I hope everyone enjoyed Father’s Day. It is one of the few Sundays I do not feel guilty about sneaking a peak at the final scores trickle in for my weekly matchups. With that said, maybe we should start a petition to move Father’s Day to week 15 of the NFL season. Yes, fantasy football is right around the corner, but do not check out on your fantasy baseball team yet, we are only at the halfway point and there is still plenty of time to make a move.
On to this week’s fantasy baseball thoughts.
- Lonnie Chisenhall started the week off with a bang and then slowly reminded fantasy owners why he was available in so many leagues on the night he hit three HRs and nine RBI. Chisehall ended the week with three HRs and nine RBI.
- Eugenio Suarez was one of the most added players in Yahoo leagues this week. The kid has three HRs in 29 plate apperances and has the potential to steal bases based on his monr league numbers. The power will taper off, but if you need a SS….
- Brian Dozier, still a fantasy MVP
- As is Victor Martinez
- Andrew McCutchen, he is still the MVP, in real life and fantasy. Yeah, he was worth a top four pick this year.
- Speaking of MVP’s Mike Trout’s back looks just fine.
- Brock Holt is making some news in fantasy talk, but with limited power and an overachieving BABIP of .410, I am going to ignore him.
- Gregory Polanco has an inflated BABIP too, but I am not ignoring him.
- Billy Hamilton had just as many HRs as he did SBs. Oh Billy, Billy, Billy, know your role, steal more bases please.
- Evan Gattis knows his role and knows it well, he now has 15 bombs on the year to go with a handsome .297 AVG.
- Matt Adams found his power stroke, and is still available in a lot of leagues.
- Mike Moustakas had a good week, do not fall for it again, leave him alone.
- Neil Ramirez looks like the new closer for the Cubs, and his numbers look appealing. Small sample size alert, but a 14.63 K/9 with a 1.83 xFIP stands out on the waivers.
- Sergio Romo might be replaced as the Giants closer if he continues to pitch like he did this past week. You were warned…
- Vance Worley replaced Francisco Liriano in the Pirates rotation as Liriano is officially on the DL. Worley might be worth an add in deep leagues and NL only formats, and worth a scout team for more standard leagues. He has flashed brilliance in the past, and is now working with one of the most respected pitching coaches in the game.
- Garrett Richards might still be available in your league, please do not allow that to continue.
- Bud Norris was a big deal on the trade market when the Orioles pick him up at last year’s deadline. He pitched like a big deal this week, but should only be considered in AL or the deepest of formats. His xFIP indicates he will come back to earth.
- Speaking of trade deadlines, now is a good time to start thinking about how this year’s deadline can affect your team. Jeff Samardzija is looking like one of the bigger names that could affect your team. Stay tuned for tips from the Crackerjacks on this year’s trade bait on how to work real life trades into your fantasy strategery.
- Jon Niese gave you another reason to buy in to him this week.
- Drew Pomeranz gave you another reminder that he is not playing at Coors anymore. I think there is some regression likely with Pomeranz as his 1.90 ERA does not align to well with his xFIP of 3.88. But a 3.88 xFIP can still play in some formats. If you own him in a format where pitching is scarce, now might be a good time to sell high.
- Ditto d’at for Danny Duffy.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka…hmmm, I smell a trap, or maybe I smell the end result of an upset stomach that forced him out of his start yesterday.
- On the other hand, Brandon Workman might be worth a sniff if you are short on arms, I think he smells better than Matsuzaka at least.