With the All-Star break upon us, now is an efficient time to see who has been a fantasy star within the first half of the season and who has been a disappointment.
Homeowners of Marcus Semien, Jose Altuve, Whit Merrifield and Eduardo Escobar need to be ecstatic with the general efficiency of these 4 gamers. Semien has been the top-ranked second baseman for many of the season, whereas Altuve and Merrifield have been in my Tier 1 rankings for greater than a month. In the meantime, Ozzie Albies has rewarded these homeowners who didn’t freak out by his gradual begin and needed to dump him. If you’re a type of homeowners who did dump him, you should be laughed at.
Albies is now again within the Tier 1 group and taking part in like the highest second baseman he was anticipated to be this season. Escobar has been a shock this yr, at the least for me, as I didn’t have him ranked at first of the yr. However once you slug 20 homers and drive in 60 runs within the first half, you should be ranked as a Tier 1 second baseman.
For homeowners of DJ LeMahieu, maybe your endurance with him is lastly beginning to repay. Like Albies, LeMahieu had a horrible begin to the season and dropped out of the rankings fully. LeMahieu has not had the identical speedy turnaround to his season as Albies has, however he’s now ranked among the many High 25 because of a powerful 30-day stretch. In the meantime, gamers like Dylan Moore and Cavan Biggio have dropped out of the rankings in some unspecified time in the future this season and have but to return, although Biggio has at the least proven indicators of life since his early droop and stint on the IL.
So, with baseball taking a relaxation, let’s see who’s ranked the place on this week’s rankings.
Marcus Semien continues to supply for the Blue Jays and preserve his maintain as the highest second baseman in fantasy baseball. The fitting-hander entered the weekend slashing .279-.345-.526 with 66 runs scored, 21 homers, 54 RBI, and 10 steals. The runs scored and residential runs rank first amongst second basemen whereas the RBI and slugging proportion ranked third and the steals ranks fifth.
Shifting again into the Tier 1 group is Ozzie Albies, who began the season ranked first, plummeted out of the rankings, and has now climbed again into the highest group. Albies is producing like everybody anticipated him to do, elevating his slash line to .265-.328-.509 for the season with 52 runs scored, 15 dwelling runs, 60 RBI, and 13 steals. Within the case of Albies, he was hitting into some horrible luck the primary two months of the season. His BABIP in March/April was .217 and in Could it was .244. Since June, nevertheless, the balls Albies hit onerous for outs are actually discovering holes as he hit .321 with a .607 slugging proportion in June with a BABIP of .366.
Jose Altuve has cooled off on the plate the final two weeks, however he stays within the prime group. He ranks within the prime 5 amongst second basemen in runs, dwelling runs, RBI, and slugging. In the meantime, whereas Eduardo Escobar performs for a horrible Diamondbacks crew, however he isn’t the rationale why the crew is the worst in baseball. Escobar ranks second amongst second basemen with 20 dwelling runs and his 60 RBI tie him with Albies for essentially the most at this place. During the last 30 days, he’s been excellent as he’s slashing .306-.344-.588 with six dwelling runs and 19 RBI. A number of that harm has come within the final two weeks as Escobar is slugging .636 with 4 dingers and 14 RBI. Someway he’s owned in solely 82 % of Yahoo leagues. That’s ridiculous.
I battled forwards and backwards with whether or not to place Max Muncy into the Tier 1 group and drop Whit Merrifield right down to sixth within the rankings. So I cheated and have six gamers in Tier 1 this week with Muncy and Merrifield tied. Exterior of stolen bases, Muncy is having a greater season than Merrifield. For the yr Muncy’s OBP is .412 and he’s slugging .540 (and slugging .600 over the past month) with 51 runs scored, 18 dwelling runs, and 47 RBI. Merrifield’s 24 steals leads all second basemen by a large margin and he ranks within the prime 10 in runs scored and RBI – which is tough to do with taking part in for a Royals crew that ranks twenty sixth within the majors in runs scored. However with out the steals, that are more durable and more durable to return by in fantasy baseball, Merrifield can be a Tier 2 participant.
Chris Taylor drops right down to Tier 2 due to Albies and Escobar transferring up and because of a considerably chilly month of June through which he slashed .227-.330-.375. All three of these numbers are his lowest for a month this season. By way of his first 35 at-bats this month, Taylor has turned issues round by slashing .343-.378-.457. McMahon is having a pleasant season with 50 runs scored, 16 homers, and 47 RBI whereas slugging .474. However over the past month, he has solely three dwelling runs and 14 RBI whereas hitting .259 and seeing his slugging proportion drop to .444. During the last two weeks, he has no homers and is slugging .326.
Jake Cronenworth continues to show that final season was not a fluke. I used to be not bought on Cronenworth earlier this season because of the reality he was a 26-year-old rookie final yr. However Cronenworth has been a significant cog on the Padres offense this yr, scoring 62 runs and hitting 12 homers whereas slashing .277-.352-.458. During the last month, he has been excellent, slashing .280-.368-602 with seven of his 12 homers and 16 RBI, practically half of his season complete of 34.
Jonathan Schoop’s resurgence continues for the Tigers, who’ve been an above .500 crew since going 8-19 document in April. Schoop has 16 homers and 50 RBI getting into the weekend and is slugging .467. During the last month, he’s slashing .313-347-.544 with seven homers and 22 RBI. Owned in solely 81 % of Yahoo leagues and 89.5 % of ESPN leagues, there’s a likelihood he’s nonetheless out there on the waiver wire. In the event you can, add him.
Brandon Lowe nonetheless isn’t hitting for common or getting on base at an awesome clip, slashing .203-.312-.434. However he has 18 homers and 44 RBI to go together with 44 runs scored. The homers tie him with Muncy for fourth amongst second baseman and his RBI rank tenth. And over the past month, he has grow to be an enormous menace on the plate, slugging .644 with eight homers and 19 RBI. He’s even hitting .247 with a .353 OBP. The time to purchase low on Lowe has handed, however he’s nonetheless out there in 12 % of Yahoo leagues and 10.5 % of ESPN leagues. If he’s out there as a free agent, snatch him up.
Luis Urias has put collectively a pleasant season for the Brewers, hitting 12 homers and driving in 42 getting into the weekend whereas scoring 41 runs. During the last month, he’s slugging .446 with 5 dwelling runs, 17 RBI and 21 runs scored. The truth is, most of that manufacturing has come within the final two weeks as he’s slugging .500 with 4 dingers and 10 RBI. He’s owned in solely 33 % of Yahoo leagues and 37 % of ESPN leagues. In the event you want center infield depth, Urias is an efficient participant it is best to be capable to choose up off the waiver wire.
DJ LeMahieu lastly makes his look again within the prime 25. For the yr, his numbers don’t stack as much as the expectations individuals had of him, slashing .272-.347-.370 with solely seven homers and 36 RBI. However over the previous 30 days, he slashing .317-.388-481 with 4 round-trippers and 21 RBI.
In the meantime, I want to offer some like to Adam Frazier. The Pirates’ second basemen will get missed in a sport that values the house run and slugging proportion. That’s not Frazier’s sport. All he does is hit, get on base, and arrange the hitters behind him to gather an RBI. For the yr Frazier is slashing .328-.397-.464. Amongst gamers with greater than 200 at-bats, his batting common ranks first and his on-base proportion ranks second solely to Muncy.
Two years in the past I traded Jazz Chisholm, and the commerce helped me win my league that season. But when I do know then that Chisholm would have the ability he has proven over the primary half to go along with his pace, I could not have made that commerce. The Marlins’ second baseman enters the weekend with 10 homers and 10 steals to go together with 32 RBI. Dropping him within the standings proper now’s the actual fact he has a .315 OBP for the season and a slash line of .220-.284-.370 and one stolen base within the final month.
Kike Hernandez has been out and in of the Tier 5 group this season and isn’t again in because of a unbelievable two weeks through which he’s slashing .313-.433-.688 with 9 runs scored, 5 dwelling runs and 11 RBI, elevating his season dwelling run and RBI totals to 11 and 30. He’s owned in solely 36 % of Yahoo leagues and 39.5 % of ESPN leagues. Capable of play each center infield spots and all three outfield spots in Yahoo leagues, now’s the time to snag Hernandez.
Like Frazier, David Fletcher is caught taking part in the sport through the flawed period. Fletcher has just one dwelling run this yr for the Angeles, however he has scored 50 runs because of a .302 batting common whereas getting on base at a .330 clip. During the last month, he’s slashing .392-.416-.515, main all second baseman in common and rating fourth in on-base proportion amongst second basemen with greater than 75 at-bats.
After a poor begin that despatched him to Triple-A, Keston Hiura is again with Milwaukee and looking out stable on the plate. During the last month, Hiura is slashing .265-.373-.531 with three homers and 13 RBI, and over the past two weeks that slash line is .279-.392-.512 with two dwelling runs and 11 RBI. Hiura was misplaced on the plate on the finish of April, when he was hitting .167 and had 29 strikeouts in 72 at-bats. He was even worse in Could, slashing .038-.107-.038 with 13 strikeouts in 26 at-bats earlier than being demoted to the minors. Since his return, he has struck out at a horrid 42.4 % of the time (mainly matching the 42.9% whiff charge earlier than the demotion), so he nonetheless must make extra contact. However he’s owned by solely 50 % of Yahoo and ESPN groups, so he’s price taking a danger on.
If Ketel Marte may keep wholesome this yr, he’d be a top-10 second baseman. However that has not been the case as Marte has performed in solely 37 video games is at present on the IL as soon as once more. Jean Segura may simply nonetheless be within the prime 25. I’ve dropped him as a result of I’m taking of venture on Hiura. Segura continues to be taking part in properly, slashing .328-.366-.448 with 10 RBI over the past month, and when you imagine in him greater than Hiura, that is smart. However I’m going with Hiura’s energy upside proper now over Segura’s higher slash numbers.
Nick Solak is now not ranked because of poor efficiency on the plate, slashing .208-.265-.247 with one dwelling run and 7 RBI the final 30 days, and Garrett Hampson hasn’t been too significantly better over the identical span of time, slashing .254-.286-.388 with just one dwelling run and 5 RBI. Freddy Galvis will get the combo purpose for dropping out – he’s damage and he has not performed properly currently, driving in solely three runs over the previous month whereas slashing .228-.254-.246. Gavin Lux is wholesome, however after a pleasant stretch, he has stumbled over the past month with a slash line of .229-.366-.313 and just one homer with 9 RBI.