We have reached the final week of the season prior to the All-Star break, and we'll be reviewing the first half at that time. As always, fantasy owners should be assessing their teams weekly and figuring out what moves they can make during the final three months.
The summer is here and fantasy football is approaching, so there will be plenty of distractions. I'm still a believer that there is plenty of time to make a move in the standings even if things don't look so great at this time.
1. Colorado Rockies Outfielder David Dahl -- The outfielder finished the week with four home runs and 14 RBIs with some of that production happening on the road. Dahl is only batting .259 away from Coors Field, but his home batting average of .373 is what continues to make him a fantasy asset. For the season, Dahl is batting .317 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs.
2. Washington Nationals Starting Pitcher Max Scherzer -- There's not much more that can be said about Scherzer outside of him just being a stud for fantasy owners. In his two starts this past week, Scherzer threw 16 innings and allowed only two earned runs while striking out 24. The right-hander hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since April 20.
3. Toronto Blue Jays Infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. -- The 25-year-old is quietly having a strong season, as he is batting .308 with 14 home runs, 33 RBIs and 30 runs scored. This past week, Gurriel collected 11 hits with five of those leaving the ballpark. This is Gurriel's first full season in the big leagues so it's hard to know if he can keep up with this production, but he's giving fantasy owners a nice boost at a middle-infield position.
1. Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Tommy Pham -- It was a rough week for the outfielder as he struck out 11 times and collected just five hits. Pham's average was .301 June 20 and is down to .284 on the season. Overall, Pham has 13 home runs and seven stolen bases. I figured the steals would be higher at this point, but there's still a strong chance he finishes with more than 15 home runs and around 15 steals, which will still pay off his draft-day value.
2. Tampa Bay Rays Starting Pitcher Blake Snell -- Two Rays crack our Three Down as Snell has struggled throughout the last month. The left-hander had two consecutive starts of allowing at least six earned runs. The good news is his June 30 start looked more like the Snell we are used to seeing, as he struck out 12 and only allowed two earned runs. Overall, Snell has a 4.87 ERA and has been one of the bigger busts in fantasy baseball. Hopefully, we see more of his last start in the second half.
3. Atlanta Braves Starting Pitcher Julio Teheran -- The right-hander saw his ERA jump from 2.92 June 13 to 3.99 after June 29 due to three starts in a row that he failed to pitch more than four innings. Teheran also allowed a total of 15 earned runs during those starts while only striking out nine. The upcoming All-Star break will hopefully get him back on track for the remaining three months.
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