Fantasy Baseball: Duds to Studs

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This week we flip the script and highlight duds who are playing like studs.  Should you sell high?  Ride it out?  Cut bait before its too late?  You have come to the right place to find out.


Brandon Crawford

The most home runs Brandon Crawford has ever hit in an entire season was 21 way back in 2015.  Since then, he has never had more than 14 in a season.  Yet here we are, not even at Memorial Day Weekend yet and Crawford has blasted 11 home runs already.  He has shown no signs of slowing down either as he is batting .500 in his last six games alone.  However, even with that, he is batting .255 on the season.  Which brings to light how low his average was even through all the early season power, which hints a bit at some luck.  We know what Brandon Crawford is.  He is a good player.  Nothing more, nothing less.  A good player.  What he is not, is a player that is going to hit 37 home runs over the course of a season, which is actually what his current pace is set at. 

Verdict? Sell.


Adolis Garcia

Adolis Garcia was never regarded as a top prospect or someone who would have a large impact at the Major League level.  Yet here we are at the end of May and he is tied for the Major League lead with 16 home runs.  Garcia has been a bright spot on a bad Rangers team.  He has done so by absolutely smoking fastballs.  He is slugging nearly .700 on fastballs.  Before these two months, again, no one really knew about Adolis Garcia.  Now people do.  The league is the Major Leagues for a reason, and if I know what he is doing to fastballs, opposing pitchers will know too.  Pitchers will adjust with off speed, then the question is can Garcia adjust too.  I don't want to stick around to find out.    

Verdict? Sell. 

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Jesse Winker

You can argue that Jesse Winker has been the best player in baseball this year because not only he is hitting for power, he is hitting for average also.  Winker's current line 13 long balls, with 28 home runs and hitting at a .348 clip.  That means even a gigantic slump at the plate would still render him fantasy relevant. 

Verdict? Hold

Jesse Winker battles a convergence of changeups and sliders — Lance  Brozdowski
Photo courtesy of the Cinncinnati Inquirer 


Cedric Mullins

On April 26th Mullins was batting .365.  Now its a month later and Mullins, while still good, is batting .298.  He has dropped 67 points in a month.  So yes, his overall stat line of .298 with six home runs, 14 RBIS, and even six steals looks great on the surface.  But over the past month he has crashed back to earth and playing more like you would expect Cedric Mullins to play.  Here is to hoping someone does not read into Mullins too much, sees the stat line and attempts to buy. 

Verdict? Sell.


Aaron Civale

Civale is currently tied for the league lead in wins with seven.  He has only lost once and his ERA is just a smidge above three.  However is has tossed 68 innings so far this season, but has only struck out 53.  He is averaging less than a strikeout an inning which means a lot of outs are on balls in play.  That usually tends to balance itself out as there is a lot more green out there than their are fielders.  Tread lightly if you own Civale and your best move may be to dump him before all those batted balls in play start finding green grass.

Verdict? Sell.


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