HG - Father’s Day is closing in as week 11 is on deck and the so is the second half of the fantasy baseball season. Dallas Keuchel, Kyle Hendricks, Jonathon Villar, Tyler Anderson and Matt Andriese are four more name players that have landed on the DL this past week. Those unexpected breakout campaigns continue to sprout like mushrooms as this week Justin Smoak, Ender Inciarte, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson and Ariel Miranda are four more examples of fantasy players that likely weren’t on anyone’s radar during camp. Alex Avila and CC Sabathia are having nice bounce back seasons while Ryon Healy, Domingo Santana and Jeff Hoffman are making a name for themselves in their first extended time in the show.
Alex Avila C/1B Tigers - Avila continues to have an impressive bounce back season for Detroit with a lofty 323 batting average and four game hitting streak. The Tiger’s backstop has smacked three long balls in the last week and a half and stands at 9 homers with 25 RBI in 115 at bats.
Justin Smoak 1B Blue Jays - Smoak is having the best season of his career with 17 dingers for the season, including 5 homers in the last week alone for Toronto. The former Ranger has also driven in 42 runs, scored 35 times and is on pace for 54 long balls and 134 run knocked in and should be owned in all leagues.
Ryon Healy 3B/1B A’s - Healy continues his impressive first full season in Oakland as he has gone yard 4 times in the last week while driving in 10 runs and scoring five times. The first/third sacker is batting 279 with 13 homers and 34 runs knocked in to date and makes for a nice offensive upgrade at either corner position.
Domingo Santana OF Brewers - Santana has garnered more playing time with Ryan Braun out since late April and is filling up the stat sheet for the Brew Crew. The young Milwaukee outfielder is currently on a nine-game hitting streak and has 17 hits in 36 at bats for a sizzling mark of 472 which includes four multi-hit games. Santana is batting 284 with 11 dingers, 34 RBI, 35 runs scored and 6 stolen bases and should be owned in a higher percentage of leagues.
Ender Inciarte OF Braves - Inciarte continues to have his best season with a batting average of .302 with 6 long balls, 25 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. The former Diamondback has 14 hits in 39 at bats in June for a 359 average and makes for a good pickup for any roster in any league.
Jimmy Nelson SP Brewers - Nelson has tossed three straight quality starts and four in his last five outings with his last trip to the mound the best of the 2017 season. The Young Brewer righty has given up just 4 earned runs over 21 innings to go with 27 K’s during this span and with two starts for week 11 Nelson is a very good plug and play option in all leagues.
CC Sabathia SP Yankees - Sabathia has picked up his game of late with three straight quality starts and four in his last five outings. The veteran Bronx southpaw hurled 8 shutout innings and allowed just five hits and has given up just 3 earned runs over 20.2 frames for a spiffy 1.30 ERA while punching out 21 batters. With two starts for next week CC is a-ok.
Chase Anderson SP Brewers - Anderson has tossed three straight starts with 0 runs allowed covering 21.2 innings while striking out 22 batters for the surprising Brewers. The young righty has a very good ERA of 2.94 and is worth owning in all leagues and formats.
Jeff Hoffman SP Rockies - Hoffman has been another Colorado rookie pitcher that has come up and been very impressive with three consecutive starts and allowing just 3 earned runs. The freshman is sporting a 2.61 ERA with 24 punchouts over his last 20.1 innings while surrendering only 10 hits for a 0.54 WHIP, meaning Hoffman should be owned in all leagues.
Ariel Miranda RP/SP Mariners - Miranda continues to impress for the Mariners with his most recent start a complete game with just 1 earned run and just 4 hits. The converted reliever has had five good starts in a row, if not quality, allowing just 7 runs over 31 frames with 31 Ks and is a very good option for anyone’s roster.