2018 Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: August 14
Jon Impemba gives us his breakdown on who's stock is rising and who's is falling during the fantasy baseball season.
Ryan Zimmerman 1B, WAS – Zimmerman has been plagued by injuries this season having played just 49 games this season. However, since coming off the disabled list he is hitting .353 with four home runs, 19 RBI and an OPS of 1.159. When healthy we know that Zimmerman is able to be an impact fantasy bat as evidenced by his 2017 season in which he hit .303 with 36 home runs, 108 RBI and an OPS of .930. Currently Zimmerman is owned 36-percent of standard leagues which is a number that should be quickly on the rise as he continues to rake in a lineup that can score a lot of runs.
Kole Calhoun OF, LAA – Calhoun has made this article a few times as he continues to go through spirts of real solid productivity. Over the last two weeks Calhoun is hitting .327 with 12 runs, four home runs and 11 RBI. Since the All-Star break Calhoun is hitting .318 with seven home runs 22 RBI and an OPS of 1.085. Though is average sits a just .219 for the season he has also hit 16 home runs and he is on pace for a mark that would be his second-best total of his career.
Lance Lynn SP, NYY – I am far from a Lance Lynn fan but it is hard to ignore the run he is on. Over his last seven games Lynn has a 2.33 ERA while striking out 40 over 38.2 innings. He has taken over for Sonny Gray in the Yankees rotation and his next start will come against the Blue Jays. Lynn is owned in just over 50-percent of standard leagues but given the fact that he is now on the Yankees and his recent run of success I suspect that number will continue to increase.
Kenta Maeda SP, LAD – Maeda has been demoted to the Dodgers bullpen after posting a 6.45 ERA over his last four starts. The move to the bullpen is somewhat surprising despite his recent struggles as his season ERA is still a respectable 3.80. Maeda’s ownership has dropped to just over 60-percent and I expect that number to continue to drop outside of NL-only leagues where he would still hold some value.
Greg Bird 1B, NYY – Bird has been a total disaster this season for the Yankees as he is hitting just .217 with nine home runs over 65 games this season. Things have been especially bad of late as he is hitting just .136 with an OPS of .369 over the last two weeks. Somehow, despite all of Bird’s struggles his ownership still sits around 25-percent. I understand the power upside is there but if he is not making contact then he won’t be hitting any home runs.
Jonathan Schoop 2B, MIL – The trade for Schoop to the Brewers has not panned out the way fantasy owners would have hoped as he is hitting just .154 with an OPS of .354 over 11 games. Prior to the trade Schoop was really heating up for the O’s as he hit .360 with nine home runs and an OPS of 1.056 during the month of July. Schoop’s ownership has dropped to just under 75-percent and that’s a number that could continue to plummet if he does not start hitting again soon.