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Roto Roundup: Manny Machado, Khris Davis, Jake Arrieta and others

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Ray takes a look at some of the top fantasy performers from Sunday's roto action including Manny Machado, Jose Fernandez, Chris Bassitt and others.

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Manny Machado: Top fantasy third baseman in 2016?

Third base had become a very deep position for fantasy purposes with Josh Donaldson, Todd Frazier, Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Manny Machado leading the way. That list doesn't include former top third baseman Evan Longoria and Adrian Beltre either. So, yeah, the position is going to be deep come 2016 drafts, but the guy that I think should be the first third baseman off the board is Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

The recently turned 23 year old is having a break out season, hitting .300-.367-.525 with 24 home runs, 70 runs scored, 57 RBI and 15 stolen bases in his 474 plate appearances. He leads all fantasy third baseman in stolen bases, ranks 4th in home runs, 2nd in runs scored, 6th in RBI and 3rd in batting average. Looking at his advanced statistics, he leads all third baseman in on base percentage, ranks 3rd in slugging percentage and 4th in isolated power (ISO).

He's only 23.

Some owners may prefer to draft the hitter with the proven track record, like Josh Donaldson or Todd Frazier, or Adrian Beltre, but Beltre is starting to show his age, so he may end up in the lower half of top 10 third baseman next year. Some may draft Bryant due to the chance that he could lead all third baseman in home runs next season. But I prefer the hitter that can do it all, hit for average, power and steal some bases.

Machado is one of only about five hitters who have a real good shot at putting up a 20 home run, 20 stolen base season in 2015. The others are Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Padres outfielder Justin Upton and Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. That's it. Amazing that three of them are infielders.

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Roto Roundup

The Marlins will place ace starting pitcher Jose Fernandez on the disabled list with a right bicep strain after Fernandez complained of right shoulder pain after his start on Friday night. Fernandez was pitching very well before the injury and the team thinks he can return before the end of the season, but with the way they are playing, there will be no reason to rush him back. Add in the fact that they are now in the race for the #1 pick in the MLB draft next season, and the likelihood of his return in 2015 appear slim.

The Brewers dealt outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Orioles before the July 31st trade deadline opening up left field for power hitting outfielder Khris Davis, and he has taken full advantage of the playing time. On Sunday, Davis went 2-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI in the Brewers 5-4 win over the Cardinals. Davis has 4 home runs and 10 RBI in his last four games, and is now hitting .242-.327-.462 with 11 home runs, 24 runs scored and 35 RBI in just 253 plate appearances. He is owned in under 10% of leagues right now. If you are in need of a power hitter, make sure you grab him as he could hit 8-10 home runs over the last two months of the season.

Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens out-dueled former ace Justin Verlander in his second big league start on Sunday, limiting the Tigers to one run on 3 hits, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts in the Red Sox 7-2 win. Owens struggled with his command and needed 84 pitches to get through five innings. The win was his first in the big leagues. He will have to improve upon his four walk performance in his next start, and his current owners hope he can improve the strikeout rate as well.

Indians ace Corey Kluber has been a bit of a disappointment this season, but he was on his game o Sunday, Kluber flirted with a no-no for 6.1 innings, but ended up tossing a complete game, giving up a run on 3 hits, a walk and 10 strikeout in the Indians 8-1 win. The win was just his 7th against 12 losses, with a 3.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a terrific 186-33 strikeout to walk rate in 171.2 innings. His 2.54 FIP shows he has pitched better than his ERA indicates, and he entered the game with the third best fWAR among starting pitchers thus far, and could be the fWAR leader after Sunday's performance.

I was working on my early 2016 top 50 starting pitcher rankings on Sunday morning and Cubs ace Jake Arrieta made it in my top 10 in my first version of the rankings. On Sunday, he did nothing to make me want to change my mind on his ranking as he shut out the Giants on 4 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 7.2 innings in the Cubs 2-0 win. The win moved his record to 13-6 with a 2.38 ERA, A 0.99 WHIP and a 158-39 strikeout to walk rate in 155.1 innings. He has given up two runs or less in 15 of his 23 starts this season, and ranks in the top 6 in the National League in the following pitching categories: wins, complete games, innings pitched, ERA, strikeouts, and WHIP.

The Athletics received starter Chris Bassitt in the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox in the offseason, and Bassitt has looked good in his seven starts with the A's, including Sunday where he limited the Astros to one run on 3 hits, 2 walks and 10 strikeouts over 6.2 innings in the A's 5-4 win. The win was his first of the season,but he has pitched better than his record shows, as he owns a 2.48 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a solid 44-16 strikeout to walk rate in 54.1 innings. He has given up two runs or less in six of his seven starts thus far and is owned in just 12% of leagues right now, so go grab him now while he is pitching well.

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