Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Francisco Lindor photo 1. Francisco Lindor 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.
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Trevor Story photo 2. Trevor Story 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.
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Alex Bregman photo 3. Alex Bregman 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.
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Javier Baez photo 4. Javier Baez 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.
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Trea Turner photo 5. Trea Turner 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.
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Xander Bogaerts photo 6. Xander Bogaerts 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.
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Manny Machado photo 7. Manny Machado 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.
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Gleyber Torres photo 8. Gleyber Torres NYY
Although last year's sample wasn't quite large enough to draw a full conclusion, fantasy owners can be sure now that his rookie season wasn't a fluke. Torres is a safe source for batting average and homers with the lineup continuing to prop up his RBIs and runs as well.
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Carlos Correa photo 9. Carlos Correa 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.
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Ketel Marte photo 10. Ketel Marte ARI
Marte has been spectacular with an astonishing 21 first-half homers to go with a batting average well over .300. While he is clearly no fluke, the notion that he is suddenly one of the top offensive middle infielders in baseball won't stick around for long so sell him high if you can find a taker willing to pay enough.
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Jorge Polanco photo 11. Jorge Polanco 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.
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Elvis Andrus photo 12. Elvis Andrus 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.
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Adalberto Mondesi photo 13. Adalberto Mondesi 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.
2 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar photo 14. Eduardo Escobar ARI
It seemed inevitable each week that Escobar would finally return to the player he once was, but at this point, it seems clear that the breakout is for real. Now, he might not be a top-five fantasy third baseman, but top 15 seems reasonable.
5 weeks ago
Jean Segura photo 15. Jean Segura 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.
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Jonathan Villar photo 16. Jonathan Villar BAL
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.
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Corey Seager photo 17. Corey Seager 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.
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Tim Anderson photo 18. Tim Anderson 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.
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Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 19. Fernando Tatis Jr. SD
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.
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Paul DeJong photo 20. Paul DeJong 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.
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Marcus Semien photo 21. Marcus Semien 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.
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Dansby Swanson photo 22. Dansby Swanson 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.
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Amed Rosario photo 23. Amed Rosario 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.
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Didi Gregorius photo 24. Didi Gregorius NYY
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.
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Scott Kingery photo 25. Scott Kingery PHI
Kingery was white-hot for a month and has since come back down to earth like Tim Anderson. While Kingery is a quality ballplayer, his underlying metrics suggest the regression will continue coming, albeit with some power and speed to soften the blow.
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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 26. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR
Gurriel was so awful to open the season the Toronto sent him back to the minors. He responded by earning his job back then taking the league by storm. Heading into the break, he was one of the most exciting middle infielders in the game and that should continue throughout the remainder of the year.
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Andrelton Simmons photo 27. Andrelton Simmons 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.
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Willy Adames photo 28. Willy Adames 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.
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Asdrubal Cabrera photo 29. Asdrubal Cabrera WSH
Cabrera is the cut-off between a long list of useful fantasy middle infielders and players who can fill a roster spot if you are desperate for counting stats. The batting average is going to hurt and he surely won't steal bags, but the other three categories are all plusses.
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Jurickson Profar photo 30. Jurickson Profar OAK
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.
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Jose Peraza photo 31. Jose Peraza CIN
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.
20 weeks ago
Bo Bichette photo 32. Bo Bichette TOR
Marwin Gonzalez photo 33. Marwin Gonzalez MIN
Kike Hernandez photo 34. Kike Hernandez LAD
The batting average has devestated fantasy owners thus far in the first half and while it may come up, it won't be enough to warrant rostering Kike in a standard-sized league.
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Niko Goodrum photo 35. Niko Goodrum DET
The batting average hasn't been there with Niko this year, but there is reason for hope and when you add that to the fact that he is a reliable source of both power and speed, he is worthy of keeping an eye on for a potential injury fill-in in the coming weeks.
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Chris Taylor photo 36. Chris Taylor LAD
Taylor hit the IL with a fractured wrist and while he isn't quite worth holding onto, he will be one to add once he returns to action for the Dodgers. As always, Taylor should provide some power and speed to go with a solid batting average and great counting stats because of the lineup he is in.
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Gio Urshela photo 37. Gio Urshela 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.
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Kevin Newman photo 38. Kevin Newman PIT
Neman's .326 batting average entering the break sure is exciting, but underlying metrics suggest that will come plummeting down before long, and when it does, all you've got is mediocre power and speed. While you can still play him, he shouldn't be regarded as safe quite yet.
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Freddy Galvis photo 39. Freddy Galvis 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.
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Orlando Arcia photo 40. Orlando Arcia 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.
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Nick Ahmed photo 41. Nick Ahmed 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.
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Eric Sogard photo 42. Eric Sogard TB
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.
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Garrett Hampson photo 43. Garrett Hampson COL
More than likely, Hampson won't get his job back as the Rockies' primary second baseman. Even with injury, he may be third on the depth chart. With that said, if for whatever reason he does find his way into at-bats, he'll be worth monitoring as a potential pickup.
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Nicky Lopez photo 44. Nicky Lopez KC
J.P. Crawford photo 45. J.P. Crawford 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.
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Brandon Crawford photo 46. Brandon Crawford 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.
20 weeks ago
Tim Beckham photo 47. Tim Beckham SEA
Addison Russell photo 48. Addison Russell CHC
Johan Camargo photo 49. Johan Camargo ATL
Isan Diaz photo 50. Isan Diaz MIA
Hanser Alberto photo 51. Hanser Alberto BAL
Jose Iglesias photo 52. Jose Iglesias CIN
Brendan Rodgers photo 53. Brendan Rodgers COL
Rodgers hasn't done anything this season at the big league level and although he is mashing in the minors, the Rockies sent him to the IL with shoulder impingement. If he does make a return, he'll be a hot waiver commodity, but you shouldn't count on it.
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Josh VanMeter photo 54. Josh VanMeter CIN
Yairo Munoz photo 55. Yairo Munoz STL
Hernan Perez photo 56. Hernan Perez MIL
Miguel Rojas photo 57. Miguel Rojas MIA
Carter Kieboom photo 58. Carter Kieboom WSH
Zack Cozart photo 59. Zack Cozart LAA
Cozart may miss time at the start of the season with a mild calf strain, and after his 2018 performance, it is fair to forget about him, but don't be so quick to forget how excellent he was in 2017 with the Reds, knocking 24 homers with a .297 batting average in just 122 games.
20 weeks ago
Aledmys Diaz photo 60. Aledmys Diaz HOU
Jon Berti photo 61. Jon Berti MIA
Richie Martin photo 64. Richie Martin BAL
Gavin Lux photo 65. Gavin Lux LAD
Cole Tucker photo 66. Cole Tucker PIT
Ronny Rodriguez photo 67. Ronny Rodriguez DET
Nick Gordon photo 68. Nick Gordon MIN
Alen Hanson photo 70. Alen Hanson TOR
Thairo Estrada photo 71. Thairo Estrada NYY
Brock Holt photo 72. Brock Holt BOS
Austin Nola photo 73. Austin Nola SEA
Dylan Moore photo 75. Dylan Moore SEA
Ehire Adrianza photo 76. Ehire Adrianza MIN
Brad Miller photo 78. Brad Miller PHI
JT Riddle photo 79. JT Riddle MIA