Hot Hitter Rundown: September 16

Ryan Boyer
Rotoworld

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You should always have the big picture in mind when it comes to your season-long fantasy baseball leagues. Putting too much stock in a small sample size might cause you to make a decision that hurts you in the long run. That said, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be taking stock of what’s happened in the immediate past. It can be useful when it comes to weekly or especially daily lineup decisions, waiver wire considerations, tracking who might be coming into more playing time, etc.

The Rotoworld Player Rater is a handy tool that’s among the extensive offerings in Season Pass. Each week, I’ll be using the Player Rater to look at the hottest hitters, position by position, over the last week, and providing commentary.

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*The following data is based on 5x5 Roto scoring and covers games played from September 9-15.

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Catcher

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Sean Murphy

OAK

C

2.29775

1.63825

-0.40869

2.80557

2.79489

9.13

#2

Robinson Chirinos

HOU

C

1.28549

2.08641

1.30082

1.62213

0.79266

7.09

#3

Yasmani Grandal

MLW

C

1.28549

1.19009

-0.40869

0.92833

2.79489

5.79

#4

Christian Vazquez

BOS

C

1.28549

1.63825

1.30082

1.06098

-0.20846

5.08

#5

Martin Maldonado

HOU

C

2.29775

0.29378

-0.40869

1.19363

0.79266

4.17

#6

Austin Romine

NYY

C

0.27323

-0.15438

-0.40869

2.50971

1.79378

4.01

#7

Pedro Severino

BAL

C

1.28549

0.29378

-0.40869

1.18344

0.29210

2.65

#8

Omar Narvaez

SEA

C

1.28549

0.74194

-0.40869

0.63247

0.29210

2.54

#9

Victor Caratini

CHC

C

0.27323

0.29378

-0.40869

1.48949

0.29210

1.94

#10

Jacob Stallings

PIT

C

1.28549

-0.15438

-0.40869

1.33646

-0.20846

1.85

Since being promoted earlier this month, Sean Murphy has gone 11-for-25 (.440) with four home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs scored over eight games. That’s the good news. The bad news is he’s sharing the A’s catcher job with Josh Phegley, as Murphy has made starts in back-to-back days just once so far. The rookie has been in the lineup for four of the previous six contests, however, so perhaps he’ll continue to earn more and more starts. Murphy is a worthy second catcher even with less than ideal playing time … Speaking of timeshares, Robinson Chirinos and Martin Maldonado have split playing time almost right down the middle since the Astros acquired Maldonado, with Chirinos receiving 23 starts to Maldonado’s 19 starts. Maldonado has actually been more productive at the dish during that stretch, although Chirinos edged him out on this list … Austin Romine is in line for regular playing time for a while with Gary Sanchez (groin) going down. The 30-year-old has posted a .984 OPS with five home runs so far in the second half and is worth owning in deep leagues as part of that lethal Yankees lineup …

First Base

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Matt Olson

OAK

1B

4.32226

3.43088

-0.40869

-0.22454

2.79489

9.91

#2

Luke Voit

NYY

1B

1.28549

2.08641

-0.40869

1.66289

2.79489

7.42

#3

Anthony Rizzo

CHC

1B

0.27323

1.63825

-0.40869

1.22419

2.29433

5.02

#4

Jose Abreu

CWS

1B

1.28549

1.19009

-0.40869

0.64266

2.29433

5.00

#5

Albert Pujols

LAA

1B

1.28549

1.19009

1.30082

0.19378

0.29210

4.26

#6

Joey Votto

CIN

1B

0.27323

0.29378

1.30082

1.21400

0.79266

3.87

#7

Paul Goldschmidt

STL

1B

1.28549

2.98272

-0.40869

0.19378

-0.20846

3.84

#8

Josh Fuentes

COL

1B

1.28549

1.19009

-0.40869

1.04060

0.29210

3.40

#9

Howie Kendrick

WAS

1B

0.27323

0.74194

-0.40869

2.36688

0.29210

3.27

#10

Ji-Man Choi

TB

1B

1.28549

0.74194

-0.40869

0.61210

0.79266

3.02

Matt Olson’s week included a two-homer game and also a stretch of three straight games with a long ball. The red-hot first baseman is sporting a 1.242 OPS with eight dingers, 17 RBI and 17 runs scored across his last 16 contests. Olson has again remained elite in the hard-hit department this season. Only Miguel Sano, Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo top Olson’s 52.1 percent hard-hit rate … It was fair to question how much Luke Voit was going to offer fantasy owners in the final weeks after he went down with a sports hernia. He avoided surgery, though, and after a sluggish few games he caught fire last week, posting a 1.168 OPS with two homers, seven RBI and eight runs scored. Voit has moved all over the lineup since returning from the injured list, hitting as high as third and as low as eighth. Where he ultimately settles in when/if the Yankees are at full strength is worth keeping an eye on … Albert Pujols has a shot at another 100-RBI season following his four-RBI game on Sunday which included his 23rd long ball of the year. With Mike Trout (foot) and Shohei Ohtani (knee) done for the season, Pujols is back to hitting third or fourth after being used in the fifth or sixth spot for a while. Of course, he’s also no longer going to have Trout and/or Ohtani on base ahead of him …

Second Base

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Rougned Odor

TEX

2B

2.29775

1.63825

3.01034

-0.23473

1.29322

8.00

#2

Ozzie Albies

ATL

2B

1.28549

1.63825

-0.40869

3.13200

1.29322

6.94

#3

Cavan Biggio

TOR

2B

0.27323

0.29378

1.30082

2.08120

2.29433

6.24

#4

Jose Altuve

HOU

2B

2.29775

0.74194

1.30082

0.78550

0.79266

5.92

#5

Gavin Lux

LA

2B

1.28549

1.19009

1.30082

1.79553

0.29210

5.86

#6

Kolten Wong

STL

2B

0.27323

0.74194

3.01034

0.78550

0.79266

5.60

#7

Garrett Hampson

COL

2B

0.27323

-0.60253

1.30082

2.08120

2.29433

5.35

#8

Jonathan Villar

BAL

2B

0.27323

1.19009

3.01034

-0.08170

0.79266

5.18

#9

DJ LeMahieu

NYY

2B

-0.73903

0.29378

1.30082

1.68326

0.79266

3.33

#10

Cesar Hernandez

PHI

2B

1.28549

0.74194

-0.40869

1.79553

-0.20846

3.21

Perhaps talk of him being benched lit a fire under Rougned Odor. Following a stretch when he hit just one home run over 29 games, Odor has since gone deep six times across his previous 11 contests. He also reached double digits in stolen bases for the season with a two-steal game last week. The ride is always going to be bumpy with Odor, but he’s still nearly been a top-10 second baseman this season even with his average hovering around the Mendoza line … Gavin Lux’s first week in the big leagues was fairly nondescript, but his bat started to heat up last week. The rookie went 8-for-20 at the plate in six games, belting his first two major league home runs while also adding his first stolen base. Lux has settled into the No. 7 spot in the Dodgers’ batting order and he has started 11 of 12 games since his promotion (although the Dodgers have only faced two lefties during that span) … Garrett Hampson has started each of the last four games (at three different positions) for the Rockies and taken advantage of the playing time in going 8-for-18 with a home run and a stolen base. Hampson has been a flop this season after receiving plenty of buzz this spring, but he remains an intriguing fantasy option if the at-bats are there, especially in weeks where the Rockies are at Coors Field …

Third Base

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Kris Bryant

CHC

3B

4.32226

4.77535

1.30082

3.25445

2.79489

16.45

#2

Yoan Moncada

CWS

3B

0.27323

1.63825

1.30082

3.84617

2.29433

9.35

#3

Nolan Arenado

COL

3B

2.29775

2.53457

-0.40869

2.36688

0.29210

7.08

#4

Mike Moustakas

MLW

3B

2.29775

2.53457

-0.40869

0.91814

0.79266

6.13

#5

Todd Frazier

NYM

3B

2.29775

2.08641

-0.40869

1.34665

0.79266

6.11

#6

Eugenio Suarez

CIN

3B

2.29775

1.19009

-0.40869

0.63247

0.79266

4.50

#7

Tommy Edman

STL

3B

1.28549

0.29378

1.30082

0.91814

0.29210

4.09

#8

Gio Urshela

NYY

3B

1.28549

1.19009

-0.40869

0.21415

0.29210

2.57

#9

Miguel Sano

MIN

3B

1.28549

1.19009

-0.40869

0.61210

-0.20846

2.47

#10

Matt Chapman

OAK

3B

1.28549

1.19009

-0.40869

-0.95910

1.29322

2.40

Kris Bryant entered last week with his arrow pointing down after he missed a couple games and received a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee. The shot evidently worked, though, as he belted five home runs and had three four-RBI games during a six-game stretch. The knee could certainly flare up on him again at any time, but for now Bryant looks like his old self … Although just one of his hits left the yard, Yoan Moncada has gone a sizzling 23-for-48 (.479) across his previous 11 contests, adding a couple stolen bases along the way. While Moncada is still striking out a lot, his 27.3 percent whiff rate this season is a massive improvement from last year’s 33.4 percent mark. The third baseman is also sporting a 92.7 mph exit velocity, which ranks in the top three percent of baseball … Mike Moustakas was looking like an iffy fantasy play last week due to a lingering hand ailment, but he showed he was healthy with three dingers and eight RBI over five games. With Christian Yelich (kneecap) going down, Moose has moved up to the No. 3 spot in the Brewers’ batting order …

Shortstop

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Marcus Semien

OAK

SS

3.31000

2.53457

1.30082

2.25461

3.79601

13.20

#2

Nico Hoerner

CHC

SS

1.28549

3.87904

-0.40869

2.25461

2.79489

9.81

#3

Jorge Polanco

MIN

SS

1.28549

2.08641

-0.40869

1.65270

1.79378

6.41

#4

Adalberto Mondesi

KC

SS

1.28549

0.29378

3.01034

0.34680

1.29322

6.23

#5

Kevin Newman

PIT

SS

-0.73903

0.74194

1.30082

2.10158

1.79378

5.20

#6

Luis Urias

SD

SS

0.27323

1.19009

-0.40869

2.69330

1.29322

5.04

#7

Bo Bichette

TOR

SS

0.27323

-0.15438

1.30082

1.36703

1.29322

4.08

#8

Corey Seager

LA

SS

1.28549

1.63825

-0.40869

0.64266

0.79266

3.95

#9

Trevor Story

COL

SS

1.28549

0.74194

-0.40869

0.77531

1.29322

3.69

#10

Miguel Rojas

MIA

SS

-0.73903

0.74194

3.01034

1.37722

-0.70902

3.68

Marcus Semien has slugged four home runs over his last six tilts, pushing his season total to an even 30. Semien had a good first three months of the season, but he’s been a monster since the beginning of July, posting a .294/.379/.618 batting line with 19 dingers, 43 RBI, 58 runs scored and five stolen bases across 64 contests. Only Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor and Xander Bogaerts have eclipsed Semien for fantasy value at shortstop this season … The Cubs rushed Nico Hoerner to the big leagues after Javier Baez (thumb) and Addison Russell (concussion) went down, but he’s looked up to the task and then some. Hoerner is 11-for-29 (.379) at the dish in his first seven games and he went deep in two straight contests over the weekend as part of the team’s demolition of the Pirates. Russell could still make it back at some point before the end of the month, but the shortstop job is probably Hoerner’s to lose for the rest of the regular season … Luis Urias has mostly looked overmatched in the majors to this point, but he’s finally shown signs of life lately with a robust .400/.447/.571 line, one home run and six RBI across his last nine games. Granted, a series at Coors Field helped, and Urias hasn’t shown enough extra-base pop to be trustworthy in fantasy leagues …

Outfield

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Danny Santana

TEX

OF

0.27323

1.63825

6.42938

0.47945

1.79378

10.61

#2

Eloy Jimenez

CWS

OF

2.29775

3.87904

-0.40869

2.53009

1.79378

10.09

#3

Jason Heyward

CHC

OF

1.28549

2.53457

-0.40869

2.23423

3.79601

9.44

#4

Kyle Lewis

SEA

OF

3.31000

2.98272

-0.40869

1.66289

1.79378

9.34

#5

Austin Meadows

TB

OF

2.29775

2.98272

1.30082

0.64266

1.79378

9.02

#6

Nicholas Castellanos

CHC

OF

1.28549

2.53457

-0.40869

2.11177

3.29545

8.82

#7

Ronald Acuna

ATL

OF

1.28549

0.74194

3.01034

-0.21435

2.79489

7.62

#8

Harrison Bader

STL

OF

2.29775

0.29378

3.01034

0.05094

1.79378

7.45

#9

Brett Gardner

NYY

OF

3.31000

2.53457

-0.40869

0.35699

1.29322

7.09

#10

Kyle Tucker

HOU

OF

0.27323

0.29378

4.71986

1.07117

0.29210

6.65

Eloy Jimenez looks like he might close out an up-and-down rookie campaign on a high note, as he went 10-for-23 (.435) with three bombs, 11 RBI and six runs scored last week. With seven contests against the Tigers still on the docket, Jimenez has a good chance to reach 30 home runs in his age-22 season in fewer than 130 games … Jason Heyward went through a disastrous 12-game stretch during which he went just 3-for-42 (.071) at the plate. That slump got him dropped from the leadoff spot down to the lower third of the Cubs’ batting order, but he’s since bounced back with an 11-for-25 (.440) run with three long balls, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored over eight games. The 30-year-old has reached the 20-homer plateau for just the second time in his career … Former first-round pick Kyle Lewis homered in each of his first three major league games and then popped his fourth home run on Sunday in his sixth tilt. It’s been cool to see, and Lewis has found himself batting cleanup each of the last two days. Still, given his numbers in the minors, it’s hard to view this as anything other than a short-lived hot stretch … Harrison Bader has become an everyday player again since returning from a brief stint in the minor leagues. On the whole he has looked improved since his return last month, putting up a .853 OPS with four homers, 16 RBI, 18 runs and four stolen bases across 25 games. He’s also cut his strikeout rate from 28.1 percent to 24.5 percent and upped his walk rate from 11.2 percent to 13.8 percent over that span. Bader notched his first career two-homer game on Sunday …

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