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During the draft season I anointed David Fletcher as potentially the biggest draft day bargain given his points league projections and average draft position. Preseason I had him ranked 58th overall, which put him in the 5th round. His ADP, however, had him being drafted in the 17th round. He is currently the 58th ranked hitter. I had the 58 right, but that included pitchers. I haven’t calculated year-to-date position-adjusted rankings to see how many pitchers are ahead of him, but a rough estimate puts him at about 80th overall. I never suggested drafting Fletcher anywhere near the 5th round. I believe I recommended targeting rounds 14/15. I own him in every league I am in and he is paying dividends in each of those leagues. Based on these rest of season rankings I have Fletcher as the 37th ranked hitter. That means he’s going to get better, and eventually having Mike Trout back in the lineup will certainly help his cause.

One thing I’d like to mention is that it is very possible that some players might be missing from my list. If a player hasn’t had at least 150 or so plate appearances my formula will not include them in the calculations. If anyone else is missing (or is lower than expected), it could be because said player has missed time due to injury. Let me know in the comments if you’ve uncovered any missing hitters and I will see if I can figure out where they might belong.

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The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching and that should be a cue in our little fantasy game to predict landing spots and proactively poach talent while planning for potential opportunities.  Maybe it will be a middle reliever taking over the closer spot or a young prospect getting a shot at the big leagues in a newly vacated role.  Regardless of the reason, late July and early August should be some of the most active times in any league.  This week we will review a few hitter profiles for some of the bigger names that can and should provide more value in the final two months of the season than folks may realize.  A dive into Jose Ramirez, Trevor Story, and the ageless Evan Longoria shall follow!

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Tylor Megill was meg-nificent Friday night going six scoreless innings against a tough Blue Jays offense, allowing just two hits and a walk and striking out five for his second straight quality start and his first career win. That’s right! His first win, in ever! He also collected his first big league hit. Have a day, man! Get that kid the ball! The rookie phenom hasn’t allowed a run in 12.2 innings and his 2.10 ERA, 1.10 WHIP gets me more flustered than that time Drew Barrymore touched my arm. Yes, that happened and I haven’t washed my elbow since. As for Megill, have I mentioned his 33/10 K/BB? Yuh. Tylor the ERA-ator, had his mid-90s fastball and fiiilthy sliiider (with three Is) working Friday in Queens. I’ll admit I scoffed a bit at Megill’s early success, but he showed me something Friday night, commanding his pitches and pounding the zone against one of the best line ups in the league. Are you sure its Megill and not McGill, cause he was taking those Canadians to school. Also, his name makes me think “McGrill” for something reason, which lead me to this article, and I don’t know if I’ll ever recover from seeing that so I had to share. Tylor gets a home start with Atlanta next week and he’s still available in over 75% of fantasy leagues. Even with the Mets recent Rich Hill acquisition, I think “Big Drip” Megill has earned his spot in the rotation and more importantly on your fantasy team. Megills could save your team from drowning. That was a fish joke! I think they should call him the MEG. As for Tylor, he’s no joke, I’d add him wherever you need starting pitching help. This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha!

Here’s what else I saw Friday night in fantasy baseball:

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J.D. Martinez was first to the Just Dong nickname, even though recently Jeff Bezos tried to co-op it himself:

Well, put aside your Dongs, Just and Jeff! There’s a new Just Dong in the picture. It’s J.D. Davis aka Jonathan Davis Davis aka Jefferson Davis Davis aka Just Dong Davis. Was surprised to see him only rostered in 35% of ESPN leagues, so ding-ding Just Dong, you’re eligible for the Buy column! Back in 2019, Jonathan Davis Davis had his star mitzvah, which had us all scratching our heads, “Did the Astros really lose a trade to the…Mets?” Appizzarently, they did. The only thing stopping J.D. Davis from taking that next step was. Dot dot dot. His health. But he’s good now, and he has himself a rocket ship to the rotating planet of Third Outfielder With Rising Fantasy Value. It’s an outlying planet, but it’s worth making space on your team. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

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Mirroring some of the players I’ve recently put the spotlight on, because I’m a spotlighter, whatever that means, Eugenio Suarez continues to fit the criteria of being an amazing hitter in the pre-Covid era, but then the pandemic comes around and no one can hit the ball anymore. And with Delta ranging, we might soon be on a first name basis with the Mendoza line. (Does he have a first name?) (And is the line even a man?) And Suarez has become the latest example in WTFmate?, even moreso without the caveats of last year still present where during the Covid-shortened season he hit a measly .202, but still managed 15 homeruns in just 57 games. But with just 18 in 92 games thus far, is there a resurgence instore for this current .172 hitter? Let’s find out!

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We’ve looked at rankings the past couple weeks so now it’s time to see who took advantage of the break and is ready to come out strong. Now is the time to take an honest look at your team and figure out what you need to climb to the top of the mountain. One of the best things you can do this time of year is be honest about who has been helping and who has been hurting your team. I get it, you overvalue the guys that you drafted because they are your guys. I get it, I’ve done it too, everyone tends to value the guys on their roster higher than guys that aren’t. This is one of the reasons trades can be difficult to pull off. However, taking a rational look at your roster can help show you what moves you need to make. You want to keep working the wire, looking for that next piece. Now obviously that doesn’t mean drop a stud just because he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations but you can add the next hot schmotato for the guy at the end of your bench. So without further ado, lets check out the noteworthy performances.

 

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Outfielder Austin Meadows ($3,400) and the Rays take on Zach Plesac and the newly named Cleveland Guardians in what should be a smash spot for Tampa. Plesac has a 4.78 FIP and is not missing many bats with a 16.4% K-rate, while Meadows has a .900 OPS against right-handed pitching. Nelson Cruz ($3,700) will also be debuting for the Rays tonight, offering a strong stack opportunity along with Brandon Lowe ($3,500).

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At 41 years of age, thus begins Nelson Cruz‘s 2nd act where he becomes a lights-out reliever. You might be thinking, why would the Rays trade for Nelson Cruz? Well, MLB announced a Silver Fox Program where they will give money to seniors who need caretakers, so the Rays can get a $250/week stipend. “Eat your stewed carrots, Nelson.” “Not now, Brett Phillips! I’m up at-bat!” Wait until Nelson Cruz gets a load of Yandy Diaz’s 34-inch pythons and -4 Launch Angle. He’s gonna be like, “Yo, Yandy, have you considered upper cutting a tad?” Nelson Cruz about to make himself and Yandy better. So, Nelson Cruz was traded to the Rays for Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. I’ll leave those to Prospect Itch to go over. Though, the Rays do seem to just wave their hand and say, “You will give us what we want,” like they’re Obi Wan. As for Cruz’s new fantasy value? C’mon. He’s 41, and can hit it out of Yellowstone. No new value. Cruz hasn’t had something new since he got an earring in 1987 when he was running with the Brat Pack. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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