Fantasy Baseball: News and Notes Week 6

When doing research of players who I found intriguing, I found Chris Davis. Some people in the fantasy industry may be suggesting to buy low on Chris Davis, I would not. He’s got one of the weirdest cases of babip because usually when a player has a high babip they simultaneously have a high batting average. This is not the case at all for Davis as he has a .359 babip and a .239 batting average! He has a career .315 babip which suggests that his already terrible .239 batting average will come down to somewhere near .200. He may give you 30-35 home runs but his hard contact rate and hr/fb are both down which says he may not come close to his usual standards this season.

Alex Wood is another example of why I would never draft pitching early. You could’ve gotten him off the waiver wire and he has given you great production. But, people want to know if his start sustainable. For starters, he’s got a K/9 higher than his career average and is allowing less hard contact that any point in his career. The bad part of this is all is that he has a .260 babip when he has routinely been a guy around the .290-.300 range and has a 5.6% hr/fb which is 4% below his career mark. However, he has a 1.89 fip which suggests that not much regression may be coming.

Dallas Keuchel is back, folks. He won’t retain his 1.69 era or .87 whip, but, that doesn’t mean he will completely blow up. Keuchel has the obvious concerns about his shoulder but so long as he remains healthy, he is a fantasy ace.

Jason Vargas is terrible and is throwing mid 80’s yet somehow through mid may has a 1.01 era. Sell high immediately.

Miguel Sano has been an absolute monster this season with his .305 batting average to go along with 10 homers and 30 rbi. Sano won’t keep up the .300 batting average but what he’s doing in the home run and rbi departments is legit.

Zack Greinke was a player who I was a big fan of during the pre-draft process. I think that tales of his demise had been greatly exaggerated and that he wasn’t getting the love he deserved based on his track record. This is about what I expected from Greinke although the era might climb up to the 3.00-3.50 range.

If you’re struggling to find consistent pitching, trade for Matt Moore or Kevin Gausman. These will give you great starting pitchers you can get really cheap. Both of them can’t continue to be this bad and Gausman has already shown signs of improvement with his last start.

I wish I could provide any sort of update on Jameson Taillon but it looks as if he will be out for a while. It’s a shame too because he was on his way to a good season.

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