Fantasy Baseball Friday: Week 20 Preview

Happy week 20 and happy fantasy (American) football season. Now’s the time of year where fantasy baseball and fantasy football fully cross over so folks like me are working double time. Please don’t call me a superhero though.

P.S. I’m a cultured fella and also happen to know English football started up last week, so I guess technically it’s football season for all reading this.

Let’s dive in.


Connor Joe (OF, 1B Col)

Joe got recalled to the big leagues in late July and ever since has been on a tear. Since his return on 20 July, Joe is batting .316 with a .995 OPS and .416 wOBA. Over the last 30 days, Joe has been averaging 3.1 fantasy points per game. Like most Rockies, Joe has pretty big splits between home and away, but so long as he has at least three home games in a given matchup period he’s worth a start in deeper leagues.

The disclaimer here is that the Rockies have all road games this week, with half coming at the Dodgers. But, the Rockies finish off the season with 16 of their 27 games in September coming at home. Joe is still less than 15% owned in ESPN leagues, so you can get ahead of your league mates with this one.

Now is also a good time to mention to please add C.J. Cron if he’s available for that aforementioned home stretch to close your season, Cron would be a league winner if he’s available.

Huascar Ynoa (SP Atl)

Take a look at Ynoa. He was back in the Braves’ rotation after coming off the IL and in his most recent start at Miami went 5.1 innings, with four strikeouts, no walks, and no earned runs. On the season, Ynoa has an elite 32.1% called-strike plus whiff-rate, which I love to see.

Now Ian Anderson is coming off the IL and will presumably regain a spot in the rotation, which puts the Braves at six starters. It looks like all six are lined up to stay in the rotation, so the Braves could go with a six-man rotation. But, if they were to trim the rotation, personally I think Drew Smyly needs to get the boot. But keep a watchful eye on the situation if you need the pitching help and add Ynoa.

Two-Start Pitchers

Another decent two-start week ahead:

Is Andrew Heaney worth starting in a two-start week or is just twice the opportunity to give up home runs? JT Brubaker looks like an appealing deep-league streamer. The following are what I’m deeming deep-league desperation only streams:

  • Senzatela
  • Lynch
  • Fedde
  • Crowe
  • Folty
  • Watkins


Alec Bohm (3B, Phi)

Bohm appears to have lost his starting spot at third base for the Phillies. It’s been a disappointing season for Bohm and the Phils have had enough.

Jeff McNeil (OF, 2B NYM)

McNeil, like mostly all Mets’ hitters, is having a disappointing season. He’s performing across the board at a below-average level and is no longer justified at a 69% (nice) ownership level.

Rich Hill (SP, NYM)

Never make a trade with the Rays. Since joining the Mets at the trade deadline, Hill has a 4.98 ERA with a 4.61 FIP and 5.52 SIERA. It appears the 41-year-old resurgence went to die in Queens, NY.

Jacob deGrom (SP, NYM)

It sounds like deGrom is going to be shut down for the year. This is gut-wrenching for anyone who was holding hope he’d be back for their fantasy playoffs. Please do not drop in dynasty or keeper formats though.

Reading this back, I’m sorry Mets fans.

Fantasy expert, Adam Gruttadaro, is a guest contributor for Bat Flips and Nerds. Check out his website for more fantasy tips and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @SharpMoneyCo.

Photo by Justin Edmonds

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