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Fantasy Baseball Risers, Fallers: Sept. 5, 2017

September 5, 2017
As MLB games begin to wind down, every roster move becomes even more crucial for fantasy owners. The NFL season is officially here, and as I have said repeatedly, it's only natural for league members to begin focusing their time on that. Take advantage, as there's still time to move up a few spots in the standings.

Three Up:

1. Arizona Diamondbacks Starting Pitcher Robbie Ray -- After being struck in the head by a line drive July 28 and missing nearly a month of action, the left-hander has been dominant in his three starts since returning. During those starts, Ray has allowed two earned runs while striking out 33. That is elite production fantasy owners need down the stretch.

2. St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher Luke Weaver -- The young right-hander cracked our waiver-wire targets a couple weeks ago, and he has pitched well since. Weaver has struck out 19 during his past two starts while allowing four earned runs. Weaver's appeal is his ability to rack up strikeouts, and that is exactly what has happened since the Cardinals moved him back into the rotation. There will be struggles, but hopefully that will come next season, and fantasy owners can continue to ride the hot wave for a few more starts.

3. Baltimore Orioles Catcher Welington Castillo – The catcher position is always a challenge in fantasy because it's difficult to find elite hitters. Castillo has battled injuries this season and at one point was alternating starts with Caleb Joseph. Not being an everyday player obviously limited Castillo's fantasy value. However, he has been red hot and consistently in the Orioles' lineup. Castillo hit five home runs this past week to go along with a .417 batting average. For the season, Castillo has the fifth-most home runs among catchers with 19. Castillo's late-season push can help fantasy owners.

Three Down:

1. Miami Marlins Outfielder Marcell Ozuna -- Ozuna has had a monster season, as he is batting .305 with 32 home runs and 107 RBIs. However, he is slumping at the worst possible time. Ozuna collected five hits and four RBIs this past week and struck out 12 times. Ozuna had a strong August, so hopefully it was just a bad week. Unfortunately, with the season winding down, fantasy owners hope Ozuna can snap out of this funk real quick.

2. Los Angeles Angels Starting Pitcher Parker Bridwell -- Bridwell was a hot waiver-wire addition a couple months ago and gave fantasy owners a nice boost to their rotation. However, it appears the good fortune has come to an end, as the former Oriole has failed to pitch into the fourth inning during his past two starts while allowing 13 earned runs. Bridwell had a 2.89 ERA after his start Aug. 25. Due to his back-to-back bad starts, his ERA has ballooned to 4.00. The 26-year-old doesn't strike out a lot of hitters, so he needs to be able to pitch late into games while limiting damage for him to have any fantasy appeal. It will be hard for fantasy owners to roll out the right-hander in his next start.

3. Colorado Rockies Shortstop Trevor Story -- The difficult season for the 24-year-old continues as he struck out 10 times this past week while collecting four hits. Story finished his rookie campaign in 2016 with 27 home runs in 97 games, but this season he has 18 home runs in 120 games. He is batting .225 after hitting .272 last year, making him one of the bigger 2017 fantasy disappointments.  
 
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