The Major League Baseball trade deadline was one of the most active in recent memory and involved some of the top players in the game as well. The biggest impact post-deadline appears to be in the ninth inning for teams. This will continue to be a situation for fantasy owners to monitor. The hope is that the picture becomes clearer after a few more games.

Three Up:

1. Cincinnati Reds First Baseman Joey Votto — The veteran was a waiver-wire recommendation and continued his strong stretch of games this past weekend. For the week, Votto hit seven home runs while driving in 11 runs and scoring eight runs. The 37-year-old has a season batting average of .276 with 21 home runs and 59 RBIs for the season. Votto hasn’t had this type of power production since 2017 when he hit 36 home runs, so it remains to be seen if this can continue. However, he is giving fantasy owners a nice boost in recent weeks.

2. Atlanta Braves Infielder/Outfielder Austin Riley — The Braves have been looking for another hitter to step up after the loss of Ronald Acuna Jr. for the season. Riley is trying to provide that. The past week saw him collect 11 hits, five home runs and 13 RBIs. It’s been a really strong season for the 24-year-old, as Riley is batting .290 with 22 home runs and 63 RBIs.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Julio Urias — The left-hander was mentioned as a potential breakout pitcher back in March and has pitched really well in 2021. Urias is pitching to a 3.40 ERA and has 13 wins for the Dodgers. In his last six starts, Urias has allowed more than one earned run only once. Urias’ strikeouts have fluctuated which has been disappointing, but he at least has been a strong fantasy starter at the age of 24.

Three Down:

1. New York Mets First Baseman Pete Alonso — Baseball is a funny game. Alonso was listed in “Three Up” last week, but he now finds himself on the “Three Down” portion. The first baseman only collected five hits this week with three RBIs. It was going to be impossible for Alonso to keep up with his pace right after the All-Streak break, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the slugger snaps out of this mini-slump this week.

2. Chicago White Sox Third Baseman Yoan Moncada — The 26-year-old struggled in July, as finishing the month with a .241 batting average. The sluggish month caused his average to dip from .280 to .263. Moncada showed power in 2019 (25 home runs) that many people believed he would have when he was an up-and-coming prospect. However, in the shortened 2020 season and this year, Moncada hasn’t done much in terms of power. He has totaled just 15 home runs. The talent is there, but Moncada has clearly not become the fantasy star that was projected for him.

3. New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole — It appeared Cole righted the ship after the crackdown on sticky substances, but the right-hander had a major hiccup in his last start. Despite striking out 10 hitters, Cole allowed seven earned runs and saw his ERA jump from 2.74 to 3.11. Cole had a 4.65 ERA in June and a 4.71 ERA in July. We’ll see how the final two months go, but Cole’s inconsistencies have been frustrating for fantasy owners.

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