As we head for the halfway point in baseball, many fantasy teams are getting a good idea where they stand for the rest of season. Whether you’re a bottom dweller, or a powerhouse, now might be the time to sell high on these players that have played above their heads in the first half.
- Carlos Beltran is only one home run behind his total from last year, in 67 less games. His slash line is a robust .283/.316/.567 with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs. While last year his better half was after the All-Star break, at 39 with aging knees, Beltran is a huge injury risk going forward. In redraft leagues, someone fed up with Kluber or Chris Archer (although the Klubot window might be closed after a great start today.) would be a great target.
- Matt Shoemaker has been an animal since developing his new pitch, and granted it would be hard to sell high on a guy only owned in 54% of Yahoo leagues. (He should be way over 80% by now, not sure what people are waiting for.) This honeymoon period with the splitter will not last forever, and if you can get a decent bat for him, it’s absolutely worth pursuing.
- Ian Kinsler has been the third best 2nd baseman in the majors this year, after Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano. Kinsler is on pace for a home run total not seen since his huge year in 2011. With this being his age 33 season, I am not willing to bet that this resurgence will continue. In June, Kinsler is batting .256 with 3 home runs with one steal after batting .303 with 7 home runs and 4 steals in May. The regression will be strong with this one.
- Todd Frazier went deep tonight for his 20th home run of the season. He hit 25 before the All-Star game last season, and hit 10 the rest of the way. He is notorious for having lackluster 2nd half’s, with his bat already cooling off recently, now is the time to sell the Toddfather. You just have to make an offer that he can’t refuse..
Those are four players that stand out as sell-high candidates for me. Who are yours? Comment them below!