Mon Aug 5 10:53am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Turns out the trading deadline wasn’t as expected. There was some movement that will impact fantasy teams. I’ll discuss below.
Week 19 has only two teams playing five games, Houston and Seattle. Sitting your Houston players could be a mistake, though, because they play a pair at home against a scuffling Rockies team and three at Baltimore. Sitting Seattle platers is a no brainer, not just this week but for the ready of the season.
Teams are playing eight games thanks to rainout makeup doubleheaders in Miami and Detroit, but not against each other. Detroit plays the White Sox at home on Monday, while the Marlins play the Mets in New York. Teams playing every day next week are Toronto, New York Yankees, Minnesota, Kansas City, Cleveland, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Everyone else plays six games.
Inter-league play has three AL teams losing their DH in National League cities. Oakland is losing Kris Davis in Chicago against the Cubs. The Angels lose Shohei Ohtani at Cincinnati, and Texas loses their DH at Milwaukee. National league teams gains a DH are Atlanta at Minnesota, Colorado at Houston, and San Diego at Seattle.
So the biggest winner in the trade deadline is probably Houston, picking up Zack Greinke. And pitching out of the three spot in the rotation behind Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole means more favorable matchups and better chances for wins. There’s little fantasy value in whoever replaces him (Zac Gallen or Mike Leake) in the Diamondbacks rotation. Perhaps the player having the most fantasy value from all the trades could be Joe Jimenez, moving into the Tigers closer role with Shane Greene going to Atlanta. Greene becomes Atlanta’s closer, making Luke Jackson expendable.
Cleveland picked up a couple needed outfielders in Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes. Both will get steady playing time. The beneficiaries in Cincinnati should be Jesse Winker, Josh VanMeter and Phillip Ervin along with Nick Senzel. Nick Castellanos moves to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, which should help his home run production. Other players who should benefit from new teams are Scooter Gennett in San Francisco, Jesus Aguilar in Miami, Jake Faria in Milwaukee, Nick Anderson in Tampa (Emilio Pagan’s closer role is a shorter leash), and Corey Dickerson in Philly. Tanner Roark (Oakland), Trevor Bauer (Cincinnati), and Marcus Stroman (Mets) fantasy value is unchanged.
A couple blasts from the past have resurfaced. Adam Duvall has gone deep five times in six games for Atlanta, and Danny Salazar is back in Cleveland’s rotation. Both could offer some short term lift for your team.
Here’s an interesting a fact. For the first time in over 50 years, relief pitchers ERA is higher than starting pitchers ERA. I’m not sure how relevant is is fantasy, but I think one of the main reasons is because starting pitchers are not going very deep in games and relief pitchers are getting a lot more work.
Have a great week!
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.