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Fantasy Baseball Risers, Fallers: June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is still two weeks away, but most teams will pass the halfway point in their season prior to the break. This is always the time for fantasy owners to take a step back and really assess their team, but as I have mentioned all season, we should be doing this every week. 

Three Up:

1. Seattle Mariners Outfielder Domingo Santana -- The outfielder cracked our bounce-back candidates in March and he is making us look good through the first three months of the season. Santana finished the week collecting 10 hits with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Santana is batting .282 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs this season and is paying off that average draft position of 245 during the preseason.

2. New York Mets First Baseman Pete Alonso -- The rookie has made the transition to the big leagues look very easy, as he has hit 27 home runs in 77 games. For a power hitter, the average is strong as well; he is hitting .276. This is an impressive young hitter and I don't see him slowing down anytime soon.

3. Miami Marlins Starting Pitcher Jordan Yamamoto -- The 23-year-old has made an immediate impact, as he has made only three starts and has won them all. Yamamoto has pitched at least five innings in those starts and has allowed just two earned runs. The walks are a little concerning as he has walked a total of eight in the three starts, but the right-hander is also racking up the strikeouts. It remains to be seen how long he can keep this up, but this is a nice boost to a rotation for fantasy owners.

Three Down:

1. St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt -- The veteran continues his mediocre season, as he collected only five hits while striking out nine times during the past week. Goldschmidt is now batting .256 for the season with 14 home runs and just 31 RBIs. His current pace would be the worst season of his career by far. More disappointing is his lack of stolen bases. Goldschmidt stole 18 bases just two years ago. He currently has zero.

2. New York Yankees Starting Pitcher J.A. Happ -- The veteran lefty has been a solid starter throughout the last few seasons but is struggling in 2019. Happ is pitching to a 5.23 ERA and allowed eight runs during his last start. Fantasy owners could usually rely on Happ to be a strong back-end starter, but that is not the case this season.

3. Colorado Rockies Outfielder David Dahl -- Dahl was on fire two weeks ago, but this past week he only collected four hits and struck out eight times. All we have to do is look and see the Rockies were on the road this past week and were at home when he was red hot. Dahl is still having a strong season with a .319 batting average and eight home runs, but his home and road splits are concerning. Dahl is batting .386 at home and just .252 on the road.