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Sunday 17th Dec 2017

Into May, and maybe even some real summer weather we go for the 2017 season. I can tell you as a resident of Northern California, an area mired in a drought for five years, we have had record rainfall this year, so the sun is more than welcome.

So, as the weather warms up, what players might we track over the coming week? Well, we will look below, but don't forget to join Justin Mason and me this and every Thursday at the FNTSY network from 6-7 PM ET for the Tout Wars Hour. We will be having the best known writers and analysts who play in the toughest leagues on the planet each week, covering fantasy of every kind, everywhere. You can stream on your laptop for free and via the FNTSY app

It is hard to "recommend" a guy hitting .176 with just a couple of homers, but with C.J. Cron hurt, and Albert Pujols struggling (.240 with a .278 OBP), Jefry Marte is likely to get some serious playing time. As a 23-year-old in 2015, Marte hit .271-15-69 over 106 Triple-A games with 38 walks to 70 whiffs, so the first sacker can do it. In a deep league, those at-bats mean everything. 

We can hang in the AL West, where Leonys Martin was designated, opening potential playing time for 24-year-old Ben Gamel. Drafted by the Yankees in the tenth round of the 2010 June Draft, then swapped to Seattle last August, Gamel has a .288-27-319 line with 95 swipes over 688 games with a .347 OBP (239 BB/525 K). The left-handed hitter should see some time hitting right-handers.

Finishing in the AL West, Jesse Hahn has been a work in progress for several years now, tempting with some solid numbers from 2014-15. But in limited time last year, he went 2-4, 6.02. This season has been a dufferent story. Filling in the injury gaps at Rickey Henderson Field, Hahn is 1-1, 2.08 over 26 innings with 29 whiffs and a solid 0.962 WHIP. He's worth a look in any format.

I cannot let the week escape without noting the debut of the wonderfully named Gift Ngoepe passing us by. As we know, Ngoepe is the first Major League player born on the African Continent. Though the story is fun, and Ngoepe has bagged hits four of his first eight at-bats, the guy has a minor league career line of .232-37-201 and a .322 OBP, so the good story may be short-lived. Still, yay for baseball touching yet another place on the earth.

Since the White Sox are in transition, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the disposition of Todd Frazier, who becomes a free agent at the end of this season. It does seem the Pale Hose might indeed move Frazier, and a lot of the reason might be that Matt Davidson could be ready to pick up the hot corner gauntlet. Davidson is hitting .286-4-14 over 46 at-bats this year and is a good gamble as a corner guy in a deeper AL or Mixed format.

The Jays let go of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and brought up backstop Luke Maile, who has a .255-19-169 line over 1457 at-bats with 159 walks to 260 strikeouts, good for a .333 OBP. Maile is not much of an option at this point, however, save for the deepest of leagues.

Michael Taylor might be struggling with a .192-0-1 line over 28 at-bats, but with Adam Eaton out for the rest of the season, Taylor is the beneficiary of that now open playing time. He does strike out (263 to 53 walks) but he also has some pop with 22 homers and speed with 30 steals over 758 at-bats. 

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