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5 to Line-up 5 to Send Down

We are nearing an end in our Fantasy Baseball season, many are contending and many are well out of contention. Still, you want to end on a high note, especially if you are fighting for a top 3 place in your league. I will talk about 5 players you should stash to your fantasy teams and 3 you should drop from your team.



5 TO LINE-UP



C Yasmani Grandal

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a throw to first base in the fifth inning during the MLB game against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium on May 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Marlins defeated the Dodgers 5-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Yasmani Grandal has been on fire recently, over his last 19 games, Grandal is slashing .262/.351/.631 with 9 HR during that span. He won’t be a hitting machine but he brings some very good Home Run power to your fantasy lineup.

SS Marcus Semien

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Marcus Semien is up to 20 Home runs in the season… yes, 20. Semien is hitting .283 over his last 20 games, he also has 10 stolen bases, snatching him up is not a bad idea, huh? Besides, he is only owned in 30.2% of fantasy leagues.

OF Tyler Naquin

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Tyler Naquin is receiving all the playing time in Michael Brantley’s absence. The hot hitting rookie is slashing a very seductive .329 with a .994 OPS including 32 runs scored, 12 HR and 29 RBI. He is being picked up quickly, if available, you should hurry and send him to your starting line-up. As long as he is hitting the way he is, even when Brantley’s back, Naquin should see time on the field.

SP Zach Eflin

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Eflin has recently been on fire. He has posted on his last 7 starts a 1.93 ERA. He is coming out of the best performance of his young career, he needed only 100 pitches to take a Complete Game, 3 hit shutout, while striking out 6.

The 22 year older has been wonderful lately and, he is owned in 10.6% of fantasy leagues, if available, don’t wait until his next start. He will perform.

RP Brandon Maurer

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Maurer has successfully converted all 4 of his save attempts, yes, he hold a 5.00 ERA on the season, but, since the Fernando Rodney trade he has allowed 2 runs in his 4 save attempts ( both came in the same game ). Maurer is owned in only 36.2% of fantasy leagues, if you need a couple of saves per week, he should definitely be considered on your team.



5 TO SEND DOWN



OF Shin-Soo Choo

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For some reason Shin-Soo Choo is still owned in 60% of fantasy leagues. BIG mistake. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .260 with 22 runs scored, 7 HR and 17 RBI, he should’t be in your team for any reason, besides, he has been injured for a big part of the year. This is not a player you want on your team if you are really competing.

OF Rajai Davis

Tim Phillis - TCP Photography Rajai Davis hits a home run during the Indians' 10-7 loss to the Mariners on April 21 at Progressive Field.

Photo by; Tim Phillis – TCP Photography

Another over-owned fantasy player, Rajai had a great couple of weeks last month, which made him fantasy relevant, but he is back to earth now. In the last 3 weeks, he has hit .187 with ZERO home runs and only 3 RBI. He is not the player he was in the month of June.

C Matt Wieters

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Sorry, Wieters owners, but your catcher is not the catcher everyone believed would have a breakout 2016 season. Wieters is still owned in 72.5% of fantasy leagues and is only hitting .250 with 9 HR and 38 RBI. But even worse, for the last month, he is hitting .170 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. Stats speak for themselves. LET HIM GO.

SP Wei-Yin Chen

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Wei-Yin Chen, everyone ( including me ) believed he would be outstanding this year. Big mistake. the LHP has been hit hard the whole season, he owns a 5-4 record, but a 4.99 ERA and has allowed 20 HR in 19 Games. People are still picking him up in case he makes a comeback start. That comeback start won’t happen. Sorry Chen fans.

RP Koji Uehara

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People still believe in Koji this season, I seriously don’t understand why. Craig Kimbrel is the closer for the Boston Red Sox, Brad Ziegler is the set-up man and he will take care of the saves while Kimbrel is injured. For me, even though Red Sox manager said otherwise, Koji has no fantasy value. Especially with his most recent injury. Those 36% fantasy people should definitely put him back in the Waiver/Free Agent list.

 

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