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As we approach the end of the first half of the baseball season, it’s time to look ahead to what the second half might bring. After the All-Star break, we can aleast expect some intriguing developments. Here at Razzball, we love to make bold predictions at the beginning of each season and now we are hitting it midstream. Today, for our hitter profiles, I’m sharing some predictions for the second half. Some of these are optimistic, while others might be a bit painful (sorry Jeimer), but it’s all in good fun as we gear up for an exciting second half of the baseball season. Join us for this week’s Hitter Profiles as we boldly go into the second half!

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In our up and down world of fantasy baseball, identifying when to sell high on players benefiting from a streak of good fortune can be the difference between winning and losing your league. Every season brings its share of breakout stars, but also features players whose performance outpaces their underlying metrics. Recognizing these lucky streaks and capitalizing on them by moving players at their peak value can help you build a championship roster. In this week’s rendition of Hitter Profiles, we dive into the art of selling high on overperforming players, ensuring you stay ahead of your league and maximize your team’s potential.

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The weather has certainly turned as June is in full swing across the major league landscape. With All-Star voting open, fantasy managers and real world teams may have to take drastic action with many former stars. Luckily for fantasy owners, we do not have to swallow millions on the payroll when cutting a player such as Jose Abreu. That said, hard decisions still need to be made. In this week’s rendition of the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the 2024 fantasy baseball season, we see first rounders dropping and breakouts rising. Reality has sunk in for our game and if you are too scared to make the hard moves, somebody else will. Dig in and debate, we are back with another set of our hitter rankings!

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Everybody digs the long ball. This week we are digging deep and looking for hitters that have left some power on the table in the first few months of the season. These are the players who, with one mighty swing, can change the course of a game. Between a myriad of statistics such as xHR, HR/FB%, Hard Hit rate, Barrels and more we are searching for those players that still have more in the tank for 2024. Any rookie can tell you that Aaron Judge has power, but did you know that Marcel Ozuna has been in the top 2% of the league in power metrics and also has the slowest home run trot in the majors. That is incredibly useless information, but now you have it and will not forget. That is the depths to which we are about to go. Without further ado let’s dive in to some powerful hitter profiles.

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Ronald Acuña Jr.’s recent injury has been a significant disappointment for fantasy owners, raising concerns about his long-term placement as one of the top hitters in the game. As one of the most dynamic players in baseball, Acuña’s potential to contribute across all five major fantasy categories makes his health paramount, but those knees are necessary and he is playing with fire going towards a Bryce Harper type career. This season, managing injuries and player performance has seemed more crucial than ever. This week, we explore a few hitters shifting in our rankings due to lingering injuries as we explore the top 100 hitters who can make or break your fantasy team’s success for the rest of 2024.

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In the world of fantasy baseball, one of the most exciting and challenging aspects is managing young players. There is incredible opportunity as players are discounted due to the potential variability they bring to our game. Whether it is a lack of track record at the major league level or the uncertainty of playing time, the market is simply not efficient with these youngsters. For many managers, the potential to find an upstart rookie is just too much to pass up. These up-and-coming players can make or break a fantasy season. Let’s delve into a few young players that are trying to establish themselves as mainstays in our fantasy lineup in this week’s version of Hitter Profiles.

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Welcome back to the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2024 fantasy baseball season. I once had a baseball coach who told me you’re talented but you need to change one thing. He simply said I need to swing the bat harder.  The fact that I’m writing rather than playing right now indicates the results may not have been favorable.  However, Baseball Savant recently released their swing speed metrics and have given us a new dimension to evaluate.  Did you know that Giancarlo Stanton swings the bat hard while Arraez barely swings at all?  Of course you did because you’re a savvy fantasy baseball player.  However, did you also know that Jo Adell has been swinging a harder bats than Juan Soto?  Or how about that Mookie Betts and Adley Rutschman sit in the bottom 20% of hard swingers?  While still trying to figure out what this all means, it doesn’t give us more to dig into in this week’s rendition of the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the 2024 fantasy baseball season.

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Sometimes it is easy as a fantasy baseball writer to get caught up in creative writing puns.  However, this week as we frame up our hitter profiles, this is going to be a serious column.  As we sit in mid-May, we finally have enough data to really understand what is signaling results of our favorite fantasy hitters.  This week, we dig into what once was a thin position behind the plate but has in recent years become a sneaky spot to receive value.  We are of course talking about the catcher position spanning the spectrum from aging veterans like Salvador Perez and young stars like Adley Rutschman.  As we dig into our hitter profiles this week, we are digging for the underlying signs of change that may have been masked by early season sample sizes.  There is the good, the bad and those that have crossed us up so far this season.  Let’s get to the run down in this rendition of our Hitter Profiles before the puns get away from us.

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Welcome back to the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2024 fantasy baseball season.  As injuries ravage and our statistics stabilize, we are starting to see how the chips should fall.  The Top 100 are really broken down into the top tier of all-stars, a shrinking middle and guys at the back that are still trying to find their way.  For instance, Colton Cowser has been an early darling for fantasy owners, but his 35% strikeout rate is trying to call into question his long-term viability.  Those questions put an anchor on too much ascension in our rankings.  On the other end of some spectrum, we have a guy that was once a top prospect in Jurickson Profar trying to make a case for relevance in San Diego.  Making his best contact in years, Profar is sneaking into our rankings.  While we have seen this before, it feels a bit more real this time around.  The ebb and flow of our rankings continues this week as we dig through those feisty hitters.  Welcome back to the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2024 season.

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It is time for one of our favorite traditions here with hitter profiles as we debate early season performance and identify some buy or sell candidates at current ownership rates.  This week, we will dig through a few of the leaderboards trying to find players with hot starts and figure out if we have struck gold or are simply fools in waiting.  With all of the injuries so far this season, owners are rushing to fill lineup holes and anybody that is off to a hot start may seem like a lineup mainstay when they should really be trade bait.  Last season, we had a Matt Chapman return to glory only to scuttle for much of the year.  On the flip side, James Outman was able to sustain the results all season providing a huge lift for fantasy owners that jumped on the train early.  Let’s dive into three intriguing players as we close out the first month of the 2024 fantasy baseball season.

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Welcome to the first official version of the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2024 fantasy baseball season.  This will be the place to be when you are looking at values for the rest of the season making those all-important moves to deliver a championship.  As a reminder for those of you joining for the first time in 2024, we are as consistent as Khris Davis’s batting average by focusing on rotisserie scoring and ignoring everything that has happened in favor of predicting the future.  So far this season, our offseason ranks have pulled their oblique just like half of the league.  That means players like Ozzie Albies, Trevor Story and Christian Yelich all take drops down due to injury issues early in the season.  However, there are veterans and young guns alike ready to jump into their spots as quick as Victor Scott, if he can get on base.  With the formalities out of the way, welcome to our first iteration of the Top 100 hitters for the 2024 fantasy baseball season.  Dig in!

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