Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Javier Baez photo 15. Javier Baez 2B,3B,SS
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.
14 weeks ago
Kris Bryant photo 25. Kris Bryant 3B,RF
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.
13 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo photo 26. Anthony Rizzo 1B
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.
14 weeks ago
Nicholas Castellanos photo 77. Nicholas Castellanos RF
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.
13 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel photo 96. Craig Kimbrel RP
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.
12 weeks ago
Yu Darvish photo 101. Yu Darvish SP
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.
12 weeks ago
Kyle Hendricks photo 108. Kyle Hendricks SP
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.
12 weeks ago
Cole Hamels photo 121. Cole Hamels SP
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.
12 weeks ago
Jose Quintana photo 135. Jose Quintana SP
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.
12 weeks ago
Jon Lester photo 141. Jon Lester SP
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.
12 weeks ago
Kyle Schwarber photo 143. Kyle Schwarber LF
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.
13 weeks ago
Willson Contreras photo 147. Willson Contreras C
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.
14 weeks ago
Pedro Strop photo 241. Pedro Strop RP
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.
28 weeks ago
Jason Heyward photo 245. Jason Heyward CF,RF
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.
13 weeks ago
Derek Holland photo 355. Derek Holland SP
Ian Happ photo 405. Ian Happ 3B,LF,CF,RF
Steve Cishek photo 450. Steve Cishek RP
David Bote photo 452. David Bote 2B,3B
Ben Zobrist photo 468. Ben Zobrist 2B,LF,RF
Addison Russell photo 480. Addison Russell SS
Tyler Chatwood photo 515. Tyler Chatwood SP
Daniel Descalso photo 543. Daniel Descalso 1B,2B,3B