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We are well into the season, and the time has come to make big decisions regarding your fantasy baseball teams. Right now, your position within the standings is around where you’ll wind up come season’s end, indicating whether you should be buying or selling players. As a result, if you are pushing towards a title, you’ll want to try and find sparks for your lineup in order to get you through the dog days of summer. After all, a 162-game season is a long time, and there will be ups and downs with all players due to adjustments they make to the adjustments made on them. One way to figure out who to add and drop is to look back at a reasonably sized sample to determine whether or not a player is doing well over a substantial period of time. That being said, here are the top thirty leaders for each of the ten major fantasy baseball categories over the past thirty days.

 

Home Runs

 

 

Yordan Alvarez has been and can continue to be a league-winner for fantasy owners everywhere…..Paul Goldschmidt might be this season’s best first-baseman and has shown no signs of slowing down…..Aaron Judge, much like Alvarez, has some injury concern, but has dominated in power all season…..the time to buy low on Alejandro Kirk is over…..Adolis Garcia has not only hit for power over the past thirty days, but he has also raised his batting average quite considerably…..Christian Walker is on pace to shatter his career-high seasonal home run total…..Ryan Mountcastle might just be a power hitter after all…..the Brandon Drury Revival Tour continues along its merry way…..keep an eye on Luke Voit as the weather continues to stay hot…..Jazz Chisholm Jr. continues to impress, as one of those home runs was hit off of a left-handed pitcher…..it is encouraging that the power is back from Gleyber Torres.

 

 

Runs Batted In

 

 

Pete Alonso has quietly had himself a solid year, and his last thirty days are a reflection of that…..while the power isn’t necessarily there yet, Matt Olson has hit twenty-nine doubles this season and continues to drive in runs when needed…..Anthony Rizzo is thriving batting where he is in the Yankee’s lineup…..Freddie Freeman hitting behind Trea Turner is always fun…..Jake Cronenworth has come up big at times, but until he figures out how to hit pitches that aren’t fastballs, his output is limited…..Charlie Blackmon is having a much better 2022 season, but being able to play at designated hitter has helped him preserve his body…..despite moving the fences back, Austin Hays is having a career year, yet nobody seems to talk about it…..Teoscar Hernandez has seemingly started his season one month after everyone else…..when healthy, Garrett Cooper is one heck of a solid contributor at the plate…..nobody enjoys the Coors air more than CJ Cron.

 

 

Runs

 

 

Dansby Swanson is in the midst of a breakout performance here and could be leveling himself up for a significant upgrade during next year’s drafts…..Jurickson Profar continues to impress, no matter how many times I try to discredit his output…..Starling Marte was not drafted for this category, but his ability to get on base is always a major bonus…..it goes without saying, but Jose Ramirez is just plain good at baseball…..Lane Tomas has been fine, but his presence here on this chart is aided by a ten-day stretch where he was unreal…..there is still time to buy low on Austin Riley…..keep an eye on the slow-starting Brendan Rodgers, whose Home/Away splits are now what we all thought they should have always been…..somehow Bryce Harper continues to be a five-category player despite his health being of a big concern.

 

 

Stolen Bases

 

 

Jon Berti has been everything that we expected Adalberto Mondesi to be coming into this season but at only a fraction of the cost…..Jorge Mateo has regressed quite considerably, but the cost of steals remains pristine…..Julio Rodriguez might be a first-round pick next season if he can maintain these sorts of numbers throughout the summer…..Tommy Edman is on pace for thirty steals this season…..Amed Rosario should eclipse last season’s steals totals, but he still won’t be remembered for running enough…..JT Realmuto has struggled almost everywhere this season, but his ability to steal bases is unparalleled at his position, making him invaluable…..Ronald Acuña Jr. running wild on the basepaths is a wonderful sight to see…..as long as Harrison Bader can get on base, he should be considered a reliable source for steals.

 

 

Batting Average

 

 

Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and the Toronto Blue Jays, have seemingly woken up over the past thirty days, giving fans a sigh of relief…..Kyle Farmer is slowly evolving into a reliable shortstop for the deepest of leagues…..Andrew Vaughn continues to provide (unfortunately) empty batting average production…..Luis Arraez might be one of the best pure hitters in baseball…..Steven Kwan raised his batting average up over forty points during these past thirty days and had seven multi-hit games…..with only one walk, Luis Garcia lives the hit-or-bust life with no regrets…..Michael Harris II has been outstanding since his call-up to the Braves…..it’s hard to comprehend just how well Miguel Cabrera has played this season, to the point where he may be the Tigers’ MVP.

 

 

Wins

 

 

A healthy Tony Gonsolin might just be the Dodgers’ best pitcher…..Graham Ashcraft has some of the best stuff in all of Cincinnati…..Jameson Taillon, last year’s feel-good story, is having a career-best season, aided by a loaded lineup for run support…..it’s amazing that Sandy Alcantara only had three wins over the past thirty days, given how incredible he has pitched…..Tyler Anderson has taken on the role of the Dodgers’ back-end starter to heart and is a beast…..Framber Valdez has pitched well against tough teams this season…..don’t get fooled by Devin Smelzter, as he doesn’t strike out enough batters and gives up too many home runs…..Merrill Kelly is either really good or really bad, and nobody knows which version will show up until the first pitch…..the time to buy (very) low on Ian Anderson is now, but it depends on how much you believe that he can regain his 2021 form.

 

ERA

 

 

Dylan Cease has surrendered ten runs over this allotted timeline here, but all have been unearned; it’s amazing that he only has one win over that time as well…..Shane McClanahan might be a first-round pitcher drafted next season…..Logan Gilbert continues to be an auto-start every time the Mariners put him on the mound…..Tyler Wells’ Home/Away splits are eye-opening (spoiler, he’s much better at Home)…..outside of two bad starts, Corey Kluber has been fantastic throughout this season…..Martin Perez continues to prove all of the doubters wrong, as one bad start in Chicago hasn’t deterred him yet…..Marco Gonzales is a boring, yet efficient pitcher who is quite consistent…..if we erase Gerrit Cole’s disastrous start at the Twins, he would have surrendered just two runs over these thirty days.

 

 

Strikeouts

 

 

While the time to buy low on Charlie Morton is likely gone, some fantasy owners may believe that they would be selling high, so the possibility of acquisition is still there…..Tyler Mahle has had an impressive month and has even limited his struggles at home, making him a probable start most of the time…..Carlos Rodon continues to pitch, but one has to worry about a breakdown at some point…..Hunter Greene has been nothing short of impressive since his epic meltdown earlier this season…..while the overall numbers lack substance, Julio Urias has been better as of late…..Frankie Montas has been impressive, but one has to wonder if his days in Oakland are limited…..Daniel Lynch has been anything but reliable, but his last two starts have been a breath of fresh air and a promise for something better.

 

WHIP

 

 

Yu Darvish has been solid thus far, but his strikeouts are down and he struggled during the second half last season; some regression may be on its way, but he’s good enough to avoid it…..Aaron Nola has a career-best BB/9 this season and his second-best career-low ERA, making him one of the league’s best pitchers thus far…..Jordan Montgomery’s numbers continue to exude the confidence of a “two steps forward, one step backward” skillset…..Zach Plesac and his numbers are eerily similar to his 2021 stats, leading one to believe that this is who he is…..despite the drop in strikeouts, Joe Musgrove remains a must-start pitcher with a ton of reliability…..Beau Brieske offers a wait-and-see approach, as it’s too early to tell how real this is…..the new Shane Bieber with diminished velocity and strikeouts but subsequently lowered walks and home runs allowed is one to behold.

 

Saves

 

 

The usage of Emmanuel Clase over the past thirty days, which included three saves in three days over a small stretch, is something to monitor going forward…..Kenley Jansen has been as reliable as he was advertised right before he signed…..Joe Barlow might be running away with the job in Texas, but there are plenty of options there should he fail…..Gregory Soto looks to be the closer in Detroit, but keep an eye on Michael Fulmer at the trade deadline…..Tanner Scott is likely the best option in Miami, despite his struggles to keep batters off the bases…..it remains to be seen how long Tanner Houck saves games for the Red Sox, considering their rotational woes…..The opportunities, not the performance, of Jordan Romano (lately) and David Bednar have been their downfall…..keep an eye on Seranthony Dominguez.

Dave Funnell (@sportz_nutt51)

Dave Funnell (@sportz_nutt51)

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