Wilson Ramos raking highlights this week’s Week That Was.


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Wilson Ramos :   Wilson Ramos went 4-5 with a run, 3 RBI and a dinger Sunday to lead the Phils to a win.  While that was Ramos first dinger in Philly, it is a continuation of a very strong year.  Through Sunday, the backstop was hitting a cool .304 with 14 dingers and 58 RBI – great production from the catching position.  Add in the fact that Ramos is hitting .480 in his last 25 AB and you have a guy who will be on a lot of title winning fantasy teams.  Oh, if you doubt he can continue to hit (albeit not .480), remember that he hit .307 before suffering an injury that ended his 2016 season and cost him full health in 2017.  I am buying and you should too. 

Melky Cabrera :   The Melk-Man returns.  Sunday the Cleveland outfielder filled the stat sheets getting on base all 5 times he came up, finishing 2-2 with 4 runs scored, a RBI and 3 BB.  Loyal readers of this space know I am a huge fan of often undervalued inexpensive consistent fantasy baseball offense Melky delivers.   Check this out:  over his last 14 games, Melky has an OPS over 1,100!  Bottom line – he is raking so stop doubting and roster this professional hitter on a good squad going to the playoffs. 

Wilmer Difo : Wilmer Difo went 2-5 with 2 runs and 3 RBI in the Nats’ rout of the Mets Sunday.  With Daniel Murphy wearing a Cubs uniform and heading to the playoffs, Difo went from fantasy afterthought to target.  On the year, Difo is hitting a mere .238.  However, he is only 26, hit a respectable .271 in 2017 in his first real sustained MLB time, is suffering from some bad luck in the form of BABIP, and has shown maturity by chasing outside the zone far less frequently this year.  Redraft and keeper league managers alike should take a good look at Difo.


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Starlin Castro :  Last week we wrote: “Starlin Castro had a huge day Sunday going 5-6 with a RBI and 3 runs scored.  I know the Marlins are bad (ok really bad) but Castro is a professional hitter who is hitting.  On the year, Castro is hitting .287 with 10 dingers and a BB rate over 50% higher than it was last year.  The recent slump makes it look like he has had a tough summer.  Take advantage if you are in a deep league.  Again, this guy can hit as his 1,400 plus hits at age 28 demonstrates.”  Well, if you listened, you were rewarded with a .320 average and .400+ OBP for the week.  Hitters hit.  It is that simple.        

Roughned Odor:  Last week we wrote: “Roughned Odor was raking Saturday.  He finished the day going 3-5 with 2 runs and an RBI.  The annual numbers through Saturday are pretty good given he missed time:  .276 with 14 dingers and 10 swipes.  However, the numbers look better when you zoom in on last the 30 days and his .348 average.  This is a good player who at age 24 already has over 2,500 plate appearance.  He is taking off before our eyes.  Get on before you cannot enjoy the ride.”  On the week, Roughie delivered 3 dingers and 9 RBI.  Yeah, the average for the week was not great but that kind of power from MI is still pretty darn good. 


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And now, the moment you have been waiting for -- Schultz says: “Schultz has said often that it always behooves a roto-owner seeking success to have a long memory when it comes to real-world dump deals. Whenever a superstar (or often just a player of note) goes towards a contending team, the little-known names going into the abyss usually have quite a future ahead of them.  Ideally, investments in the future eventually pay off.

That day may soon be coming to the South Side of Chicago. When the ChiSox shipped Chris Sale to the BoSox, Yoan Moncada was the high profile name that went west. However, the White Sox didn't send the best player to wear their uniform this decade for just a single prospect. Earlier this week, Michael Kopech , a hard throwing right hander, made his Big Show debut, an aborted two inning start against Minnesota. He's yet to record his first strikeout and his real test will come this afternoon (Schultz says things on Sunday morning)  but regardless of what happens during this week that was, he should not be left unclaimed in keeper leagues.

The same can be said for Eloy Jimenez , the featured return in the José Quintana crosstown deal. The minors no longer pose any challenge for the top prospect - .335 21 HR, 71 RBI (no speed) - and he'll be in pros no later than the September 1 expansion of the rosters.”

ResponseYep, keeper leaguers need to continue to listen to the Carlton the Doorman of Fantasy Sports!


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