As of 1:05 today, my kids are officially finished school for the summer. That means two things for me. Number one, I’m now the proud father of 1st Graders. Number two, I have no idea how I’m going to get any work done at home with these gremlins running around all day. Seriously, two and a half months with these monsters destroying the house is going to be a nightmare. Know what else is a nightmare? This list this week. We have Max Muncy hitting the IL, while Kris Bryant and Cody Bellinger are currently DTD. Bryant was hit by a pitch on the hand yesterday and we’re awaiting news on his status. Bellinger is nursing a hamstring injury and that has me pretty worried. The Dodgers’ slugger has dealt with injuries all year and this is not a step in the right direction. Let’s take a look at the list and then we’ll talk about some of the highlights or lowlights from the last two weeks.

 

Rank Player Position Team +/-
1 Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. 1B Blue Jays   +1
2 Freddie Freeman 1B Braves   -1
3 Jose Abreu 1B White Sox    –
4 Pete Alonso 1B Mets   +1
5 Matt Olson 1B Athletics   +1
6 Paul Goldschmidt 1B Cardinals   +1
7 Jared Walsh 1B/OF Angels   +1
8 Kris Bryant 1B/3B/OF Cubs   -4
9 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B Yankees    –
10 Anthony Rizzo 1B Cubs   +3
11 Trey Mancini 1B/OF Orioles   +3
12 Yuli Gurriel 1B Astros   +6
13 Eric Hosmer 1B Padres   -1
14 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B Dodgers   -4
15 Ryan McMahon 1B/2B/3B Rockies    –
16 Dominic Smith 1B/OF Mets   +5
17 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF Dodgers   -6
18 Rhys Hoskins 1B Phillies   -2
19 Patrick Wisdom 1B/3B Cubs   NR
20 Nate Lowe 1B Rangers   -3
21 Carlos Santana 1B Royals   -2
22 Joey Votto 1B Reds   NR
23 Ryan Mountcastle 1B/OF Orioles   NR
24 Josh Bell 1B Nationals   -1
25 Mike Moustakas 1B/2B/3B Reds    –

 

First and foremost, I finally made the flip to Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. being the top first baseman. He’s earned it and has significantly outplayed Freddie Freeman. I zipped him up the list pretty early in the season and he’s continued to rake.

I slid Kris Bryant down, but it’s kind of a hedge. If news comes out that he has a broken hand, he obviously slides down significantly more. If the news is that he’ll miss a couple of games with a bruised hand, he’d remain in the top five. Unfortunately, I’m not a fortune teller and can not tell the future. With Matt Olson scorching hot, I was tempted to slide him all the way up to number three, but Olson has been streaky his entire career and these hot streaks are usually followed by a chilly streak.

The aforementioned Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger both slid down the list. Muncy is expected to start a rehab stint this week and could return to the team by this weekend. That gives me more confidence than Bellinger, who’s nursing a hamstring injury. How long will the Dodgers wait until they pop Bellinger on the IL to let him get 100% healthy for the playoffs?

First base has become such a mess. If it’s not injuries, it’s the coldest of slumps ever. I’m talking to you Rhys Hoskins and Eric Hosmer. Both will come around, but it’s so difficult to just trust the process. I bumped up Anthony Rizzo and Trey Mancini, who I view as more consistent contributors. Yuli Gurriel is someone who I’ve kind of overlooked most of the year, but he’s consistently putting up decent numbers and deserves a bump up.

Dominic Smith has been a nice surprise, chipping in a handful of steals to go with his pop. That made it easy to bump him up over other slumping hitters. Patrick Wisdom made his list debut and I was tempted to jump him straight up and over some of the slumping vets. Wisdom has always possessed this type of power and it comes with a decent amount of swing and miss. Ride the wave while you can, but be prepared for him to cool off and I’m not against selling high if you can.

Shoutout to “ray” who commented on the last first base update, giving me a heads up that Joey Votto was returning. You’re the real hero!

 
  1. Vacation says:
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    Olson too low.

    • Logan says:
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      I agree. I think he’s either second or third right now…yes, he’s always been streaky, but that was with a strikeout percentage 10-15% higher. He’s just now 27 and we might be seeing a guy who hovers around 280 instead of 240…add in 40 homers and you basically are very close to MVP Freddie Freeman.

    • Richardo

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      Noted!

  2. cable says:
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    Carlos Santana in a 12 team h/h points league is #8 ranked in scoring at 1st base right now …. drafted him in the 16 rd….Bingo!!!!

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      haha these are more geared towards 5×5 roto, but yes, if BBs are included Santana certainly gets a boost.

  3. Seth says:
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    What say you about Jesus Aguilar? Close to Top 25 or nah?

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Very close. Honestly, those last couple spots are tough. Definitely feel like I’m leaving Aguilar hanging. The strikeout rate is much improved over previous years.

  4. Simsbad says:
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    no love for Kirilloff?

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      His 32% strikeout rate in May had me worried. He’s been pretty decent since then, but not a lot of power, not a lot of speed and only has 9 runs/rbis since May 26th. Just been a little underwhelming.

  5. NCPhilly says:
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    Let’s see if Bobby Bradley can work his way into this list with another week of sustained success. Riding that wave until his minor league AVG and K% problems surface.

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      He’s been one of my fav cheap guys in DFS. But yes, those blemishes are there.

  6. Graveytrain says:
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    What’s the verdict on Voit?

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