Welcome to another edition of the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
We have reached the month of August, and with that, there are only two months left in the MLB regular season. Although summer is coming to a close very shortly, this has to be one of my favorite times of the year due to the MLB playoff race.
The MLB playoff race is unlike that of any other sport. Obviously, MLB has way more games in a season than all other sports, so that makes the playoff race longer, more active, and overall better. One thing that inevitably happens due to the playoff race is the shift of attention onto the league’s stars.
The stories to watch in the coming weeks will be the Dodgers’ chase for history, the NL Central division that almost anyone has a shot to win, the Red Sox-Yankees fight for the AL East, and the competition for the wild-card spots in both the American and National League. You will also hear plenty about rookies Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, stud hitters such as Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, and star pitchers such as Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.
That leaves the stars on non-playoff teams as well as the players that find themselves in the good-but-not-all-star-worthy tier as players who could fly under the radar, resulting in a prime opportunity for Fantasy owners to take advantage. While your fellow owners enjoy their Astros, their Dodgers, and their Nationals, it is time for you to ride the Buster Posey’s, the Joey Votto’s, and even the Jonathan Schoop’s to a championship, one that they have little to no chance of getting in real life.
While this week’s stock watch doesn’t necessarily reflect these possible under-the-radar players, you can certainly expect that to come in the near future, but make sure you try and get your hands on some of them as quickly as possible. Also, even though this week’s stock watch players aren’t in this category, they still are here for other reasons. Let’s go over them.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
I’ll say it right here: Jake Lamb is one of the most underrated players in all of baseball. This shouldn’t be a big shock if you look at his numbers and the hype around him. While the casual baseball fan may not know who Jake Lamb is, 23 home runs and 85 RBI are stats than every single Fantasy owner should know. Although he doesn’t score all that many runs in comparison to his RBI totals, he is still productive in that category and his .265 batting average won’t hurt you either.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton has (sort of) quietly taken over the MLB lead in home runs. What is even quieter is the fact that his 36 home runs are already just one shy of his career high. However, people still know that he is arguably the best home run hitter in the league, so don’t let that tidbit fool you. Stanton has also been producing all around this year with 79 runs and RBI a piece and with a .277 batting average that is quite amazing when you look at his elite production in all categories. Giancarlo Stanton is back to being a bonafide Fantasy stud.
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, Boston Red Sox
Eduardo Nunez was already thriving on a struggling Giants team, and that was before a trade to the contending Red Sox. Through 38 plate appearances in his new home, he is batting .417 with three home runs (one short of the four that he racked up in over 300 plate appearances this year with the Giants), 11 RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases. While the home runs shouldn’t be taken for real unless he continues to show that he can hit them and although he will never be a factor in producing RBI, he should be an elite three category (stolen bases, runs, and batting average) producer from here on out.
Scott Schebler, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Even before his injury, Scott Schebler’s stock was falling. His .077 batting average since the All-Star Break have made it so that his home runs came at arguably too high of a price. While a lot of that has to do with him playing through shoulder pain, well, now he has a full blown injury. Although he luckily avoided surgery, there still is no timetable for his return. One thing is for certain though: his stock has taken a big hit.
Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets
This one hurts. New reports suggest that Thor may not return this year because the Mets want to save him for next year due to them being likely to miss the postseason. This one is simple: I had him rising the past few weeks due to a possibility of a return, but now that he may not return, he obviously falls back down. I just hope that you play in a league with DL slots if you kept him.
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander is one player who could very soon turn his stock right around. Although he is struggling a bit this year, the strikeouts have still been there and no one can question the former MVPs talent. Now that he has cleared trade waivers, a possible move to a contender (the Astros have shown interest) would help fix his stock, but for now, he remains a pitcher with over a 4 ERA that you probably hoped to be more in the mid 3s.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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