We’ve finally made it to September, and if you’re reading this post, that probably means that you’re still in contention or are looking to play spoiler to the guy who brags about how great his team is on draft day. At this point of the season, it probably wouldn’t be particularly useful to read 1,000 words on Dexter Fowler (and really, would it ever?), so we’re going to switch up the format over the next few weeks and take a quick look at some players who might help you bring home that fantasy title (as well as a few who won’t). This week, we’ll focus on hitters, and next week will be pitchers. Sound good? Dig it.

Here are a few hitters to consider adding/dropping over the next few weeks (with ESPN ownership %):

Franklin Gutierrez (18%): Admit it – you forgot that the big FraGu was still even playing, didn’t you? It would be understandable if you did. Gutierrez has only played in 81 games since the 2012 season, and missed 2014 completely due to health issues. The 32-year-old has come back with a vengeance this season though, producing a .315/.366/.646 triple slash with 11 homers, 21 runs, and 30 RBIs in 44 games (142 plate appearances), with most of those numbers coming in the last month (.362/.421/.783 w/ 8 HR, 16 R, 22 RBI). The notorious lefty masher (1.062 OPS vs LHP in 2015; .843 career) is scheduled to face 6 lefties in his next 11 games, and looks to be an everyday player now that Austin Jackson has been shipped off to Chicago. Could be a nice asset down the stretch. BULL.

Ryan Zimmerman (82%): Who’s been the hottest hitter in MLB over the last two weeks outside of Edwin Encarnacion, Joey Votto, and Yoenis Cespedes? Didn’t you see the name at the start of this blurb? It’s the ever-disappointing Zimmerman, of course. He certainly hasn’t disappointed recently though. Over the last two weeks, he has the 2nd highest ISO (.533) in MLB and his 7 homers is tied with E5 for the 2nd most in MLB. His .311 batting average over that span has even been a bit unlucky if anything (.233 BABIP). I guess the shoulder is feeling good. Based on his current ownership percentage, Zimmerman is a longshot to be available, but he was floating around in a couple of my leagues recently, so there is a chance. BULL.

• The Yasmanis (Yasmanii?): The last month hasn’t been kind to either Yasmani Grandal (61.7%) or Yasmany Tomas (35.6%). Just how bad has it been? When sorting for players who made a minimum of 60 PA with a K% of at least 28% an ISO of less than .120 over the last 30 days, here are the results:

Name Team G PA HR R RBI SB BB% K% ISO AVG OBP SLG
Matt Wieters Orioles 20 74 1 5 2 0 8.10% 29.70% 0.059 0.25 0.311 0.309
Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks 20 64 2 8 4 0 1.60% 32.80% 0.111 0.254 0.266 0.365
Jerry Sands Indians 23 63 1 4 7 0 4.80% 30.20% 0.083 0.167 0.206 0.25
Torii Hunter Twins 20 77 1 6 8 1 7.80% 28.60% 0.074 0.132 0.221 0.206
Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 17 63 0 2 3 0 12.70% 28.60% 0.019 0.111 0.222 0.13

Wieters missed the first couple of months of this season due to injury, and he hasn’t looked right all year long. Sands looks to be a platooning journeyman in the John Mayberry mold. Hunter is doing his best Julio Franco impression, i.e., choosing to play until he’s wheeled off of the field.

Which leaves the Yasmanis. Both have suffered through health and playing time issues recently, and when they have played, they’ve struck out at alarming clips and haven’t hit for power at all. In shallow formats, it’s time to cut ’em loose if you haven’t already done so. BEAR.

Danny Valencia (22.6%) and C.J. Cron (5.5%): It’s pretty easy to lump these guys together since they’re both right-handed power hitters who play in the AL West. Both of them have been hot recently as well. Over the last 30 days, Valencia has posted a .302/.351/.547 triple slash with 5 homers, 14 runs, and 18 RBIs, while Cron has gone .301/.344/.506 with 4 homers, 10 runs, 13 RBIs, and 2 steals. Either would make a fine corner infidel for your fake team over the next month, and Valencia should have OF eligibility to boot in most formats. BULL.

 
  1. slimbo says:
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    Drop Alex Gordan for the zimmernator?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @slimbo: Yeah, I’d take Zimm over Gordon. He’s on fire right now, and it’s been rumored that Gordon will be rested regularly to make sure that he’s 100% for the postseason.

  2. Riles says:
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    Nice article. Could you rank a few OF’s on the wire for me? I have JOC on my squad but he’s been pretty useless lately other than the Dinger on Tuesday. Hold on Joc or grab one of these gents:

    Trumbo, FraGu, Rusney, Ozuna,

    Thanks.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Riles: Thanks! It’s safe to drop Pederson in redraft leagues at this point (.167, 7 HR, 1 SB since June 4th). I’d grab Castillo for all-around production or Trumbo for power (7 HR in his last 17 games). Slight edge to Trumbo over FraGu for power due to track record.

  3. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    would you own FraGu and/or Valencia over the likes of Buxton, Odubel Herrera, Eduardo Escobar, Kelby Tomlinson, or Ben Paulson

    should note that Tomlinson and Paulson are on the roster for this four game series at Coors

    • Big Magoo

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      @Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry: Sure. You can hold Tomlinson and Paulson for the Coors series and then drop em for those two. I’d probably hold Buxton for the upside in a redraft, but he’s expendable too if you’d rather go that route.

  4. Scott says:
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    Brandon Moss has been on fire too. think he’s as good a pickup as Cron and Danny?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Scott: Moss is right there with those guys, but from Sunday-Tuesday he faces Verlander, Sale, and Rodon. Tough stretch. Might be worth an add after that though.

  5. Aladeen says:
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    Hi, would you drop either Khris Davis Gerardo Parra for Olivera? In need of power

    Thanks

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Aladeen: Hold Davis if you need power. Parra and Olivera have similar value. Depends on positional needs. In a vacuum, I’d give a slight edge to Parra for this year though.

  6. Matt says:
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    Shaw or Jackie Bradley Jr 6×6 obp league ROS?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Matt: Bradley over Shaw, not that close.

      • M says:
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        @Big Magoo: thanks, and I’m guessing you’d favor JBJ over Franklin Gutierrez ROS too?

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @M: Those two are much closer, but I’d take JBJ in an OBP format

  7. David says:
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    In a points league for HR/R/RBI/SB take Jose Reyes or Corey Seager @SS for ROS…?

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @David: Reyes. Easy.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @David: Agree with Baez. Seager is likely to hit towards the bottom of the order, and more importantly, I’m not sure that he’ll play everyday.

  8. Sam says:
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    If you are a bear on Grandal.. would you drop him for Swihart?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Sam: Good question. Swihart for overall value, but I think that even a dinged up Grandal will still hit for more power.

      • Sam says:
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        @Big Magoo: Thanks Magoo!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Sam: No problem

          • Big Worm says:
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            @Big Magoo:

            Just an FYI if you’re in weekly leagues, I think Grandal has at least 3 lefties in each of the next three weeks.

  9. morecowbell says:
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    Needing a power boost in my roster. Would you drop Ozuna for FraGu? Standard 5×5 league except OBP instead of Ave.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @morecowbell: Ozuna and FraGu aren’t all that different from a fantasy standpoint, but I’d take FraGu right now. He’s been on fire recently, and there are a bunch of lefties on the upcoming Mariners’ schedule.

      • morecowbell says:
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        @Big Magoo: For sure. Just lookin for a little more pop and thought FraGu could be my guy. Thanks!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @morecowbell: I think he’ll be good for a few more bombs. Good luck!

  10. Jj says:
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    Would you drop a.eaton to activate c.seager? Eaton is usually sneaking in my Util postiion as is. Is it worth it to gamble on c.seager and his immense upside?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Jj: It depends on your format and team needs. Roto or H2H? Redraft or dynasty? Need speed or power?

  11. Jj says:
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    It’s a 12 team H2H 5×5 keeper league(we only keep 10)
    C-C.santana
    1B-E.Hosmer
    2B-B.Dozier
    3B-T.Frazier
    SS-M.Sano
    OF-AJ pollock
    OF-M.Kemp
    OF-K.Calhoun
    Util-K.Davis, H.Ramirez
    Bench-J.Baez, A.Eaton, C.Seager

    • Big Magoo

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      @Jj: With Baez available off of the bench, I’d probably just keep Seager stashed for now and use Eaton when you need runs/avg/steals.

  12. CMR says:
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    H2H w/ OPS + BB + 2B

    Pick 2 ROS:
    FraGu,Aoki, Parra, Domingo Santana, Cron

    • Big Magoo

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      @CMR: FraGu, Cron, Santana, Parra. Flip Santana and Parra if you prefer a higher floor.

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