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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Rookie Report: Double Down


As I sat down to write the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Rookie Report, I started thinking about the number 21 and my favorite card game, Blackjack.

Blackjack is by far the most popular casino table game in the United States, with more players than craps, roulette, and baccarat combined.

One of the most popular options in Blackjack is to double down. It provides the thrill of doubling down your original wager and winning a nice profit. The rules vary on doubling down similar to the various rules in fantasy baseball. Additionally, the strategies of doubling down are exhaustive and while I can write an entire article on that, you came here to read about Fantasy baseball rookies.

So which rookies should you double down and wager that they will help you win your fantasy championships? Find out that and more in the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Rookie Report.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Rookie Report

In “The Show”

Ozzie Albies2B/SSAtlanta Braves
Albert Almora, Jr.OFChicago Cubs
Andrew BenintendiOFBoston Red Sox
Josh Bell1BPittsburgh Pirates
Cody Bellinger1B/OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Jose BerriosSP Minnesota Twins
Ty BlachSPSan Francisco Giants
Jorge BonifacioOFKansas City Royals
Parker BridwellSPLos Angeles Angels
Byron BuxtonOFMinnesota Twins
Matt Chapman3BOakland A's
Matt Davidson3B/DHChicago White Sox
Paul DeJong2BSt. Louis Cardinals
Rafael Devers3BBoston Red Sox
Jacob FariaSPTampa Bay Rays
Derek FisherOF Houston Astros
Clint FrazierOF New York Yankees
Kyle FreelandSPColorado Rockies
Ben GamelOFSeattle Mariners
Mitch HanigerOFSeattle Mariners
Ian Happ2B/OFChicago Cubs
Austin HedgesCSan Diego Padres
Jeff HoffmanSPColorado Rockies
Aaron JudgeOFNew York Yankees
Dinelson LametSPSan Diego Padres
Manuel MargotOFSan Diego Padres
Trey ManciniOFBaltimore Orioles
German MarquezSPColorado Rockies
Ketel MarteSSArizona Diamondbacks
Yoan Moncada2B/3BChicago White Sox
Jordan MontgomerySPNew York Yankees
Sean NewcombSPAtlanta Braves
Hunter RenfroeOFSan Diego Padres
Amed RosarioSSNew York Mets
Antonio SenzatelaSPColorado Rockies
Lucas SimsSPAtlanta Braves
Dansby SwansonSSAtlanta Braves
Nick WilliamsOFPhiladelphia Phillies
Bradley ZimmerOFCleveland Indians

Nicky Delmonico, 1b/OF, Chicago White Sox

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Nicky Delmonico is not a top prospect for the White Sox. He was called up on August 1 to serve in the utility role since he had experience between the infield and outfield.

His playing time increased following the Melky Carrera trade and Avisail Garcia and Willy Garcia on the disabled list. While it’s a small sample size, Delmonico’s major league performance has clearly exceeded his production this season at Triple-A Charlotte, where he hit .262 with 12 homers, 45 RBI, and a .768 OPS in 99 games.

Entering play Monday, Delmonico is hitting .361 with five homers, 11 RBI and a 1.090 OPS in 17 games. He was the first Sox player ever to open his career by reaching base safely in his first 13 games. In addition, he has an impressive 11 walks to 13 strikeouts ratio and his hot start is at least given something for the White Sox fans to talk about this season.

Most Fantasy owners are either in the playoffs or fighting for their lives for a playoffs spot at this point of the season. One ingredient that could put you over the top is to grab the hot hand and ride him until he runs cold. Delmonico is hot at the moment and owners should try him in AL-Only leagues to see if he can continue his hot bat.

Lucas Giolito, SP, Chicago White Sox

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Lucas Giolito is the No.6 prospect in the White Sox organization and No.59 in baseball according to  In 24 starts this season, he is 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA, 134 strikeouts and two shutouts at Triple-A Charlotte.

Giolito was called up and scheduled to start on Tuesday based on his production in his last five starts. He is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA (6 ER/31.2 IP) while making three scoreless appearances during that stretch. Also, over his last seven starts, he has pitched into the seventh inning four times and gone at least five innings all but once.

Hopefully, Giolito has found his groove and it carries over to the big leagues. He has sensational stuff but has yet to put it all together. He is worth a lottery pickup and hope you strike gold as we head into September and your Fantasy playoffs.

On The Brink

Ronald AcunaOFAtlanta Braves
Willie AdamesSSTampa Bay Rays
Chance AdamsSPNew York Yankees
Franklin BarretoSSOakland A's
Tyler BeedeSPSan Francisco Giants
Lewis BrinsonOFMilwaukee Brewers
Walker BuehlerRPLos Angeles Dodgers
Willie Calhoun2B/OFTexas Rangers
Lucas GiolitoSPChicago White Sox
Ronald Guzman1BTexas Rangers
Brent HoneywellSPTampa Bay Rays
Scott Kingery2BPhiladelphia Phillies
Austin MeadowsOFPittsburgh Pirates
Alex VerdugoOF Los Angeles Dodgers

Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Tyler Glasnow started the season in the Pirates’ rotation and struggled with his control and confidence. He was optioned to Triple-A and has been lights-out.

Since being sent down to Triple-A, he holds a 1.79 ERA, 0.96 WHIP with 113 strikeouts in 75.1 innings. He recorded 54 strikeouts in six July starts which broke a team record for most in a month set by Ian Snell in 2005.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait awhile before we see Glasnow back with the Pirates. He will stay in the minors due to service time issues. By waiting until September hits, the team gains an extra year of control. Additionally, he will probably stick around his Triple-A team for a bit in September to get starts in the International League playoffs.

Please check your dynasty/keeper leagues to see Glasnow is available. After his early struggles this season, fantasy owners may have had to drop him. He would be a great pitcher to add as his potential is rising. In redraft leagues, it seems like a very shaky proposition if he will be able to make an impact for you this season.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves

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Ronald Acuna is 19 years old and might be the best player in the minor leagues.

He has ascended quickly to being not just the No.1 prospect in the Braves organization, and he is the youngest player in the league, a few years or younger than most of those he is playing with and against.

In 37 Triple-A games through Sunday, he is hitting .355 with 22 extra-base hits including eight homers, a .417 on-base percentage and a .618 slugging percentage along with a 1.035 OPS.

He’s a prime candidate for minor league player-of-the-year awards presented by Baseball America and others. He has hit .327 with a .379 OBP and .920 OPS in 122 games across three levels this season, with 57 extra-base hits (eight triples, 20 home runs), 72 RBIs, 78 runs and 37 stolen bases.

The only question now is will the Braves call him up in September. Just looking at it from a pure baseball perspective, I would love to see what the kid can do against the best.  In dynasty/keeper leagues, he should already be owned. In redraft leagues, he is a great stash hitter to have and if he does get promoted and blows up, you will look like a genius. If he doesn’t, you are just losing a roster spot.

Three Up

Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox

Andrew Benintendi has been on fire so far this month. He has hit safely in 14 of 16 games this month.

The left-hand hitting outfielder is hitting .375 with six home runs and 16 RBI while recording a 1.1101 OPS and a .703 slugging percentage in 16 games during August.

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Overall, Benintendi is hitting .279/.358/.449 with 18 homers, 70 RBI along with 14 stolen bases. He’s actually hit better in 249 plate appearances on the road (.290/.371/.509/.880) than in his 247 plate appearances at Fenway Park (.269/.344/.389/.733).

He is on pace for a 20/20 season with 90 RBI. What a season from the young outfielder. The future is bright in Boston!

Paul DeJong, 2B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals

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The rookie has come up out of nowhere since his MLB debut on May 28 this season. He was not considered a Can’t-miss prospect and Baseball America ranked him as the 14th best Cardinals prospect after the 2016 season.

DeJong is slashing .299/.330/.580 with 20 homers, 48 RBI to go along with a .910 OPS in 71 games this season. He was the first Cardinal to reach 20 homers this season.

The hard-hitting infielder has been fantasy gold since entering the lineup three months ago. He took over last year’s rookie phenom Aledmys Diaz after he forgot to hit and lost his confidence. DeJong has also played second base but is now settled in as the starting shortstop.

His power is legitimate and power production from an MI spot in your lineup leads to fantasy championships!

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

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Do you think the Red Sox are happy now they didn’t make a trade for a veteran third baseman?

In 21 games, Devers is batting an impressive .350/.416/.700 with eight home runs and 16 RBI along with a 1.116 OPS. Since his debut on July 25, the Red Sox are 15-5.

He is the only player to ever hit as many as eight home runs in first 20 games before turning 21.

For comparison’s sake, Devers has hit more than half as many home runs as Pablo Sandoval hit in 2.5 seasons with Red Sox. Enough said.

Three Down

Jacob Faria, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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Jacob Faria started to falter after an impressive beginning to his big-league career. He has managed only two quality starts in his last six outings. He has also recorded a 5.08 ERA and 36/18 K/BB ratio in 32 innings over that stretch.  Faria explained that he has been dealing with abdominal pain during his last two starts but pitched through it. Finally, he gave in and went on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 17.

Faria mentioned that he has been dealing with abdominal pain during his last two starts but pitched through it. Finally, he gave in and went on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 17.

Faria, who said he has not missed an outing since 2012, expects to return in early September. Fantasy owners will need to monitor this situation especially with some of the playoffs already completed in some leagues. I feel safe to say that you should move on Faria during your playoff run.

Reynaldo Lopez, SP, Chicago White Sox

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Reynaldo Lopez was placed on the disabled list on Saturday. This was two days after he made his second start since being promoted to the majors.  He left his last outing after giving up five earned runs over 4.1 innings.

Lopez was acquired from the Nationals in the offseason Adam Eaton trade. He registered a 2.70 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over his last 46.2 innings at Triple-A Charlotte.

He has pitched to a mediocre 6.10 ERA in his two starts since being called up from Triple-A.  While his back injury is not deemed serious, there has been no timetable announced for his return.

I would stay away from Lopez until you see a few quality starts to assure that there are no lingering back issues. In dynasty/keeper leagues, I would definitely hold.

Ty Blach, SP, San Francisco Giants

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The southpaw has been hit hard in his last two outings. He has surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits over 11.1 innings in those starts.

Blach really struggles on the road (5.50 ERA).  He has the lowest K/9 among all qualified starters in baseball (4.3 K/9).

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His ERA and WHIP may look decent, he needs to be almost perfect to pitch well and his stuff is not that good. I recommend that Blach is no more than a streamer in NL-Only leagues.

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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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