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Fantasy Baseball Week 17 (7/30-8/5)

8/3 - The Los Angeles Dodgers have made another smart move, picking up Joe Blanton from the Philadelphia Phillies.  There was a rumor going around that it was Cliff Lee claimed off waivers, but that is not the case.  Blanton is just 21% owned in Yahoo leagues and has 8 wins and just 18 walks in 133.1 innings pitched.  Blanton's last 3 starts have totaled 23 innings, 7 earned runs and 20 strike outs.  Blanton is a solid pitcher to have on your fantasy team and is widely available.

Jayson Werth (56% owned Yahoo) returned to the Washington Nationals lineup last night going 1-3 with a single, a walk and an RBI.  If you need a boost, Jayson Werth is a nice pick up this late in the season.

8/1 - The Cincinnati Reds are likely to lose 2B Brandon Phillips (97% owned Yahoo) to a calf injury.  After a disappointing start to the season, Phillips has hit over .300 each of the past 2 months and will now leave fantasy owners with a huge hole to fill.  No 2B eligible player has more fantasy points in the past 14 days than Phillips, but Allen Craig (76%), Aaron Hill (80%), and Chase Utley (76%) are the next 3 guys on the list and should be who you look to replace Brandon Phillips with.  Another solid option would be Neil Walker (74%) of the the Pittsburgh Pirates who has been the hottest 2B in the past 7 days.

7/31 -  Ryan Dempster (85% owned Yahoo) has been traded to the Texas Rangers!  I think every pitcher should want to pitch with that offense providing run support.

The Cincinnati Reds now how 3 guys capable of closing game with the addition of Jonathan Broxton (78% owned Yahoo).  Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Broxton lost a TON of value by going back to the National League.  Greg Holland (13%) is now a must own in Kansas City as he will take over the closer duties.

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent the Flyin' Hawaiian Shane Victorino (90% owned Yahoo) to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin.  This is big for fantasy owners as the Dodgers lineup has been rejuvenated and should produce nicely for the rest of the season.  Victorino was heating up in July as he hit .288 with 8 XBH.

Philly has apparently also sent OF Hunter Pence (97%) to the San Francisco Giants for a package built around Tommy Joseph.  Adding Pence to Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Melky Cabrera makes the Giants actual contenders....and that is with out any help from Tim Lincecum this season.  Pence has struggled since the break hitting just .190 but he is a career .329 hitter at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  Like Victorino, getting out of the Phillies clubhouse surrounded by negativity should give them a boost in production.

The Atlanta Braves, who failed to acquire Ryan Dempster, instead snagged Paul Maholm (31% owned Yahoo) and Reed Johnson from the Chiacgo Cubs in exchange for Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino.  In 5 career starts at Turner Field, Maholm owns a 1.69 ERA.  This season he has earned 9 wins, 5 of which have come in his last 6 starts.  He has not allowed more than one earned run in his last 7 appearances.  Maholm should be considered a solid own in fantasy baseball now that he is pitching for the Braves.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Travis Snider (5% owned Yahoo) from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brad Lincoln (8%).  This is another positive sign for Pirates fans that ownership is really going all in on this playoff push.  Adding a 24 year old lefty power bat for a relief pitcher/spot starter is always a good move in my book.  However, this is not the BEST news for Travis Snider's fantasy value as he goes to a less powerful offensive team and is another bat that strikes out a ton.  However, there should be

The trade deadline has forced the Milwaukee Brewers to send Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels, the Pittsburgh Pirates to trade for Wandy Rodriguez, the Miami Marlins to send Hanley Ramirez to Hollywood and the Twins to deal Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox.  Will the Phillies give up on this season and part ways with Shane Victorino or Hunter Pence?  Will the Rangers match the Angels and acquire a top notch pitcher?  What do you want your team to do before the deadline passes?  Let us know in the comment section!

Division Leaders Heading into All-Star Break
AL East - New York Yankees
AL Central - Chicago White Sox
AL West - Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard - Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics

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

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

The Miami Marlins & Washington Nationals will play a double header on Friday August 3.

  • The Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals play all 7 games at home this week.
    • The Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees play all 6 games at home this week.
  • The Miami Marlins play all 8 games on the road this week
    • The Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays play all 7 games on the road this week.
      • The Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates play all 6 games on the road this week.
Two Start Pitchers For a break down of each pitcher, check out Fantasy Alarm post
Starting PitcherFirst Start/OpponentSecond Start/Opponent
Bailey, Homer SP CIN vs. SDvs. PIT
Beckett, Josh SP BOS vs. DETvs. MIN
Bedard, Erik SP PIT @ CHC@ CIN
Blackburn, Nick SP MIN vs. CHW@ BOS
Buchholz, Clay SP BOS vs. DETvs. MIN
Buehrle, Mark SP MIA @ ATL@ WAS
Bumgarner, Madison SP SF vs. NYM@ COL
Cahill, Trevor SP ARI @ LAD@ PHI
De Vries, Cole SP MIN vs. CHW@ BOS
Estrada, Marco SP MIL vs. HOU@ STL
Francis, Jeff SP COL vs. STLvs. SF
Garcia, Freddy SP NYY vs. BALvs. SEA
Garza, Matt SP CHC vs. PIT@ LAD
Gonzalez, Miguel RP BAL @ NYY@ TB
Griffin, A.J. SP OAK vs. TBvs. TOR
Hanson, Tommy SP ATL vs. MIAvs. HOU
Harang, Aaron SP LAD vs. ARIvs. CHC
Harvey, Matt SP NYM @ SF@ SD
Hefner, Jeremy SP NYM @ SF@ SD
Hochevar, Luke SP KC vs. CLEvs. TEX
Holland, Derek SP TEX vs. LAA@ KC
Iwakuma, Hisashi SP SEA vs. TOR@ NYY
Laffey, Aaron RP TOR @ SEA@ OAK
Leake, Mike SP CIN vs. SDvs. PIT
Lee, Cliff SP PHI @ WASvs. ARI
Lincecum, Tim SP SF vs. NYM@ COL
Lohse, Kyle SP STL @ COLvs. MIL
Lowe, Derek SP CLE @ KC@ DET
Marquis, Jason SP SD @ CINvs. NYM
Milone, Tommy SP OAK vs. TBvs. TOR
Nolasco, Ricky SP MIA @ ATL@ WAS
Norris, Bud SP HOU @ MIL@ ATL
Oswalt, Roy SP TEX vs. LAA@ KC
Pomeranz, Drew SP COL vs. STLvs. SF
Price, David SP TB @ OAKvs. BAL
Quintana, Jose RP CHW @ MINvs. LAA
Romero, Ricky SP TOR @ SEA@ OAK
Santana, Ervin SP LAA @ TEX@ CHW
Scherzer, Max SP DET @ BOSvs. CLE
Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS vs. PHIvs. MIA
Volquez, Edinson SP SD @ CINvs. NYM
Weaver, Jered SP LAA @ TEX@ CHW