The calendar has officially flipped to June, and as I preach throughout the fantasy baseball season, it’s time to take a step back and look at your roster and see what changes need to be made. We’re no longer early in the season. Trends are developing that we must react to so we can continue to compete for the next four months.
1. San Francisco Giants Third Baseman Evan Longoria — The 35-year-old has found the fountain of youth during the last couple of weeks. The veteran had a strong week in which he collected 11 hits, including four home runs, 12 RBIs and six runs scored. This current hot streak has raised Longoria’s batting average from .233 to .274. Longoria has a slugging percentage of .510, which would be the first time he had a slugging percentage over .500 since 2016. Fantasy owners can ride the hot wave, but I’m not expecting this to last for the remainder of the season.
2. San Francisco Giants Starting Pitcher Kevin Gausman — Longoria’s teammate is also performing extremely well, as Gausman continues to be one of the better fantasy pitchers this season. This past week, Gausman didn’t allow an earned run in two starts while striking out 16. For the season, Gausman has a 1.40 ERA with six wins and 83 strikeouts. As a former first-round draft pick, Gausman has always had the talent and has flashed it throughout his career but has never put a full season together. That is changing this season, and fantasy owners are benefiting big time.
3. Chicago Cubs Third Baseman Kris Bryant — The veteran continues to have the bounce-back season we predicted. This past week, Bryant collected 12 hits, including two home runs and eight RBIs. For the season, Bryant is batting .324 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs. After hitting .206 in 2020, the third baseman is producing like he’s capable of. That’s great for fantasy owners.
1. Washington Nationals Shortstop Trea Turner — It was a rough week for the shortstop, as Turner finished this past week with only four hits, no home runs, two RBIs and two runs scored. However, Turner showed why he can always help fantasy owners. He finished with four stolen bases, the most by any player. Turner continues to have a strong season, as he is hitting .303 with 10 home runs, 26 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. It is comforting to know that if Turner does slump for a little bit, he can still help in other categories.
2. St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt — The veteran only collected four hits with no home runs and only two RBIs. However, Goldschmidt did walk five times so in an On-Base Percentage league, the first baseman at least helped in that category. It hasn’t been a great season for the 33-year-old, as Goldschmidt has a .244 batting average with only six home runs.
3. Minnesota Twins First Baseman Miguel Sano — It was a week to forget for Sano, as the veteran finished with 14 strikeouts while only collecting one hit from May 24-31. If we try to find some positives, the one hit was a home run. It remains to be seen if the Twins will continue to play Sano, as the 28-year-old has a .163 batting average and 58 strikeouts. Sano is still on 61 percent of Yahoo! Sports fantasy rosters and I’m not sure why. Fantasy owners can find power elsewhere. Sano’s batting average is a killer.