The end of the baseball week has come, and that means it is time to publish another edition of our 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
In today’s intro, I wanted to talk about an MLB rule change that has had a surprisingly enormous effect on Fantasy Baseball this year. I want to provide a few quotes from Ben Lindbergh’s wonderful article on this topic. In the article, he talks about the intention of the 10-day DL rule change, and the actual effect.
Lindbergh says: “The 10-day DL was designed to protect players and provide teams with greater flexibility when it came to fielding full rosters.” While this is true, as the change has been beneficial to MLB team, it has sucked for Fantasy owners, as many players are being placed on the 10-day DL for injuries that they maybe could have played through. Also from the Lindbergh article: ”
According to data provided by athletic trainer Corey Dawkins, who keeps a comprehensive injury database at Baseball Injury Consultants, players who’ve been activated from the 10-day DL thus far have spent an average of 14.6 days out of action.” This means that the change, while helpful to MLB teams, wasn’t really necessary.
The real thing, though, is that this issue is just us Fantasy owners complaining. If a rule change benefits the MLB but hurts Fantasy owners, we can’t expect that the MLB will side with us. It still is frustrating though. Now, after that little rant, let’s go over the stock changes in Fantasy Baseball this week.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Bundy, the talented former top-prospect who has long struggled with injuries, is finally putting it all together this season. With the struggles of fellow Oriole Kevin Gausman, Bundy has pretty much cemented himself as the ace of the Baltimore Orioles.
The 24-year-old righty is 5-3 so far on the season with a 2.92 ERA and 46 strikeouts through 10 starts. While his 3.92 FIP suggests that he may be overachieving, his pure talent suggests that he could be able to keep it up. Even if he regresses a little, he is a solid starting pitching option for your team.
Kendrys Morales, DH, Toronto Blue Jays
Kendrys Morales had big shoes to fill coming into this season, as he replaced Edwin Encarnacion as the Blue Jays’ DH. This was a move that I really liked for the Jays. While Morales is not on the same level as Encarnacion, he had proven to be a really good middle-of-the-order run producer during his time with the Royals.
However, things haven’t gone all to plan this season. So far, he is batting .251 with nine home runs, 21 runs scored and 26 RBI. These aren’t terrible numbers, but it has taken him a recent hot stretch to even top .250, as he was all the way down at .236 just under two weeks ago. While I believe that he should bounce back at be a solid option, the fact that a hot streak only brings him back to mediocrity lowers his stock.
Joe Panik, 2B, San Francisco Giants
I love Joe Panik. As a contact-oriented defensive star, he is basically my idea of a prototypical second baseman. After two amazing years to start his career, he struggled greatly last season. However, most of that could be attributed to injuries. He looked back to normal after starting this year on a hot streak, and I thought that he was back to being a great second base option. Since then, though, he has gone cold and is back down to his struggling ways of 2016.
Right now, Joe Panik’s batting average sits at .243 on the season. He obviously doesn’t help out in the home run or RBI categories, and he has only scored 18 runs this year. He also is not a factor on the base paths either. Essentially, Joe Panik’s calling card is supposed to be his batting average, and with a good average will come a decent amount of runs. However, if he continues to sit around .240, then he will have little to no Fantasy value as someone who doesn’t contribute in any of the five categories.
Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians
Danny Salazar has some of the best stuff in baseball. I thought that if he was ever able to stay healthy and put it all together then he could rise up and be one of the league’s top pitchers. Well, so far this season, he has stayed healthy. That’s the good part. However, the other part hasn’t come around yet as he was recently demoted to the bullpen.
On the season, Salazar is 3-5 with a 5.50 ERA. He does have 73 strikeouts, so he has been effective in that category, but he hasn’t pitched all that well as a whole. Although the move to the bullpen should be temporary as he tries to find himself, it obviously results in his stock dropping for the time being.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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