Batter’s Box: Yuli-tide Carol
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If you need help in your fantasy championship, look no further than Yuli Gurriel, who has been absolutely destroying the ball, slashing .315/.360/.543 over the past month including yesterday’s 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI performance. You don’t need to worry whether this is legit or not, it’s the final week of the championship, all you need is a hot week. Gurriel is a guy who can give that to you, he’s not cooling off, as evidenced by his ridiculous .462/.462/.923 slashline over the past week. He’s available in 42% of leagues and should be snatched up.
Let’s take a look at some of the other performances from yesterday’s games:
Tim Beckham (SS/3B, Baltimore Orioles) – 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI. A nice game from Beckham who has a .222 ISO over the past two weeks, but that’s thanks to a .222 average and .444 SLG, so there’s really not much value here.
C.J. Cron (1B, Tampa Bay Rays) – 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI. Cron has been quietly crushing the ball again, slashing .298/.385/.614 over the past month. There’s no reason to think he can’t keep this up for another week, so he’s worth grabbing in the 74% of leagues he’s available in.
Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, Kansas City Royals) – 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. The dude just keeps going. He’s been a fantasy savior for people over the past month, slashing an absurd .347/.374/.653 with 10 steals. He’s going to be an interesting sleeper next year.
Chad Wallach (C, Miami Marlins) – 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI. NIce game from Wallach but he basically never plays, so there’s nothing to see here.
Scott Kingery (2B/3B/SS, Philadelphia Phillies) – 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. Kingery’s playing time has been understandably sporadic lately, as he’s slashing .213/.260/.319 over the past month. There’s no value here for the last week of the fantasy season, though I still have faith in him long-term for dynasty leagues.
Jeff McNeil (2B, New York Mets) – 4-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Similar to Mondesi, McNeil has been another fantasy savior, now slashing .350/.398/.510 over the past month. Somehow he’s still available in 62% of leagues which is nuts. Every team in the fantasy championship should own him and Mondesi if they’re available.
Victor Robles (OF, Washington Nationals) – 2-6, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI. It’s nice to see this game from Robles who’s a very tantalizing prospect who has struggled in the majors so far. I still believe in his talent and I’m not really reading into his struggles to this point.
Christian Yelich (OF, Milwaukee Brewers) – 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB. Yelich has been an absolute god over the past month, slashing .371/.465/.784 with seven steals. I have no doubt he’s won a fair number of owners their fantasy leagues almost single-handedly.
Jake Cave (OF, Minnesota Twins) – 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI. Cave is somewhat interesting, he’s sporting a nice .233 ISO over the past month, but there isn’t a whole lot of value here. He’s someone to keep an eye on in the future though.
Matt Kemp (OF, Los Angeles Dodgers) – 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI. Kemp is another guy who’s been raking over the past month, slashing .321/.345/.536. His playing time has been a bit inconsistent, which is tough in a playoff matchup, but when he’s out there, he’s awesome.