Kyle Schwarber (+46.9%) was the most added player in fantasy baseball this past week. What hasn’t been said about this elite prospect over the past few weeks? Here’s an interesting stat that might surprise you. He’s sneaky fast! Ok, maybe not, but it is a fun piece of trivia that could impress your friends and co-workers at the next social gathering. You’ll be the life of the party! Schwarber is back with the Cubs after a brief cup of coffee in June to serve as the club’s DH during interleague play. Due to Miguel Montero’s recent thumb injury that’s likely to keep him on the DL for another month or more, Schwarber has a chance to log some serious playing time in the near future. In 34 plate appearances at the MLB level this season, he’s produced a .375/.412/.563 triple slash line with a homer, 8 runs scored, and 6 RBI. His minor league numbers aren’t too bad either, as he combined to hit .323/.430/.591 with 16 homers, 46 runs, and 49 RBI in 310 PA across the AA and AAA levels this season. Power, pedigree, and catcher-eligibility – oh my! Could be a difference maker this year. Grab him if he’s somehow still available in your league.

Here are a couple of other significant adds and drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Randal Grichuk – 33.7% owned (+10.5%)

When considering all of the impressive young position players who have made their MLB debuts over the past two seasons (George Springer, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, etc.), it’s not surprising that a player like Grichuk has flown under the radar. It might be time for that to change. In 220 PA this season, the 23-year-old Grichuk boasts a .281/.332/.557 line with 9 homers, 30 runs, 32 RBI, and 3 steals. His .276 ISO is tied with JD Martinez for the 7th highest mark in MLB (min. 200 PA), and his .557 SLG is currently 9th. His average fly ball distance of 296.28 feet ranks 36th in MLB among qualified hitters, ahead of the aforementioned Springer and Bryant as well as established sluggers such as Nolan Arenado, Todd Frazier, and Nelson Cruz. The 30.9% K% is a concern, and will likely keep his batting average in the .260 range in the 2nd half, but the power is for real. The recent return of Matt Holliday is unlikely to affect Grichuk’s playing time significantly going forward, as the Cardinals have moved him to center field in order to keep him in the everyday lineup. TREASURE.

Chris Carter – 38.0% owned (-5.7%)

In 2014, Carter launched 37 home runs, which was tied with Giancarlo Stanton for the 2nd highest total in MLB. What a difference a year makes. Carter’s struggles this season are eerily reminiscent of another prominent slugger who suffered through a poor 2014 campaign. Let’s take a look:

Season Name G PA HR R RBI SB BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG
2014 Chris Davis 127 525 26 65 72 2 11.40% 33.00% 0.209 0.242 0.196 0.3 0.404
2015 Chris Carter 86 340 15 34 41 1 12.90% 33.80% 0.195 0.236 0.185 0.3 0.38

Things haven’t gotten better for Carter in recent weeks either. In his last 20 games played since June 19th, Carter has managed just a .103/.195/.265 triple slash line in 77 PA. A sprained ankle has kept him out of action over the past few days, though a trip to the DL isn’t expected at this time. Regardless, it’s best to steer clear of this average drain in what looks like a lost season for him. TRASH.

 

 

 
  1. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    I held Carter for the longest time, hoping for that elusive volcanic-streak, before dropping him Sunday. Oh well, they can’t all be zingers. Opens a roster spot.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry: It’s tough owning a player like Carter. He can carry your team when he goes through a hot stretch (Jul/Aug last season), but he actually hurts your team when he’s not hitting homers in bunches because he doesn’t really do anything else. Good move dropping him. I think it’s a lost season for him.

  2. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Post Big Magoo!

    14 team H2H points league…

    Would you drop G. Polanco for Grichuk?

    How about d’Arnaud (once is healthy) or Schwarber?

    Thanks

    • Big Magoo

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      @RicoSuave: Thanks! I’d go with Grichuk for this season. Polanco hasn’t homered since May and he’s struggled big time against lefties.

      I’d give a slight edge to a healthy d’Arnaud, but he’s still roughly a month away from returning. Probably go with Schwarber there.

  3. Gabe says:
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    who would you take justin upton or kluber?
    i need pitching and offense pretty evenly, so just wanna know who going to be a better contributor the rest of the year

    • Gabe says:
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      @Gabe:

      So now the trade looks like

      Kluber + Betts or Calhoun

      For

      justin upton, pilar, Samardzija

      Which side do you like better? would you rather get Calhoun or betts?

      • Big Magoo

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        @Gabe: Depends on format. Roto or H2H? Redraft or dynasty? How many teams?

  4. Peter says:
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    Awesome writeup, thank you! I grabbed Schwarber last week and hoping he can be a serious difference maker even though he’ll never catch Lester and maybe Arrieta.

    I’m looking to pick up Cingrani because I love the K upside but not sure what pitcher (if any) to release for him. The options are Wei-Yen Chen, Patrick Corbin, Mike Fiers, and Vincent Velasquez. Thanks a ton in advance.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Peter: Thanks! It depends on the rest of your pitching staff. Chen is the high floor guy there, Corbin and Velasquez are the higher ceiling/low floor pitchers, and Fiers is somewhere in between. If it’s a redraft format, I’d take a chance on Cingrani over Corbin. Corbin is still making his way back from TJS and he hasn’t been effective since the 1st half of 2013.

      • Peter says:
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        @Big Magoo:
        For what it’s worth, my core starters are degrom, arrieta, Pineda, odirizzi, and Kyle Hendricks of late. Does that change anything?

        • Big Magoo

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          @Peter: That’s a strong core. I’d go with Cingrani over Corbin. Higher ceiling for the remainder of this year.

          • Peter says:
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            @Big Magoo:
            Thank you, you’re awesome for the Lightning responses!

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @Peter: No problem

  5. Eric says:
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    Grichuk or Moss?

  6. Eric says:
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    Sorry, Roto 5×5, Grichuk or Moss

    • Big Magoo

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      @Eric: Moss for power only, but I’d give Grichuk a slight edge in overall value

  7. Bammers says:
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    I have a dynasty league question for you. H2h 16 team non contract dynasty points league. I have Trout and Adam Jones as my CFs, so I am looking to deal one for a SP upgrade, as the league is very pitcher friendly with the points. Right now Jones is in my Util spot and I don’t have a great 1b. This team is in 2nd in the league right now and looking to make a run at it.

    He offered E5/CJ Wilson for Jones/Kyle Lohse. I am not a huge fan of Wilson, so I am going to see if I can swap him for either Kazmir or Hector Santiago.

    1. Do you do this deal?
    2. Which pitcher should I ask for? Wilson, Kazmir, or Santiago?
    3. He also has Fielder. Would he be a better target in this deal than E5?

    Thanks!

    • Big Magoo

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      @Bammers: 1. I’m concerned about Encarncion’s health (back), but the deal makes sense if you get a significant pitching upgrade as well. I don’t think that Jones is completely out of the woods with his shoulder issue just yet.

      2. Kazmir first, then Santiago. I’d probably hold otherwise. Going from Lohse to Wilson isn’t that much of an upgrade despite Lohse’s poor numbers this season.

      3. Fielder is much safer than Encarnacion for the rest of this season, but EE still has a higher ceiling. Depends on how much risk you need to/are willing to take. I think their values are similar in 2016 and beyond.

      • Bammers says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Got the deal done for E5 and Kazmir. Thanks for the great advice!

        • Big Magoo

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          @Bammers: No problem. I like that deal for you. Good luck!

  8. Dave says:
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    Cingrani or Bassitt? Thanks!

    • Big Magoo

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      @Dave: Cingrani. Bassitt doesn’t miss many bats and has had control issues throughout his career.

  9. Dave says:
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    Crazy blockbuster just offered to me (5×5 redraft):
    My Trout for
    Carlos Martinez
    Carlos Gomez
    Kyle Scwarber
    Drew Storen

    Probably wouldn’t pass the vote, but thoughts?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Dave: I’d keep Trout there. Gomez is a fine player, but I’d want at least one more semi-elite option in return for the best player in fantasy.

  10. Splendid Sphincter says:
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    Kole Calhoun for Adrian Beltre? 5×5, id be getting Kole

    • Big Magoo

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      @Splendid Sphincter: I’d take Calhoun there. It sounds like Beltre’s thumb is going to be an issue for the rest of the season.

  11. Hern says:
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    I loved me some Grichuck earlier in the season but once Pence came off the DL I had to choose between dropping him or Byrd.

    I chose to drop Grichuck due to the fact Byrd has more HRs but after reading this I’m second guessing my decision.

    So should I drop Byrd and pick up Grichuck?

    If it helps my current OF is:

    Pence
    Ellsbury
    Betts
    Cain
    Byrd

    • Big Magoo

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      @Hern: Byrd and Grichuk are pretty similar in terms of fantasy value, so I’d probably hold for now. Byrd might get moved prior to the deadline, so that’s something to keep an eye on though.

  12. Mike says:
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    gattis or schwarber

    • Big Magoo

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      @Mike: I’d give a slight edge to Gattis. Schwarber looks terrific so far, but he hasn’t caught Lester or Arrieta yet, and his playing time is uncertain once Montero comes off of the DL.

  13. Abdoozy says:
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    Hi Mr. Magoo,

    Offered this trade in my RCL:
    I give: Arrietta, Boxberger
    I get: Votto, Beltre

    I’m way ahead of pace on starts so losing a SP might not kill me; I’m almost dead last in saves so losing a closer might not hurt much. Other SP: Price, Tyson Ross, Miller, Salazar, Santiago.

    My current corner infidel is Hosmer, Sano and Kang, so there’s room for upgrade even with the Beltre injury risk.

    Inclined to take it. Thoughts?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Abdoozy: Hey Abdoozy, that deal is fair. Could you do Arrieta straight up for Votto? I’d like that even more for you, especially since you’re ahead of the GS pace. You could even try something like Arrieta + Ross or MIller for Votto. You don’t need that many SPs in an RCL.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Big Magoo: this is my first year in a RCL so I’m learning. Forgot to include Heston in that roster (obviously I’m picking and choosing the starts at this point and Heaton is a streamer anyway). Good idea to see if I can get him to go for SPs for Votto.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Big Magoo: Offered him Arietta and Ross for Votto and Texiera, don’t expect him to take it but we will see how serious he is.. He’s currently last in K and W so he’s obviously motivated.

        • Big Magoo

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          @Abdoozy: Nice, I like that offer. If he counters, you could come back with Arrieta/Ross for Votto + a closer (or closer-in-waiting like Giles). It might be a good idea to start chipping away at your saves deficit. High-end relievers provide extra Ks and ratio help as well. Extremely valuable in this format.

          • Abdoozy says:
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            @Big Magoo: problem is, I’m 13 saves out of 9th place in saves, and all the closers and even prospective closers are taken, so I’ll have to trade for saves, and I’m not sure I can even gain more than one or two standings points.. I’m currently in 2nd with 93 pts and a big lead in W and K, thanks to being way ahead of pace.

            I don’t need all those SP, I’ll see what I can get for them in relief.

            • Big Magoo

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              @Abdoozy: Yeah, it sounds like you’re all set on the SP side. Moving a couple of those guys for an offensive or RP upgrade (or both) would be solid for you.

  14. SICK McNASTY says:
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    Magoo! You da Man!

    What do I got to do to get a top 100 keeper post from ye? I’ll be your scribe if u need help. U can call me…. Timbaland…

    • Big Magoo

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      @SICK McNASTY: Haha, thanks! You’ll help me with the remix then?

      I appreciate the vote of confidence, but I’m more of a redraft guy. I familiarize myself with the top 25-30 prospects so that I’m aware of their potential fantasy impact in the short-term, but Mike’s the guy that you want to go to with any prospect questions. He knows those players inside and out.

    • Big Magoo

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      @SICK McNASTY: I just realized that my fatigued brain interpreted your keeper request as a prospect list. Sorry about that. There’ll definitely be plenty of off-season content. Stay tuned.

  15. Birdmann says:
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    One more post to make it a cool 40. I dumped the rest of my FAAB on Kyle right before the All-star game, my catcher was JT Reallyokayboring. After tonight if the guy can keep it up money well spent even if it is only three games a week. I watched the game and the boy can hit and didn’t chase outside the zone, doesn’t look like a rookie at the plate. Hopefully he can gain the trust of Maddon, Lester and Jake and the Cubs ride him out.
    P.S. not a Cubs fan

    • Big Magoo

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      @Birdmann: I caught his last two ABs tonight. Definitely looks like he has a surprising amount of strike zone awareness considering his lack of experience. Has impressive power, obviously. The biggest questions are his playing time going forward and his ability to make adjustments on the fly. So far, so good. Looks like money well spent on your part.

  16. Bill Lee says:
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    FWIW i believe Cream had a song by the name of Schwarber on their Disraeli Gears albumn.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Bill Lee: Nice! That’s going back a bit. I went with a loose reference to Spaceballs, which I don’t think too many people picked up on. Might’ve been a bit too loose.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Bill Lee: is this the ghost of “bull” lee?

  17. The Harrow says:
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    nice to see such sense making with grichuk, i know matheny is stupid, but he ain’t that stupid. plus grichuk’s D is better than anybody else STL has (not counting bourjos) for CF.

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