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Fantasy Baseball: In The Batter’s Box

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By: Joe Bond

A week into June and the players to pick up to help your team is getting pretty thin.  That being said there are still a few decent additions available and I will get to those below.  What happens more at this point in the season is players that you have held onto hoping they turn their slow start around become officially droppable.  We see it every year players that had good seasons the year before get drafted in hopes they repeat or improve only to disappoint/frustrate their owners.  I’m here to tell you some players that you should rid yourself of if you still own them.  Lets get to it!

Adds
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C – Bos) – He has been one of the best catchers for the last month.  In that time he has hit .316 with 7 home runs, 17 RBI and 13 runs.  I don’t see him keeping his average up that high but he has plenty of power so the rest of the numbers I think he can keep up.  He is still owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues and I’m sure that will climb soon, so now is the chance to get him.

Justin Smoak (1B – Sea) – Smoak has been on fire the last 15 days hitting 5 home runs with 14 RBI, 9 runs all while hitting .280.  I don’t think he will keep this pace up but the key to winning fantasy baseball is finding the player on a hot streak and picking him up.  Just be ready to drop him as soon as he comes back to down earth.

Jordan Pacheco (1B/3B – Col) – Pacheco is probably the most boring player on this list and could very easily lose his job as soon as other players in Colorado start hitting.  All I know though is he is hitting .315 with 8 RBI and 6 runs.  He has zero power and speed, but he is a good fill in player for those of you who are in need of a consistent player at first or third base.  

Quintin Berry (OF – Det) – WIth Austin Jackson on the DL, Berry has filled in very nicely.  In the 13 games he has played he is hitting .310 with 13 runs, 5 RBI and 7 steals.  I have no idea what the Tigers are going to do when Jackson comes back, but if he continues to play this well I think they have to find a way to keep him in the lineup.

Drop
Erik Aybar (SS – LAA) – Aybar has been absolutely horrible all year and I’m definitely okay with you dropping him.  He is playing better lately but that is with him batting .190 with 3 runs, 2 RBI and 1 steals in the last seven days.  There a lot of short stops playing better than him right now so do yourself a favor and get rid of him already.

Logan Morrison (1B/OF – Mia) – LoMo showed some signs of life when he was moved to first base hitting 2 home runs, 6 runs and 5 RBI.  But he is still hitting .174 and most of those stats came during a one week period.  The Marlins are trying really hard to get his bat to warm up, but I think it is time to give up on him and so should you on your fantasy team.

Jhonny Peralta (SS – Det) – He has been disappointing all year but is still owned in over 50% of leagues.  He ranks outside of the top 20 for shortstops with only 16 runs and RBI all year.  He should be racking up the runs and RBI in the Tigers lineup but he is just not hitting the ball well enough to be able to take advantage of it.

Howard Kendrick (2B – LAA) – Some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy for suggesting this but hear me out.  In his last 30 games he his hitting .223 with 11 RBI and 9 runs.  His season stats are not all that much better either so I don’t see much changing here.  He is the 18th ranked second baseman and 77th ranked outfielder for the year according to ESPN, and it only gets worse if I do the rankings over the last 15 days.  Trust me there are much better options available in your league.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @fantasysixpack, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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