Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Manny Machado photo 23. Manny Machado 3B,SS
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.
6 weeks ago
Kirby Yates photo 71. Kirby Yates RP
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.
5 weeks ago
Chris Paddack photo 103. Chris Paddack SP
If Paddack were going to pitch the entire season, he would be a strong contender for NL Rookie of the Year but the most likely scenario is that the Padres shut him down at some point since they aren't contending and he hasn't thrown many innings at any point in his injury-riddled MILB career.
5 weeks ago
Eric Hosmer photo 133. Eric Hosmer 1B
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.
6 weeks ago
Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 137. Fernando Tatis Jr. SS
It is easy to get excited about a guy who went for 14/14 homers/steals and batted .340 through his first third of a season. Let's try to remember the precautionary tales like Michael Chavis, though. What's more, is that Statcast suggests no one in baseball has been luckier that Tatis so far.
5 weeks ago
Hunter Renfroe photo 152. Hunter Renfroe LF,RF
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.
5 weeks ago
Joey Lucchesi photo 167. Joey Lucchesi SP
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.
4 weeks ago
Wil Myers photo 190. Wil Myers 3B,LF,RF
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.
6 weeks ago
Manuel Margot photo 285. Manuel Margot CF
Dinelson Lamet photo 297. Dinelson Lamet SP
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.
4 weeks ago
Eric Lauer photo 351. Eric Lauer SP
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.
4 weeks ago
Franchy Cordero photo 407. Franchy Cordero LF,CF
Matt Strahm photo 414. Matt Strahm SP,RP
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.
5 weeks ago
Francisco Mejia photo 416. Francisco Mejia C,DH
Luis Urias photo 430. Luis Urias 2B
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.
6 weeks ago
Cal Quantrill photo 446. Cal Quantrill SP
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 508. Carl Edwards Jr. RP
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.
21 weeks ago
Craig Stammen photo 516. Craig Stammen RP
Ian Kinsler photo 586. Ian Kinsler 2B
Austin Hedges photo 598. Austin Hedges C