Rocket Fantasy Baseball

By on August 28, 2015

Rocket Sports’ Fantasy 500

Lonnie Chisenhall singles in a run  during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. (photo USA TODAY Sports / Ken Blaze)

Lonnie Chisenhall singles in a run during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. (photo USA TODAY Sports / Ken Blaze)

  • Our weekly look at some movers, shakers and difference-makers in the world of fantasy baseball.

Note: all stats current as of close of play on August 27, 2015. Position designations are determined by Yahoo eligibility rules; check your league settings for eligibility requirements.

The season is nearing the top of the stretch, so it’s time to fine-tune your fantasy roster for a hard-charging run to the finish line. Are there some players out there who could lead your charge to fantasy glory? Glad you asked – read on, Quiz Kid.

Hitters:

Lonnie Chisenhall, 1B/3B/OF, Cleveland Indians: Chisenhall will sometimes ride the pine against left-handed pitchers, but his beefy .388/.438/.552/.991 slash line in the second half is still garnering attention from fantasy owners. Daily lineup players should enjoy this ride while it lasts, but keep in mind that Chisenhall’s phenomenal .511 BABIP since the All-Star break is bound to normalize at some point.  

Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Davis leads the National League with 10 home runs this month, and his 23 RBI is tied for the top spot in the Senior Circuit. For all his plus pop, though, Davis is batting just .226 since the All-Star break, and his low contact rate should continue to drag his average downward. Daily game players take note: Davis has a robust .293 average and 1.003 OPS this season at home versus a putrid .155 and .497 mark away from Miller Park.

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals: Moose was in a bit of a funk back in late July and early August, but he’s currently riding an eight-game hitting streak during which he has smacked four homers and plated 12 RBI. Moustakas is second among AL third basemen with five homers and 17 RBI this month, and his .385 OBP is second among qualifying hot-corner men. Moustakas is owned in just over half of Yahoo leagues, but he can be a definite fantasy asset while he’s going this well.

 

Pitchers:

Scott Feldman, SP, Houston Astros: The journeyman right-hander has pitched very well recently, lowering his ERA from 4.93 to 3.75 over his last six starts. Feldman lacks a big strikeout pitch, and he been the victim of some tough luck insofar as run support lately, but he’s absolutely worth a spot on most fantasy rosters while he’s on this kind of a roll. Daily gamers note: Feldman owns a 2.36 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in eight road starts this season.

Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, Seattle Mariners: The Seattle Mariners bullpen has been more tumultuous than a Deadliest Catch marathon this season, and it looks like Wilhelmsen will be the next to grab the wheel. The former bartender logged saves August 23 and 25, and he has fashioned a tidy 2.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 12 appearances this month. Wildness can be his bane, but remember that Wilhelmsen saved 53 games for the M’s between 2012 and 2013.

Ian Kennedy, SP, San Diego Padres: Kennedy was a huge disappointment in the first half of the season, but he is ninth among qualifying starters with a 2.27 ERA since the All-Star break. Opponents are batting just .223 against him during that time, and he has fanned 47 batters in 43.2 innings of work. Kennedy is owned in about two-thirds of Yahoo leagues, but it’s worth a look at your league waiver wire to see if he was dropped (and forgotten about) during his woeful first half.

That’ll do it for this week; good luck in your fantasy leagues and we’ll talk again soon.

 

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