By Des Boodam
After a brief hiatus from the weekly dose, we are back and better than ever. With the season more than half over, statistical prognostication has become a bit easier as players settle to their respective grooves, and lineups. This week let’s break it down by position, based on who’s hot, and favorable matchups. These are guys you can buy in a trade, pick up off the wire, or green light if they are in your line up. Again let’s do this by position and work together to unpack why we are rolling with them.
Catcher – Evan Gattis
Right now there is no better fantasy catcher than Evan Gattis. With 8 bombs and 31 RBIs Gattis has been the sole benefactor of the Brian McCann injury. Normally Gattis doesn’t get much play in these write-ups because I’m a huge OBP guy, and Gattis is usually terrible in that area. For the season he’s only at .315 which is gross, but with a .339 OBP in the last month we can’t pass up the counting stats he’s giving owners right now.
First Base – Max Muncy
I have no idea where Muncy came from, but the hole that Adrian Gonzalez left in this lineup combined with the injuries the Dodgers have had, have given mad Max plenty of exposure. He’s got a great matchup against the Padre early in the week, and a decent matchup at home against the Angels. With 11 bombs in the last month and a .471 OBP he ranks only second to Paul Goldschmidt. He’s the 1B you need to play.
Second Base – Matt Carpenter
Carpenter is your guy this week, facing two of the worst pitching staffs in the majors in the Chicago White Sox, and Cincinnati Reds. Carpenter has been a beast in the last month with a 27/9/17 line and a .430 OBP. I love what Jose Peraza has done recently as well, but he matches up with Cleveland and I’m not crazy about that, unless you’re super desperate for steals. Carpenter is your guy.
Third Base – Alex Bregman
Bregman has finally been doing what the Houston brass knew he could do. The top rated 3B in the last month has helped fantasy players across the land rocket up in the standings. I’m ashamed I lost my patience with him earlier in the season, and dropped him. Matchups against Oakland and Detroit this week are super juicy as well.
Shortstop – Javier Baez
I’m rolling with Baez as I’ve been on this train for the last month, and the timing couldn’t have been any better. Power hasn’t been off the charts but 21 runs and 7 steals with .423 is near the top of the league as Baez outperforms players like Trea Turner, Trevor Story and Xander Bogaerts. I love the Cubs at San Diego later in the week too.
Outfield – Aaron Hicks
The 7th rated OF in the last month is only 67% owned??? What’s wrong with you people??? Hicks plays in a great line up in a great park, in a weak pitching division. 10 bombs with a .369 OBP is quite useful, especially if you are rolling with guys like Cody Bellinger, Ender Inciarte and Starling Marte. Take Hicks earlier in the week especially as he gets the Baltimore Orioles.