The All Star Break is here which means a few days to chill from stats (if that is possible), ideally some time to spend with the fam (and especially taking the squeeze out for dinner), along with either taking stock of our baseball teams for the grueling second half (or starting to seriously plot one's Fantasy Football teams for the coming drafts).
Well, since we are indeed at some down time, and since Zach is on vacation tomorrow, let's look at the guys I think are the Roto Dogs today, and tomorrow the low-priced gems who are indeed helping push to a pennant for our teams.
Note that for dollar value purposes, I used the Tout Wars auction prices which can be checked here. Obviously, depending upon your league and rules, results could be a lot different, but I used the leagues with experienced players using pretty much standard formats as a barometer. The values listed were from the AL/NL only drafts.
C Jonathan Lucroy $22: After being one of the strongest offensive catchers let alone hitters in the game the last few years (2016 line was .292-24-81), Lucroy going to hitting friendly Texas with a nice gaggle of hitters around him meant the numbers could kick up a little. .255-4-25 is the return in a season when Kurt Suzuki, who was an afterthought in most leagues has seven homers.
1B Adrian Gonzalez $19: With 11 straight seasons of 18 or more homers to go with 90 or more RBI, AGone has been one of the steadiest producers on the planet for the last decade in Major League Baseball. But this year the bottom didn't so much fall off as it was disintegrated as injuries, and apparently age, have caught up to Gonzalez to the tune of .255-1-23
2B Jonathan Villar $29: .209 with 16 steals and a .279 OBP for a nearly $30-player says it all.
3B Manny Machado $35: Machado's year really isn't so terrible at .224-18-45, though his OBP of .279 is pretty wretched, but from a guy who hit .294-37-96 last year with a .343 OBP, that is a tough regression for $35 dollars worth of salary cap.
SS Brandon Crawford $15: This was tough with Trevor Story ($26) and Dansby Swanson ($15) both delivering, or should we say not delivering anything close to numbers at least desired. Add in I really like Crawford who has improved his hitting so much, giving us back-to-back 84 RBI seasons leading up to this years .221-7-40 line with a paltry .260 OBP. At least that could make him a bargain next year.
OF Alex Gordon $15: Another tough one as I dropped $9 on Tyler Naquin for literally no production, but the fall-off in Gordon has been so severe it is almost disturbing. But, the former All Star has just a .198-5-26 mark thus far making him barely worth a buck in just about any league anywhere.
OF Kyle Schwarber $24: We have all been over this enough, and Schwarber has hit 12 bombs, but with a .170 average. I think the problem is we all assumed he was the can't miss kid and we were right: he misses pitches on a more than regular basis.
OF Byron Buxton $21: The power numbers were what owners were salivating over with 12 hit over 138 big league games leading into this year for the then 22-year old. The conventional wisdom was now a vet, in his third year, Buxton would kick it up a notch. .214-5-16 is what the "notch" replied.
SP Justin Verlander $24: Another Cy Young potential season was thought all around after Verlander's strong 2016, but the results are a sorry 5-5 mark with a 4.96 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and a dozen dingers surrendered over just 98 frames.
RP Sam Dyson $11: 0-4 with four blown saves and a 10.80 ERA was the reward for owners who went the Dyson route. As the Rangers dumped him, probably so did most roto players. And, though Dyson hooked on with the Giants (for whom he has three saves) it is hard to imagine owners picking him back up no matter how stellar Dyson's performance is.
Feel free to argue with me @lawrmichaels.