Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

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Eric Hosmer went 1-1 Sunday with a solo homer off Robbie Ray. He was taken out later in the game to a standing ovation, as the Royals fan base recognized Hosmer's efforts as a Royal throughout the years.

Fantasy Impact: Hosmer had a career year, and his tenure as a Royal is likely over. Hosmer finishes the year with a .318 average, 25 homers, 98 runs, and 94 RBIs. Look for him to get a lot of money this offseason.

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Jason Vargas only made it through four innings Sunday, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks. He struck out four in the outing, and his record dropped to 18-11 as the Royals lost 14-2.

Fantasy Impact: This start represented how the majority of Vargas's starts went in the second half. He finishes the year with a 4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 134 Ks in 179 2/3. Vargas is likely to be drafted at the end of 2018 drafts, or not drafted at all.

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Salvador Perez (groin) is not in the Royals' lineup Friday. (Source: Jeffery Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Perez suffered the injury on Thursday, and his status for the final weekend series with the Diamondbacks is in question. Drew Butera is filling in behind the plate and batting ninth in his place.


Danny Duffy only lasted 4 1/3 innings Thursday, surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks. He only struck out three in the outing, and his record dropped to 9-10 as the Tigers won 4-1.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy had an injury-packed season, as he only pitched 146 1/3 innings. However, he was typically quite effective in those innings, posting a 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 130 Ks. Duffy is likely to be drafted in the upper half of drafts in 2018. He can be an elite pitcher if he shakes the injury bug.

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Melky Cabrera went 2-for-4 on Wednesday night in a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. He singled, doubled, and drove in two RBIs. Cabrera was relieved in the eighth inning by pinch-runner, Raul Mondesi Jr.

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera was his usual self at the plate on Wednesday recording his third multi-hit game of the week. He also drove in two RBIs to give him a total of 85 on the year. Fantasy owners trying to win their average category should consider Cabrera in the final few games.

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Mike Minor nabbed his fourth save on Wednesday against the Tigers, getting the last two outs after Brandon Maurer melted down in the ninth. The Royals won 7-4.

Fantasy Impact: Minor has been great for the Royals all season, and fantasy owners are wishing manager Ned Yost recognized that Minor was the club's best reliever sooner. There is high speculation around what the Royals plan to do for their bullpen in 2018, which Minor figures to right in the middle of. Minor has a 2.62 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 85 Ks in 75 2/3 innings.

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Jason Hammel threw six innings Wednesday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out six. The Royals won in a battle of the bullpens in the late innings.

Fantasy Impact: Hammel had a much better second half than first half, which is unlike him based on his historical patterns. He finishes the season with an 8-13 record, 5.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 145 Ks in 180 1/3 innings. You're probably not drafting Hammel in 2018.

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Lorenzo Cain went 1-for-3 on Sunday in a blow out loss to the Chicago White Sox. His lone hit of the game was a solo home run. Cain was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning by Paulo Orlando.

Fantasy Impact: Cain and the Royals couldn't do much on Sunday, but Cain was able to deliver fantasy owners with a solo home run before being replaced in the eighth. The former all-star is up to 15 home runs on the year while hitting a great .300 at the plate with 25 stolen bases. Cain has proven to be one of the better five tool fantasy players in all of fantasy.

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Mike Moustakas finally broke Steve Balboni's record for Royals homers in a season, as he clubbed number 37 Wednesday night against the Jays. He finished 3-4 with that homer and a double in a blowout of the Jays.

Fantasy Impact: While it is great that Moustakas got the record, he has been atrocious over the past month due to a bad knee. He only has two homers and is batting .225 over the past month. Look for him to get rest days down the stretch as the Royals are effectively out of the playoff race.

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Whit Merrifield had an amazing all-around game Wednesday against the Blue Jays, going 3-5 with a solo homer and two RBIs. He also swiped two bags, and the Royals rocked the Jays 15-5.

Fantasy Impact: This is the type of game that Merrifield owners love to see. He is very close to joining the 20/30 club, with 18 homers and 32 steals. His .290 average (.354 over the past two weeks), 75 runs, and 73 RBIs make him a great fantasy asset.

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Jake Junis pitched 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball Wednesday against the Jays. He scattered three hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts. His record improved to 8-2, as the Royals blew the Jays out 15-5.

Fantasy Impact: Junis has been great over the past month, sporting a 2.62 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. He will likely start Monday at Yankee stadium, a true test for the rookie.

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Brandon Moss went 1-3 with a two-run single. These are the only runs that the Royals could muster against the Indians as they lost 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: Moss has been hot over the past two weeks, hitting .282 with four homers and 13 RBIs. If you are desperate to chase the hot bat during the stretch run, Moss is under strong consideration. Moss now has 22 homers, but only 49 RBIs.

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Brandon Maurer was called on to preserve a tie game against the Indians Thursday in extra innings, but failed to do so. Jay Bruce doubled in Jose Ramirez for the winning run, and Maurer took the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Maurer, while owned in close to half of Yahoo leagues, is probably not going to be the closer going forward. Scott Alexander has stepped up and has done a good job for the most part in high-leverage situations. Besides, Maurer's 6.55 ERA and 1.54 WHIP leave much to be desired.

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Kelvin Herrera was summoned to close Thursday's game due to Scott Alexander having pitched three days in a row, and he coughed up a 2-1 lead against the magnificent Indians. Francisco Lindor doubled to left, driving in the tying run. The Indians would later win in the 10th.

Fantasy Impact: His ERA has increased to 4.56 to along with a ballooning WHIP of 1.43.Herrera has been horrible for the past month, and should be dropped in all formats.

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Scott Alexander came on in the ninth against the White Sox Wednesday to maintain a tie game, but he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. The Royals could not recover in the bottom of the inning and lost 5-3.

Fantasy Impact: Blame this one on manager Ned Yost. Alexander had worked three innings over the past two days, but Yost threw him out there anyway. Given that starter Eric Skoglund has been awful, the Royals had to use a lot of their bullpen. However, there was a better way for Yost to manage the game. Alexander now has a 2.26 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 53 Ks in 63 2/3 innings.

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Trevor Cahill came on to relieve Ian Kennedy on Friday, but didn't fare much better. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. The Royals lost 8-5.

Fantasy Impact: Cahill is not rosterable at the moment. He is very rusty coming back from the DL, and cannot find a spot in the Royals lackluster rotation. 2017 looks like a lost season for him.

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Ian Kennedy only made it through three innings Friday, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out two in the outing, and his record dropped to 4-11. He ended up leaving the game with shoulder tightness, which is not surprising given his second half landslide.

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy is not rosterable in any format at this stage. His 5.45 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 115 strikeouts in 138 2/3 innings will tell fantasy owners that. Stay away.

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Alcides Escobar went 4-5 Wednesday, including a double and a triple. The Royals demolished the Tigers 13-2.

Fantasy Impact: While this was an amazing game for Escobar, he still is not fantasy relevant. He is hitting .243 with 61 runs scored and 43 RBIs.

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Neftali Feliz was released by the Royals on September 1.

Fantasy Impact: Feliz never got it going with the Royals, posting a 4.74 ERA in his time there, and a 5.48 ERA over the course of the season. He may get picked up in a non-setup role, making him worth next to nothing in fantasy leagues.

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Drew Butera went 1-for-4 on Tuesday night vs the Athletics. His lone hit of the game was a two-run home run.

Fantasy Impact: Butera has filled in for the injured Salvador Perez, and although he's no where close to the player Perez is, he's produced admirably. He has hits in five out of his last six games to give himself a respectable .269 average. Obviously, he's not a fantasy option, but if you need a cheap DFS catcher he's not a bad choice.

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