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Fantasy Baseball Bombs

This list of players consists of early and middle round picks that blew a hole in your roster.  There’s a variety of reasons these players under-performed be it injuries, age, diminished skills.  In some cases it ends up being all three.   Just because these players didn’t perform in 2017 doesn’t mean to completely avoid all of them in 2018.  Each player is a case by case scenario.  *Some of these players I plan to target in 2018 because their value in drafts will be cheaper*.

C Jonathan Lucroy Rangers/Rockies
AVG  R   HR   RBI   SB
.265 45   6     40     1

1B Miguel Cabrera Tigers*
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.249  50  16   60     0

2B Logan Forsythe Dodgers
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.224  56   6     36     3

2B Jason Kipnis Indians
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.232  43  12    35     6

CI Ian Desmond Rockies
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.274  47   7     40    15

SS Addison Russell Cubs*
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.239  52  12    43     2

SS Aledmys Diaz Cardinals
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.259  31   7     20     4

MI Jonathan Villar Brewers
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.241  49  11    40    23

3B Maikel Franco Phillies
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.230  66  24    76     0

OF Jose Bautista Blue Jays
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.203  92  23    65     6

OF Mark Trumbo Orioles
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.234  79  23    65     1

OF Yoenis Cespedes Mets*
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.292  46  17    42     0

OF Stephen Piscotty Cardinals
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.235  40   9     39     3

Util Ryan Braun Brewers
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.268  58  17    52    12

Util Troy Tulowitzki
AVG   R   HR   RBI   SB
.249  16   7      26    0

SP Noah Syndergaard Mets
W-L   K    ERA    WHIP
1-2   34   2.97    1.05

SP Danny Duffy Royals
W-L    K     ERA    WHIP
9-10  130  3.81    1.26

SP David Price Red Sox*
W-L   K    ERA    WHIP
6-3   76   3.38    1.19

SP Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays*
W-L    K    ERA    WHIP
1-3    24   4.25    1.72

SP Rick Porcello Red Sox
W-L      K      ERA    WHIP
11-17  181  4.65    1.40

SP Johnny Cueto Giants*
W-L     K      ERA    WHIP
8-8    136    4.52    1.45

RP Mark Melancon Giants
W-L    SV    K    ERA    WHIP
1-2      11  29   4.50    1.43

RP Seung-Hwan Oh Cardinals
W-L    SV    K    ERA    WHIP
1-6     20   54   4.10    1.40

RP Zach Britton Orioles
W-L    SV    K    ERA    WHIP
2-1      15  29   2.89    1.53

2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Wonders

These are players that were more than likely waiver wire pickups. Each one of these players far surpassed their acquisition cost and helped win a lot of fantasy baseball games this season. I won 2 league championships with the help of quite a few of these players. There were so many breakout players this season, it’s tough to pare them all down. Feel free to comment on the ones I missed.

C Mike Zunino Mariners

.251 avg. 25 Dongs 64 RBI

 

1B Cody Bellinger Dodgers

.267 avg. 39 Dongs, 97 RBI, 10 SB

 

2B Scooter Gennett Reds

.295 avg. 27 Dongs 97 RBI

 

SS Paul De Jong Cardinals

.285 avg. 25 Dongs 65 RBI

 

3B Travis Shaw Brewers

.273 avg. 31 Dongs 101 RBI 10 SB

 

MI Didi Gregorious Yankees

.287 avg. 25 Dongs 87 RBI

 

CI Justin Smoak Blue Jays

.270 avg. 38 Dongs 90 RBI

 

OF Tommy Pham Cardinals

.306 avg. 95 R 23 Dongs 73 RBI 25 SB

 

OF Domingo Santana Brewers

.278 avg. 88 R 30 Dongs 85 RBI, 15 SB

 

OF Whit Merrifield Royals

.288 avg. 19 Dongs 78 RBI 34 SB

 

OF Eddie Rosario Twins

.290 avg. 27 Dongs 78 RBI

 

Util Marwin Gonzalez Astros

.303 avg. 23 Dongs 90 RBI eligibility at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF.

 

Util Chris Taylor Dodgers

.288 avg. 21 Dongs 72 RBI 17 SB eligibility at 3B, SS, 2B, OF

 

SP Luis Severino Yankees

14-6 230 K 2.98 ERA 1.04 WHIP

 

SP Alex Wood Dodgers

16-3 151 K 2.72 ERA 1.06 WHIP

 

SP Ervin Santana Twins

16-8 167 K 3.28 ERA 1.13 WHIP

 

SP Trevor Bauer Indians

17-9 196 K 4.19 ERA 1.37 WHIP

 

SP Jimmy Nelson Brewers

12-6 199 K 3.49 ERA 1.25 WHIP

 

RP Corey Knebel Brewers

1-4 39 SV 11 HD 126 K 1.78 ERA 1.16 WHIP

 

RP Brad Hand Padres

3-4 21 SV 16 HD 104 K 2.16 ERA 0.93 WHIP

 

RP Felipe Rivero Pirates

5-3 21 SV 14 HD 88 K 1.67 ERA 0.89 WHIP

 

P Charlie Morton Astros

14-7 163 K 3.62 ERA 1.19 WHIP

Championship Week Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock

It’s about time Pollack got hot, better late than never. Pollack has a .391/.417/.739 slash rate in the last 7 days. Pollock has 3 games on the road vs. the Padres and 3 at home with the Marlins. A .455 average in San Diego and .291 at home this season along with recent hot streak means Pollock should be in your lineups this week. Pollock is available in roughly 9 percent of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

A’s 1B/OF Matt Olson

Dongs in 3 consecutive contests. Olson is available in 40 percent of fantasy baseball leagues. Quietly has hit 20 bombs in 188 plate appearances. This week its 3 road games with the Tigers and 3 at home against the Rangers. Olson is hitting .429 vs. the Rangers this season and Detroit is in full on tank mode at this point.  Don’t fear a power outage at home has Olson has hit 11 dongers in Oakland.

 

Diamondbacks SP Zach Godley

A Tuesday road matchup with the Padres this week. The Padres have scored the fewest runs in all of baseball by a wide margin.  Godley has gone 6 or more frames in 4 consecutive starts.  Godley is available 25% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust Round 1

Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar

.360/.360/.600 slash rate the last 7 days.  3 on the road vs. the Red Sox and 3 at home with the Tigers.  Batting .280 vs. the Red Sox this year and .286 in Boston.  While the Tigers are in free fall mode.  .370 OBP this season vs. Left-handed pitchers and gets to face lefties on Tuesday and Saturday.  Available in over 75% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Braves SS Dansby Swanson

7 home games this week 3 with the Rangers and 4 against the Marlins. Swanson was sent down earlier this summer to regroup and has done just that. A .329/.429/.447 slash rate for the last 28 days. Swanson is available in nearly 87% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Red Sox SP Doug Fister

Takes on the Blue Jays at home on Wednesday. In his last 3 starts has gone 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 0.652 WHIP.  One of the feel good stories of the season as Fister opted out of a minor league deal with the Angels and was placed on waivers. The Red Sox picked him up and have reaped the benefits. The Angels are still looking for solid starters. Available in over 84% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Cubs 2B/SS/3B Javier Baez

.306/.344/.588 slash rate in the month of August.  Spends all week in the friendly confines with 3 against the Pirates and 4 vs. the Braves.  Batting .212 vs. the Pirates this season and .583 vs. the Braves.  Available in 25% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Twins SS Jorge Polanco

6 home games this matchup. 3 vs. the Royals and 3 with the White Sox.  Polanco has 4 HR and 12 RBI in the last 7 days.  Available in 84% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Cardinals SP Luke Weaver

2 road starts this week vs. the Brewers on Tuesday and on Sunday against the Giants. Weaver. The Brewers have hit .237 as a team since the All-Star break. While the Giants .310 OBP this season provides a good matchup for Weaver.  Available in 77% percent of fantasy baseball leagues.

Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Twins OF Byron Buxton

2 Home Runs 5 RBI and 2 Steals in the last 7 days. Buxton is available in 69% of fantasy baseball leagues. Buxton has 8 road games this week 5 vs. the White Sox and 3 with the Blue Jays.  The White Sox have allowed the most steals in all of baseball with 95, while the Blue Jays have allowed the 4th most with 82. Buxton should be off to the races with 8 games this scoring period.

 

Phillies 1B/OF Rhys Hoskins

4 Dongs and 8 RBI since getting called up Aug 10th. Hoskins is an elite power threat that should get plenty of AB for the Phillies as the season winds down.  Hoskins has 7 home games this week 4 with the Marlins and 3 against the Cubs. The Marlins and Cubs both have team ERA’s over 4.40 vs. right-handed hitters. Hoskins is available in over 80% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Rangers SP Martin Perez

Streaming option this week on Thursday vs. the Angels. Owns a career 2-4 record and 3.53 ERA vs. the Halos. The Angels have won 8 out of their last 10 games. The Angels have struggled vs. Lefties this season to the tune of a .233 clip.  Perez is available in 92% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Week 18 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

A’s 3B Matt Chapman

Hitting .400 this month with 6 walks and 6 RBI.  Chapman is available in 92% of fantasy baseball leagues. Faces the Mariners and Orioles who allow a .280 avg. vs. right-handed hitters. I picked him up in a keeper league with a wait and see approach.

 

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong

.296/.383/.426 slash rate this season. Has hit at a .385 clip to start the month of August. Takes on the Royals and Braves in this week’s matchup. Braves have a 4.28 ERA vs. left-handed hitters this season.

 

Rays RP Tommy Hunter

Six straight scoreless appearances. Has a Win and 3 Holds in his last 4 appearances. Hunter has worked his way into more high leverage situations. Available in 95% of fantasy baseball leagues. I picked up Hunter in a daily categories league that scores Holds.

 

Week 17 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Astros 3B/SS Alex Bregman

.325 avg 10 runs scored in last 15 days. Bregman has picked up SS eligibility in some leagues adding versatility.  7 home games this week with 4 vs. the Rays and 3 against the Blue Jays.  Toronto pitchers have a 5.10 ERA and allowed 93 ding-dongs vs. right-handed hitters this season. This young hitter is available in roughly 35% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Cardinals 2B/SS/3B Paul DeJong

.333/.385/.583 slash rate the last 7 days. Plays in a 3-game set on the road against Milwaukee and a 4-game matchup in Cincinnati.  Multiple position eligibility and solid OBP should help fantasy owners down the stretch.  DeJong is available in roughly 40% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal

14.36 K/9 this season. Rosenthal in the last 30 days has 17 K and seems to have taken back the closers role from Seung Hwan Oh. Rosenthal is available in over 75% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Week 16 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

White Sox 2B/3B Yoan Moncada

4 games with the Cubs and 3 with the Tribe this week. The .111 batting average doesn’t bother me too much since Moncada has only struck out once.  Moncada is available in over 50% of fantasy baseball leagues. Moncada offers a dynamic power/speed combo with soon to be multiple position eligibility. Be ahead of the curve get Moncada in your lineups.

 

Phillies OF Nick Williams

Home matchups with the Astros and Braves this week. Williams is a high-end prospect the Phillies acquired as part of the Cole Hamels trade. Has a .963 OPS so far this season. 17K to 4 BB is a concern, but Williams should still be able to play with Kendrick and Altherr returning soon. Williams is available in 86% percent of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Nationals RP Sean Doolittle

Has recorded 2 Saves in 3 appearances so far for the Nats. Dootlitte seems to be the early choice for Saves in DC. This hard throwing southpaw is available in nearly 75% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Week 15 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Pirates OF Starling Marte

Returns July 18th from 80-game PED suspension. Marte’s power speed combo should help owners down the stretch run. I was able to snag Marte in 2 of my 5 leagues.  Available in nearly 30% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Cubs C/OF Kyle Schwarber

This week Schwarber will blast off. High Team ERA’s vs. Lefties for the Orioles 4.95, Braves 4.48, and Cardinals 4.64) The Cardinals have allowed the 3rd most home runs to left-handed batters with 57. I was able to pick Schwarber up in 1 of my 5 fantasy leagues and quickly rejected a trade offer.  This C/OF is available in 16% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Cubs SP Jose Quintana

Moving to a better club in the same city should help Quintana make the adjustment to getting traded. Quintana is available in 14% of leagues and should be a high claim in NL Only leagues.