The fantasy baseball season has come down to the final two weeks. After a wild few weeks to begin the year, we have at least been in a nice groove. We can all hope that this continues over the final games.

Three Up:

1. Atlanta Braves First Baseman Freddie Freeman — After battling COVID-19 to start the season, Freeman has looked more like himself and is once again a fantasy force. During the last seven days, the first baseman is batting .464 with three home runs and 13 RBIs. For the season, Freeman has 10 home runs with 43 RBIs and is batting .339. It’s amazing to see Freeman play at an elite level after his health scare a couple of months ago.

2. Philadelphia Phillies Infielder Alec Bohm — We recommended the rookie as a waiver-wire target when he was first promoted but cautioned that we never really know how quick these young players will adjust to the big leagues. Bohm has had his ups and downs, but has finally found his groove. During the last seven days, Bohm is batting .452 with six runs scored and nine RBIs. The 24-year-old is now batting .330 for the season, which is quite impressive. The power hasn’t been there in terms of home runs — Bohm only has three — but he’s still helping fantasy owners in other categories.

3. Chicago Cubs Starting Pitcher Alec Mills — When you throw a no-hitter, you must crack this list. Mills pitched a gem Sept. 13, as he went the distance without allowing a hit. The right-hander only struck out five, but that was enough to dominate the Milwaukee Brewers. Mills has not allowed a run during his last two starts and is a nice waiver-wire option.

Three Down:

1. Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Zack Greinke — The veteran has seen his ERA rise from 2.91 to 3.77 during his last two starts due to his recent struggles. Greinke has allowed nine earned runs in those starts and 15 hits. This is not what fantasy owners need with the final couple of weeks upon us. Even with as great as Greinke has been, struggling down the stretch can hurt and we need him to bounce back in a big way in his next start.

2. Washington Nationals Starting Pitcher Max Scherzer — It’s been a disappointing season for the Nationals ace. The veteran has an ERA of 4.04 after allowing six earned runs in his Sept. 13 start. Even though he struck out 10, allowing that many runs is not going to cut it. I know it’s a shortened season so in normal circumstances there would be more time to turn it around, but Scherzer has not had a season with an ERA above 3.00 since 2014. There’s not enough time to lower it to below 3.00 in 2020, but maybe he can come out and dominate in his final couple of starts.

3. San Francisco Giants Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski — It’s been a streaky few weeks for Yastrzemski as he saw his average dip from .320 to .280 toward the end of August. Then, the outfielder had a nice hot streak that saw his average raise to .301. However, Yastrzemski has struggled again in the past week, as he only collected five hits while striking out nine times. This has now lowered his average to .287. Fantasy owners are hoping for another hot streak during the final two weeks.

Phil Backert

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