Yo yo yo, what is up party people? Hard to believe we’re closing in on two months into the season. Feels like just yesterday we were in draft mode. Do we know anything at this point? Absolutely not. So now here’s everything I’ve learned so far. Did you know that Yandy Diaz is like super good? The batting average is great but the power is even better. He’s in the early running for fantasy baseball points league MVP. He’s still day to day with that groin injury but the fact that he hasn’t gone to the IL is encouraging. He’s probably feeling a bit under the weather because of the big ole bat he’s been lugging around,

Adolis Garcia is finally starting to look like the guy I told y’all to draft back in March. His steals aren’t quite where I thought they would be but he has been smacking the ball out of the park. Fortunately for us, the power is what we’re after. Any speed is just icing on the cake.

Christian Walker is still alive. He did not start off the season on a pretty note but his season point totals do look pretty nice. His last week was rough, batting under .200 with only one bomb but I think we just have to accept that he can be a streaky player. Don’t sell him for pennies, he’s on the verge of being the player you wanted him to be when you drafted him.

Brent Rooker isn’t a guy I’ve been all in on or even a guy I’ve really talked about but there’s no denying he’s been a fantasy force this season. Truthfully, he has a supporting cast that is largely garbage for fantasy aside from Esteury Ruiz, and his value is primarily in his speed. However, that has not stopped Rooker from racking up the points. He has double digit bombs and a batting average above .300. Both of those are great for points leagues. Actually, Ruiz hasn’t been too bad himself, but I digress because Rooker is the belle of the ball here.

Nolan Gorman is majorly undervalued at under 50% rostered according to ESPN. His power is legit. In fact, it’s 2 legit 2 quit. Without our good friend Jordan Walker (yes I just might work him into every post I write this season) in the lineup, the Cards have not been doing too hot at the plate. Actually, looking at the number the Red Birds offense hasn’t really been that bad. Maybe they didn’t need Walker after all. Wait…What am I saying, someone slap some sense into me. Walker was poised to be the next big thing and I still firmly believe he can be, I just don’t know when. I’ve gotten real sidetracked in a blurb about Gorman so let’s get back to business. He can hit the ball real far and often. Don’t let him be on the waiver wire.

Steven Kwan looks mighty nice, even with no power. His season betting average has been on the rise and now sits at .275 which is actually a touch below his projections. I had hopes he could push for .300, just a bit below his career average. Contact plays in points leagues and Kwan knows how to put his bat on the ball.

Thairo Estrada is hot hot hot. He’s now firmly one of my favorite players, not just because he plays for my Giants, although that doesn’t hurt. You want hits with some pop? Thairo has you covered. He’s got an outside shot at a 30/30 season. The biggest issue will be the power as he already has 11 steals but only 6 bombs. Much more likely is a 20/20 campaign which is still plenty valuable, especially when it comes with a batting average around .300. Yes you would like that on your squad.

Isaac Paredes has been better than advertised. We knew he had pop but you have to love the fact that he’s not hitting .200. Multi position eligibility (first, second and third) makes him a great bench piece in leagues with smaller rosters. Maybe it’s just a phase for him but if that’s the case he can just be a faze on your fantasy team.

Geraldo Perdomo is forcing us to take notice of him. I’ll admit he was not even on my radar coming into the season. Power hasn’t been his game with 8 in his three year career. He does have 3 bombs this season which is cool and all but I don’t think it’s a part of his game that can be counted on. Even still, he’s hot due to his delightful .340 batting average. That alone makes him worthy of attention. I have doubts that he can maintain his blistering pace but there’s always a chance and he’s worth a roster spot while he’s hot and in the lineup.

Lars Nootbaar has a super sweet name but he’s also been a real good fantasy bat. Power and speed are not his game or at least they haven’t been on display so far. He could push for 20 bombs, which is serviceable but not really anything to write home about. Assuming the Cards commit to giving him regular playing time he could be a very nice pickup.

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