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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Gerrit Cole photo 13. Gerrit Cole SP
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
Anthony Rendon photo 18. Anthony Rendon 3B
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.
22 weeks ago
Stephen Strasburg photo 32. Stephen Strasburg SP
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
Yasiel Puig photo 49. Yasiel Puig RF
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
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
Hyun-Jin Ryu photo 53. Hyun-Jin Ryu SP
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
Josh Donaldson photo 75. Josh Donaldson 3B
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.
22 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.
21 weeks ago
Madison Bumgarner photo 79. Madison Bumgarner SP
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
Domingo Santana photo 99. Domingo Santana DH,LF,RF
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
Edwin Encarnacion photo 118. Edwin Encarnacion 1B,DH
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.
22 weeks ago
Didi Gregorius photo 148. Didi Gregorius SS
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
Dallas Keuchel photo 162. Dallas Keuchel SP
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
Brian Dozier photo 165. Brian Dozier 2B
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
Cesar Hernandez photo 169. Cesar Hernandez 2B
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
Justin Smoak photo 171. Justin Smoak 1B,DH
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.
22 weeks ago
C.J. Cron photo 180. C.J. Cron 1B,DH
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.
22 weeks ago
Wade Miley photo 186. Wade Miley SP
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
Travis Shaw photo 189. Travis Shaw 1B,2B,3B
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.
22 weeks ago
Jose Peraza photo 201. Jose Peraza 2B,LF,SS
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.
37 weeks ago
Rich Hill photo 204. Rich Hill SP
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
Rick Porcello photo 218. Rick Porcello SP
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
Avisail Garcia photo 222. Avisail Garcia DH,RF
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
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.
22 weeks ago
Cody Allen photo 228. Cody Allen RP
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.
37 weeks ago
Greg Holland photo 230. Greg Holland RP
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
Scooter Gennett photo 234. Scooter Gennett 2B
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
Kole Calhoun photo 239. Kole Calhoun RF
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
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.
35 weeks ago
Billy Hamilton photo 244. Billy Hamilton CF
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
Brett Gardner photo 247. Brett Gardner CF,LF
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
Jarrod Dyson photo 250. Jarrod Dyson CF,RF
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
Alex Wood photo 254. Alex Wood SP
Adam Jones photo 258. Adam Jones RF
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
Kevin Gausman photo 260. Kevin Gausman SP,RP
Ryan Zimmerman photo 261. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
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.
22 weeks ago
Zack Godley photo 262. Zack Godley SP
Blake Parker photo 273. Blake Parker RP
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.
37 weeks ago
Yonder Alonso photo 282. Yonder Alonso 1B,DH
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.
37 weeks ago
Julio Teheran photo 295. Julio Teheran SP
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
Brad Boxberger photo 304. Brad Boxberger RP
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.
37 weeks ago
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 310. Asdrubal Cabrera 2B,3B,SS
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
Starlin Castro photo 314. Starlin Castro 2B
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
Alex Gordon photo 318. Alex Gordon LF
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
Jung Ho Kang photo 328. Jung Ho Kang 3B
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.
37 weeks ago
Shawn Kelley photo 335. Shawn Kelley RP
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
Martin Perez photo 339. Martin Perez SP
Sergio Romo photo 346. Sergio Romo SP,RP
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
Jhoulys Chacin photo 349. Jhoulys Chacin SP
Eric Thames photo 352. Eric Thames 1B
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.
22 weeks ago
CC Sabathia photo 353. CC Sabathia SP
Derek Holland photo 355. Derek Holland SP,RP
Michael Wacha photo 357. Michael Wacha SP
Mitch Moreland photo 369. Mitch Moreland 1B
Jimmy Nelson photo 374. Jimmy Nelson SP
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
Welington Castillo photo 379. Welington Castillo C
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.
37 weeks ago
Kendrys Morales photo 382. Kendrys Morales 1B,DH
Tanner Roark photo 393. Tanner Roark SP
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
Todd Frazier photo 399. Todd Frazier 3B
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.
22 weeks ago
Eric Sogard photo 403. Eric Sogard 2B,3B,DH,RF,SS
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
Homer Bailey photo 415. Homer Bailey SP
Robinson Chirinos photo 422. Robinson Chirinos C
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.
22 weeks ago
Jerad Eickhoff photo 423. Jerad Eickhoff SP
Wilmer Flores photo 427. Wilmer Flores 2B
Jason Vargas photo 430. Jason Vargas SP
A.J. Ramos photo 431. A.J. Ramos RP
Ivan Nova photo 440. Ivan Nova SP
Derek Law photo 441. Derek Law RP
Matt Harvey photo 448. Matt Harvey SP
Steve Cishek photo 450. Steve Cishek RP
Craig Stammen photo 460. Craig Stammen RP
Daniel Hudson photo 463. Daniel Hudson RP
Josh Phegley photo 466. Josh Phegley C
Ben Zobrist photo 468. Ben Zobrist 2B,LF,RF
Leonys Martin photo 471. Leonys Martin CF
Cameron Maybin photo 473. Cameron Maybin CF,LF,RF
Gio Gonzalez photo 477. Gio Gonzalez SP
Addison Russell photo 480. Addison Russell 2B,SS
Clay Buchholz photo 484. Clay Buchholz SP
Edinson Volquez photo 487. Edinson Volquez RP
Taijuan Walker photo 488. Taijuan Walker SP
Mark Trumbo photo 495. Mark Trumbo DH
Andrew Cashner photo 498. Andrew Cashner SP
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
Drew Smyly photo 500. Drew Smyly SP
Trevor Cahill photo 502. Trevor Cahill SP
Matt Adams photo 512. Matt Adams 1B
Eduardo Nunez photo 518. Eduardo Nunez 2B
Matt Wieters photo 528. Matt Wieters C
Chris Iannetta photo 534. Chris Iannetta C
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.
22 weeks ago
John Hicks photo 537. John Hicks 1B,C
Fernando Rodney photo 539. Fernando Rodney RP
Tyson Ross photo 547. Tyson Ross SP
Wade LeBlanc photo 549. Wade LeBlanc SP,RP
Chris Owings photo 551. Chris Owings 2B
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