– Father’s Day is closing in as week 11 is
on deck and the so is the second half of the fantasy baseball season.
Dallas Keuchel, Kyle Hendricks, Jonathon Villar, Tyler Anderson and
Matt Andriese are four more name players that have landed on the DL
this past week. Those unexpected breakout campaigns continue to
sprout like mushrooms as this week Justin Smoak, Ender Inciarte,
Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson and Ariel Miranda are four more examples
of fantasy players that likely weren’t on anyone’s radar during
camp. Alex Avila and CC Sabathia are having nice bounce back seasons
while Ryon Healy, Domingo Santana and Jeff Hoffman are making a name
for themselves in their first extended time in the show.
Avila C/1B Tigers – Avila continues to
have an impressive bounce back season for Detroit with a lofty 323
batting average and four game hitting streak. The Tiger’s backstop
has smacked three long balls in the last week and a half and stands
at 9 homers with 25 RBI in 115 at bats.
Smoak 1B Blue Jays – Smoak is having
the best season of his career with 17 dingers for the season,
including 5 homers in the last week alone for Toronto. The former
Ranger has also driven in 42 runs, scored 35 times and is on pace for
54 long balls and 134 run knocked in and should be owned in all
Healy 3B/1B A’s –
Healy continues his impressive first full season in Oakland as he has
gone yard 4 times in the last week while driving in 10 runs and
scoring five times. The first/third sacker is batting 279 with 13
homers and 34 runs knocked in to date and makes for a nice offensive
upgrade at either corner position.
Santana OF Brewers –
Santana has garnered more playing time
with Ryan Braun out since late April and is filling up the stat sheet
for the Brew Crew. The young Milwaukee outfielder is currently on a
nine-game hitting streak and has 17 hits in 36 at bats for a sizzling
mark of 472 which includes four multi-hit games. Santana is batting
284 with 11 dingers, 34 RBI, 35 runs scored and 6 stolen bases and
should be owned in a higher percentage of leagues.
Inciarte OF Braves – Inciarte
continues to have his best season with a batting average of .302 with
6 long balls, 25 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. The former
Diamondback has 14 hits in 39 at bats in June for a 359 average and
makes for a good pickup for any roster in any league.
Nelson SP Brewers – Nelson has tossed
three straight quality starts and four in his last five outings with
his last trip to the mound the best of the 2017 season. The Young
Brewer righty has given up just 4 earned runs over 21 innings to go
with 27 K’s during this span and with two starts for week 11 Nelson
is a very good plug and play option in all leagues.
Sabathia SP Yankees – Sabathia
has picked up his game of late with three straight quality starts and
four in his last five outings. The veteran Bronx southpaw hurled 8
shutout innings and allowed just five hits and has given up just 3
earned runs over 20.2 frames for a spiffy 1.30 ERA while punching out
21 batters. With two starts for next week CC is a-ok.
Anderson SP Brewers – Anderson has
tossed three straight starts with 0 runs allowed covering 21.2
innings while striking out 22 batters for the surprising Brewers. The
young righty has a very good ERA of 2.94 and is worth owning in all
leagues and formats.
Hoffman SP Rockies – Hoffman has been
another Colorado rookie pitcher that has come up and been very
impressive with three consecutive starts and allowing just 3 earned
runs. The freshman is sporting a 2.61 ERA with 24 punchouts over his
last 20.1 innings while surrendering only 10 hits for a 0.54 WHIP,
meaning Hoffman should be owned in all leagues.
Miranda RP/SP Mariners – Miranda
continues to impress for the Mariners with his most recent start a
complete game with just 1 earned run and just 4 hits. The converted
reliever has had five good starts in a row, if not quality, allowing
just 7 runs over 31 frames with 31 Ks and is a very good option for