Happy Tuesday, Razzballero! If you’re still checking in on the baseball side of things, it probably means that you’re still in contention in at least one of your fantasy leagues, so kudos to you for that. If you were able to win the race to the waiver wire and acquire this week’s most added player in ESPN leagues, New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (58.4% owned; +46.8% over the past week), you’re probably sitting pretty right now. Not too much has changed since I highlighted him in this very column last week, except that he’s gained catcher eligibility in more formats and he’s even more white hot now than he was just a short week ago. Since last Tuesday, Sanchez has 12 hits in 25 plate appearances including 6 homers and 9 RBI over that span. His weekly triple slash line is merely a ho-hum .545/.600/1.455 while his .909 ISO looks like something you’d find on an OPS leaderboard. He’s even tossed in a steal for good measure. His .385 batting average is currently being boosted by a .405 BABIP and his 50% HR/FB is likely to be cut in half (if not more) over the long-term, but Sanchez looks like a legit .280-.285 hitter with 25-30 homer power. Think Buster Posey with a slightly lower average but more power. If you managed to grab him, enjoy the ride (and hold on for dear life dynasty leaguers!).

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

Travis Jankowski: 21.8% owned; -6.6%

From June 21st through August 6th (after Jankowski cracked the everyday starting lineup), Jankowski stole 19 bases and scored 26 runs in 143 plate appearances, managing a .274/.397/.350 slash line along the way. A mini-slump from August 7th through the 17th (40 PA, 7 hits, 3 runs, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .200/.300/.229) has caused his ownership numbers to plummet recently. Fantasy owners can be a fickle bunch sometimes. Jankowski’s 27 steals are tied for the sixth most in MLB this season, and his .363 on-base percentage (thanks to an impressive 13.4% BB%) means that his job as the Padres table-setter is likely fairly secure. Fantasy-wise, he’s what optimists hoped that a full-time Jarrod Dyson would look like back in March. If you have a need for speed and Jankowski was dumped in your league, you know what to do. TREASURE.

Dansby Swanson: 21.2% owned; +18.4%

Swanson is a name that’s likely to cause DBacks fans to vomit in their mouths a little bit every time that they hear it over the next few years thanks to the disastrous Shelby Miller trade last offseason. More importantly for fantasy owners, the former #1 overall pick in the 2015 draft was called up by the Braves last week to be their everyday shortstop the rest of the way. Unfortunately, defense is Swanson’s strong suit, and there aren’t many fantasy leagues that use defensive categories in their scoring systems. As for his bat, Swanson is advanced enough to handle himself at the big league level, but that’s about the extent of it at the moment. He managed a 54/8/45/6/.261 batting line in 377 plate appearances at the Double-A level this season, and his MLB production will likely lag behind that a bit over the season’s final six weeks. Swanson looks like a useful fantasy asset in dynasty leagues, but redrafters can probably do better down the stretch. TRASH.

  1. The Hack says:
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    I was worried this would be a Gary is bad post. Im riding that honky mexican all the way to the top. By the way, saying Razzballero sounds like you have one reader which we know isnt true

    • Big Magoo

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      @The Hack: Nah, I like him. Riding him up the standings in the NFBC, so I hope he keeps it up. And at this point in the season, probably two-thirds of the FBB world is gearing up for football, so it’s just the contenders and baseball-only people roaming these parts.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @The Hack: nah, he’s been a top 60ish or higher prospect for at least 3 years now. catchers usually take longer than other positions.

  2. Slimbo says:
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    who do you like better in a keep forever dyno

    soler or conforto?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Slimbo: Assuming his shoulder is healthy, I’d go with Conforto. That’s been a big reason for his struggles this year. Cespedes is likely to be gone after he opts out of his contract (not to mention Walker might sign elsewhere too), so Conforto should settle into the middle of the lineup once again. Soler is still very boom or bust. He hasn’t shown much consistency at all.

      • apox says:
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        @Big Magoo: you use injuries to justify Conforto’s struggles but don’t mention Soler’s many injuries? His inconsistency stems from not being able to stay healthy. On tools alone, Soler far exceeds Conforto.

        • Big Magoo

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          @apox: The difference between the two is that it’s easy to tie Conforto’s struggles to that one particular injury. Since his shoulder has gotten better, he’s destroyed Triple-A pitching this year. Just needs to regain the trust of Collins (if he’s still there next year).

          Soler’s inconsistency is likely due to a number of things (various injuries, swing mechanics, inexperience, etc.). There’s nowhere for him to play everyday either, especially with Schwarber rejoining the fold next season. I agree that his ceiling is higher than Conforto’s, but not by much, and I think his floor is much lower.

  3. David says:
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    Pick 6 keeper league. We also count CG, K/9 , QS, XBH, BB and OBP. ( Miggy, DJ Lemaheu, M. carpenter, Donaldson, Betts, Dahl, Gary Sanchez, Bregman and Degrom)

    • Big Magoo

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      @David: Miggy, Donaldson, Betts, Dahl, and deGrom are a solid top 5. The last one is tough. I’d probably go with Sanchez in a two catcher league. In a one catcher league, it’s a coin flip between Sanchez and Bregman for me.

  4. muskysmell says:
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    Solid anal. Magoo…good stuff.
    I was already sitting pretty with Wilson Ramos so I didn’t really have room. Still sitting in 1st and most likely will win, but I kinda wish I picked up Sanchez since my league is a keeper league.
    What are your thoughts on Wilson Ramos? I’m inclined to believe he’s finally cashing in on his talent.

    • Big Magoo

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      @muskysmell: You made me feel like a porn star. Thanks! Ramos should be solid for the next few seasons. It seems like that lasik surgery that he had in the offseason really made a difference. The talent was always there, like you mentioned.

  5. Dorian S. says:
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    Hey Magoo, if you only had 8 possible keepers to choose from from this list, what would you pick?

    C Gary Sanchez
    C/OF Kyle Schwarber
    1B Tommy Joseph
    2B Rougned Odor
    3B/SS Manny Machado
    SS Xander Bogaerts
    SS Trevor Story
    SS Carlos Correra
    OF George Springer
    OF Gregory Polanco
    OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
    OF Marcell Ozuna
    OF Yusiel Puig

    Like, Sanchez, Odor, Machado, Story, Correra, Springer, Polanco and maybe Schwarber? What do you think?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Dorian S.: I’d keep Sanchez, Odor, Machado, Springer, Polanco, and two out of Bogaerts/Story/Correa. Try to trade one of them for an ace if possible.

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