Justin Upton & Jonathan Schoop Highlight Week 13 Additions (June 18)
Cody Bellinger’s return to IL makes me doubt the viability of his fantasy for the remainder of this season.
His fractured shin was an abnormal injury, but one that lasted two weeks before his hamstring injury calls into question his chances of being relevant this season. I say that as someone who drafted Bellinger as a first-round pick and had the chance to pass the Dodgers outfielder.
That’s not the case for most of the players who drafted the NL’s 2019 MVP and had to scramble to fill even 50% of his fantastic production.
Hopefully, it gets at least a good month of production in 2021 before a comeback in 2022.
Pick them up
Justin Upton – OF, Los Angeles Angels
Yahoo: 60%, ESPN: 63%
Upton has been the biggest benefactor of Mike Trout’s extended absence and hits .315 / .456 / .630 in June. There are plenty of June balls left, but Upton’s 20.6% walk rate would be his career high in June.
Jonathan Schoop – 1B / 2B, Detroit Tigers
Yahoo: 63%, ESPN: 61%
The biggest surprise looking at Schoop’s numbers is that he’s only 29 years old. It feels like he’s been in the league for 15 seasons.
Schoop will be a commercial chip in a month and could go to a team looking for help in the field. Until then, he brings an advantage that is not related to luck or a hazardous career year.
He’s set to hit over .270 for a second straight season, a first of his career. His closest previous run was in 2015-2017 when he hit 0.279, 0.267 and 0.293 respectively.
Amed Rosario – SS / OF, Cleveland Indians
Yahoo: 53%, ESPN: 51%
Rosario is reaching career highs in average and OBP, and after asking for more stolen bases he has one in a back-to-back streak.
He also has several multi-hit games during the same period.
Hunter Renfroe – OF, Boston Red Sox
Yahoo: 20%, ESPN: 29%
The Red Sox have only appeared two games this week heading into their weekend streak in Kansas City, but the veteran still had four hits, one homerun, four runs batted in and one walk.
Renfroe will continue to get better shots to hit in a busy Red Sox lineup, and home runs should continue to fly as the weather continues to heat up.
Worth the detour
Tyler Naquin – OF, Cincinnati Reds
Yahoo: 59%, ESPN: 72%
Naquin’s production has seen its ups and downs like the Reds’ offense, but his rebound from a bad 2020 deserves praise. He also has a chance to surpass his career high of 116 games played in one season.
Freddy Galvis – 2B / SS, Baltimore Orioles
Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 33%
Galvis is hitting above his career slash line and has a career high of 0.753 OPS while owning a BABIP of 0.289, barely below his average. Galvis is another commercial candidate who will take a bigger fantasy blow than Schoop for teams looking for players in the first offensive position.
Jonathan India – 2B / 3B, Cincinnati Reds
Yahoo: 41%, ESPN: 38%
The Indian rookie has an OPS of 0.780 despite a massive fall and has the chance to take the lead in the Reds. India have a strikeout ratio of less than 2: 1, and 30% of their hits have gone for extra bases.
JP Crawford – SS, Seattle Mariners
Yahoo: 17%, ESPN: 21%
Crawford matched his best of the 2019 season WAR to 1.3 in 23 games less.
His BABIP .330 is a career high so I looked at his expected numbers. Crawford’s expected batting average, strokes and baseline average are all lower than their actual counterparts, but none are alarming.
Short term solutions
Robbie Grossman – OF, Detroit Tigers
Yahoo: 52%, ESPN: 61%
Grossman has a four-game hitting streak and finishes a streak against the Angels before facing a exhausted rotation from the Cardinals.
Steven Duggar – OF, San Francisco Giants
Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 5%
Duggar had seven hits in the Giants’ four-game streak against the Diamondbacks and has the Phillies and Angels on the line.
It was one of the unexpected surprises for a team that shouldn’t be in the NL West. Duggar has a .467 BABIP, otherwise it would be a traditional add.
Jose Iglesias – SS, Los Angeles Angels
Yahoo: 4%, ESPN: 7%
In the training of Angels, Iglesias strikes in the midrange. Does that make sense? No. Take advantage of the weirdness.
i am skeptical
Myles Straw – OF, Houston Astros
Yahoo: 16%, ESPN: 12%
Straw is believed to be a source of stolen bases. Since May 1, he has four. The Astros will be looking for help in the field at the trade deadline.
Jurickson Profar – 1B / 2B / OF, San Diego Padres
Yahoo: 20%, ESPN: 28%
I prefer to have players committed to good attacks. The Padres’ offensive intensifies, with the exception of Profar.
He has eight more hits and one homerun in his 45 total hits. It’s good to see Profar on a three-game hitting streak after going without a hitting in his previous 10 appearances.
Joc Pederson – OF, Chicago Cubs
Hope you enjoyed Pederson’s hot streak. He’s 2-for-12 this week and clocked a 14: 2 batting to walk ratio in June. Both marches took place on June 2.
Christian Arroyo – 2B / 3B, Boston Red Sox
Yahoo: 4%, ESPN: 3%
He didn’t start either of Boston’s two games this week, but managed to hit a grand slam. Fourteen of his 32 hits went for extra bases although he never had more than eight extra hits in a season before 2021.