With the All-Star break right around the corner it means that the mid-way point to your fantasy season is drawing near. If your team needs that late season push to the playoffs or if you’re trying to set up your inevitable postseason run, these are some players that you might want to trade for, or trade away.
Trade Em’ While They’re Hot
Adam Jones, Outfield, Baltimore Orioles
Jones might be the best defensive center fielder in the game, but that doesn’t count for much in fantasy baseball. Jones’ average is still artificially inflated from his hot start in April, in which he hit .400. Since then he hasn’t hit over .262 in a month and has been battling with an injury as of late. His near .300 batting average will fool a lot of people into giving you more than he is worth. Just don’t give him away to cheap.
Prince Fielder, Designated Hitter, Texas Rangers
Fielder has been one of the hottest batters in the league up to this point. His .351 average is second best in the league and his 12 homeruns aren’t too shabby either. The reason that I say sell now is that there is no way that he keeps up this pace of play. If you can trade him for a Jason Kipnis, Manny Machado or Nelson Cruz caliber player, do it.
Nick Markakis, Outfield, Atlanta Braves
Nick Markakis has had a solid start to the year with the Braves. He is hitting for a .300 average but has failed to hit any homeruns up to this point in the season. That’s an impressive anomaly considering that he had hit at least 10 in every season that he has been in the league.
So why should you sell? I can’t see his batting average staying up around the .300 mark for long. He’s benefited from a hot April and June, centered around a more realistic May. After the All-Star break I wouldn’t be surprised if Markakis was back to a .270 hitter. If you can find some value for him, trade him off your team.
Get Em’ While They’re Cold
Chris Davis, First Baseman, Baltimore Orioles
Davis is a hard player to figure out. He had two phenomenal years in Baltimore, followed by a terrible one last season. This year he seems to have found the middle ground so far. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Davis return to his 2012 form. Davis has been heating up with the O’s team as a whole and is hitting at a .318 clip in his last seven days. I see his average for the final months of the season floating around .260, with another 20 homeruns. There’s some value to be had here.
David Ortiz, Designated Hitter, Boston Red Sox
David Ortiz has a knack for figuring out how to turn his slumps around. Halfway through the season he is hitting for a low .231 average. Still his power numbers haven’t dropped off too far as he still has a respectable 12 homeruns. With Ortiz’s history as a phenomenal hitter, he is worth the risk if you can get him cheap.
Giancarlo Stanton, Outfield, Miami Marlins
Stanton was on a tear to start out the season. He had blasted 27 homeruns in the first half of the season and looked poised to continue his dominance into the second half of the year. Alas, he broke his wrist and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks recovering. If he’s on a team that needs to make a push for the playoffs, and you feel comfortable with your current position, take a risk on him. Trade a mid-tier player that can potentially push that team into the playoffs, but in turn would give you Stanton FOR the playoffs. It’s a risky strategy, don’t give up enough to where your team will miss the playoffs, but acquiring Stanton could be what your team needs to bring home the championship.
Cover Photo Credit: Giancarlo “Mike” Stanton (FLA) and Gerald Laird
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