Three Up:

1. Colorado Rockies First Baseman C.J. Cron — The names change, but investing in hitters that have their home games in Colorado continues to be a success. Cron belted four home runs this past week, all of which came at Coors Field. He now has 18 for the season. Cron also finished with 16 RBIs to give him 59 in 2021. As expected, Cron’s stats are way better at home than on the road, as he is batting .301 with 15 home runs at home compared to .207 with three home runs on the road.

2. Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Cedric Mullins — The breakout season continues for the 26-year-old, as he finished the week with eight hits, three home runs and three stolen bases. The big week means Mullins has joined the 20-20 club, as he has 20 home runs and 21 stolen bases. To put that in perspective, the only players in all of baseball to hit this milestone are Mullins and San Diego Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

3. Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder George Springer — After missing most of the first two months and struggling in June, the Blue Jays are finally getting what they paid for when they signed Springer to a big contract this past offseason. Springer hit eight home runs in July and has been on a nice run to begin August. The outfielder is batting .361 with three home runs and 12 RBIs this month and is now hitting .286 with 14 home runs and 33 RBIs overall. The Blue Jays’ offense is loaded with talent and should continue to help fantasy owners down the stretch.

Three Down:

1. New York Mets Shortstop Javier Baez — The up-and-down season continues for Baez, and his struggles with his new time have come at the wrong time. The Mets were just swept by the Phillies and are now two games back in the National League East. Baez finished the week collecting only five hits while striking out 11 times. Baez is extremely streaky so he could easily be listed in the above category next week.

2. Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu — Even this late in the season, one bad start can really sting. Ryu allowed seven earned runs along with 10 hits Aug. 8 and saw his ERA increase from 3.22 to 3.62 as a result. The left-hander didn’t allow seven earned runs total in his previous five starts. I’m not too concerned with this and believe it’s just one bad start. Ryu has been consistent throughout the year.

3. Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Nick Castellanos — It’s been a slow start for the slugger since returning from an injured wrist Aug. 5. Castellanos has only collected three hits since returning while striking out eight times. The good news for Castellanos is those three hits have come in his last two games including a home run. The 29-year-old has had a monster season, as he has hit .323 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs. Now that he is healthy once again, Castellanos should be a big contributor for fantasy owners during the final two months.

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