By Des Boodam
The offensive madness has continued through the month of June, and the daily game has become increasingly more difficult to call. This is a resolve I can am at peace coming to – but in season long these offensive fluctuations can really mess with you. At the beginning of June, Mookie Betts, Ozzie Albies, and Aaron Judge were at the top of the world. Now, at the end of June, Betts is coming off the DL, Albies has gone cold and Judge has gone from a .330 hitter with a .430 OBP to a .273 hitter with a .380 OBP. Ouch and ouch. Now some typical guys have moved into their rightful positions like Mike Trout, and Paul Goldschmidt, but who can give account for Jose Ramierez (#2 in fantasy), J.D. Martinez (#7) and Andrew Benintendi (#11). These guys are single handedly carrying fantasy lineups, while players like Elvis Andrus, Justin Turner and Greg Bird continue to be terrible. Here’s who I’m looking at this week. #VALUE.
Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners, OF
It’s taken a while but Cruz is finally playing up to his ceiling. He’s hit 7 bombs in the last two weeks. Now that’s the Nelson we have grown to love. 12/7/15 in two weeks with a .424 OBP – get it.
Odubel Herrera – Philadelphia Phillies, OF
Herrera has been white hot in the last month. Six bombs and a bunch of counting stats that come in just under Cruz. If you can get Herrera cheap you should do it.
Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia , 1B
It’s a good month to be a Phillies fan. The whole line-up is currently mashing but Hoskins has been nothing short of amazing thus far. He rakes, and is not afraid to steal. Huge value entering the break.
Brandon Nimmo – New York Mets, OF
There are two players that have seemingly come out of nowhere and Nimmo is one of them. All he does is rake and get on base. I see no signs of him slowing, so make sure you position yourself to pick him up when someone is ready deal.
Lorenzo Cain – Milwaukee, OF
Cain is more of a household name, but he’s been getting on base like it’s his job. With a .455 OBP in the last two week, Cains biggest accomplishment is on the base paths where he’s swiped four bags. I love Cain as a daily player because he does everything. Don’t look now but the Brewers are also one of the top offenses in the majors, so we’ll have some major matchups to exploit next week.
Good Luck Gamers