WE have nearly reached the last fortnight of the fantasy baseball season with just 17 games left. If you are lucky enough to be staring down a place in your league’s final then kudos. If not, you like myself are already looking ahead to next year. To alleviate some of the disappointment you are suffering by diving into NFL fantasy. Unless you own David Johnson like I do. Or Odell Beckham, like I do. FFS.
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- RIDING a huge surge in the past few weeks Matt Olson (Athletics, OF/1B) has become the most added player in fantasy baseball. With seven home runs in the month of Septemeber already, Olson finds himself owned by over 50% of coaches, pacing the most added list just ahead of Indians starter Mike Clevinger.
- WITH just a few weeks left in the season finding the hot batters could very well win or lose you a league. You don’t need to look further than Francisco Lindor (Indians, SS) who is killing it amidst Cleveland’s record breaking 22 game winning streak. Lindor has emerged as one of the most dynamic players in baseball, boasting a .370/.440.790 line in the past three weeks with just seven strikeouts from his last 81 at bats.
- NOT all the Indians are benefiting from the winning streak though with Danny Salazar the most dropped non-injured player in ESPN fantasy baseball. After giving up 10 runs and 14 hits in his last three outings, owners are opting for another waiver wire option instead of the righty starter. He isn’t alone though with Kelvin Herrera (Royals, RP), Blake Snell (Rays, SP) and Miguel Gonzalez (Rangers, SP) the other players heading to waiver wires throughout the fantasy world.
INJURY NEWS – DANIEL Murphy (Nationals, 2B/1B) is the most popular name battling a niggle at the moment with a neck injury sidelining him and impacting his output. His teammate Bryce Harper (Nationals, OF) has started light activities again after his awful knee injury with Salvador Perez (Royals, C/DH) potentially out for the rest of the season with an intercostal complaint. Mariners starter James Paxton is the only star pitcher battling injury at the moment with the lefty expected to return in the coming days in the series VS. Houston.
- THE season began with a bang on the Thursday Night Football arena with rookie running back Kareem Hunt (40.6) announcing his arrival in a big way! After fumbling on his first carry, the Chiefs halfback was the top scorer for the weekend chalking up an NFL record 246 all purpose yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) with Alex Smith (31) throwing for 368 yards and four scores.
- PERHAPS the most surprising moment from the entire weekend was the dominant display the Rams defense put on. LA’s D/ST scored 29 points with tied for the highest point total by a defense with the Jaguars.
- WITH Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys, RB) likely to suit up for the entire season now owners have acted quickly to drop his supposed replacement Darren McFadden (Cowboys, RB) with his ownership falling 44.8%. He wasn’t the only player thrown onto the scrap heap though with Andy Dalton (Bengals, QB) and Hunter Henry (Chargers, TE) dumped by over 30% of coaches.
- TARIK Cohen (Bears, RB) and Kenny Golladay (Lions, WR) became the most added players of the week after their big showings in week one. With both added by over 40% of coaches now the test begins to see if they can produce on a weekly basis.
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INJURY NEWS – DEVASTATING news for Allen Robinson (Jaguars, WR) and his owners with the wideout tearing his ACL ruling him out for the rest of the year. The bad news continued with David Johnson (Cardinals, RB) suffering a dislocated wrist, sidelining him for up to three months. Odell Beckham Jr (Giants, WR) has admitted he may miss more time with his ankle sprain while Kevin White (Bears, WR) and Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders, K) IR bound which could potentially rule them out for the entire season.