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Fantasy Baseball Week 16 (7/23-7/29)

7/26 - Jonathan Lucroy (29% owned Yahoo) has been activated by the Milwaukee Brewers finally.  The last time he played was May 27th and he left fantasy owners without a catcher hitting .375 with 5 HRs and 30 RBI in just 43 games played.  Believe it or not Lucroy has played nearly half the games the other top catchers have and is still 21st overall in fantasy points and 16th in RBI.  Add him to your roster if you lost J.P. Arencibia or if you are struggling at the catcher position.  No catcher in baseball with over 16 ABs averages more points per at bat than Lucroy (Carlos Ruiz also avg 1.25 pts/ab...good company).

The Toronto Blue Jays have lost power hitting C J.P. Arencibia (58% owned Yahoo) for the next six weeks after a foul tip fractured his hand.  Only Jarrod Saltalamacchia (52%) (19) has hit more home runs than J.P. (16).  If you are looking to just replace his power numbers, than Salty or Wilin Rosario (26%) of the Colorado Rockies is your guy.  Padres C Yasmani Grandal (14%) and Royals C Salvado Perez (38%) are other viable options.

7/25 - The Pittsburgh Pirates are in it to win it this year after acquiring P Wandy Rodriguez (67% owned Yahoo) from their division rival Houston Astros.  Now the Bucs rotation looks REAL nice with James McDonald, A.J. Burnett, Wandy, and Erik Bedard.  If they can figure out how to acquire some offensive talent before the deadline LOOKOUT! 

The New York Yankees have lost 3B Alex Rodriguez (97% owned Yahoo) after fracturing his hand last night.  He will miss 6-8 weeks which means he might not be back until mid-September.  He was hit by a pitch from Felix Hernandez who also who Derek Jeter and Ichiro last night, while getting hit by a batted ball himself.  Check out all the craziness here!  Chase Headley (55%) has been the hottest available 3B eligible hitter since the All-Star Break and overall on the season.  Only Daniel Murphy (58%) and Pedro Alvarez (51%) have been better over the past 30 days.  Let us know how you plan on replacing A Rod in the comment section!

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded for 3B/SS (Who knows yet where he will play for the Dodgers) Hanley Ramirez (98%).  Luis Cruz has filled in for the injured Dee Gordon and Jerry Hariston, Adam Kennedy and Juan Uribe split 3B duties.  Hanley has not been the same for some time now.  After 4 straight .300+ seasons, Ramirez is posting back to back .240 seasons.  However, I fully expect a huge second half from Hanley in the bright lights of Los Angeles.  The only NL stadium he hits better at is PNC Park in Pittsburgh:

PNC Park16611524402729830.3930.4150.5570.973
Dodger Stadium1867152650310916930.3880.4680.5971.065

Nathan Eovaldi (2%) is the chip going back to Miami.  Definitely not a big strike out guy but with veteran Mark Buehrle's tutelage, could learn how to win in a similar fashion. 

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Tyler Bortnick to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Ryan Roberts (20%).   This opens up playing time for Ryan Wheeler, who was the 4th best hitter in all of AAA this season.   With a .351 AVG 15 HRs and 90 RBI in the minors, Wheeler should get the majority of playing time over verteran Willie Bloomquist.

7/24 -  The Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins also made a trade last night sending Omar Infante (53% owned Yahoo) and Anibal Sanchez (78%) to The Motor City.  Infante's value has just tripled and is available in every other league.  He was hitting .287 in a Marlins lineup that ranks 28th in runs scored and is joining a lineup that is 8th in runs scored.  He will most likely be hitting 9th for the Tigers as 2B have done each of the last 6 games, but in reality the Tigers have 3 top of the order guys after the 1st inning.  Infante has just become a MUST OWN fantasy player.

Anibal Sanchez got ROUGHED up in June, but has settled down in July again and already has 3 more strikeouts in 4 less innings pitched (4 July starts to 5 June starts).  For Sanchez' career, his post All Star Break ERA is 3.37 compared to 4.12 before the break.    Expect big things from Sanchez and add him to your team if he is available.

7/23 - The New York Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki for D.J. Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar.  What a GREAT move for New York and even better news for fantasy owners!  Ichiro in the Bronx might score 100 runs in the second half!

Division Leaders Heading into All-Star Break
AL East - New York Yankees
AL Central - Detroit Tigers
AL West - Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard - Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles/Oakland Athletics

NL East - Washington Nationals
NL Central - Cincinnati Reds
NL West - San Francisco Giants
NL Wildcard - Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves

Daily Starting Lineups
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MLB Depth Charts
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Pitching Probables

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Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Teams Playing 7 Games This Week:
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster


  • The Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, and Seattle Mariners play all 7 games at home
    • The Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays play all 6 games at home
  • The Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals play all 7 games on the road
    • The Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays play all 6 games on the road 

Two Start Pitchers
For a break down of each pitcher, check out Fantasy Alarm post
Starting PitchersFirst Start/OpponentSecond Start/Opponent
Bedard, Erik SP PITvs. CHC@ HOU
Billingsley, Chad SP LAD@ STL@ SF
Blackley, Travis SP OAK@ TOR@ BAL
Cecil, Brett SP TORvs. OAKvs. DET
Chen, Bruce SP KC@ LAA@ SEA
Chen, Wei-Yin SP BALvs. TBvs. OAK
Dickey, R.A. SP NYMvs. WAS@ ARI
Doubront, Felix RP BOS@ TEX@ NYY
Fister, Doug SP DET@ CLE@ TOR
Gonzalez, Gio SP WAS@ NYM@ MIL
Greinke, Zack SP MIL@ PHIvs. WAS
Halladay, Roy SP PHIvs. MIL@ ATL
Harrell, Lucas RP HOUvs. CINvs. PIT
Hellickson, Jeremy SP TB@ BAL@ LAA
Hernandez, Felix SP SEAvs. NYYvs. KC
Hunter, Tommy SP BAL@ CLEvs. OAK
Jimenez, Ubaldo SP CLEvs. DET@ MIN
Johnson, Josh SP MIAvs. ATLvs. SD
Kelly, Joe SP STLvs. LAD@ CHC
Kennedy, Ian SP ARIvs. COLvs. NYM
Kershaw, Clayton SP LAD@ STL@ SF
Kuroda, Hiroki SP NYY@ SEAvs. BOS
Latos, Mat SP CIN@ HOU@ COL
Liriano, Francisco SP MIN@ CHWvs. CLE
Masterson, Justin SP CLEvs. BAL@ MIN
McDonald, James SP PITvs. CHC@ HOU
Millwood, Kevin SP SEAvs. NYYvs. KC
Minor, Mike SP ATL@ MIAvs. PHI
Oswalt, Roy SP TEXvs. BOSvs. CHW
Pomeranz, Drew SP COL@ ARIvs. CIN
Quintana, Jose RP CHWvs. MIN@ TEX
Richard, Clayton SP SD@ SF@ MIA
Rodriguez, Wandy SP HOUvs. CINvs. PIT
Samardzija, Jeff RP CHC@ PITvs. STL
Saunders, Joe SP ARIvs. COLvs. NYM
Smith, Will SP KC@ LAA@ SEA
Vogelsong, Ryan SP SFvs. SDvs. LAD
Wainwright, Adam SP STLvs. LAD@ CHC
Wilson, C.J. SP LAAvs. KCvs. TB
Wolf, Randy SP MIL@ PHIvs. WAS
Young, Chris SP NYMvs. WAS@ ARI
Zimmermann, Jordan SP WAS@ NYM@ MIL