Many injuries have affected the rest of the season 2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 rankings.
Biggest blow has been Garrett Richards, who is now lost of the season after having to undergo Tommy John surgery. It is going to be tough to replace him, but a good strategy for now is to try to stream the best options. A few of those are mentioned in the Fantasy Six Pack Week 6 Pitching Planner.
A couple of catchers hit the DL this week too. Devin Mesoraco appears to be out a long time, if not the entire season with a torn labrum. Nick Hundley is out too with the dreaded oblique injury.
One more injury to highlight is the one to Mike Moustakas. He fractured a thumb and is out an unspecified amount of time. Tough blow to everybody, as he was having a great start to the season.
Injured players are the obvious ones to talk about, which is why I’m highlighting them above and not below in the stock up-stock down sections. There are more deserving players that I have to discuss there.
Byung-Ho Park, 1B, Minnesota Twins
It is clear the power is there, as he has hit seven home runs in 98 plate appearances this season.
It is also abundantly clear he is going to strike out A LOT since he holds a 29.6% strikeout rate.
Despite the strikeouts and therefore poor batting average, he is a 30 home run candidate and that is pushing him up the ranks.
Brandon Drury, 3B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Maybe I’m getting too excited about this young kid and his relatively hot start to 2016, but what is there not to like?
Yes he needs more plate discipline, only walking about two-percent of the time right now, but when he he hits, he is hitting the ball with a 38% hard and 45% medium contact rates.
He has forced his way into the Arizona lineup by being able to play outfield, third base and second base, so the multiple position eligibility is just an added bonus.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers
I always liked Castellanos and thought he should be much better than he was, but he never put together consistent enough seasons.
Now in 2016 he seems to be doing just that. Now the .375 batting average is going to come down since his BABIP is rather inflated to .453, but his line drive rate has increased so if that stays up then I expect to see a big year from Castellanos.
Adam Conley, SP, Miami Marlins
The lone pitcher I’m going to highlight this week in the stock up section.
His 2016 has gone great so far, minus a couple of bad innings. I’m just going to lay it out for you to see how good he has been without those two bad innings
The bad innings were both against the Nationals, one was the rain-delayed opening game for Conley and the other was just two weeks later. In that second outing he had actually gone six innings where he completely shut them down, but the seventh inning he got into a lot of trouble.
My point is he is a good pitcher, that has a lot of potential for strikeout and dominant performances. His random bad games are going to keep his value down quite a bit, but its not enough not to like him a lot.
Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals
Scherzer is still one of the best in the game, but he has really struggled in a little over a month now, so I’m a tad worried. Worried enough that I dropped him below a bunch of the elite starters in the league.
His ERA has ballooned to 4.60 this year and if his FIP was better than 4.77 I’d be OK with it, kind of like I am David Price (6.75 ERA, 2.93 FIP). His strikeout rate, although still top notch 9.63 per nine is below 10 for the first time since 2012. He is walking more batters too.
Something is wrong with Scherzer and you could argue it has been since the start of the 2015 second half, when we saw a lot of poor performances down the stretch.
Kolton Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
I still really like Kolton Wong and think he can be a very good fantasy asset, but it might be time to drop him in your 12 or less team leagues.
His timeshare with Jedd Gyorko is waaaaay more than I thought it was going to be. I know Wong was sick for a period of time there, but he still has less at-bats than Gyorko.
If he can prove he is the better play than Gyroko, even against lefties to take the majority of the at-bats, that will help him. The other issue is now that Aldemys Diaz is up and playing lights out, when Jhonny Peralta comes back, there is even less playing time for Wong.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Houston Astros
I really thought we were going to have a huge bounce back year for Gomez. Wow was I wrong.
He is playing so much worse than I ever could have imagined, striking out 33% of the time and even when he is hitting the ball, its not good contact.
Tyler White, 1B, Houston Astros
The A.J. Reed watch is on.
After a torrid start, White has really faltered over the last couple of weeks, hitting just .175 with zero home runs, two runs and three RBI.
A.J. Reed is struggling a little bit at the plate, only batting .235, but the power is still there with six home runs in 26 games. He walks a good bit too, 13.9% so the is getting on base at a good clip despite the low average.
Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings
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