The All-Star break has arrived as fantasy owners have time to catch
their breath, relax for a few days and assess the state of their
team. The 2017 campaign continues to witness break out years for any
number of players as this week Scooter Gennett, Lonnie Chisenhall and
Aaron Nola are prime examples. Meanwhile veterans rebounding from
injuries or horrid starts include Wilson Ramos, Ian Happ, Jackie
Bradley Jr, Jon Gray, Michael Wacha, Carlos Rodon and Rich Hall.
Ramos C Rays – Ramos is late to the
party after being activated around Father’s Day and a slow start
but is starting to hit. With 3 long balls over the past week along
with 9 runs knock in, 5 runs scored the former National’s backstop
is worth adding if you need help behind the plate.
Gennett 2B/OF Reds – Gennett continues
to produce for the Red Legs as he currently is riding a 6-game
hitting streak and has also tallied hits in 9 of his last 10 games.
The former Brewer is batting 317 for the season and has scored 12
times over his last ten games giving him 40 to go with 46 runs driven
in plus 14 long balls making Gennett a very good addition to your
Happ 2B/OF Cubs – Happ continues to
produce for a Cubs team looking for any offense they can find. The
former first round pick has gone yard 12 times in just 171 at bats
while knocking in 29 runs which projects to 44 long balls and 106 RBI
over a full season. With his 264 batting average Happ is a worthwhile
Bradley Jr OF Red Sox –
Bradley started out this season cold but
over the last month has warmed to the task with a 353 batting average
and 431 on base average. The young lefty has driven in 18 runs since
June 1 as JBJ now is batting 280 with 12 homers, 34 runs scored while
knocking in 38 runs.
Chisenhall OF Indians – Chisenhall is
smoking hot with 24 runs driven in to go with an OPS of 1.028 over
the last 27 Indian games. The young lefty is batting 306 with 51 RBI,
12 dingers, and 28 runs scored making Chisenhall a good add to your
Nola SP Phillies – Nola has thrown
four quality starts in a row going at least 7 innings each start for
the Phillies. The righty has allowed just 5 runs over 29.1 frames for
an ERA of 1.53 to go with 34 Ks making Nola a must add in all
Gray SP Rockies – Gray
has returned from the DL and has won both outings allowing 4 earned
runs over 11.2 innings while punching out 15 batters. The former
first round pick is starting to come into his own and with an ERA of
3.75 and being able to strike out batters like he has over the last
two starts makes Gray worth owning.
Hill SP Dodgers – Hill has tossed his
best three games of the 2017 campaign going seven innings each start.
Hill has given up 4 runs over 21 innings while striking out 27
batters and allowing just 14 hits. If Hill was dropped after a
lackluster start he now is dialed in and should be owned in all
leagues and formats.
Rodon SP White Sox – Rodon returned
late June and has started twice this season with his last outing
being an eye opener. The southpaw tossed 6.1 innings and allowed just
4 hits, 2 runs while striking 10 batters in defeating the A’s.
Rodon was being projected as a breakout pick for 2017 and is worth
adding to your team.
Wacha RP/SP Cardinals – Wacha has
thrown his three best games of an otherwise up and down 2017 and has
given up 3 earned runs over 17.2 frames for the Red Birds. The righty
has K’ed 23 batters over his last 3 trips to the mound making him
worth using especially because he is a reliever who is starting which
only increases his value.