Deal Blue Jays J.A. Happ While Trade Rumors Fly
Who's Hot and Who's Not, and How to React
When it comes to hot and not lists, I tend to focus more on the hot part than the not. Maybe I’m an optimist, but we have all seen hitters, especially when it comes to power, that can go on impressive streaks. It’s imperative to start these kinds of players when their streak begins or at least before they are at the very end of it. It’s why we take more chances on “hot” players but are more conservative when it comes to cold ones. We want to believe that our underperforming players will figure it out and return the value we had planned for them. When I have to cut a player that I had high expectations for, it hurts. It’s also an admission that I made a mistake. I won’t be the only one, however. Sometimes the goal just seems to be to make less mistakes than my opponents.
- Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets: Nimmo is the Mets best outfielder right now which is kind of ironic when you consider that he has only been given this chance to start because of injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, and Jay Bruce. He can provide your Fantasy team with a nice combination of power and speed. Sure, Citi Field isn’t a hitter’s paradise and the Mets are a mess right now, but that shouldn’t stop you from claiming what may be the best player available on your waiver wire.
- Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies: Here is a telling stat about any Colorado player. The Rockies have three weeks in which they play the entire Fantasy week at home. This current week is the first one. Those owners who play in head-to-head leagues may want to take notice of this fact. As for Desmond, that schedule plays a part of his being a solid pickup, but he’s also on one of those hot streaks. With his HR Tuesday night, he had hit four long balls in seven games and may finally be coming out of his season-long slump.
- Domingo German, New York Yankees: There were a few doom and gloom people who thought the Yankees were done after losing both Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery to injuries. Well, believe it or not, the team might actually be better, at least with German in the rotation. Over his last three starts he is 2-0, with 28 Ks and only two BBs. Those are some gaudy numbers for a rookie pitcher, being forced to start for a team like the Yankees. He’s become a must pickup as he’s not losing his job any time soon and one could argue the Yankees are just better off going with German rather than paying a price for a secondary SP like a Cole Hamels or J.A. Happ.
- Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers: Does anyone realize that Kemp is on pace to surpass 30 HRs and 100 RBI this season? Not to mention he’s batting a robust .327. Of course, when it comes to players, we should never really care about what they have done, we need to worry about what they will do. Can Kemp keep this up? We have seen glimpses of this kind of talent from Kemp before but sustaining it has been a problem. Still, I have faith and I’m not looking to move him unless I can get a fair price.
- A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays: Rumors are that several contending teams are interested in acquiring Happ. I bring this up because any trade to a contending team would likely lead to a greater chance of Wins for Happ. A 3.48 ERA and 1.06 WHIP is quite impressive while pitching in Toronto and in the AL East, and yes, I would like it if he’s traded, but still, if all of this positive publicity enables me to get a nice price for Happ in a Fantasy deal, away he goes.
- Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates: Over the past couple of weeks I’ve received several questions from Marte owners asking if they should trade him. I’m a believer that anyone is movable depending on what the return is and that includes Marte. The problem is you would be selling light right now as he just isn’t doing all that much offensively. His overall numbers do look solid, however, so it’s not like you should be looking to trade him at all costs, and I would certainly wait until he starts running again as he hasn’t swiped a bag since June 7.
- Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers: Taylor has been one of the bigger disappointments this season. His numbers are down across the board as his 2017 season is looking more and more like an outlier rather than a sign of things to come. Throw in that he left the game Wednesday with a hamstring injury and perhaps the decision of whether or not to bench him has been made for you.
- Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers: Maybe it’s not fair to get on Turner as he has only returned to the lineup a little over a month ago from a wrist injury. Personally, I always worry about players returning from wrist and hand injuries. Will the power return? Will they have the same strength once they return from those injuries or are they just well enough to play but nowhere near full capacity? I didn’t touch Turner in drafts. I’d be more than willing to move on if I was a Turner owner.
- Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals: Is he feeling the pressure of trying to put up big numbers in his walk year? Possibly, but he shouldn’t. He’s going to make an obscene amount of money no matter how he finishes this season and he has to know this. If there is an owner that is getting fed up with his .213 average, I’m buying in.
- Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs: Outside of Gary Sanchez, who is having major problems of his own, Contreras was the top catcher on some Fantasy boards in March. Coming into the action Wednesday he had four HRs and 23 RBI. It’s just not happening. Perhaps he’ll have a big second half to bring those numbers up but that is always extremely difficult to rely on from a catcher, as they tend to get beat up more and more as the season rolls along.
As always feel free to follow me on Twitter and ask any questions you like, @georgekurtz.
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