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Fantasy Baseball Risers, Fallers: July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019
We're almost at the point where many of our league mates will begin focusing on fantasy football. We can take advantage as there is still plenty of time to move in the standings. As we have done since March, we just need to remain focused and continuously adjust our rosters.

Three Up:

1. Houston Astros Outfielder George Springer -- The 29-year-old is putting together a strong season, as he is hitting .302 with 22 home runs, 57 runs scored and 55 RBIs. Springer has also chipped in with five stolen bases. This past week, the outfielder hit .320 with four home runs. Springer has already matched last year's home run total in only 68 games played. I'm not sure why he doesn't get talked more about being one of the top hitters, but Springer is certainly helping fantasy owners in a big way in 2019.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Walker Buehler -- The 24-year-old is quickly becoming an ace and a valuable fantasy commodity, as the right-hander is pitching to a 3.23 ERA with nine wins and an impressive 131 strikeouts in 117 innings pitched. Buehler has collected 18 strikeouts with allowed just two earned runs during his past two starts.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw -- We have a pair of teammates cracking the top three and for good reason: Kershaw has allowed only one earned run in his last two starts, posting 17 strikeouts. The left-hander is just humming along once again, as he is pitching to a 2.84 ERA with 108 strikeouts. Kershaw became a draft-day value, as many were scared off from his recent string of injuries and the possibility he's on the downhill of his career. Kershaw certainly isn't the same pitcher he was five years ago, but he's managing to garner similar results which is huge for fantasy owners who took the chance he can still be a capable pitcher in 2019.

Three Down:

1. Cincinnati Reds First Baseman Joey Votto -- It's been a lost season for Votto as he hasn't been able to muster much success. The power is gone and the batting average has dropped off as well. Votto is hitting just .258 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. Since 2009, the veteran has had an on-base percentage of at least .400 nine times, but it will be hard for him to crack close to that this season. The power disappeared last season, but I was hoping it was just a bad season. However, it looks like Votto is no longer a fantasy threat.

2. Texas Rangers Starting Pitcher Lance Lynn -- It's been a wild few starts for the veteran, as he is racking up the strikeouts but also the runs. Lynn has struck out 18 during his last two starts but has allowed nine earned runs in the process. Overall, it's been a strong season for Lynn with a 3.93 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 135 innings. If you can withstand the potential of some performances with a lot of runs, the strikeouts will be there.

3. Oakland Athletics Outfielder Khris Davis -- We've been waiting for the outfielder to get on a roll, but it just hasn't happened. Davis has hit more than 40 home runs in three straight seasons but is only at 16 in 2019. Davis has also hit exactly .247 in each of the last four years but is currently batting .233. I'm still holding out hope that we see a late-season surge in the power department, but it needs to happen quickly in order for it to matter to fantasy owners.