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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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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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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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We are barely over a week into the 2024 fantasy baseball season and if you are anything like me, injuries have ravaged. Between Trevor Story, Luis Robert Jr., and Royce Lewis we are all hurting and starting to plug holes in creative ways. This is the time of the season where a hot start can be nothing more than luck and a poor start could simply from facing Shane Bieber (too soon?). This week, we sift through some of those hot starts and figure out who can simply plug a lineup hole versus a potential breakout where you should be dropping some real FAAB. This is where season’s can certainly be won with an astute pickup or lost by hanging on too long to your drafts dreams. Welcome to hitter profiles for 2024 fantasy baseball!

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Opening day has come and what a sweet thing it was.  So what did we learn so far?  First thing first, the Dodgers are leaving little doubt that they are going to try to bash their way to a championship.  We also have confirmed that our first round hitters are going to give us a thrilling chase for the top spot with our number two hitter Mookie Betts hitting all over the world.  Finally, we have confirmed that Colorado and Oakland will continue to be barren for fantasy owners this year.  In this week’s edition of the Top 100 Hitters for then 2024 fantasy baseball season, we attack the last 20 spots in our rankings to finish off opening weekend.  If we could fit 40 players into these spots, there would be a longer list as this part of the rankings is tight.  If you are expecting to see Tyler O’Neill, Mitch Haniger or even Jackson Merrill there is good argument for each to crack these rankings and time will tell if they can.  For now, let us finish up our pre-season top 100 hitters.

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Over the last two weeks, we walked through the top 20 and top 40 hitters for 2024 fantasy baseball season. This week, we come to the midfield looking at hitters rounding out the top 60 for 2024. While injuries have begun to cast a shadow over the spring, the emergence of young talents like Jackson Merrill, James Wood and Spencer Jones add excitement in our drafts and our rankings. This week, we begin to see the field narrowing as the gap between spot 41 and 60 are much closer than our early rankings. This is where leaps are made and risks must be taken. This group is chocked full of upside, dreams and potential while sprinkled with a few reliable veterans. So grab your glove, adjust your draft boards, and get ready to knock it out of the park with this week’s breakdown in our top 100 hitters for 2024.

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