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We are in the home stretch for many head-to-head leagues with roughly four or five matchups remaining to make or break the season.  Whereas rotisserie leagues need to balance the final two months it is often about getting any point possible in any given week in a matchup-based format.  Therefore, we are often chasing the hot hand trying to determine who will remain hot and carry your team to the title.  Invest at the right time and you reap the rewards, invest too late and your season may be crashed.  In the head-to-head spirit this week, our hitter profiles will focus on two NL Central teams with hot hitters making the call for who we want driving home those points.

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The top 100 hitters for the rest of the fantasy baseball season returns this week as the baseball world enjoyed a spirited trade deadline.  Seriously, I can not remember a more entertaining few hours as big names in the majors and minors were flying off the board.  This will take some time to digest, but that was potentially a historic 48 hours.  As well, it is an exciting time in our fantasy game as values quickly change and fantasy writers like me tell our editors that being wrong this time really is not our fault!  I simply guarantee these rankings for the next 17 minutes!  Time to break down the big moves from Anthony Rizzo to Joey Gallo to Starling Marte to Kris Bryant to Trea Turner and so much more!  Check your tray tables and buckle up for another rousing rendition of the top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season.

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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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There is a new leader atop our Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the fantasy baseball season as we head into the second half of the season.  Unfortunately, the movement is driven by an injury to Ronald Acuna.  It is a big loss for fantasy owners and fans of the game alike.  However, with the second half of the season we also get an opportunity to see the young crop coming up from the minors in Jarred Kelenic and Jarren Duran.  Both have immense potential and I remain bullish, specifically on Mr. Kelenic.  Let us see how they stack up for the top 100 hitters and where the buys and sells profile for the second half.

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The 92nd All-Star game takes place this coming week on Tuesday the 13th, or is that the 91st All-Star game with last year’s rendition being canceled?  This should be Mike Trout’s 10th trip to the midsummer show which is impressive on so many fronts, instead he settles for his 9th trip.  Thanks 2020, for reminding us of what all you took from us!  On the flip side, there will be 34 first time attendees which tells us something about the parity in the league or the impact of the one player per team rule.  Regardless, we are going to spend some time doing a rapid fire buy or sell session with our hitter profiles focusing on the second half of the 2021 season for our first time All-Stars.

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Let me be the first and if not the first, the best, to wish you a happy 4th of July weekend.  This weekend importantly marks the mid-way point in the season.  For most of us, that means there are one or two months left until the trade deadline and hopefully we are all still in contention rather than seeing our season going all cattywampus.  This week in our top 100 hitter rankings we will see how some of the early season upstarts are trying to hang around while some veterans are singing us their swan songs.  While I could waste another 200-300 words on this intro, let us be honest in that you have already skimmed and checked out around cattywampus.  Without further ado, the updated rankings for your top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season await!

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I know, I know.  I am supposed to be writing about Kyle Schwarber this week.  Seriously, we are doing 2021 Hitter Profiles and I should be writing about the hottest hitter on the planet.  Not counting Friday night where he hit another bomb (watch the video, it was a missile), across the last 14 days the former Cubbie has as many home runs (12) as the #2 and #3 long ball leaders during the same time span.  That is like going double Vladdy Jr.  So clearly everybody and their mother are writing up Schwarber and I do not want to dedicate more to the subject than has already been said.  I will put it simply; he is on a heater and nobody knows when it will stop.  He somehow has a .217 BABIP during this time which might explain why he only has 5 other hits.  This too shall pass but for now, enjoy enjoy enjoy!  Now that we have cleared the virtual air, it is time to toe the line in The Itch’s territory and talk about a player we need to be watching for the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the season…Vidal Brujan.

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Friday night, we got one of those wonderful novelty games.  In Baltimore, it was Cedric Mullins T-shirt night, so of course, he was 3 for 4 with 2 bombs and 4 RBI.  I really thought you were only supposed to go crazy on bobblehead night, but I was wrong!  Speaking of being wrong, Mullins has been knocking on the top 100 for a few weeks now and as much as we have resisted, the door has been opened and run right through.  So, what is driving this change?  Mullins is never going to be the biggest power hitter or the fastest runner, but he does everything well across the board.  In addition, in 2021 he is improving his discipline at the plate by swinging less and swinging at better pitches when he does attack.  In this week’s edition of the Top 100 Hitters for the 2021 Fantasy Baseball season, Cedric jumps in at number 72.  Maybe he should be even higher, but we will leave that discussion for the comment section.

Time to jump into our rankings!

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For this week’s rendition of hitter profiles, we are going wide rather than our usual deep.  There is plenty happening across the landscape of our fantasy baseball game that needs to be dissected.  Do you know who is quick like a rapid-fire article…Tommy Pham.  Well, he is not actually a blazing runner but good instincts and a green light is all that is needed to be a meaningful contributor in the 5×5 speed game.  It is also quite helpful that good ole Tommy is walking at a clip of 17% which is by far a career-best.  As we dive into the rapid-fire, take a few minutes to think about who you see moving the needle and leave a comment below!

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Well over 50 games into the 2021 fantasy baseball season have given birth to true breakouts and true concern for the underperformers.  In this week for the rest of the season top 100 hitters we see some strong movement from breakout stars that are showing not only top performance but sustained performance.  We have the breakouts from players that have shown potential over the past few years in guys like Jesse Winker and Kyle Tucker.  Moreover, a group of former stars continue to impress in the mold of Nick Castellanos and Kris Bryant.  Finally, we get the pleasure of watching the New Kids on the Block like Adolis Garcia and Tyler O’Neil crush the baseball into the cheap seats on a nightly basis.

For this edition of the Top 100 Hitters for the 2021 Fantasy Baseball season, the rankings breakdown as such:

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It is time for the knockout rounds of Hitter Profiles for the 2021 fantasy baseball season.  Although Jose Bautista vs. Rougned Odor might be our favorite type of knockout battle, it does not have nearly the value for an article as a comparison of two key players near each other in the season to date results.  This week, we grab two central division corner infielders and two AL outfielders to go toe to toe and make the call for who will help our fantasy lineups for the rest of the 2021 season.  Now that I have successfully worked in my annual quota of Rougned Odor into the intro of an article, let us get started with Josh Donaldson and Colin Moran.

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This offseason reports were aplenty of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. getting into the best shape of his life and the monster season he would unleash on the league.  This is such a common story, that we often dismiss the notion that results could follow.  For Vladdy Jr. himself, we also had concerns with his notably high groundball rate driving down the opportunities to put the ball over the fence and ultimately driving in runs.  Well, early this season we are seeing the ball hit harder than last year with more flyballs and a bit of luck.  That is the perfect recipe for success and a jump into the top 10 of the rest of season top 100 hitters.  It is scary to think that Vlad is only 22 and may be only touching the surface of his potential.

There is a lot of movement this week as some hitters have not turned it around after early-season struggles such as Cavan Biggio or Francisco Lindor.  Alternatively, there are guys like Mitch Haniger that bring joy to the rankings watching the comeback stories early in the 2021 season.  Time to get into the most recent rendition of the Top 100 hitter rankings for 2021 fantasy baseball:

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