All Star week is a short fantasy week at RTSports that runs from Thursday until Sunday (7/19 - 7/22).
Starting lineups can be adjusted up until a player's first game of the week on Thursday or Friday.
If your league has a free agent add/drop period, it will end on Monday at 11:59pm ET.
Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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Interest in Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton has reportedly picked up steam. With the Orioles reported Manny Machado deal set to be finalized on Wednesday, there's a good chance the team acts quickly to move Britton. The closer is a free agent at the end of the season and has pitched to a 3.68 ERA and a 13/9 K/BB ratio with four saves in 2018. Britton was an All-Star from 2015-16 and likely would've been voted again in 2017 if he didn't suffer an Achilles injury. He has been linked to the Cubs and will likely see interest from bullpen needy teams such as the Astros and Indians. If Britton is moved to a team where he won't see save opportunities he will hold little fantasy value. Owners must be on the lookout as the Orioles look to proceed with a full on fire sale.
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, "is happening," according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. It has been speculated all day Tuesday but now it appears as if a trade is in place and Machado to LA will be announced on Wednesday. The only question marks remaining are who the Orioles will receive in the deal and if they'll send any money to the Dodgers. Machado will play shortstop and hit towards the top of one of the best offenses in the league. He'll see a boost in fantasy value and the Dodgers as a team will boast one of, if not the best offense in the league as they make their way to the playoffs.
The Baltimore Orioles are expected to receive only minor league prospects in return for shortstop Manny Machado from the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring a last-minute change, according to sources. With the All-Star game being played on Tuesday, the two teams will wait until Wednesday to make this deal official. The Dodgers could be giving up outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz (No. 4 overall prospect in the organization), who homered twice in the Futures Game on Sunday, pitcher Dustin May (No. 10) and middle infielder Gavin Lux (No. 12), but it remains to be seen which prospects will be included. Either way, the Dodgers may be giving up a lot for a two-month rental in Machado, who will be a free agent after the season. He's expected to play shortstop for the Dodgers, which would move Chris Taylor back to center field with Corey Seager out for the year.
The Dodgers seem to have a commanding lead in the Manny Machado sweepstakes and it is now "increasingly likely," that the All-Star shortstop is traded to Los Angeles. Both the Dodgers and Phillies have been listed as the favorites throughout the day, however, it now appears that Los Angeles has pulled away in their pursuit of Machado. It's likely that a deal is completed and announced by Wednesday. Machado will see his fantasy value increase hitting at the top of a lineup that features players such as Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Matt Kemp.
Seattle Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc can look back on the first half of the 2018 season with quite fondness. He was thrust into the rotation on May 3 and never looked back, posting a 5-1 record with a 3.45 ERA in 14 starts this season. LeBlanc's emergence also earned him a contract extension with the team. The 33-year-old is en route to his best season as a pro, thanks to a 1.72 ERA in six starts in the month of May. But consistency will be key for LeBlanc the rest of the season and has a 4.67 ERA in the six weeks since that stellar month. LeBlanc's numbers may be attractive to fantasy owners looking for bargains on the pitching front but may need a wait-and-see approach before pouncing on the left-hander in the second half.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos will begin the second half of the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. While the outcome was expected, Ramos will now officially be placed on the DL following the All-Star break. Ramos said he was feeling better, but there's no timetable for his return. Jesus Sucre will likely see the majority of starts behind the plate unless Tampa adds another option. He isn't a recommended pickup even in deeper leagues.
Seattle Mariners starter Marco Gonzales leads the team with 10 wins at the All-Star break of the season. Gonzales (10-5) has been a huge surprise for the Mariners this season for a player who has never started more than eight games at the big league level in his career. He has been an absolute innings eater, pitching six innings or more in 13 of his last 15 starts. The left-hander has enjoyed pitching at the friendly confines of Safeco Field. In nine starts at home this season, he is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Overall, Gonzales has been especially dominant lately, allowing only two runs over his last 22 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts. Gonzales is worth a roster add in almost every format heading into the second half if he is still available.
Seattle Mariners starter Mike Leake has allowed 27 hits in his last 14 innings heading into the second half of the season beginning on Friday. Leake went 5-2 in the months of May and June but has been hit around hard in his previous two starts to finish up the first half. Leake for the season is 8-6 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. But Leake has had difficulty working out of jams this season, posting a 12.39 ERA with runners in scoring position and a 5.35 ERA pitching with two outs in an inning. Leake is a middle of the rotation pitcher who will take the ball and eat up some innings. But his fantasy value, however, is best utilized in matchup-friendly situations against inferior teams moving forward.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (hamstring) has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Memphis. O'Neill was recalled from the minors on July 2, but ended up on the disabled list July 5. O'Neill did not hit well during his brief time in the MLB, but he should be back in St. Louis at some point this season. However, fantasy owners do not need to bother holding onto O'Neill unless the Cardinals decide to trade one of their current outfielders.
Baltimore Orioles infielder Manny Machado said he doesn't know anything about a trade on Tuesday. The rumors continue to heat up, but apparently Machado is not in the loop about the trade. Machado is unsure whether or not he'll begin the second half of the season with the Orioles. The Orioles reportedly had a deal with the Dodgers in place, but nothing is official. Machado is sick of answering questions about a possible trade, so no more information is going to come for him going forward.
Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on July 13. He was in the big leagues for a brief period of time earlier this month. Marisnick has not been able to do much with the bat, so he'll stay down in Triple-A for the moment. There is a good chance he ends up back in Houston by the end of the season, but he shouldn't be owned in fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez (biceps) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Baez has been sidelined for roughly a month with tendinitis in his right biceps. It appears that Baez is on track to rejoin the Dodgers bullpen after the All-Star break. Baez has been pitching fairly well this season, but doesn't offer much to fantasy owners.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (knee) pitched a hitless inning during his rehab debut at Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. He struck out two of the three batters he faced, and need just 12 pitches to get through the inning. Miller will likely need a few more rehab appearances before he rejoins the Indians. He should be back in the Indians bullpen shortly after the All-Star break.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Denard Span is slashing .310/.350/.492 in 38 games since being acquired via trade from the Rays. The veteran has two triples, four home runs, seven doubles and 15 runs batted in over his last 126 at-bats. Span has been rejuvenated playing for a team in the playoff hunt and is hitting a scorching .342 over his last 38 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Span finished up the first half strong, slashing .347/.389/.551 over his last 15 games with seven runs batted in. Span has fantasy value in deeper formats and AL-only leagues heading into the second half of the season.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is expected to be activated from the disabled list and starting against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Strasburg has been on the DL since June 10 with a shoulder injury. Prior to going down, Strasburg pitched to a 6-6 record with a 3.46 ERA and a 95/19 K/BB ratio. With the Nationals faltering in the standings a bit heading into the All-Star break, a Strasburg return has to greatly boost their morale. While he'll be making his first start in over a month against a potent Braves lineup, Strasburg is safe to use on Friday and should be re-inserted into all fantasy lineups.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel will be stuck in a part-time role heading into the second half of the season. After posting 509 at-bats in 2017, Gamel will fall well short of that mark due to an early season oblique injury and the team's acquisition of veteran Denard Span. The Mariners are in the hunt for a playoff spot this season and could also be in the market to add outfield help at the deadline. Add to that the eventual logjam they may have with the return of suspended Robinson Cano in August and it is hard to envision Gamel getting consistent playing time. Gamel bounced back from a dismal start this season and is currently slashing .286/.356/.389 with one home run, three triples and 10 doubles through 185 at-bats this season. But Gamel lacks fantasy relevance heading into the second half despite a scorching .349/.407/.494 line in 83 at-bats at Safeco Field this season.
Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy has added a jolt of power to the first base position this season for the playoff-hungry Mariners. The team really struggled getting production last season from the position and Healy has delivered 18 home runs and 46 RBI heading into the second half. Healy is the type of slugger that can put runs on the board in bunches but sports a below average on-base percentage of .270. If Healy wants to take his game to the next level he will have to improve upon his .215 batting average and .367 slugging with runners in scoring position. Expect Healy to finish the season with 25-30 bombs and 70-80 runs batted in but it will be the little things that will make him a viable fantasy asset the rest of the season.
Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has a career track record of taking his play to another level in the second half of seasons. Cruz is on pace for 37 home runs this season, which would be the fifth straight season of 35 home runs or more for the veteran. The slugger has hit for more power in the second half of previous seasons, slugging .581 (2017), .571 (2016) and .592 (2015) over the past three years. Cruz is hitting an impressive .301 through 73 at-bats with runners in scoring position this season and sports an OPS of 1.002 in 38 road games. Fantasy owners of Cruz should be salivating based on his track record and the possible rise of a current BABIP (.272) that, right now, is at its lowest since 2009.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager looks forward to the second half of the season with 16 home runs and 56 runs batted in at the All-Star break. But Seager's .282 on-base percentage is far below his career numbers and his 88/22:K/BB ratio would be a career worst at that rate. Seager certainly has shown improved play in his career in the second half of the season but currently is slugging only .388 halfway through July. Seager is a proven hitter that will have plenty of chances to drive in more runs and improve upon his current BABIP of .262 heading into the second half of the season.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger leads the Mariners with 67 runs batted in at the All-Star break. The first-time All-Star has enjoyed a breakout first half of the season, slashing .272/.358/.488 with two triples, 17 doubles, 18 home runs and 48 runs scored. After a down month of May, Haniger has rebounded with 26 RBI over his last 39 games played. He is hitting .287 with runners in scoring position and has entertained the fans at Safeco Field with a .518 slugging percentage through 46 home games. Haniger teased fantasy owners last season with his potential but injuries knocked him off of his game. Whether Haniger can put an end-to-end season together is a bit uncertain but, to this point, he has exceeded most fantasy expectations.
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