Happy holidays everyone! With July 4th coming on a Sunday this year, many of us are celebrating until Monday for what is without a doubt the most fun holiday of the year (for my money)! Today, this is Fantasy editor Dan Schneier coming to you with Frank taking the well-deserved day off to try and defeat Joey Chestnut in his own time. No, he actually does not, but Frank and the FBT crew had a lot of fun staging a cooking from the fourth of July (in addition to their actual Fantasy Baseball two-round redraft). More about that below.
We will dive into the festive joy as well as some sleeping hitters, jugs and more nuggets you need to know for this week in Fantasy.
Redrawing of the first two rounds
It is never fun to change in the middle of the season by using hindsight. That’s exactly what Frank, Chris and Scott did on a bonus (heavy mailbag focused) FBT pod that should be in your podcast app if you check now. They break down who, what, why and how on the show, but here are the results of their two-round draft:
News and notes
- Citizens OF Kyle schwarber delivered a gigantic June for Fantasy executives, slugging 16 home runs in 27 games, but now he wants to spend a foreseeable future on the injury list after suffering what appears to be a significant hoarding strain.
- Angels 3B Anthony Rendon was removed from Sunday’s match due to tightness in his hamstring, and while he will miss Monday’s match, the illness is not expected to send him to the injury list.
- Fighting C Buster posey is set to miss Monday’s action after taking an ugly ball off his thumb in Sunday’s game. The National League’s All-Star starting catcher appears to have avoided a serious injury.
- twins DH Nelson cruz was scrapped from Sunday’s line-up due to soreness in the neck.
- Diamondbacks SP Zac Gallen was placed on IL over the weekend due to density in hoarding. He lasted only two rounds in Friday’s start before he got the injury.
- Brewers SP Corbin Burnes expects to take its next start after suffering a knee injury last week.
- Cardinals SP Carlos martinez left Sunday’s start after being hit by a pitch on his thumb, but the injury is not expected to stop him from starting next time.
- Braves SP Kyle mumbles was sent down to Triple-A after posting a 3.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 20 strikes and eight times over 15.2 innings during his four appearances (three starts). Expect him back in the majors after the All-Star break.
- Angels SP Griffin canning was sent down to Triple-A over the weekend. He has posted a 5.60 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with 62 Ks and 28 BBs over 62.1 innings, and he was rocked for six earned runs of just 2.2 innings in his last outing on Friday.
- SP Blake fast came back from a short period at IL due to illness to throw four pointless rounds in Sunday’s start against the Phillies, but his control proved to be a problem in the outing when he went four strokes.
- Mets 2B / 3B / SS Jonathan wants to returned from IL on Sunday, starting at third base and striking out three of his at-bats in Game 2 of the team’s double header with the Yankees. Despite the Mets getting healthier in the infield – 2B starts Jeff McNeil also recently returned from injury – a report from USA Today this weekend indicated that the team was interested in acquiring D-Backs infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, who has spent most of his time with Arizona this year at third base.
- Royals OF Andrew Benintendi came back from IL also on Sunday, went 0 for 3 with a couple of strikes before he was removed for a pinch.
- kids 2B / SS / OF Nico Hoerner also came back from IL on Sunday, going 0 for 4 while hitting sixth. Oh-fer drops him to a .321 / .386 / .410 slash on the season.
- SP dishes Carlos Carrasco is expected to finally debut in 2021 in late July or early August, per manager Luis Rojas. Carrasco has been out since March due to a hamstring injury.
- SP dishes David Peterson expected to miss up to two months due to an oblique load.
- Red RPs Lucas sims and Tejay Antone expected to return towards the end of July, per leader David Bell.
- Cleveland C Roberto Perez came back from the 60-day DL Saturday. After beating 24 homers in 2019 and emerging as a solid alternative in two-catcher leagues, Perez has lost on the plate in the last two years, posting a .480 OPS in 97 at-bats last season while hitting just .125 /. 263 / .281 of 64 bats this year.
- The Nationals bought the SS Alcides Escobar from the Royals this weekend and he is 4 for 8 with a double in his first two games with his new team with Three turner the sideline due to a finger injury.
- Angels unicorn Shohei Ohtani was voted into the All-Star Game as both a designated hitter and a pitcher, with the latter being voted on by his peers. Expect to see him both beat and beat in the Midsummer Classic next Tuesday.
- Rays SP Luis Patino was sent back to Triple-A after giving up seven races (five earned) in 5.1 innings during his start on Friday.
- Padres SS prospect CJ Abrams has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his tibia and spraining his MCL as a result of a collision with a teammate while trying to pose a ground ball. Terrible news for someone who is without a doubt considered a top 10 prospect in baseball in general.
- Blue Jays C prospect Gabriel Moreno was operated on to repair a thumb freight. He has been in tears for Double-A New Hampshire in 2021, hitting .373 / .441 / .651 with eight homers in 126 at-bats. The injury probably removes any chance of seeing him at major league level this year, but keep him on the dynasty’s radars.
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Fourth of July BBQ draft
And now for something completely different, and perhaps more controversial, than that Frank decided to use a new round-pull pick on Kyle Tucker: a cooking from the fourth of July! I have to say that the FBT crew has some food out there – and I’m mainly looking at Scott. This draft was something, for sure. Let’s take a look:
- 1.01 Chris: Beer
- 1.02 Scott: Sausage
- 1.03 Frank: Cheeseburger
- 1.04 Chris: Ribbe
- 1.05 Scott: Corn on the cob
- 1.06 Frank: Cocktail
- 1.07 Chris: Pie
- 1.08 Scott: Watermelon
- 1.09 Frank: Pasta Salad
- 1.10 Chris: Shrimp
- 1.11 Scott: Peach Cobbler
- 1.12 Frank: Kongekegle
I do not exactly hate any of the choices as much as I expected to do, but pasta salad is not below the top 12 at all let alone at No. 8 overall. Corn cobs are also wildly too high on the latter. Chris got the steal from the draft with grilled shrimp at 1.10, but it also strikes me as quite fancy to have shrimp on a grill. Sausages, cheeseburgers, ribs – give me all the grilled meat and the rest is sauce.
Week 15 sleeping hitters
* Supported in 80% of leagues or fewer
For a complete list of every sleeping hitter, including which teams have the most favorable fights, check out Scott’s sleeps. Here is the overview of hitters:
Best hitter matchups for week 15
Worst matches in week 15
Week 15 sleeping pitchers
* Supported in 80% of leagues or fewer
For a complete list of each sleeping jug, check it out Scott’s sleeps. Here is the overview: