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.
It seems as if 2019 has been the year of hot prospects. We have seen a slew of blue chippers get the call to the Big Leagues at various points throughout the season, with varying degrees of success. That is often how it goes for rookies. Sometimes they start hot but cool off once the league gets a book on them. Sometimes they start out cold and get sent back down to the minors. And other times, they come out of the gate on fire and still get sent down. (See Paddack, Chris, and Hiura, Keston.) There are a lot of variables to consider when coming up with rest of season rankings for young players. So this week, I want to focus on some veterans that may finally begin to pay dividends for patient fantasy owners.
No, I’m not talking about Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel, although I suppose they qualify as well. I am talking about some other players who have barely (or not at all) seen the field this season. First is Mike Clevinger. Clevinger jumps right into a two-start week, which means that most owners will want to start him. I usually prefer to give pitchers a couple of games to get the kinks out, but I can understand those who want to play him right away. Clevinger had a breakout 2018 which saw him win 13 games and record 207 strikeouts to go along with solid ratios. He was dominant in two starts this season before a back issue sidelined him for two months. I don’t know if he will pick right up where he left off given the layoff, but I believe he will be an SP2 going forward.
Justin Upton is expected to make his season debut this week. Upton has hit at least 25 home runs in six straight seasons. He obviously will not reach that mark this season, but 10-15 is well within his capabilities. The Angels are averaging just over five runs per game this season, more than half a run above their 2018 clip. Upton had 80 runs and 85 RBI a year ago. I think we can cut that number in half and feel confident about it. The average will not be high and the steals won’t be there, but those have not prohibited Upton from being a reliable fantasy outfielder in the past. I have Upton as the OF26 in my rest of season rankings, which is higher than most. That could be a function of timing, but I believe Upton is fully healthy and ready to rake right away.
Last but not least, Giancarlo Stanton is also expected to return this week. Of the three, I am the closest to the pack on Stanton and actually have him ranked lower (OF20) than the consensus. I found that interesting because I don’t think I am particularly low on Stanton. There are just a lot of really good fantasy outfielders. As long as he is healthy, Stanton can easily hit 20 home runs with a boatload of runs and RBI going forward. The Yankees are averaging 5.3 runs per season, and that is with almost zero year-to-date production from Stanton, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Didi Gregorius. New York also just traded for Edwin Encarnacion. This is an offense that will put up some crooked numbers, and Stanton should be right in the middle of it.
Am I too high on these returning fantasy studs? Too low? Comment below and let me know your thoughts, as well as any other rankings you have an issue with.
Rest of Season Rankings
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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