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Roto Roundup: Freddie Freeman, Mat Latos, Stephen Strasburg and Others

Ray highlights some of the top fantasy performers from roto action on Labor Day, including Freddie Freeman, Stephen Strasburg, Mat Latos, and others.

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Fake Teams Fantasy Podcast, Episode 30: Solely Ours

Zack and Andrew discuss the latest news in fantasy baseball including their thoughts on Taijuan Walker, Danny Duffy, the Marlon Byrd trade along with a few prospects: Carlos Tocci and J.P. Crawford. They also tell their stories about a few ball games they made recently.

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MLB Daily Dish: September Call up tracker

If you are looking for a complete list of prospects called up from the minors this month, look no further than the September Call Up Tracker over at MLB Daily Dish.

The Tracker provides a team by team break down of every prospect promoted to the big leagues.

Freddie Freeman on his way to first 100 RBI season

I have never been that high on Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, but maybe I am wrong on him. Yesterday, Freeman went 2-5 with a HR, double and 5 RBI in the Braves 13-5 win over the Mets. Freeman is now hitting .307-.385-.483 with 18 HRs, 71 runs and 93 RBI this season.

Among all qualified fantasy first baseman, according to FanGraphs, Freeman ranks third in batting average, 13th in home runs, tied for 5th in runs scored, and 5th in RBI. For those of you who prefer power from your first baseman, and who doesn't, Freeman ranks 6th in slugging percentage, but tied for 17th in ISO.

For more on Freeman and the Braves, check out Talking Chop, SB Nation's Braves fan site.

Some thoughts on Stephen Strasburg

I was watching the Nationals-Phillies game last night after watching the last few innings of the Dodgers-Rcokies game, and it struck me that Strasburg was making a start in September that is not in the wild card chase. Technically they are, but they need to get real hot to win the wild card. Rewind back to last year at this time and the Nationals were in a pennant race and in first place, yet he was shut down as he was returning from Tommy John. Looking back, I am sure Nationals fans are asking "what if...?", and for good reason. You just never know when your team is going to get back into the playoffs, so you have to give it your best shot when you are there.

Last night, Strasburg looked like the Strasburg that was ranked as the third or fourth ranked starting pitcher on draft day, as he limited the Phillies to just an unearned run on 2 hits, 2 walks and 10 strikeouts. For the season, Strasburg is just 6-9 with a 2.85 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and a 174-50 strikeout to walk rate in 164 innings. He has made 27 starts this season, 16 of which he has given up two runs or less, and 15 of which he has gone 7 or more innings.

For more on Strasburg and the Nationals, check out Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Nationals fan site.

Mat Latos: Is he an ace?

There is no question that Mat Latos is the best starter on the Reds, but is he an ace? I think if he isn't already, he is on the cusp. He doesn't get the press that the Kershaws and Harveys get, but Latos has been pretty consistent this season. Yesterday, he went the distance in perhaps his biggest start of the season vs division rival Cardinals. Latos gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, a walk and just 2 strikeouts in the Reds 7-2 win.

Latos is now 14-5 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and a 172-50 strikeout to walk rate in 184 innings this season. He has made 28 starts, 18 of which he has given up 2 runs or less, but has gone 7 or more innings just 11 times in his 28 starts.

For more on Latos and the Reds, please check put Red Reporter, SB Nation's Reds fan site.

Round'em Up

Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer had a big day at the plate on Labor Day, going 4-5 with 2 runs, an RBI and 3 stolen bases in the Braves 13-5 win over the Mets. Schafer has performed very well as a part time player this season, but has been pressed into full time duty with the injury to Jason Heyward. Schafer now has 20 stolen bases in 25 attempts on the season, in just 193 at bats. Schafer left Monday's game with a lower back strain and could miss Tuesday's game as a result.

It's been a disappointing season for Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, and one has to think he will be the odd man out in 2014, with a good chance that he is traded this offseason. Yesterday, Ethier had a big day at the plate in Colorado, going 3-4 with 2 doubles, a HR, 3 runs and 3 RBI in the Dodgers 10-8 win. After a slow start to the 2013 season, Ethier is hitting .279-.364-.427 with 11 HRs, 51 runs and 50 RBI in 452 at bats this season. I have to say I am surprised he is owned in almost 85% of ESPN leagues right now.

I own John Lackey in my AL only keeper league and this year he is pitching like the guy he was in Los Angeles a few years back. Yet, the Red Sox have trouble scoring runs for him. Yesterday, Lackey gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, a walk and 5 strikeouts over 7 innings in the Red Sox 3-0 loss to the Tigers. Lackey gave up two runs in the seventh inning and one run to start the eighth inning before being removed. He has given up three runs or less in seven of his last ten starts yet has just two wins in those starts. For the season, he is 8-12 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 139-34 strikeout to walk rate in 162.1 innings.

Quick, name the hitter who now ranks 5th amongst qualified fantasy second baseman in home runs. If you guessed Brian Dozier, you know your fantasy baseball. Dozier went 2-4 with a HR and 2 runs scored in the Twins 10-6 win over the Astros yesterday. Dozier doesn't hit for a high average, but does have 16 HRs, 63 runs, 58 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 459 at bats this season. He should land in my Top 10 fantasy second baseman for 2014.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may never be a high batting average hitter, but you can count on him for 20 home runs in most seasons, and he has done just that in 2013. Yesterday, he had a big day at the plate, going 4-5 with a HR, 2 runs and 2 RBI in the Orioles 7-2 win over the Indians. Wieters is now hitting .234-.288-.420 with 20 HRs, 52 runs and 66 RBI on the season.

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