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Rangers’ Nomar Mazara is Hot, Twins’ Jose Berrios is Not

George Kurtz Staff Writer August 18, 2017 8:05PM EDT

The Fantasy Baseball season has a little over a month left and if you’re in a head to head league, your playoffs may begin in two weeks. It’s time to look at your roster and make any last-minute changes. Do you have too much power and not enough speed or vice versa. Roster construction becomes more and more important as we get closer to the end of the season. Always remember, you don’t want to release a player that will be the final piece of the puzzle for your opponent and remember, there is nothing wrong with playing defense. What I mean is that don’t be afraid to claim a player that your opponent needs. He may not help you, but if it blocks your opponent, all is fair in Fantasy.

Who’s Hot

Nomar Mazara is in the midst of a hot streak. Photo Credit: LM Otero/AP

  1. Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers: Inconsistency has marred the 2017 MLB season for Mazara. He got off to a hot start, struggled some, was taken out of the lineup for a small stretch, struggled again, and is now on fire. He’s batting .462 over his last seven games to raise his season long AVG to .260. Sure, we have seen this before with Mazara this season but we have no choice, we have to ride him while he’s playing this well.
  2. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees: Rightfully so, Sanchez has caught a ton of grief this season for his defense. He leads MLB in both passed balls and errors for a catcher. While it’s true that in Fantasy we don’t care about a player’s defense, we do have to wonder if that defense is hurting his offense. The most important part of a game for a catcher is his ability to, you know, catch the ball and handle the pitching staff. Sanchez seems to have put his defensive struggles behind him of late and is once again an offensive powerhouse behind the plate.
  3. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals have had several players who have had a disappointing season (Kolten Wong, Stephen Piscotty, Aledmys Diaz, Randall Grichuk). DeJong has seemingly come out of nowhere to not only replace some of that lost production, but also lead the Cardinals back into playoff contention. He has no speed to speak of but does add a solid mix of power and AVG.
  4. Jay Bruce, Cleveland Indians: I always worry about players on my Fantasy team that get traded mid-season. I worry even more when that trade takes them to the other league. Players are human also and sometimes a change throws them out of their comfort zone and the rest of the season is a bust. We saw this last year when Bruce was traded from Cincinnati to New York and didn’t play well down the stretch. Well, apparently a trade back to Ohio won’t have the same effect for Bruce this year as he has been tearing the cover off the ball over the past week, and with the offensive talent around him in that CLE offense, I’m not sure I see that stopping anytime soon.
  5. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays: We all like to say that you must have patience with your Fantasy players. Well, Donaldson was putting that theory to the extreme test this season. The calf injury just took much longer to heal than anyone could’ve imagined. That being said, that’s in the past and we as Fantasy owners should only care about the future, and that future is a burning sun right now for Donaldson. If you owned him all season, you are now reaping the benefits. If not, oh well, good luck in your Fantasy Football drafts this season.

Who’s Not

  1. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins: The injury I worry about most to my Fantasy hitters is anything to their wrist or hands. If you can’t grip the bat or don’t have the same strength to whip that piece of lumber through the strike zone, you’re going to struggle. Over his last 14 games Sano is batting .217 with a single HR and three RBIs. It’s time to sit him until he can prove that he’s past the hand injury and that may not be until next season.
  2. Todd Frazier, New York Yankees: There is little point in denying that Frazier has been a bust this season, both with the White Sox and now with the Yankees. If you still have him on your roster, I would ask why? It’s time to move on and the Yankees might also, as in the next week, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro, and Greg Bird could all be returning from the disabled list.
  3. Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins: Overall, the season numbers for Berrios are solid. He’s 10-5 but his ERA has been rising as he has given up 16 ERs over his last four starts encompassing 19.3 IP. His innings total is in line. He threw almost 170 innings last year but is only currently at 138.2 this year. He shouldn’t be tired but his numbers are trending in the wrong direction. It may be time to move on here.
  4. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers: Fulmer has had a solid second season for Detroit, but one might wonder if that season will come to a premature end. He has just returned from the DL with an elbow injury and struggled to say the least. It’s a lost year for Detroit. Why fool around with an elbow injury? Rest could be their best course of action.
  5. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals: He is yet another player that has had a yo-yo season. Wainwright was bad at the beginning, good for a bit in the middle, but is now awful again. Don’t be fooled by the name. With only six weeks left in the Fantasy baseball season it’s time to find someone more reliable, even if it’s just a top setup man who can protect your ratios.

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