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- Jonathan Schoop has been nothing short of amazing this season, Batting close to .300 with over 30 homers and 100 RBI. He also has over 30 doubles and will have scored over 90 runs by the end of the season. Not a bad stat line for a guy you could have past the 150 ADP point.
2. Ryon Healy followed up a great half of a season in 2017 with a decent performance in 2017. His .270 batting average and 25 homers aren’t the best at his position, but they are excellent for where you drafted him. His biggest drawback of course, is the stadium and team he plays for, otherwise the counting stats would look much better.
3. Javier Baez has had another good under the radar season, managing a 20/10 season for Joe Maddon’s lineup. The walk rate is still an issue, but any player with his eligibility has value, especially playing in Wrigley.
4. Josh Bell had a tale of two different seasons this year. The first part of the year was all power, where he hit 16 bombs while maintaining a meh .239 average. The second part of the season saw his average shoot up, at one point over over .300, a recent slump has pulled his second half average down to .269 with 9 home runs. Add that up and he has 27 homers on the season. Not known for his power coming into the season, Josh Bell certainly made an imprint on fantasy players minds for 2017.
5. Dansby Swanson had a great cup of coffee in 2016, but it did not translate at all in full time play in 2017. Six home runs doesn’t do much at a position that finds itself with a lot of depth with guys like Chris Taylor or Javier Baez coming out. His second half average got up to .257, but that was with no home runs. Swanson stands as a caution for players who have a good half season in their first year.
6. Jose Peraza was supposed to be Billy Hamilton with the ability to hit for average. That simply did not materialize at all this season. His 22 steals are nowhere close enough in relevance to make up for the fact that he simply could not put it together at any point in the season. This writer is not ready to give up on his contact skills, but a .691 OPS speaks to what kind of season he had this year.
7. Carlos Gomez had all the tools he needed to succeed, a good ballpark, a decent lineup and a spot to play. The only thing missing? Gomez’s skill. He did manage a 10/10 season, hitting 17 homers to date with 13 steals, but the 55 RBI and 51 runs scored show he did not contribute much to Texas’s lineup. With his bat speed slowing, we could be seeing the full decline of Gomez take effect rapidly.
8. On an exciting Phillies team, Maikel Franco was supposed to be their leader in terms of young guys. Instead he’s hit a putrid .230 with 20 bombs, which doesn’t cut it for a 3rd baseman fantasy wise. Still only 24, Franco has time to turn it around and the future of the lineup looks bright with guys like Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro.
9. Brandon Drury had a promising 2016 and had fantasy owners excited to see if he could build on that given a full time position for the Dbacks in 2017. Instead Drury was pretty dreary. His 12 homers don’t even match his 16 he hit last year. His 35 doubles help his case some, but it wasn’t enough to save him from being a bust on this list.
10. Hunter Renfroe recently had a 3 home run game, that still wasn’t enough to save him from busting. The power was there somewhat, with 24 bombs, but it came with minimal RBI chances on what is a laughable San Diego squad. Not even reaching the halfway point to 100 runs as of 9/20 and only having 59 RBI make him little more than waiver wire material all season. Like Franco, he has time on his side age wise to turn it around, but fantasy owners won’t be that excited to draft him in 2018.
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