Sometimes it’s ok to take solace in a little bit of quiet. Not every day needs drama and there’s nothing wrong with the status quo. As you get older in life, you end up appreciating these days more and more. So a day after one of the quietest trade deadlines in a very long time, Thursday ended up being just as tame, if not more so, and we just had a nice, relaxing day of baseball. Sure, there may have been a few moments here and there, but certainly nothing earth-shattering. So with that, let’s just hit the fantasy highs and lows of the day as we gear up for the final two months of the season.
Oh man. The All-Star break couldn’t be coming at a better time for many fantasy owners as some of the top players in the game are getting waxed by the injury bug and we’ve only just begun the supposed dog days of summer. Throughout this week we’ve seen the likes of Jason Heyward and Matt Holliday go down with hamstring injuries, Yu Darvish hit the DL with an issue in his trapezius muscle, Matt Harvey lose a start this weekend with a finger blister, and both Aramis Ramirez and Matt Kemp make a return to the disabled list thanks to a knee and a shoulder, respectively. Brutal, right? Well, it doesn’t end there.
Everyone loves a good story. You know, the one that you sit down to, read to your kids, and it leads to that happy ending. In the fantasy game folks like to think that they are living a fairytale existence. Sometimes they get lulled to sleep by a players hot start, or the name on the back of his jersey, and they think that it's going to be all hugs, kisses and lollipops. Being the downer that The Oracle is, he's hear to bring cloudy skies, rain and nightmares as he shines the light on three players that maybe should have some muted expectations moving forward in Justin Upton, Jose Bautista and Taijuan Walker.