Rounding the Bases: September 1

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Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Friday, September 1st, 2017. In this article, I will list my four top plays of the day, regardless of pricing. I know that typically content is given in tiered formats to give you options at different levels, and I will try my best, but I’m not going to force myself into that model.

To keep with the theme of baseball, I’ll list four players, from first to home, in increasing order of interest for me tonight. These guys may or may not be usable in all formats. I have become more of a tournament player over the last year, so that is where my mentality is normally at.

Tuesday worked out nicely for us, as both Matt Carpenter and Adam Duvall went deep. Eddie Rosario had a decent game, but our long ball, Mike Trout, did not play. All things considered, two dongs from four players is a good night. Home Runs called this season: 18 in 32 articles. With that said, here are my favorites today.


Mike Moustakas – KC –  $7,500

SINGLE: For those of us who were wondering prior to the start of the season as to what a full year of Mike Moustakas would look like, we now know: it is a 40 home run year. Maybe that is presumptuous, but I think it is safe to say with only five more to go and an entire month of the year left.

Dillon Gee will be taking the mound tonight, and bringing along his .396 wOBA, 48% fly ball rate and 17.4% HR/FB ratio with him. Moustakas is dangerous at the plate, and a guy like Gee should give him plenty of chances to mash tonight.


Edwin Encarnacion – CLE – $8,700

DOUBLE: The Indians are turning the engines on at the right time, and I think this another favorable situation for them.

Buck Farmer is on the mound, and he brings with him his .364 wOBA, 35% fly ball rate, 28.6% HR/FB ratio and 34.2% hard contact. Those numbers are not favorable for Farmer, but they are for Edwin.

I expect Edwin to contribute in a big way tonight, and it would not surprise me to see him leave the yard once again tonight.


Nelson Cruz – SEA – $9,600

TRIPLE: It feels like it has been awhile since we went to Nelson Cruz, but tonight presents one of those opportunities. He is facing a mid-tier lefty, after all.

Sean Manaea has promise, but I just do not think he is close to being there yet. Having a 40% fly ball rate and 38% hard contact is not a great thing. It is especially not a great thing considering it is a guy like Cruz standing across from him at the plate.

This is an all upside scenario for Cruz, and I feel in my gut like he may go deep twice tonight. He would be my favorite play tonight, except…

Giancarlo Stanton – MIA – $10,800

LONG BALL: Is it cheap to throw Stanton in here because of what he has done in the second half of the season? I don’t know, maybe.

This is not so much Stanton related, but more Nick Pivetta related. On the year, he has allowed a .423 wOBA, 41.8% fly ball rate, 26.6% HR/FB ratio and 44.9% hard contact to righties. Yes, those are real.

Stanton should have no issues taking care of Pivetta, and even though the cost is huge, there is no reason not to play him tonight.



Nicholas Volinchak

Nicholas Volinchak

Nick has been playing fantasy sports for almost two decades. Starting off on sites like Sandbox in the mid to late 1990's, his love for all things fantasy became even greater when he found daily fantasy in 2012. Since then, he has expanded into multiple sports and has found a great deal of success in his endeavors. He is always willing to talk fantasy sports, so feel free to reach out to him on Twitter at @researchandwin.

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