Rest of Season Rankings for Fantasy Baseball
Every Sunday Mick Ciallela updates his rest of season rankings to help you stay on top of the 2019 fantasy baseball season.
Another week, another three-homer game from a rookie outfielder. This time it was Mike Yastrzemski of the San Francisco Giants who turned the trick.
Yastrzemski had toiled in the Orioles’ farm system for the better part of the decade before being traded to the Giants in March. Yastrzemski hit just 61 home runs over six seasons as a member of Baltimore’s organization. But he adjusted his swing this offseason and the results have been outstanding. He slugged 12 home runs in just 40 games for Triple-A affiliate Sacramento before being called up on Memorial Day weekend. Since then, he has tacked on 16 more round-trippers. He has been the 61st most valuable hitter since his debut according to our Player Rater. I expect a little pullback going forward, but his recent barrage lands him a spot in my rest of season rankings for the first time this season.
It should be noted that Yastrzemski is not your typical rookie. He turns 29 years old this week, so I would probably hold off on preparing a plaque for Mike to join Hall of Fame grandfather Carl in Cooperstown. It is not as if we are talking about Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto, or Yordan Alvarez here. But he is hitting atop San Francisco’s lineup against right-handed pitching. There is considerable value in that. But therein lies part of the problem. The Giants only play 11 games over the next two weeks, and they will likely see a full handful of southpaws during those games. He may lose a bit of the recent momentum he has built up. Yastrzemski should be owned in more than 41 percent of leagues. I just wouldn’t rush to drop someone of consequence to grab him.
Unfortunately, one player of consequence who can be dropped is Fernando Tatis, Jr. The dynamic shortstop and Rookie of the Year candidate will likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering a stress reaction in his back. Tatis had an incredible rookie campaign. The 20-year-old had a .317/.379/.590 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 16 stolen bases and a wRC+ of 148 in just 84 games. However, a lot of his batted ball data suggests he was a bit fortunate. According to Statcast, his expected batting average was .255 and his expected slugging was .473. Those numbers are serviceable especially when you consider the speed and skills that Tatis brings to the table. I, for one, am fascinated to see where Tatis goes in 2020 redraft leagues.
Another player who has fallen out of my rest of season rankings is Boston ace pitcher Chris Sale. I will admit I may be a bit hasty on this. However, when I hear the name “Dr. James Andrews”, I am not exactly brimming with hope. Sale will receive a second opinion from the famed surgeon after he was placed on the 10-day Injured List due to left elbow inflammation. I would not rush to drop Sale if you have better options, and I would certainly wait until Dr. Andrews’ report becomes public before making any roster moves. But with the fantasy baseball playoffs fast approaching, owners may have to start looking elsewhere. My guess is that Andrew Cashner regains his rotation spot. Which brings to mind a quote from the movie Super Troopers – “Desperation is a stinky cologne.”
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Mick Ciallela has been writing for FantraxHQ since July 2017. He has also written for Bleacher Report. He is a lifelong sports fan and has been an avid fantasy sports player for many years. Mick was the Overall Champion of both the 2016 Football Challenge – Roto and 2017 Play 3 Football contests hosted by CDM Sports. Mick was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York and currently resides in New London, Connecticut.
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