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Fantasy Baseball: Tuesday's Roto Roundup


Cole Hamels has really been having a great season, and struck out 13 last night against the Marlins. He only has 11 wins on the year, but the rest of his numbers look great: 3.01 ERA, 201 strikeouts, 1.16 ERA. I think I honestly will have him in the top 20 for next year when I get to the rankings.

Jake McGee made his major league debut last night, going 1/3 of an inning and giving up 3 walks and a strikeout. He's a target for keeper leagues, but I'm not sure exactly what his role is going to be next year quite yet. With Jeremy Hellickson likely ahead of him (and behind the other 5 starters), I'm not sure how he's going to start the season in the Majors next year.

Clayton Kershaw had a great start last night against the Giants, throwing a shutout with 4 strikeouts. I am slowly converting into a believer in Kershaw. He's topped the 200 strikeout mark for the season, and all his peripherals look solid as well. My largest concern had been walks, and looking at his splits, he has had BB/9 lower than 3 in 3 of the last 4 months. Definitely getting a lot closer at this point to the top 10 ranking Ray gave him in my book. Probably top 15 for me.

Gio Gonzalez didn't have a particularly good start last night - 7 earned runs over 2 innings and 3 walks to go with it. He has been having a very good year to this point, and while his FIP expected a bit of regression, he should still be solid going forward.

Nick Markakis went 2 for 5 last night with his 10th home run and 2 runs batted in. He now has 52 runs batted in on the season, and has pretty summarily been a disappointment for the Orioles. He seems to fall into the "better in real-life" category, and honestly is just a one category player at this point (batting average).

Ian Desmond hit his 10th homerun of the season last night, and I think he could be a top 10 shortstop next season. He's hitting .280 with the 10 homeruns, 59 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases on the season.

Where should Daniel Hudson be ranked next season? He had another great start last night, striking out 8 over 8 shutout innings last night against the Reds, and now has 6 wins since coming to the desert. His FIP is over a run higher than his ERA, but with his FIP at 3.41 he's still pitching very well regardless of how low his ERA is.