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Week 7 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Mets 2B Neil Walker

Over his last 6 games has caught fire with a .462 avg. 6 Runs, 2 Dongs, and 10 RBI.  Has a terrific career track record hitting in Arizona to the tune of a .350 clip. Limited career data hitting in Anaheim. Walker is available in over 60% of leagues.  I picked him up in daily cats league.

Giants OF Denard Span

Career numbers vs. this week’s opponents Dodgers and Cardinals aren’t great, but worth riding current hot streak. 9/21 since returning from the DL with 4 Runs, 2 Dongs and 3 RBI. Owned in just 4.9% of leagues. I picked him up in a weekly league. Needed help in my Outfield.

Brewers RP Corey Knebel

30 K, 0.95 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 11 Holds. Available in 60 % of leagues on average. Knebel should be able to hold off Neftali Feliz and Jacob Barnes for the closer’s job. On a rebuilding club, there’s no reason to go back to the failing veteran in Feliz. The Brewers have been playing good ball and should look to keep momentum going with Knebel at the helm. I believe Knebel is a top 15 closer the rest of the season. Own him in 3 of 5 leagues. Still available in one league and I forgot to make that weekly Sunday 7pm waiver claim. Was spending time with my Mom on Mother’s Day.

Week 6 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Braves OF Ender Inciarte

.400/.478/.700 slash rate last 7 days. Inciarte is a sneaky source of steals with 7 already this season. Limited data vs. Astros, but a .323/.380/.446 career slash rate at Marlins Park. Available in nearly 25% of fantasy leagues.

Athletics 1B Yonder Alonso

4 Dongs 8 RBI in last 7 days. Owned in only 15% of fantasy leagues despite a .392 OBP this season. Alonso has success vs. the Angels .360 OBP and Rangers .421 OBP.

Pirates SP Ivan Nova

2-start pitcher this week on the road vs. the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Nova is available in 15% of fantasy leagues despite a 27:1 K:BB ratio. Pitchers with 0.88 WHIP should be in your lineups.

Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Phillies 2B Cesar Hernandez

.326/.374/.522 slash rate this season. Last 7 days .357 OBP.  Owns a .294 career avg. against the Cubs and a .304 vs. the Nationals. Owned in 25% of leagues. I picked him up due to Logan Forsythe going on the DL.

Astros 1B/3B Yulieski Gurriel

439/.465/.707 slash rate in last 14 days. Faces 5 Right-Handed Pitchers this week. Gurriel has a 1.115 OPS vs. righties this season. Gurriel is available in roughly 65% of fantasy baseball leagues. I picked him up late last week after Adam Eaton was declared out.

Rays SP Jake Odorizzi

2 start pitcher off the DL this week. Takes on the Marlins in Miami on Monday followed by a Saturday home matchup with the Blue Jays. Odorizzi is 2-1 in 4 career starts against the Fighting Fish. More of a track record is available against Toronto, 4-2 record with a 3.24 ERA in 12 starts. Odorizzi is available in nearly 40% of leagues. I own him 3 of 5 leagues.

Week 4 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Cubs OF Jason Heyward

1.035 OPS in last 7 days. His average for the year is up to .297.  Owners that got burned last year should take notice. This season Heyward is hitting .324 away from the Friendly Confines. Career numbers in Pittsburgh and in Boston (on a smaller scale) support having Heyward in your lineups this week. Heyward is available in over 65% for leagues.

White Sox OF Avisail Garcia

Matchups are home vs. the Royals this week and a road series with the Tigers. I really like the matchups this week as the Sox Face 3 LHP this week, along with SP Jordan Zimmerman, who appears to have completely lost it this season.  Garcia has a 1.455 OPS vs. Left-Handed Starters so far this season. The .136 avg in the last 7 days shouldn’t deter owners from using Garcia this week. Available in over 30% of leagues.

Yankees SP/RP Luis Severino

2 starts this week vs. the Red Sox on Tuesday in Boston and Sunday home matchup with the Orioles. 27 K 2 BB so far this season in 3 starts. The 0.800 WHIP is unsustainable, but Severino may have turned the corner this season. Its worth finding out if he has.  Severino is available in roughly 45% of leagues.

Draft Recap 12-team Daily Categories

 

1. (9) Manny Machado (Bal – 3B,SS)
2. (16) Francisco Lindor (Cle – SS)
3. (33) Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B)
4. (40) Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B)
5. (57) Christian Yelich (Mia – OF)
6. (64) Wil Myers (SD – 1B,OF)
7. (81) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
8. (88) Cole Hamels (Tex – SP)
9. (105) Willson Contreras (ChC – C,OF)
10. (112) Danny Duffy (KC – SP,RP)
11. (129) Addison Russell (ChC – SS)
12. (136) Jake Odorizzi (TB – SP)
13. (153) Francisco Rodríguez (Det – RP)
14. (160) David Robertson (CWS – RP)
15. (177) Sean Manaea (Oak – SP)
16. (184) José Peraza (Cin – 2B,SS,OF)
17. (201) Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD – SP)
18. (208) Matt Moore (SF – SP)
19. (225) Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
20. (232) Héctor Rondón (ChC – RP)
21. (249) Brandon Drury (Ari – 2B,3B,OF)

Draft Recap 12-team Keeper League

FALL GUY STUNTMAN ASOC.
1 Miguel Cabrera, Det 1B  K $39
13 Robinson Cano, Sea 2B  K $35
25 Adam Jones, Bal OF  K $24
37 Roberto Osuna, Tor RP  K $2
49 Michael Fulmer, Det SP  K $2
108 Yoenis Cespedes, NYM OF $13
115 Addison Russell, ChC SS $14
146 Ryon Healy, Oak 3B $2
148 Zack Greinke, Ari SP $9
153 Mike Napoli, Tex 1B $6
173 Jake Odorizzi, TB SP $5
175 Tanner Roark, Wsh SP $8
213 Aledmys Diaz, StL SS $5
223 Evan Gattis, Hou C $5
237 Jose Peraza, Cin SS $6
241 Brandon Drury, Ari 3B $3
242 Hunter Pence, SF OF $2
252 Jason Heyward, ChC OF $1
262 Vince Velasquez, Phi SP $3
263 Koda Glover, Wsh RP $1
270 Greg Holland, Col RP $8
273 Dylan Bundy, Bal SP $1
281 Daniel Hudson, Pit RP $1
289 Jharel Cotton, Oak SP $1
297 Pablo Sandoval, Bos 3B $1
302 Tyler Glasnow, Pit SP $1
307 Fernando Rodney, Ari RP $1

American League Fliers

Orioles Kevin Gausman  Breakout in 2nd half is worth reaching for a bit in upcoming drafts.

Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval  Resumed switch hitting, and looks to be in better shape coming into 2017. Kung fu panda will never be confused with Billy Blanks in terms of physical fitness. Young enough that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he bounces back.

White Sox OF Avisail Garcia  Having a good spring so far, should pencil in as White Sox everyday RF. Post hype sleeper could be a late round lottery ticket.

Indians SP Carlos Carrasco This past season, he posted a 3.32 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 150/34 K/BB ratio across 146 1/3 innings (25 starts). If he can stay healthy, he offers fantasy upside galore.

Tigers OF Justin Upton  Tied a career high 31 ding dongs despite down year. 5 straight seasons of declining OBP’s with last years bottoming out at .310 OBP. Upton should slide in drafts but not too far. He’s still young enough to adjust.

Astros 3B/1B Yulieski Gurriel  Cuban hitter got his feet wet last season with Astros. Move to 1B full time gives him dual position eligibility. Solid all around hitter.

Royals OF Jorge Soler  25 yr old was never able to put it together in Chicago. A change of scenery and regular playing time could be just what the doctor ordered. Kaufman stadium may run on Soler Power at times this season.

Angels 2B Danny Espinosa  20 plus bombs with 2B/SS eligibility makes Espinosa worth a late pick for those looking for power.

Twins 1B Joe Mauer  Production at this stage doesn’t match the contract as Mauer is one of the most overpaid players in all of baseball. However that shouldn’t matter to fantasy owners. A .363 OBP can be used by all fantasy owners.

Yankees DH Matt Holliday  With OF/1B eligibility Batman will hold more value due to his multiple position eligibility. The plan is for Holliday to serve as the Yankees DH. The time off the field may help Holliday to stay fresh for a full season.

Athletics SP Jharel Cotton  Pitched well late last season after coming over in trade from the Dodgers. Cotton has the stuff to pitch anywhere, but pitching half of his games in Oakland is an added bonus.

Mariners SP Felix Hernandez  Stock is sliding with fantasy owners as his velocity goes down. King Felix knows how to pitch and while maybe no longer a 1st rd pick at some point will be a value pick.

Rays SP Jake Odorizzi  Peripherals last season were terrific, pitched well enough to certainly win more games. On a good club would have won more than 10 games.

Rangers LF Jurickson Profar  Durability has cut short Profar’s career to date. Multiple position eligibility with the hope that he’s finally health may be worth the risk. Remember Profar is only 24 years old.

Blue Jays SP Francisco Liriano  I believe Liriano bounces back pitching in meaningful games in Toronto. Worth a late pick to fill out your rotation.