We have reached the final week of August, which means we only have one more month of the fantasy baseball season. This is just another reminder that if you have been thinking of dropping a player, odds are you definitely should.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez has landed on the injured list due to a fractured hamate bone in his right hand. Ramirez struggled for the first three months of the season, but he was finally producing for fantasy owners during the last two months, so this is a huge blow as we head into the final month of the season.
Injuries are part of the game, but it's frustrating when it occurs late in the season.
1. Baltimore Orioles Infielder Jonathan Villar -- The Orioles aren't a good team, but Villar has been a bright spot. The infielder can frustrate his manager at times with his ill-advised baserunning decisions, but we as fantasy owners don't care about that. We only care about production, and that's exactly what Villar has done. Villar hit five home runs and six RBIs during the past week. Villar has 20 home runs and 28 stolen bases for the season, which makes him one of the better fantasy performers. In fact, ESPN fantasy player rater has him as a top-10 fantasy hitter in 2019, which I think would shock a lot of people.
2. Cleveland Indians Starting Pitcher Mike Clevinger -- The right-hander is on a nice stretch, as he has allowed more than three earned runs just once since the start of July. During his last two starts, Clevinger has struck out 18 while allowing only one earned run. Clevinger should continue to give fantasy owners a nice boost in all pitching categories down the stretch.
3. St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher Jack Flaherty
-- It took awhile for my
preseason breakout candidate
to pitch well, but it's better late than never. After having an ERA of 4.90 July 2, the 23-year-old has not allowed more than two earned runs since. That's an incredible streak and came at the perfect time, as he was close to being a pitcher we could drop. This is great news for fantasy owners who put their faith in the youngster as we head down the stretch.
1. Cincinnati Reds Starting Pitcher Trevor Bauer -- It has been an up-and-down stretch for Bauer since being traded to the Reds from the Cleveland Indians. In three of his five starts, Bauer has allowed three earned runs or fewer. However, in the other two, Bauer has allowed nine and seven earned runs, respectively. We can't afford starts like this with the season winding down, and Bauer now has an ERA of 4.34.
2. New York Mets First Baseman Pete Alonso -- It has been a monster rookie season for the 24-year-old, as he has 41 home runs and 100 RBIs. He has crushed his fantasy value by a lot, but that doesn't mean he can't have a bad week. Alonso struck out 10 times while collecting just four hits over the past week. Alonso will be fine and should continue to provide fantasy owners with strong stats down the stretch as we fight for a championship.
3. Oakland Athletics Outfielder Khris Davis -- The struggles continue for the outfielder, as he struck out nine times while collecting only one hit during the past week. Davis has hit 40-plus home runs in three straight seasons but only has 18 in 2019. The batting average has sunk as well, as he is only hitting .215. There's no doubt Davis is one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this season. We have been waiting for a stretch of games in which he hits a bunch of home runs, but I'm not sure that's going to happen this year.
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