everyone expected him to become. If we can look past that disappointment, it's easy to accept a player on our roster who hits 30 homers with 10 steals, 90 RBIs and 90 runs even if it comes with a sub .250 batting average and that just so happens to be the pace Conforto is on.
21 weeks ago
Nicholas Castellanos photo 77. Nicholas Castellanos RF - FA
Castellanos isn't doing nearly as much this season for the Tigers as we have grown to expect from him. He may end up with 90 runs scored, but with no one else in the lineup, his RBIs are vastly behind what we've seen in the past. Likewise, his power is virtually non-existent.
21 weeks ago
Blake Snell photo 78. Blake Snell SP - TB
Every underlying metric last year was screaming regression and this year it is the very opposite, which should leave fantasy owners to expect somewhere in between during the second half. It it worth putting in an offer in case you can still buy-low.
20 weeks ago
Madison Bumgarner photo 79. Madison Bumgarner SP - FA
Bumgarner is pitching well again with over a strikeout per inning and a strong WHIP but it could go downhill quick if he is traded to a ballpark like Yankee Stadium. Even if it happens, he would likely still be somewhat useful, just as a SP5 instead of SP3.
20 weeks ago
Carlos Santana photo 80. Carlos Santana 1B,DH - 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.
21 weeks ago
Lorenzo Cain photo 81. Lorenzo Cain CF - MIL
After making a run at the NL MVP last season, Cain came with high hopes, but it turns out that he has been among the most frustrating players so far this season, going for just 5 gomers, 11 steals and a .253 average in the first half. Even so, he still deserves a roster spot, but perhaps not much longer.
21 weeks ago
Jean Segura photo 82. Jean Segura SS - PHI
While Segura doesn't have elite power or speed, he is offering plenty of both to go along with a 100 run, 75 RBI pace and a solid batting average. All of that combined makes him a useful player worthy of seeing your starting lineup every day.
21 weeks ago
Max Muncy photo 83. Max Muncy 1B,2B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
J.T. Realmuto photo 84. J.T. Realmuto C - 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.
21 weeks ago
Victor Robles photo 85. Victor Robles CF,RF - WSH
Robles didn't become an immediate star like many thought possible. That doesn't mean it can't happen in the second half, but more than likely, we are looking at someone who holds a .250 batting average with near 20 homers and 20 steals. That is useful for sure, but by no means a league-winner.
21 weeks ago
Giancarlo Stanton photo 86. Giancarlo Stanton LF - NYY
With the AL East likely in the bag, the Yankees have been wise to hold off on rushing Stanton back. When he will finally return is anyone's guess, but when he does, you can expect a top 15 fantasy outfielder as always.
21 weeks ago
Yoan Moncada photo 87. Yoan Moncada 2B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jorge Polanco photo 88. Jorge Polanco SS - MIN
Polanco was quite good last year but has taken it up another notch at the plate this season with a 20 homer pace and batting average well north of .300 heading into the break. With that said, he has been struggling of late and seems to have lost the 15 steal speed we figured he'd provide.
21 weeks ago
David Price photo 89. David Price SP - BOS
Price was so much better just a few years ago that it is easy to think of him as washed up, but he is still accomplishing plenty for fantasy owners, just not at the ace level. Rather, his numbers are more in the SP3 range but he remains reliable.
20 weeks ago
Eloy Jimenez photo 90. Eloy Jimenez LF - CWS
For the most part, Jimenez has been a grand disappointment for fantasy owners who expected a.290 batting average with 30 homers as a rookie. The homers might come, but his approach at the plate isn't as polished as we all anticipated.
21 weeks ago
Daniel Murphy photo 91. Daniel Murphy 1B,2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jonathan Villar photo 92. Jonathan Villar 2B,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Zack Wheeler photo 93. Zack Wheeler SP - PHI
Wheeler was so terrific in the second half last year that it seemed inevitable that he would at least have a solid season, but that hasn't happened yet. He still has the stuff to finish strong but at this point, fantasy owners can't say he is a SP3.
20 weeks ago
Max Kepler photo 94. Max Kepler CF,RF - MIN
As odd as it is to imagine, Kepler just started playing baseball a decade ago so it should be no surprise that his breakout came a little late. It appears to be here to stay, however, and while the batting average and speed will never be a plus, 100 RBIs, 100 runs and 35 homers will certainly do the trick for fantasy owners.
21 weeks ago
Corey Seager photo 95. Corey Seager SS - LAD
It is incredible to think that just a few years ago, Seager was the Fernando Tatis of baseball with multiple MVPs surely in his future. Seager is still startable, of course, but by no means worthy of being called a star. Let this be a word of caution about breakout youngsters like Tatis and Kingery.
21 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel photo 96. Craig Kimbrel RP - CHC
Cubs fans have certainly hoped for more than Kimbrel has given them since the signing, but that should turn around quickly now that his version of Spring Training is officially up. Fantasy owners can expect a second tier closer over the second half.
20 weeks ago
Edwin Diaz photo 97. Edwin Diaz RP - NYM
Diaz went from hero to zero in a short time. Granted, he still has 59 first half Ks but with an ERA above 5.00, many owners are wondering what they should do with Diaz. Keep him as long as he has the job but hoping for a turnaround may be too much to ask for.
20 weeks ago
Elvis Andrus photo 98. Elvis Andrus SS - TEX
After catching everyone off guard in 2017 with the #1 fantasy shortstop performance, Andrus took a huge step back last year. He seems to be back on track, however, with a 15/35 pace and a .300 batting average heading into the break.
21 weeks ago
Domingo Santana photo 99. Domingo Santana DH,LF,RF - FA
Santana has cooled off since his incredible start, but he is still on track for 100 runs, 110 RBIs and 35 HRs while stealing some bases and maintaining a quality batting average. It may not quite keep up, but it goes without saying that fantasy owners will end the season having gotten an incredible value from him.
21 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu photo 100. DJ LeMahieu 1B,2B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Yu Darvish photo 101. Yu Darvish SP - CHC
Darvish was so awful to start the season but after the break, he said he was feeling 110% and since then he has been dominant. There is a chance he'll continue the recent success and carry your rotation the rest of the season, but it is by no means the most likely scenario.
20 weeks ago
Joey Votto photo 102. Joey Votto 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Masahiro Tanaka photo 103. Masahiro Tanaka SP - NYY
It would be one thing if Tanaka's ERA was the only stat taking a hit this season, but perhaps more disappointing has been his K-rate plummeting. He may still have some upside in the second half, but m ore than likely we are looking at a SP5.
20 weeks ago
Will Smith photo 104. Will Smith RP - ATL
Smith has been lights out for the Giants with 61 first-half Ks and a WHIP below 1.00. So long as he remains the closer, he will be an excellent fantasy option, but it seems likely San Francisco will deal him before long.
20 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar photo 105. Eduardo Escobar 2B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Matthew Boyd photo 106. Matthew Boyd SP - DET
Boyd has been extraordinary with 160 Ks already and while that is near certain to continue, he could see a further jump if Detroit does end up dealing him to a contender where he can get some wins, and specifically in the NL where his ratios would also benefit.
20 weeks ago
Robbie Ray photo 107. Robbie Ray SP - ARI
Over the last few year's Ray has been the epitome of a volatile pitcher. This year hasn't been any different, as he still struggles with the home run and as a result, carries an ERA near 4. The strikeouts will still be there, of course, but until he fixes that ERA, he is merely a SP3.
20 weeks ago
Kyle Hendricks photo 108. Kyle Hendricks SP - CHC
Hendricks still carries an excellent WHIP and the ERA isn't far behind. He will never be a SP1 or even SP2, but fantasy owners can feel safe putting Hendricks on the mound most every start even if the strikeouts won't pile up.
20 weeks ago
Matt Olson photo 109. Matt Olson 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Sean Doolittle photo 110. Sean Doolittle RP - WSH
Doolittle is no longer a world beater for the Nationals or fantasy owners, but they can't complain about 48 first half Ks, nor the respectable ratios he continues to put up each and every month.
20 weeks ago
Yasmani Grandal photo 111. Yasmani Grandal C - 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.
36 weeks ago
Austin Meadows photo 112. Austin Meadows DH,RF - TB
This time last month, Meadows was all the rave and was considered a can't miss superstar. While he is still a nice asset, 25 homers, 15 steals and 70/80 runs and RBIs don't quite fit the description of a top 20 outfielder, let alone a top 5 guy.
21 weeks ago
Luke Voit photo 113. Luke Voit 1B,DH - 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.
18 weeks ago
Tim Anderson photo 114. Tim Anderson SS - CWS
Anderson came roaring back to earth after a blistering start for fantasy owners. He is now down to a .320 batting average and that figure it expected to drop south of .300 by season's end. With that said, we are still looking at a 15/20 guy with solid average so that will certainly play.
21 weeks ago
Yordan Alvarez photo 115. Yordan Alvarez DH - HOU
Yordan came into the league blazing but as we saw with Michael Chavis earlier this season, that doesn't suddenly make him a superstar. While it is possible that he continues to rake like Pete Alonso, we are better off holding back from calling him a top 10 fantasy outfielder for now.
21 weeks ago
Ken Giles photo 116. Ken Giles RP - TOR
The Blue Jays' closer role is not as coveted as some others, but Giles has certainly made the most of it with 57 first half Ks, an ERA below 2.00 and a WHIP south of 1.10. He isn't quite a top tier closer, but is close.
20 weeks ago
Eric Hosmer photo 117. Eric Hosmer 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Edwin Encarnacion photo 118. Edwin Encarnacion 1B,DH - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Raisel Iglesias photo 119. Raisel Iglesias RP - CIN
Iglesias hasn't racked up as many saves as fantasy owners had hoped for, nor are his ratios what you'd have expected, but he did have 50 first half Ks and is a strong bet to bounceback in the second half.
20 weeks ago
Trey Mancini photo 120. Trey Mancini 1B,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Cole Hamels photo 121. Cole Hamels SP - ATL
Hamels isn't the same pitcher he once was, but the ratios are still running strong and with that, we can expect the wins to bounceback in the second half. He won't strike out 200 batters, but fantasy owners have gotten more than they asked for when they drafted him in the middle of drafts this Spring.
20 weeks ago
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 122. Eduardo Rodriguez SP - BOS
Rodriguez has strong strikeout stuff and is picking up wins with the Red Sox lineup behind him, but neither his ERA nor WHIP are above average. With that combination, we are looking at a fringe SP4/SP3.
20 weeks ago
Sonny Gray photo 123. Sonny Gray SP - CIN
Sonny Gray was a disaster the last few years in New York but has reinvented himself with the Reds and made the All-Star team as a result. It doesn't appear to be a fluke either, as all the underlying data supports his resurgence into the fantasy scene.
20 weeks ago
Franmil Reyes photo 124. Franmil Reyes DH,RF - CLE
Franmil has been a sensation with 25 first-half homers despite playing half his games in San Diego. If he were to get dealt, his stock would sky rocket, but for now, he will continue to be held back by the park and getting a day or two off every week because of the Padres' outfield logjam.
21 weeks ago
Kenta Maeda photo 125. Kenta Maeda SP,RP - LAD
Maeda carries an incredible WHIP but the ERA isn't exactly there so far. He'll get some wins and is racking up a strikeout per inning, but until that ERA comes down, he will remain outside the top 25 fantasy starters.
20 weeks ago
German Marquez photo 126. German Marquez SP - COL
Marquez has been downright dreadful at home this year but is once again solid on the road. You can continue to use him in half his starts while we wait out that top 20 potential and see if it returns.
20 weeks ago
A.J. Pollock photo 127. A.J. Pollock CF - LAD
Pollock has always produced when on the field but injuries have held him back quite a bit. This year, even the efficiency has taken a hit, and while he can still help fantasy teams, it isn't anywhere near as much as in previous seasons.
20 weeks ago
Paul DeJong photo 128. Paul DeJong SS - STL
DeJong had been one of the top fantasy shortstops over the first two months but has come crashing back down to earth and is now producing just about what everyone expected heading into the season with a 20 homer, 10 SB pace and a lackluster batting average.
21 weeks ago
Mike Soroka photo 129. Mike Soroka SP - ATL
Soroka was blazing for a while and has come back down to earth a little. It should continue to be a slide over the second half as his batted ball data catches up to his stats but he is still without a doubt a top 40 starting pitcher at this point.
20 weeks ago
Yuli Gurriel photo 130. Yuli Gurriel 1B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Nomar Mazara photo 131. Nomar Mazara RF - TEX
Mazara has only supplied 12 homers in the first half despite all his raw power. With that said, batting in the middle of the order for Texas definitely comes with his perks, as you can see with his 90 RBI, 90 run pace through the break.
21 weeks ago
Caleb Smith photo 132. Caleb Smith SP - MIA
Smith may be the most exciting of several excellent young Marlins pitchers. Granted, he won't get to even a dozen wins but 200 Ks is a distinct possibility since he has regained his excellent strikeout numbers from prior to his injury that ended the 2018 season.
35 weeks ago
Marcus Semien photo 133. Marcus Semien SS - OAK
Semien's batting average has been better than expected, and while it may come down over the rest of the season, his 25 homer pace with a handful of steals will certainly make him a worthwhile start for fantasy owners.
21 weeks ago
Matt Carpenter photo 134. Matt Carpenter 1B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jose Quintana photo 135. Jose Quintana SP - CHC
Quintana may be a bigger name, but he isn't producing strikeouts nor strong ratios so, until one or several of those turnaround, there isn't much sense in owning him.
20 weeks ago
Miles Mikolas photo 136. Miles Mikolas SP - STL
Mikolas was strong last year but it hasn't exactly carried over this year. The ratios aren't bad, especially his WHIP but without Ks being there, he might not be worthy of a fantasy roster spot.
20 weeks ago
Ryan Braun photo 137. Ryan Braun LF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Dee Gordon photo 138. Dee Gordon 2B,CF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Mike Minor photo 139. Mike Minor SP - TEX
You may not feel great about Minor repeating his first half and you shouldn't, but even with extreme regression, he would still be well worth owning. Don't be surprised when he finishes with 200 Ks and an ERA below 3.5.
20 weeks ago
Mallex Smith photo 140. Mallex Smith CF,LF,RF - SEA
Mallex certainly isn't going to provide any pop or batting average support, but he scores enough runs to go with his 45 steal pace that he should start for every night for every fantasy team that owns him.
21 weeks ago
Jon Lester photo 141. Jon Lester SP - CHC
Lester was excellent in 2018 and started the 2019 season on fire, As the underlying metrics all suggested, the crash downward was inevitable and here we are with his ERA flirting with 4.00 and his WHIP at 1.35. He is still useful, no doubt, but as a SP5 instead of a SP2.
20 weeks ago
Alex Colome photo 142. Alex Colome RP - CWS
Colome again has strong ratios with a WHIP now sitting at 0.80 but his 30 Ks through 39 first half innings is certainly nothing to write home about. Fantasy owners have a good one for sure, but he isn't in the elite conversation.
20 weeks ago
Kyle Schwarber photo 143. Kyle Schwarber LF - CHC
No one is surprised by Schwarber's performance thus far as he is yet again, piling up runs and RBIs with a pace of 35 homers. All of that is great, of course, but the batting average is once again south of .240 so he doesn't offer much more value than a Randal Grichuk.
21 weeks ago
Ramon Laureano photo 144. Ramon Laureano CF - OAK
Believe it or not, Laureano is on pace for 30 homers, 20 steals and 100 runs. While that may not keep up, it is worth noting that he has performed as a top 50 fantasy asset thus far so even if he drops off a cliff, fantasy owners should keep running him out in their lineup every night.
21 weeks ago
Liam Hendriks photo 145. Liam Hendriks SP,RP - OAK
As incredible as Hendricks has been with his 1.15 ERA and 1.01 WHIP to go with 69 Ks in 55 innings, he happens to share a roster with Blake Treinen, who may not be as great this season, but was the best closer in baseball last year. You can use Hendricks without a doubt, but know saves aren't going to be a big part of the equation.
20 weeks ago
Robinson Cano photo 146. Robinson Cano 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Willson Contreras photo 147. Willson Contreras C - CHC
Through the first half of baseball, Willson Contreras has been the top fantasy catcher with nearly 20 homers to go with 51 RBIs and a .286 batting average. As long as he can stay on the field, you've got a top 60 overall fantasy value in Contreras.
21 weeks ago
Didi Gregorius photo 148. Didi Gregorius SS - FA
Didi has not quite gotten off to the start most fantasy owners hoped for when he came off the IL, but let's try to remember Lindor's struggles at first too. It is a long season and Didi is talented enough to surge back into a top 20 or even 15 fantasy shortstop before long.
21 weeks ago
Joey Lucchesi photo 149. Joey Lucchesi SP - SD
Lucchesi is by no means a must-own, but he has been getting the job done with nearly a strikeout per inning to go with a strong WHIP. You can get by with him as your SP5, or preferably as a streamer.
20 weeks ago
Hunter Dozier photo 150. Hunter Dozier 3B,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Shin-Soo Choo photo 151. Shin-Soo Choo DH,LF,RF - TEX
Choo may be getting old but he certainly isn't slowing down and may finish the year with 25 homers, 15 steals, 110 runs and a batting average near .300. While he is by no means a superstar, that would be a tremendous second outfielder.
21 weeks ago
Carlos Carrasco photo 152. Carlos Carrasco SP - CLE
We haven't heard whether Carrasco will return this season, and while he would likely be a useful fantasy asset if he did, it doesn't make sense to hold out hope and hang onto him if you need to clear up a roster spot somewhere.
20 weeks ago
Hunter Renfroe photo 153. Hunter Renfroe LF,RF - TB
With Wil Myers struggling for the Padres, Renfroe has been playing nearly every day and it has paid off as he knocked 27 first-half bombs. Sure, the batting average isn't there, nor will it ever be, but fantasy owners will gladly welcome 45 dingers from a mid-season waiver wire addition.
21 weeks ago
Carlos Martinez photo 154. Carlos Martinez SP,RP - STL
Martinez has performed well as the Cardinals closer and if that were expected to continue, he'd be a lock for the top 15 relievers, but it seems as though they might dangle him at the deadline and who knows what his role would be in a new situation.
20 weeks ago
Hector Neris photo 155. Hector Neris RP - PHI
Neris has had a rough month for the Phillies but he is still closing games and overall, has a solid first half line with over 50 Ks and a WHIP south of 1.20. He should be rostered in every league.
20 weeks ago
Jose Leclerc photo 156. Jose Leclerc RP - TEX
It seemed like only a matter of time before the Rangers would turn back to Leclerc who has been excellent since removed from the closer role. It may happen due to performance or perhaps if Kelley's MRI doesn't show up as they'd hope. When it does, Leclerc may be a top 10 closer.
20 weeks ago
Amed Rosario photo 157. Amed Rosario SS - NYM
While it is true that Rosario has much untapped potential, he is still producing enough power and speed to help fantasy owners. The batting average may take a hit in the second half, but he is solid enough in the other four categories to make up for it.
21 weeks ago
Adam Eaton photo 158. Adam Eaton RF - WSH
Eaton is the same player we've always known him to be with a handful of steals, homers and tons of runs to go with a quality batting average. While there is nothing exciting about an asset like that, he is certainly worthy of a fantasy roster spot.
21 weeks ago
Joe Musgrove photo 159. Joe Musgrove SP - PIT
Musgrove has excellent stuff and could explode in the second half but fantasy owners definitely shouldn't rely on that. Rather, he is primarily a streaming starter that you use in strong matchups at home.
20 weeks ago
Lance Lynn photo 160. Lance Lynn SP - TEX
Lynn may struggle to keep his ERA below 4.00 in that ballpark but with 240 Ks and 17 wins by year's end, fantasy owners will have no trouble looking past the ERA issue. Lynn is solidly a top 30 fantasy starter from this point forward.
20 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar photo 161. Jesus Aguilar 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Dallas Keuchel photo 162. Dallas Keuchel SP - FA
As always, Keuchel isn't striking anyone out but he is pitching deep into games and picking up wins with solid but unspectacular ratios. He is a solid SP5 in fantasy leagues.
20 weeks ago
Wil Myers photo 163. Wil Myers 1B,3B,CF,LF,RF - SD
In terms of batting average, Myers has been abysmal, but he might also finish the season with 20 homers, 20 steals and 80 runs, plus we know he has much more in the way of upside so don't drop him quite yet.
21 weeks ago
Jorge Soler photo 164. Jorge Soler DH,RF - KC
Soler entered the All-Star Break on track for 40 homers and well over 100 RBIs. While the batting average won't help you at all, he seems to be on the route to a Khris Davis type of season, which as you know, would make him a top 100 fantasy asset easily.
21 weeks ago
Brian Dozier photo 165. Brian Dozier 2B - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Rougned Odor photo 166. Rougned Odor 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Ian Desmond photo 167. Ian Desmond CF,LF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jonathan Schoop photo 168. Jonathan Schoop 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Cesar Hernandez photo 169. Cesar Hernandez 2B - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
J.A. Happ photo 170. J.A. Happ SP - NYY
Justin Smoak photo 171. Justin Smoak 1B,DH - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Marcus Stroman photo 172. Marcus Stroman SP - NYM
Once again, Stroman is pitching deep into games but without many strikeouts. The big difference, however, has been a vast improvement in his ratios and that may further improve if he gets dealt to a better ballpark and perhaps an NL team.
20 weeks ago
Shane Greene photo 173. Shane Greene RP - ATL
Greene is this year's version of Blake Treinen, posting absurd ratios while executing every save in sight. It may not keep up at quite this rate, but you can be sure he'll fall into the top 10 closers through the first half.
20 weeks ago
Jake Odorizzi photo 174. Jake Odorizzi SP - MIN
As great as Odorizzi has been, his HR/FB rate is unsustainable so that ERA should slowly creep back toward his career average. There is no doubt he has improved, however, just probably not all the way to a SP2 like we've seen so far this season.
20 weeks ago
Joc Pederson photo 175. Joc Pederson 1B,LF,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Wilson Ramos photo 176. Wilson Ramos C - NYM
The Mets haven't gotten as much out of Ramos in the first half as they may have expected but he is an extremely streaky hitter so it would be no surprise if his BA jumps from 270 to 300 in the second half to go with a dozen more homers. He is still a C1 without question.
21 weeks ago
Luis Severino photo 177. Luis Severino SP - NYY
Severino likely won't be back until late August or early September as there is no need for the Yankees to rush him back. Although you will only get a few weeks of production, he will still be worth hanging onto as we are likely talking about a top 20 starting pitcher once he is activated.
20 weeks ago
Keston Hiura photo 178. Keston Hiura 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Miguel Cabrera photo 179. Miguel Cabrera 1B,DH - 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.
21 weeks ago
C.J. Cron photo 180. C.J. Cron 1B,DH - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Wade Davis photo 181. Wade Davis RP - COL
Davis has had ups and downs in his career but it has never been as rough as this year's 6 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. Assuming this continues, he may soon be replaced by Scott Oberg as the closer.
20 weeks ago
Kyle Gibson photo 182. Kyle Gibson SP - TEX
Gibson is not especially impressive in any of the five primary categories but he is solid in each of them so he makes for a solid 5th or even 4th starting pitcher.
20 weeks ago
Andrew Heaney photo 183. Andrew Heaney SP - LAA
Miguel Sano photo 184. Miguel Sano 1B,3B,DH - 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.
21 weeks ago
Max Fried photo 185. Max Fried SP - ATL
Fried entered the second half on the IL but when he returns, fantasy owners have a solid fifth starting pitcher who will pick up wins, strike out a handful of batters most start and won't kill your ratios at all.
20 weeks ago
Wade Miley photo 186. Wade Miley SP - FA
It may feel odd rostering someone like Wade Miley over a big name like Mad-Bum or Chris Archer, but with the way he has pitched, Miley needs to be owned and used everywhere. His ERA may end up south of 3.00 by the end of the season and his WHIP is great too.
20 weeks ago
Hansel Robles photo 187. Hansel Robles RP - LAA
Robles has been an excellent reliever for the surprise Angels, entering the second half with 46 Ks, a 2.56 ERA and a WHIP below 1.10. While that may not quite keep up, he is a strong bet to help fantasy owners in the second half.
20 weeks ago
Taylor Rogers photo 188. Taylor Rogers RP - MIN
The Twins entered the season with a three-headed-monster at the back end of their bullpen and it was Rogers who emerged as the clear closer thanks to 57 first half Ks to go with a sub 2 ERA and sub 1 WHIP.
20 weeks ago
Travis Shaw photo 189. Travis Shaw 1B,2B,3B - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Yusei Kikuchi photo 190. Yusei Kikuchi SP - SEA
Kikuchi's numbers from Japan translate to an MLB pitcher similar to Zack Wheeler last year, and like Wheeler, Kikuchi's arm could potentially blossom into much more to fantasy owners. He is by no means similar to Ohtani or Darvish before him, but 370 Ks and a 2.45 ERA in his last two seasons is nothing to sneeze at.
36 weeks ago
Jesse Winker photo 191. Jesse Winker CF,LF,RF - CIN
Overall, Winker is merely a fringe fantasy asset, but if you can afford to use him correctly, you've got yourself a serious player. Winker is abysmal versus lefties, but terrorizes righties so be sure to check the probable opposing pitcher each day.
21 weeks ago
Dansby Swanson photo 192. Dansby Swanson SS - ATL
You may not believe in the breakout, but every underlying metric suggests Swanson's breakout has been legitimate after years of disappointing optimistic fantasy owners. He should finish the year with 25 homers, a dozen steals and a solid batting average to go with loads of RBIs and runs.
21 weeks ago
Zac Gallen photo 193. Zac Gallen SP - ARI
Since his promotion, Gallen has merely been mediocre for fantasy owners, but he was so sensational in the minor leagues that you'd have to expect his MLB numbers to improve a bit over a larger sample size. Don't give up on him if he has another bad week or two,
20 weeks ago
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 194. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF - BOS
It is anyone's guess which Bradley we will get in the second half, whether it is the worst offensive player in baseball or a fringe all-star. We have seen both at times this year and in the past. For now, though, he is hot so don't hesitate to use him.
21 weeks ago
Daniel Vogelbach photo 195. Daniel Vogelbach 1B,DH - 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.
21 weeks ago
Ender Inciarte photo 196. Ender Inciarte CF - ATL
Aristides Aquino photo 197. Aristides Aquino RF - CIN
Brandon Woodruff photo 198. Brandon Woodruff SP,RP - MIL
Woodruff has been insane, striking out 133 first half batters to go with a 1.13 WHIP. You can look past that 3.53 ERA as the underlying metrics suggest it will come down in the second half, giving fantasy owners a total stud.
20 weeks ago
Brandon Workman photo 199. Brandon Workman RP - BOS
Workman has been terrific with 60 first-half Ks and incredible ratios. If you could add 20 saves to that, he would be elite, the Red Sox are insistent on keeping him in his current role while making Eovaldi the closer.
20 weeks ago
Steven Matz photo 200. Steven Matz SP - NYM
Jose Peraza photo 201. Jose Peraza 2B,LF,SS - FA
Peraza broke out last season with 13 homers, 23 steals and a .288 batting average. Whether or not the power stays is a question, but he seems to be a safe source for runs, steals and batting average in the middle of drafts.
36 weeks ago
Scott Kingery photo 202. Scott Kingery 3B,CF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Bo Bichette photo 203. Bo Bichette SS - TOR
Rich Hill photo 204. Rich Hill SP - FA
With so many players on the IL, it might not make sense to hold onto Hill who doesn't even have a timetable for return quite yet. He is always excellent when he pitches, however, so if he does return, scramble to scoop him back up.
20 weeks ago
Randal Grichuk photo 205. Randal Grichuk CF,RF - TOR
As always, Grichuk is providing some pop to go with runs and RBIs. There is, of course, a batting average well below .250 to accompany the benefits in the other categories. This makes him a fringe candidate for a roster spot in standard-sized leagues.
21 weeks ago
Andrelton Simmons photo 206. Andrelton Simmons SS - LAA
Simmons has continued to be exactly what fantasy owners expected: a safe source of quality batting average with a little speed and not much more. There is a place on a fantasy roster for a player like that.if you are in a deeper league.
21 weeks ago
Tyler Glasnow photo 207. Tyler Glasnow SP - TB
The Rays were already taking their time with Glasnow then he had a setback so his return is still up in the air. It could happen in August, or perhaps he will be shut down for the season. You can't drop him yet just in case, however, as he would deliver top 15 SP numbers the moment he returns.
20 weeks ago
Oscar Mercado photo 208. Oscar Mercado CF - CLE
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 209. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Archie Bradley photo 210. Archie Bradley RP - ARI
Bradley isn't a 90 strikeout guy, nor should we expect an ERA south of 2.00, but he is the heavy favorite to get saves in Arizona, which certainly counts for something. Granted, they won't win 80 games, but even 35 saves is plenty to warrant a late-round pick.
36 weeks ago
Ian Kennedy photo 211. Ian Kennedy RP - KC
Ross Stripling photo 212. Ross Stripling SP,RP - LAD
While not as terrific as last year, Stripling hasn't disappointed by any measure other than the fact that the Dodgers' insane rotational depth hasn't allowed for enough innings. While he starts, however, Stripling is well worth owning.
20 weeks ago
Jose Martinez photo 213. Jose Martinez 1B,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Marco Gonzales photo 214. Marco Gonzales SP - SEA
Mychal Givens photo 215. Mychal Givens RP - BAL
While technically the closer, Givens hasn't had enough save opportunities to warrant putting up with his lackluster ratios. That may change in the second half but for now, you'd be better off rostering a setup man like Brandon Workman.
20 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon photo 216. Ryan McMahon 1B,2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Nathan Eovaldi photo 217. Nathan Eovaldi SP,RP - BOS
The Red Sox have made it clear that Eovaldi is who they expect to fix their bullpen issues. Whether or not it lasts is anyone's guess, but for the time being, he is the man getting saves for this playoff contender so he needs to be owned.
20 weeks ago
Rick Porcello photo 218. Rick Porcello SP - FA
Porcello may have won a Cy Young but at this point in his career, there is no sense in even streaming him, let alone rostering him.
20 weeks ago
Kevin Kiermaier photo 219. Kevin Kiermaier CF - TB
Kiermaier is quietly having an excellent season and may reach 20 homers to go with 30 steals by the time the season comes to a close. Health is always a concern with the way he plays in the field, but so long as he keeps playing every day, you've got to find a way to get Kiermaier in your fantasy lineup.
21 weeks ago
Gio Urshela photo 220. Gio Urshela 3B - NYY
The Yankees have been surprised with this kid as he hit .305 in the first half. The batting average will drop a bit and there won't be much power, but if he keeps playing every day in this lineup, he'll be worth owning and using every week.
21 weeks ago
Omar Narvaez photo 221. Omar Narvaez C,DH - MIL
It is hard to imagine that anyone saw this coming, but Narvaz has been tremendous to open the season with a batting average near .300 and a dozen homers. While it may not continue at this pace, there is no doubt that he is a top 12 catcher from this point forward.
21 weeks ago
Avisail Garcia photo 222. Avisail Garcia DH,RF - FA
One of the most underrated fantasy assets this year has been Garcia who entered the break with 12 homers, 9 steals, a 75/80 runs/RBIs pace and a solid .280 batting average. There is no reason he should still be available in 75% of leagues.
21 weeks ago
Maikel Franco photo 223. Maikel Franco 3B - FA
Although Franco isn't going to help your fantasy team's batting average and he only has mediocre power, there is worth in the fact that he plays almost every day in one of the best lineups in baseball. With that will come both RBIs and runs.
21 weeks ago
Emilio Pagan photo 224. Emilio Pagan RP - TB
With Alvarado and Castillo both ahead of Pagan to begin the season, it seemed unlikely he would become a dominant closer, but here we are with him entering the second half with a sub 0.90 WHIP and 54 Ks in just 39 innings. He is the real deal.
20 weeks ago
Christian Walker photo 225. Christian Walker 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Yadier Molina photo 226. Yadier Molina C - STL
Catcher's don't often get 450 trips to the plate, but Tadi has done it every year since 2008. As you can imagine, the runs and RBIs pile up with extra playing time, and it certainly helps that he increases your team's batting average and may add another 20 homers this season.
36 weeks ago
Mark Melancon photo 227. Mark Melancon RP - ATL
Will Smith is the closer for now in San Francisco but he hasn't been all that durable, plus he may be on the trade market before long as a coveted lefty setup man. Don't sleep on Melancon getting saves again within a few months.
36 weeks ago
Cody Allen photo 228. Cody Allen RP - FA
It seemed as though Ty Buttrey, Bedrosian and Anderson were going to compete for saves in LA, but then they signed Allen who figures to get the job. Don't be surprised if he losses the gig early, however, if he struggles like we saw last season. Don't consider him a lock for 25 saves again.
36 weeks ago
Matt Barnes photo 229. Matt Barnes RP - BOS
Barnes is no longer the closer with Eovaldi back off the IL, and his ratios won't be ideal, but fantasy owners can bet on another 50+ second half Ks while rostering him as a fallback saves option should Eovaldi hit the IL again.
20 weeks ago
Greg Holland photo 230. Greg Holland RP - FA
Holland had some struggles early on in St. Louis last year but has since then been lights out. He carries a 3.09 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP into the second half, and while be will never approach 100 Ks, he still strikes out 10 batters per nine.
20 weeks ago
Austin Riley photo 231. Austin Riley LF - ATL
Riley had everyone excited upon his arrival to the bigs and while that name recognition may still linger, he is coming back down to earth a bit. Don't be shocked if he finishes the year with 35 homers, but his batting average won't help much and he offers zero speed.
21 weeks ago
Jurickson Profar photo 232. Jurickson Profar 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Renato Nunez photo 233. Renato Nunez 1B,DH - 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.
21 weeks ago
Scooter Gennett photo 234. Scooter Gennett 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Kyle Freeland photo 235. Kyle Freeland SP - COL
Andrew Miller photo 236. Andrew Miller RP - STL
Carlos Martinez is now filling in for Jordan Hicks, but there are rumors that St. Louis is shopping him. If that were to happen, they may go with Gant or perhaps the lefty, Miller, who is back to cruising for the Cardinals.
20 weeks ago
Brandon Nimmo photo 237. Brandon Nimmo CF,LF,RF - NYM
Danny Santana photo 238. Danny Santana 1B,2B,3B,CF,LF,RF,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Kole Calhoun photo 239. Kole Calhoun RF - FA
Calhoun has outperformed expectations thus far with a Kyle Schwarber like line of 20+ homers with a lackluster batting average. He also carries a 100/90 runs/RBIs pace up into the break so don't hesitate to scoop him up if you still can.
21 weeks ago
Harrison Bader photo 240. Harrison Bader CF - STL
Pedro Strop photo 241. Pedro Strop RP - FA
Brandon Morrow is technically the Cubs' closer, but it seems as though he will miss at least a month to open the season. Strop was named the replacement but hasn't been great thus far so let's see if he can straighten himself out before Morrow tries to take the job back.
35 weeks ago
Mitch Garver photo 242. Mitch Garver C - MIN
Garver has been absolutely terrorizing pitchers with a .295 average and 13 homers in just 156 at-bats. If he played every day, Garver would be a top 5 fantasy catcher without a doubt, but because he doesn't, he is merely a fringe top-10 guy for now.
21 weeks ago
Jeff Samardzija photo 243. Jeff Samardzija SP - SF
Pitching in San Francisco certainly helps any starter, and while you might not want to use Samardzija on the road, he can be relied on for strong ratios and some Ks in half his starts.
20 weeks ago
Billy Hamilton photo 244. Billy Hamilton CF - FA
Hamilton is still swiping bases, but he is no longer elite in that category with just a 25 steal pace heading into the break. As always, his power and average are non-existant so he isn't even worthy of a roster spot at this point.
21 weeks ago
Jason Heyward photo 245. Jason Heyward CF,RF - CHC
As difficult as it may be to believe, Heyward is actually hitting quite well so far this season with a 25-homer pace and a batting average back up around .280. It might not be here to stay, but you can be sure that he is worthy of a roster spot in your fantasy league.
21 weeks ago
Manuel Margot photo 246. Manuel Margot CF - SD
Brett Gardner photo 247. Brett Gardner CF,LF - FA
Gardner is once again providing plenty of runs and RBIs for fantasy owners and just so happens to be on pace for 25 homers which off-sets his drop in steals that came with age. Fantasy owners can continue to rely on Gardner as a OF4.
21 weeks ago
Nick Markakis photo 248. Nick Markakis RF - ATL
As always, Markakis isn't providing much in the way of homers or steals, but his is on pace for 90 RBIs and 90 runs to go with another strong batting average. While that isn't a league-winner, he is giving fantasy teams exactly what they hoped for from him.
21 weeks ago
Jake Bauers photo 249. Jake Bauers 1B,DH,LF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jarrod Dyson photo 250. Jarrod Dyson CF,RF - FA
Dyson is by no means a power hitter with just 5 first-half homers and 18 RBIs, but he is what everyone wanted out of Billy Hamilton with 20 steals, 40 runs and a bad, but not terrible batting average. Judging by the demand for steals, Dyson is well worth scooping up.
21 weeks ago
Buster Posey photo 251. Buster Posey C - 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.
21 weeks ago
J.D. Davis photo 252. J.D. Davis 3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Yonny Chirinos photo 253. Yonny Chirinos SP,RP - TB
Chirinos may not have the most impressive underlying metrics, but he just keeps getting it done from a ratio standpoint and as expected, the wins have followed. Don't expect 200 Ks or anywhere close, but he is a plenty useful piece for your rotation.
20 weeks ago
Alex Wood photo 254. Alex Wood SP - FA
Nick Pivetta photo 255. Nick Pivetta SP,RP - PHI
Pivetta flashed a few good starts after he was called back up but then plummeted in value again and was sent to the bullpen. He is worth keeping an eye on, however, in case anything changes.
20 weeks ago
Luke Jackson photo 256. Luke Jackson RP - ATL
Jackson is on pace for well over 100 Ks this season and while his WHIP isn't great, he is racking up saves for a playoff contender and has virtually no competition for the job so fantasy owners can continue to rely on him.
20 weeks ago
Ryan Pressly photo 257. Ryan Pressly RP - HOU
Pressly is one of the best relievers in baseball, but unfortunately that doesn't add up to enough fantasy production to reach the top 20, as saves are crucial. Still, should anything happen to Osuna, he would become an immediate top 5 closer.
20 weeks ago
Adam Jones photo 258. Adam Jones RF - FA
Jones isn't back to his glory days, but he has certainly been a nice surprise this season for fantasy owners, contributing in three categories and not hurting anyone in batting average. You can continue to use him as a mediocre asset.
21 weeks ago
Leury Garcia photo 259. Leury Garcia CF,LF,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Kevin Gausman photo 260. Kevin Gausman SP,RP - FA
Ryan Zimmerman photo 261. Ryan Zimmerman 1B - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Zack Godley photo 262. Zack Godley SP - FA
Brad Peacock photo 263. Brad Peacock SP - HOU
When Peacock returns to health, he is expected to be tossed back into the rotation even with rumors that Houston may acquire another arm. As long as Peacock continues starting, he will prove well worth a fantasy roster spot.
20 weeks ago
Dinelson Lamet photo 264. Dinelson Lamet SP - SD
Lamet has allowed plenty of runs in his first three starts, but is striking out plenty of hitters and clearly has the upside that warrants owning him as a project who could explode in the second half.
20 weeks ago
Luke Weaver photo 265. Luke Weaver SP - ARI
Brandon Belt photo 266. Brandon Belt 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Mike Foltynewicz photo 267. Mike Foltynewicz SP - ATL
Foltynewicz was tremendous last year but has been so bad once he returned from the IL that he is now in the minors and struggling there. Keep an eye on him, but it is probably a lost cause at this point.
20 weeks ago
Cavan Biggio photo 268. Cavan Biggio 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
James McCann photo 269. James McCann C - CWS
James McCann has been raking for the White Sox with a .320 batting average through the first half to go with some power and even the most steals among all catchers in fantasy. He is due to regress some, but is still a no-doubt top 12 catcher in the second half.
21 weeks ago
Christian Vazquez photo 270. Christian Vazquez C - 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.
21 weeks ago
Joe Jimenez photo 271. Joe Jimenez RP - DET
Most depth charts have Shane Greene slotted into the closer role for Detroit but this job is up in the air. Jimenez was an all-star last season, and while he pitched poorly down the stretch, don't sleep on him winning the job this spring.
36 weeks ago
Hunter Strickland photo 272. Hunter Strickland RP - WSH
Strickland opened the year as the Mariners' closer but is now on the 60 day DL and isn't even guaranteed the job when or if he returns. There is no need to waste an IL spot on him for your fantasy roster.
35 weeks ago
Blake Parker photo 273. Blake Parker RP - FA
After Parker signed with the Twins, many assumed he will be the closer, but it seems as though Trevor May is the favorite. In fact, Parker is likely the third-best reliever in this bullpen behind May and Rogers so beware on draft day.
36 weeks ago
Kike Hernandez photo 274. Kike Hernandez 2B,CF,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Pablo Lopez photo 275. Pablo Lopez SP - MIA
Mark Canha photo 276. Mark Canha 1B,CF,LF - OAK
Brendan McKay photo 277. Brendan McKay SP - TB
McKay has started out by pitching great in his first few appearances. While he might not exactly be an ace the rest of the season, he is certainly one rookie you can rely on over the second half, perhaps as a SP3.
20 weeks ago
Willy Adames photo 278. Willy Adames SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Reynaldo Lopez photo 279. Reynaldo Lopez SP - CWS
Trevor May photo 280. Trevor May RP - MIN
May did not win the closer job in Minnesota. While he may get a few saves here and there, Rocco Baldelli is employing a true closer by committee approach. May can be used as a Josh Hader-lite, but otherwise is droppable.
35 weeks ago
Spencer Turnbull photo 281. Spencer Turnbull SP - DET
Yonder Alonso photo 282. Yonder Alonso 1B,DH - FA
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.
36 weeks ago
Jay Bruce photo 283. Jay Bruce 1B,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Nate Lowe photo 284. Nate Lowe 1B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Julio Urias photo 285. Julio Urias SP,RP - LAD
When on the mound, Urias is about as good as it gets for a youngster with an ERA sitting at 2.25 and a WHIP below 1.00. The issue, of course, is that he only throws a handful of innings at most in a given week. There is still use for that, but not much more than someone like Ryan Pressley.
20 weeks ago
Mike Fiers photo 286. Mike Fiers SP - OAK
Fiers is getting the job done this season with a 1.12 WHIP and an ERA well below 4.00. With that has come plenty of wins, but there aren't enough strikeouts to put him in the top 50 fantasy starters.
20 weeks ago
Trevor Williams photo 287. Trevor Williams SP - PIT
Anibal Sanchez photo 288. Anibal Sanchez SP - WSH
Kyle Seager photo 289. Kyle Seager 3B - SEA
Seager was as consistent of a fantasy asset as you could find two years ago, but age has slowed him down enough that it is to the point where there is no case to be made for owning him in fantasy baseball.
21 weeks ago
Zack Britton photo 290. Zack Britton RP - NYY
Not only is Aroldis Chapman ahead of Britton in New York, but they also have Betances and Chad Green roaming around the pen. Chances are that Britton would get the first crack at saves if Aroldis went down, but it's no guarantee.
20 weeks ago
Teoscar Hernandez photo 291. Teoscar Hernandez LF,RF - TOR
Garrett Hampson photo 292. Garrett Hampson 2B,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Willie Calhoun photo 293. Willie Calhoun LF - TEX
Marwin Gonzalez photo 294. Marwin Gonzalez 1B,2B,3B,LF,SS - MIN
Julio Teheran photo 295. Julio Teheran SP - FA
Teheran is chugging along once again for the Braves with an ERA below 4.00 and a WHIP below 1.30. He won't strike out a batter per inning and doesn't have many wins yet but with the strong ratios, he is worth owning as a depth piece.
20 weeks ago
Derek Dietrich photo 296. Derek Dietrich 1B,2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Will Smith photo 297. Will Smith C - LAD
Smith has been unbelievable for the Dodgers and while there is a chance he continues to amaze fantasy owners, it is more likely that he follows the vast majority of rookies who started amazing before going south.
18 weeks ago
Kevin Pillar photo 298. Kevin Pillar CF,RF - SF
Kolten Wong photo 299. Kolten Wong 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jordan Yamamoto photo 300. Jordan Yamamoto SP - MIA
Merrill Kelly photo 301. Merrill Kelly SP - ARI
Jake Lamb photo 302. Jake Lamb 1B,3B - ARI
You may not feel great about drafting Lamb after his trainwreck 2018 season, but he is just one year removed from 30 homers and 105 RBIs so don't sleep on him bouncing back. With that said, the move to the humidor in Arizona makes it seem as though his ceiling is a bit lower than what we saw from him in 2017.
36 weeks ago
Jeremy Jeffress photo 303. Jeremy Jeffress RP - MIL
Josh Hader is the current closer in Milwaukee with Knebel out for the season but once Jeffress returns from the IL, that may quickly change. Jeffress is only owned in about 20% of leagues and should be among the top pickups with this potential outcome on the horizon.
35 weeks ago
Brad Boxberger photo 304. Brad Boxberger RP - FA
Boxberger is expected to hold off Peralta for the Royals' closer job, and while it may not be the most envied role, he should still be able to compile 20 to 25 saves if he can hang onto the job. His ratios won't be ideal, but he does offer some K-upside as we've seen before.
36 weeks ago
David Fletcher photo 305. David Fletcher 2B,3B,LF,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jorge Alfaro photo 306. Jorge Alfaro C - MIA
Alfaro was not technically a top 12 catcher in the first half, but he was right on the cusp and his underlying numbers suggest he will climb well into the top 10 over the rest of the season. Don't hesitate to add him and start him if you need a catcher.
21 weeks ago
Alex Reyes photo 307. Alex Reyes RP - STL
Reyes suffered yet another injury in the minor leagues and was struggling with his command anyways. If he gets healthy and straightens out his stuff, he could be deadly by September in the bigs.
20 weeks ago
Ryan Yarbrough photo 308. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP - TB
Josh James photo 309. Josh James RP - HOU
James missed out on the rotation thanks to a Spring Training injury then proceeded to struggle in the bullpen, but he has been electric of late and may end up in the rotation after all in the coming weeks so keep a close eye on him.
20 weeks ago
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 310. Asdrubal Cabrera 2B,3B,SS - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Evan Longoria photo 311. Evan Longoria 3B - SF
Longoria is struggling in San Francisco with a low batting average and limited power. While there is a chance that changes in the coming months, there is no sense in waiting it out. Rather, just drop him until he proves himself useful in fantasy baseball.
21 weeks ago
Jordan Lyles photo 312. Jordan Lyles SP,RP - TEX
Albert Pujols photo 313. Albert Pujols 1B,DH - LAA
Starlin Castro photo 314. Starlin Castro 2B - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 315. Dwight Smith Jr. DH,LF - BAL
Nick Ahmed photo 316. Nick Ahmed SS - ARI
There is nothing exciting about a shortstop who isn't plus in any of the five primary categories, but he is getting the job done so far with mediocre production in each area. Whether that keeps up is a question, of course, but for now, he can fill in during an injury.
21 weeks ago
Sean Newcomb photo 317. Sean Newcomb SP,RP - ATL
Alex Gordon photo 318. Alex Gordon LF - FA
Despite his age, Gordon may be having a career year although he has seen regression over the last month. He may end up with 20 homers and 10 steals, but don't expect the batting average to stay north of .275 all season.
21 weeks ago
Ryan O'Hearn photo 319. Ryan O'Hearn 1B - KC
Danny Jansen photo 320. Danny Jansen C - TOR
Jansen's underlying stats have been screaming positive regression all season and over the last few weeks, it has started to turn around. While he isn't quite a top 12 catcher, he should be on your radar as a future waiver wire add if he keeps hitting.
21 weeks ago
Tyler O'Neill photo 321. Tyler O'Neill LF - STL
Ty Buttrey photo 322. Ty Buttrey RP - LAA
Chris Taylor photo 323. Chris Taylor 2B,CF,LF,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Matt Strahm photo 324. Matt Strahm SP,RP - SD
Strahm has shown enough promise that we can keep an eye on him in the second half, but more likely than not, he will only be an occasional streamer in home games against easy opponents.
20 weeks ago
Adam Ottavino photo 325. Adam Ottavino RP - NYY
As expected, Ottavino has been sensational outside of Coors Field. Even with Yankee Stadium being a hitter's haven, Ottavino carries a sub-two ERA with 61 Ks in 43 innings. Don't expect saves in this crowded pen though.
20 weeks ago
Eric Lauer photo 326. Eric Lauer SP - MIL
Lauer has had some dreadful outings in Coors this year, but other than that, he has consistently been producing strong performances. You can use him in the vast majority of his starts as a SP5.
20 weeks ago
Trevor Richards photo 327. Trevor Richards SP - TB
Richards carried a 4.42 ERA with 4 wins last year and formerly played independent baseball after going undrafted. It helps, however, that he has the best changeup in baseball. Richards' changeup is Trevor Hoffman-esque. It carried a 41.2% whiff rate with a .214 xWOBA. It certainly helped his performance when he adjusted by throwing it 38% of the time instead of 23% of the time at the start of the season. In those closing months, hitters were so focused on his filthy change-up that his slider suddenly became even more deadly than the changeup. With two of the most useful pitches in baseball, Richards could breakout this year in Miami much like Jake Peavy did in in 2004 after a rough start to his career.
36 weeks ago
Jung Ho Kang photo 328. Jung Ho Kang 3B - FA
Kang may not open the season as the starter in Pittsburgh, but with the way he is playing this spring, you'll want to keep a close eye on him. After all, we've seen Kang be a useful fantasy piece in years prior.
36 weeks ago
Freddy Peralta photo 329. Freddy Peralta SP,RP - MIL
There is no doubt that Peralta has been a disappointment but has still been piling up strikeouts and has been good enough out of the pen the last month that there may be some hope remaining that he ends up back in the rotation before long.
20 weeks ago
Yoshihisa Hirano photo 330. Yoshihisa Hirano RP - FA
Adam Frazier photo 331. Adam Frazier 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Francisco Mejia photo 332. Francisco Mejia C - SD
Bryan Reynolds photo 333. Bryan Reynolds CF,LF,RF - PIT
Reynolds has been phenomenal from a batting average standpoint, batting .348 through the second half. Beyond that, however, he offers virtually nothing and we surely can't lean on him to maintain a batting average even north of .300 the rest of the way.
21 weeks ago
Garrett Cooper photo 334. Garrett Cooper LF,RF - 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.
21 weeks ago
Shawn Kelley photo 335. Shawn Kelley RP - FA
Kelley is technically the closer for Texas and hasn't done all that bad, but with Jose Leclerc right behind him, there is no guarantee Kelley will have the job next week, let alone for the rest of the season.
20 weeks ago
Roenis Elias photo 336. Roenis Elias RP - WSH
Elias is having a rough go with an ERA north of 5, but he is the closer for Seattle and should get another 15 to even 25 save opportunities over the second half. That may be reason enough to put up with the lousy ratios.
20 weeks ago
Kelvin Herrera photo 337. Kelvin Herrera RP - CWS
Herrera was presumably signed to close for the White Sox, but they also added Alex Colome who has closing experience. This one is too close to call for now so you may want to add both in a late round just to make sure you get some saves.
36 weeks ago
Ronald Guzman photo 338. Ronald Guzman 1B - TEX
Martin Perez photo 339. Martin Perez SP - FA
Jalen Beeks photo 340. Jalen Beeks RP - TB
Beeks isn't technically a starting pitcher, but he is racking up the innings and has plenty of Ks to go along with it. More importantly, his ratios are stellar and he'll pick up some wins to go with it all.
20 weeks ago
Seranthony Dominguez photo 341. Seranthony Dominguez RP - PHI
Matt Kemp photo 342. Matt Kemp LF - NYM
Kemp is not playing nearly as often as those who drafted him had hoped. While there is a chance that changes, he can be safely released in standard-sized leagues until he begins getting regular at-bats.
35 weeks ago
Ryan Brasier photo 343. Ryan Brasier RP - BOS
There was speculation that Brasier might take the Red Sox open closer role, but he was passed over for Matt Barnes. While there is a chance that doesn't last all season, you can safely drop Braiser for now.
35 weeks ago
Seth Lugo photo 344. Seth Lugo RP - NYM
Tyler Mahle photo 345. Tyler Mahle SP - CIN
Mahle is now on the IL and you may not love his 4.93 ERA, but the 106 Ks and terrific underlying metrics make him well worth paying attention to once he returns.
20 weeks ago
Sergio Romo photo 346. Sergio Romo SP,RP - FA
Although he isn't the most exciting closer, Romo does, in fact, get the save opportunities for his team and isn't exactly struggling in the ratios. He won't strikeout even 60 batters this season but you can't find better on waivers.
20 weeks ago
Howie Kendrick photo 347. Howie Kendrick 1B,2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Forrest Whitley photo 348. Forrest Whitley SP - HOU
Whitley was the top pitching prospect going into the season but has been terrible thus far in the minors. If that turns around, he may end up useful in MLB by the end of the season.
20 weeks ago
Jhoulys Chacin photo 349. Jhoulys Chacin SP - FA
Dexter Fowler photo 350. Dexter Fowler CF,RF - STL
Zach Davies photo 351. Zach Davies SP - SD
Davies still has an ERA below 3.00, but his WHIP is not all that impressive and he strikes out fewer hitters than just about every pitcher in the league so while he isn't the worst use of a roster spot, his upside is limited.
20 weeks ago
Eric Thames photo 352. Eric Thames 1B - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
CC Sabathia photo 353. CC Sabathia SP - FA
Anthony DeSclafani photo 354. Anthony DeSclafani SP - CIN
Derek Holland photo 355. Derek Holland SP,RP - FA
Joey Wendle photo 356. Joey Wendle 2B,3B - TB
Michael Wacha photo 357. Michael Wacha SP - FA
Christin Stewart photo 358. Christin Stewart LF - DET
Jakob Junis photo 359. Jakob Junis SP - KC
Raimel Tapia photo 360. Raimel Tapia LF - COL
Tapia will never be a source of much power or speed, but as long as he continues to play in Coors, his batting average will suffice if you are desperate for a warm body in your fantasy outfield.
21 weeks ago
Wily Peralta photo 361. Wily Peralta RP - KC
Rowdy Tellez photo 362. Rowdy Tellez 1B,DH - TOR
Dylan Cease photo 363. Dylan Cease SP - CWS
Cease has struggled in his first few starts since being promoted but he definitely has fantasy-relevant stuff and even if you don't want to own him now, keep him on waiver wire speed-dial.
20 weeks ago
Cedric Mullins photo 364. Cedric Mullins CF - BAL
Chris Bassitt photo 365. Chris Bassitt SP - OAK
Chase Anderson photo 366. Chase Anderson SP - TOR
Kyle Tucker photo 367. Kyle Tucker LF - HOU
Tucker is still stuck down in the minors for Houston and while playing time will be difficult to come by apart from a trade, he would be a 100% FAAB pickup if he gets the call and is inserted into the starting lineup. Think Andrew Benintendi right away with both power and speed.
21 weeks ago
Jesus Luzardo photo 368. Jesus Luzardo RP - OAK
Luzardo is back on the IL for the A's and it now seems likely that he won't throw a ball again this season. If the A's decide to be aggressive, however, Luzardo has the stuff to surge onto the scene in September.
20 weeks ago
Mitch Moreland photo 369. Mitch Moreland 1B - FA
Delino DeShields photo 370. Delino DeShields CF - TEX
Michael Lorenzen photo 371. Michael Lorenzen RP - CIN
John Means photo 372. John Means SP,RP - BAL
Jeimer Candelario photo 373. Jeimer Candelario 3B - DET
There is nothing sexy about drafting Candelario, but you can anticipate his batting average coming up 20 points this year, as he was among the most unlucky hitters in that department last year. Along with that, fantasy owners should get around 20 homers from him.
36 weeks ago
Jimmy Nelson photo 374. Jimmy Nelson SP - FA
Nelson was top five in xFIP prior to his injury that has taken much longer to recover from than expected. There is a chance he will return in May, but even if he does, it doesn't necessarily mean he will return to form right away or even ever.
35 weeks ago
Dylan Bundy photo 375. Dylan Bundy SP - LAA
Luis Urias photo 376. Luis Urias 2B,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Jon Berti photo 377. Jon Berti 3B,CF,SS - MIA
Nick Anderson photo 378. Nick Anderson RP - TB
Welington Castillo photo 379. Welington Castillo C - FA
Castillo only saw 49 games worth of action last season, but his bat was still quality when he played. Over the last five years, he averages 26 homers with a .261 BA and 85 RBIs per 162 games, so now that he is starting, fantasy owners can expect useful production out of him.
36 weeks ago
Sandy Alcantara photo 380. Sandy Alcantara SP - MIA
Zach Eflin photo 381. Zach Eflin SP - PHI
Kendrys Morales photo 382. Kendrys Morales 1B,DH - FA
Kevin Newman photo 383. Kevin Newman 2B,3B,SS - 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.
21 weeks ago
Chance Sisco photo 384. Chance Sisco C - BAL
Sisco should play every day for the Orioles in the second half and he has plenty of talent so you'll want to keep a close eye on him as a potential catcher pickup off waivers.
21 weeks ago
Anthony Santander photo 385. Anthony Santander CF,LF,RF - BAL
Justin Bour photo 386. Justin Bour 1B - LAA
Nick Margevicius photo 387. Nick Margevicius SP - SD
Sean Manaea photo 388. Sean Manaea SP - OAK
Diego Castillo photo 389. Diego Castillo SP,RP - TB
If you play in a deeper league, Castillo can be a ratio master that racks up plenty of saves, or better yet, if you employ the Marmol Strategy, Castillo qualifies as a starting pitcher so you can plug him on days where you don't have enough starters going.
36 weeks ago
Daniel Palka photo 390. Daniel Palka RF - CWS
Cal Quantrill photo 391. Cal Quantrill SP - SD
Shawn Armstrong photo 392. Shawn Armstrong RP - BAL
Tanner Roark photo 393. Tanner Roark SP - FA
Roark may not have the best stuff in the world but he has managed to strike out 100 batters already in just 102 innings to go with solid ratios. It may not feel great, but you can use him in most starts.
20 weeks ago
Anthony Swarzak photo 394. Anthony Swarzak RP - FA
Greg Allen photo 395. Greg Allen LF - CLE
Asher Wojciechowski photo 396. Asher Wojciechowski RP - BAL
Mike Yastrzemski photo 397. Mike Yastrzemski RF - SF
Corbin Burnes photo 398. Corbin Burnes RP - MIL
Todd Frazier photo 399. Todd Frazier 3B - FA
Frazier has had a bit of a resurgence this season, and while it hasn't amounted to a ton, there is a place on a fantasy roster for a guy with 25 homer power and a mediocre batting average which is what he appears to offer again.
21 weeks ago
Dakota Hudson photo 400. Dakota Hudson SP,RP - STL
Carson Kelly photo 401. Carson Kelly C - ARI
Kelly is smashing MLB pitchers the last month and while he is a former top prospect, the sample size is not enough to trust him as a reliable fantasy option yet. The upside is still quite high, however, so he is a top 12 rest of season option for the time being.
18 weeks ago
Adam Conley photo 402. Adam Conley RP - MIA
Eric Sogard photo 403. Eric Sogard 2B,3B,DH,RF,SS - FA
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.
21 weeks ago
Vince Velasquez photo 404. Vince Velasquez SP,RP - PHI
Velasquez is back in the rotation, and while many games will be a total trainwreck, he does have some strikeout upside and posts solid streaming performances every so often.
20 weeks ago
Ian Happ photo 405. Ian Happ 3B,CF,LF,RF - CHC
Josh Reddick photo 406. Josh Reddick LF,RF - HOU
Reddick continues to play every day for the Astros despite Kyle Tucker waiting around in the minors. Reddick isn't bad with a .291 average and decent power, but that may not be enough to hold off the kid in the second-half of the year.
21 weeks ago
Mike Montgomery photo 407. Mike Montgomery SP,RP - KC
Hanser Alberto photo 408. Hanser Alberto 2B,3B - BAL
Roberto Perez photo 409. Roberto Perez C - CLE
Perez has already mashed 16 homers through the first half for Cleveland. His batting average isn't useful, but won't kill you either so you could certainly do much worse than Perez even if he does take a step back toward expectations in the second half.
21 weeks ago
Alex Dickerson photo 410. Alex Dickerson LF - SF
Danny Duffy photo 411. Danny Duffy SP - KC
Chris Martin photo 412. Chris Martin RP - ATL
Lewis Brinson photo 413. Lewis Brinson CF - MIA
Jed Lowrie photo 414. Jed Lowrie 2B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Homer Bailey photo 415. Homer Bailey SP - FA
Mitch Keller photo 416. Mitch Keller SP - PIT
Keller came up for three starts late in the Spring and wasn't all that useful to fantasy owners, but he is one of the top pitching prospects remaining in the minors so pay attention in case he called up.
20 weeks ago
Orlando Arcia photo 417. Orlando Arcia SS - MIL
There is no doubt that Arcia has potential for much more, but that doesn't mean fantasy owners should continue to run him out there while he bats .230 or worse. There is some power and will be a handful of steals but that isn't quite enough to justify using him quite yet.
21 weeks ago
Giovanny Gallegos photo 418. Giovanny Gallegos RP - STL
Trevor Rosenthal photo 419. Trevor Rosenthal RP - KC
John Gant photo 420. John Gant RP - STL
Gant has been nothing but sensational for the Cardinals this year. He won't strike everyone out, but he is racking up wins while improving fantasy team ratios and may even have an outside chance at saves if Carlos Martinez is dealt.
20 weeks ago
Luis Arraez photo 421. Luis Arraez 2B,LF - MIN
Robinson Chirinos photo 422. Robinson Chirinos C - FA
Chirinos will hurt you in batting average, although not as bad as someone like Zunino. With that said, he is a reliable source of power and since he plays in such a strong Astros' lineup, you can bank on him piling up RBIs and runs as well.
21 weeks ago
Jerad Eickhoff photo 423. Jerad Eickhoff SP - FA
Colin Moran photo 424. Colin Moran 1B,2B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Yoan Lopez photo 425. Yoan Lopez RP - ARI
Jose Urquidy photo 426. Jose Urquidy HOU
Wilmer Flores photo 427. Wilmer Flores 2B - FA
Francisco Cervelli photo 428. Francisco Cervelli C - FA
Freddy Galvis photo 429. Freddy Galvis 2B,SS - CIN
Galis has performed admirably thus far with a 25 homer pace to go with a solid batting average and plenty of RBIs and runs. Even if he takes a sizeable step back, fantasy owners would still have someone they can rely on.
21 weeks ago
Jason Vargas photo 430. Jason Vargas SP - FA
A.J. Ramos photo 431. A.J. Ramos RP - FA
Anthony Bass photo 432. Anthony Bass RP - TOR
Zach Plesac photo 433. Zach Plesac SP - CLE
Mike Zunino photo 434. Mike Zunino C - TB
Mike Zunino has been a bust this season and can safely be dropped in all formats. Don't hesitate to scoop him up if he starts to catch fire in the second-half, however.
21 weeks ago
Tommy Kahnle photo 435. Tommy Kahnle RP - NYY
Josh Harrison photo 436. Josh Harrison 2B - PHI
Colin Poche photo 437. Colin Poche RP - TB
Jairo Diaz photo 438. Jairo Diaz RP - COL
Scott Schebler photo 439. Scott Schebler CF,RF - CIN
Ivan Nova photo 440. Ivan Nova SP - FA
Derek Law photo 441. Derek Law RP - FA
Yan Gomes photo 442. Yan Gomes C - WSH
Kyle Wright photo 443. Kyle Wright RP - ATL
Wright was dreadful in his debut earlier in the season then was beat up again in his return. He may not get another chance, but if he does, don't give up on him as there is still plenty of upside.
20 weeks ago
Chad Green photo 444. Chad Green RP - NYY
Green wasn't as electric in 2018 as the year before, but he still registered 94 strikeouts with excellent ratios and 8 wins. He isn't the closer, nor does he have a path to saves, but you can certainly make a case for drafting him even in standard sized leagues.
36 weeks ago
Tommy Edman photo 445. Tommy Edman 2B,3B - STL
Joe Kelly photo 446. Joe Kelly RP - LAD
Cole Tucker photo 447. Cole Tucker SS - PIT
Matt Harvey photo 448. Matt Harvey SP - FA
Brandon Crawford photo 449. Brandon Crawford SS - SF
Crawford is never going to steal bases or hit for a great average, but you can count on him to play 150 games which will add up in the RBIs and runs department, plus he is good for a dozen homers every year.
36 weeks ago
Steve Cishek photo 450. Steve Cishek RP - FA
Bryse Wilson photo 451. Bryse Wilson RP - ATL
David Bote photo 452. David Bote 2B,3B - CHC
Travis d'Arnaud photo 453. Travis d'Arnaud C - 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.
20 weeks ago
Nick Wittgren photo 454. Nick Wittgren RP - CLE
Jose Urena photo 455. Jose Urena SP,RP - MIA
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 456. Carl Edwards Jr. RP - SEA
It seems as though Pedro Strop will be the closer to open the season and eventually Brandon Morrow will get the job back. There is a chance Edwards slips in as the closer, however, but he has plenty of upside regardless of saves.
36 weeks ago
Jose Osuna photo 457. Jose Osuna 1B,RF - PIT
Amir Garrett photo 458. Amir Garrett RP - CIN
Josh VanMeter photo 459. Josh VanMeter LF - CIN
Craig Stammen photo 460. Craig Stammen RP - FA
Jose Suarez photo 461. Jose Suarez SP - LAA
Jeurys Familia photo 462. Jeurys Familia RP - NYM
The Mets added the best closer in baseball this off-season so Familia takes a step back, but if anything happens to Diaz, Familia is the clear closer-in-waiting and would be top 20 at the position right away.
36 weeks ago
Daniel Hudson photo 463. Daniel Hudson RP - FA
Jeremy Hellickson photo 464. Jeremy Hellickson SP - FA
Albert Almora Jr. photo 465. Albert Almora Jr. CF - CHC
Josh Phegley photo 466. Josh Phegley C - FA
Austin Barnes photo 467. Austin Barnes C - LAD
Ben Zobrist photo 468. Ben Zobrist 2B,LF,RF - FA
Johnny Cueto photo 469. Johnny Cueto SP - SF
Aaron Bummer photo 470. Aaron Bummer RP - CWS
Leonys Martin photo 471. Leonys Martin CF - FA
Matt Magill photo 472. Matt Magill RP - SEA
Cameron Maybin photo 473. Cameron Maybin CF,LF,RF - FA
Ian Kinsler photo 474. Ian Kinsler 2B - SD
Joakim Soria photo 475. Joakim Soria RP - OAK
Lewin Diaz photo 476. Lewin Diaz 1B - MIN
Gio Gonzalez photo 477. Gio Gonzalez SP - FA
Adam Duvall photo 478. Adam Duvall LF - ATL
Ji-Man Choi photo 479. Ji-Man Choi 1B,DH - TB
Addison Russell photo 480. Addison Russell 2B,SS - FA
Clint Frazier photo 481. Clint Frazier RF - NYY
Frazier was by no means a star while he was up, but was surely good enough that the very second he gets the call again, he should be a top waiver priority even if it comes with him being dealt to another team before the deadline.
21 weeks ago
Willians Astudillo photo 482. Willians Astudillo C - MIN
Touki Toussaint photo 483. Touki Toussaint RP - ATL
Clay Buchholz photo 484. Clay Buchholz SP - FA
Trent Grisham photo 485. Trent Grisham SD
Jarlin Garcia photo 486. Jarlin Garcia RP - MIA
Edinson Volquez photo 487. Edinson Volquez RP - FA
Taijuan Walker photo 488. Taijuan Walker SP - FA
Bradley Zimmer photo 489. Bradley Zimmer CF - CLE
Tyler Beede photo 490. Tyler Beede SP - SF
Brian Goodwin photo 491. Brian Goodwin CF,LF,RF - LAA
Goodwin flashed some fantasy appeal earlier on in the season but now that he is on the IL, he can safely be ignored in fantasy leagues.
21 weeks ago
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 492. Jonathan Loaisiga RP - NYY
J.P. Crawford photo 493. J.P. Crawford SS - SEA
Crawford's bat hasn't quite developed as fast as many expected, but he is a source of both speed and power but with upside for more. Keep an eye on him as a potential waiver wire pickup in the second half.
21 weeks ago
Dominic Smith photo 494. Dominic Smith 1B,LF - NYM
Mark Trumbo photo 495. Mark Trumbo DH - FA
Nick Kingham photo 496. Nick Kingham RP - TOR
Isan Diaz photo 497. Isan Diaz 2B - MIA
Andrew Cashner photo 498. Andrew Cashner SP - FA
Cashner was impressive enough in Baltimore that the Red Sox went out and acquired him, and while he hasn't been useful for them yet, he is good enough that you can consider him as a streamer here and there.
20 weeks ago
Tucker Barnhart photo 499. Tucker Barnhart C - CIN
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
36 weeks ago
Drew Smyly photo 500. Drew Smyly SP - FA
John Brebbia photo 501. John Brebbia RP - STL
Trevor Cahill photo 502. Trevor Cahill SP - FA
Austin Slater photo 503. Austin Slater 1B,LF,RF - SF
Tony Gonsolin photo 504. Tony Gonsolin SP - LAD
Dereck Rodriguez photo 505. Dereck Rodriguez SP - SF
Mike Leake photo 506. Mike Leake SP - ARI
Jaime Barria photo 507. Jaime Barria SP - LAA
Adam Wainwright photo 508. Adam Wainwright SP - STL
Wainwright has posted enough solid games, particularly at home that he can be used in several streaming matchups the rest of the season.
20 weeks ago
Chad Pinder photo 509. Chad Pinder 2B,LF,RF - OAK
Framber Valdez photo 510. Framber Valdez SP,RP - HOU
DJ Stewart photo 511. DJ Stewart RF - BAL
Matt Adams photo 512. Matt Adams 1B - FA
Logan Allen photo 513. Logan Allen SP - CLE
Drew Pomeranz photo 514. Drew Pomeranz SP,RP - SD
Tyler Chatwood photo 515. Tyler Chatwood SP,RP - CHC
Daniel Ponce de Leon photo 516. Daniel Ponce de Leon SP - STL
It seems as though the Cardinals have made up their mind about keeping Ponce de Leon in the rotation. He won't strike out many hitters, but perhaps he can win a few games while not hurting your ratios. Don't sleep on him being dealt for a pitcher like Stroman, however.
20 weeks ago
Luke Gregerson photo 517. Luke Gregerson RP - STL
Eduardo Nunez photo 518. Eduardo Nunez 2B - FA
Anthony Alford photo 519. Anthony Alford LF - TOR
Elieser Hernandez photo 520. Elieser Hernandez SP,RP - MIA
Cam Bedrosian photo 521. Cam Bedrosian SP,RP - LAA
Jake Cave photo 522. Jake Cave CF,LF,RF - MIN
Chris Davis photo 523. Chris Davis 1B - BAL
Kurt Suzuki photo 524. Kurt Suzuki C - WSH
Suzuki isn't playing every day quite yet, but when he does play, he'll be helping your fantasy squad with both power (11 HR in 163 AB through the first half) and batting average which is sitting at .270. That is enough to warrant a starting catcher spot in 12-team leagues.
21 weeks ago
Keone Kela photo 525. Keone Kela RP - PIT
Vasquez is the closer in Pittsburgh for now, but Kela has immense upside if he slips up or is injured so be sure to keep him on waiver wire speed dial.
36 weeks ago
Tom Murphy photo 526. Tom Murphy C,DH - SEA
Dustin May photo 527. Dustin May SP - LAD
Matt Wieters photo 528. Matt Wieters C - FA
Nick Solak photo 529. Nick Solak 2B,3B,DH - TEX
Joe Ross photo 530. Joe Ross SP,RP - WSH
Austin Hedges photo 531. Austin Hedges C - SD
Brad Brach photo 532. Brad Brach RP - NYM
Phillip Ervin photo 533. Phillip Ervin CF,LF - CIN
Chris Iannetta photo 534. Chris Iannetta C - FA
Iannetta has been getting only 30% of the playing time for Colorado, and while he is playing well, that isn't enough to warrant rostering him in fantasy.
21 weeks ago
Tyler Flowers photo 535. Tyler Flowers C - ATL
Jonathan Lucroy photo 536. Jonathan Lucroy C - FA
John Hicks photo 537. John Hicks 1B,C - FA
Gavin Lux photo 538. Gavin Lux 2B - LAD
Fernando Rodney photo 539. Fernando Rodney RP - FA
Matt Davidson photo 540. Matt Davidson 1B,DH - TEX
Alex Claudio photo 541. Alex Claudio RP - FA
Daniel Mengden photo 542. Daniel Mengden SP - OAK
Daniel Descalso photo 543. Daniel Descalso 2B - CHC
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 544. Isiah Kiner-Falefa 3B,C - TEX
Matt Beaty photo 545. Matt Beaty 1B,LF - LAD
Keon Broxton photo 546. Keon Broxton CF,LF,RF - FA
Tyson Ross photo 547. Tyson Ross SP - FA
Brandon Dixon photo 548. Brandon Dixon 1B,LF - DET
Wade LeBlanc photo 549. Wade LeBlanc SP,RP - FA
Harold Ramirez photo 550. Harold Ramirez CF,LF,RF - MIA
Chris Owings photo 551. Chris Owings 2B - FA
Jon Duplantier photo 552. Jon Duplantier RP - ARI
Ty France photo 553. Ty France 2B,3B - 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.
21 weeks ago
Luis Cessa photo 554. Luis Cessa SP,RP - NYY
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 555. Brent Honeywell Jr. SP - TB
Austin Nola photo 556. Austin Nola 1B,2B,C,SS - SEA
Sam Travis photo 557. Sam Travis 1B - BOS
Josh Rojas photo 558. Josh Rojas ARI
Justus Sheffield photo 559. Justus Sheffield SP,RP - SEA