September 25th, 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rambling

by Jeff Hopkins on September 25, 2016

Trea Turner

Players to stash for potential keepers for next year are always a tough decision in dynasty leagues, especially if you just simply don’t have room or are still in a race to the end.  Sometimes there are guys that you find on the waiver wire that have that high ceiling, but were scuffling all summer, and you just cannot let them sit there any longer…others are on such a tear that they have to be owned. Either way, you should always be on the look out to see if other owners drop value players in hopes to pick up that streaky guy, and try to win a race in the last week or so of the season - let’s get it!

Gary Sanchez (C, NYY) – The power was always there in the minors, as he regularly posted ISO numbers above .200…but this is just ridiculous. I would have no problem rolling with Sanchez right now (obviously) with the roll he is on – 19 HR in 45 games is silly – and everyone should expect him to be the starting backstop in 2017 as well, so he could easily be kept in deeper mixers and AL-Only leagues. I think the talk of him being AL ROY is a little much, seeing as he has played in less then a third of the season, but crazier things have happened…especially in New York.

 Trea Turner (2B/IF, WAS) – Sometimes guys come up and they are exactly as projected with regards to their production in fantasy-land, and Turner is one of them. He is not a power guy, so his 12 homeruns in 64 games might be a little high for him, but not by much when looking at his numbers – his FB% is only at 32.1, which is about a 20% jump from 2015, and it basically matches the jump in his HR/FB%. I really like Turner going forward as he is another youngster who should easily turn in 15 HR/35 SB per season (SBs may jump way higher), he hits for good average, hits it to all fields, and he pays both infield and outfield positions well due to his uber-speed.

Taijuan Walker (SP, SEA) – Many fantasy owners (including me) have been waiting patiently for a season or more for Walker to finally come into his own and live up to the hype surrounding his ranking as a prospect. 2016 was not better then last season, and had some major peaks and valleys – example, he took a no-hitter into the 7th in his last start and he finished his evening striking out a career-high-tying 11 batters. Foot issues stole much of the middle of the season from Walker, but Tuesday's showing was a reminder of what he can do when he is right, and seeing as he is still only 24, and this is only his second full season, I am buying and/or holding him for 2017 without worry.

Odubel Herrera (OF, PHI) – The past two weeks have been pretty indicative of his season, overall, to date – 17/43, 11 runs, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 SB. He has essentially doubled his output from his 2015 rookie season in almost every category, and still maintained his triple slash line output (which currently sits at .287/.363/.423. He is never going to be a top shelf fantasy hitter, but he is a good bet to be a 15 HR/25 SB guy going forward, to go with say 85 R, 50 RBI and his more then decent slash line. Again, in deep mixers or NL-Only leagues this guy should be owned.

Jeremy Hellickson (SP, PHI) – One time can’t miss prospect had a sharp fall from that pedestal, he has somewhat righted the ship in 2016 and become a serviceable starter again. That being said this was also his contract year, so take from that what you please – 12-10, 3.78 ERA, 150K:45BB isn’t getting a $100M contract or anything, but he should land a decent deal with someone in 2017. He is definitely not a keeper, by any means, but he should be on your draft day radar next year, depending where he lands…but games like his recent CGSO 3-hitter really looks nice though.

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