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Roto Roundup: Carlos Correa, Luis Severino, Brandon Crawford and others

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Ray offers his thoughts on some of the top fantasy performers from Monday's roto action, including Carlos Correa, Luis Severino, Brandon Crawford and others.

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Carlos Correa: First round pick in 2016?

I was checking out my Twitter timeline, when I came across this tweet from Ryan Noonan from the Fantasy Fix, as well as a few other sites:

I responded that Correa is the best shortstop in the game right now, and asked this question:

This will be a topic of conversation this offseason, assuming Correa continues to hit like he has to date. He went 1-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Astros loss to the Rangers last night, and is now hitting .298-.346-.576 with 13 home runs, 29 runs scored, 34 RBI and 5 stolen bases in just 48 games. Multiply those stats by three and he could be a 30 home run, 90-100 RBI hitter as soon as 2016. He's only 20 years old, and turns 21 on September 22nd.

Can he be a first round pick next season? I am already sold that he will be the top fantasy shortstop.

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Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is having himself a breakout season at the plate this season, and he had another big night at the plate last night, going 2-3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI vs Braves young starter Mike Foltenywicz. I have written about him in this piece a few times earlier this season, giving him a "mini-Tulo" nickname. He raised his slash line to .268-.329-.494 with 18 home runs, 53 runs scored and 67 RBI, and he currently leads all shortstops in home runs and RBI and ranks second in runs scored.

Maybe Crawford should be the #1 fantasy shortstop heading into 2016 drafts. That is doubtful with Troy Tulowitzki in Toronto, and the aforementioned Correa a rising star. But consider this from Dave Cameron over at FanGraphs:

Crawford ranks 23rd in baseball with a .227 ISO. Pretty impressive for someone we thought was a glove only shortstop.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman recently returned from the disabled list after missing several weeks due to wrist injury. Last night, he left the Braves - Giants game in the fifth inning due to a right oblique injury. He is listed as day to day, but this injury could land him on the DL once again. The Braves have nothing to play for, so there is no need to push their best player.

The Yankees will call up pitching prospect Luis Severino to start Wednesday's game vs the Red Sox. Severino is a polarizing prospect as one prospect expert, ESPN's Keith Law, refuses to rank him in his top 50 midseason rankings since he believes he is a reliever long term, yet he did list him in his honorable mention section. After going 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 8 Double A starts this season, he was promoted to AAA, where he is 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 13 starts, yet his strikeout rate has dropped substantially after the promotion. The Yankees need an upgrade to their starting rotation and Severino is the reason why the Yankees did not make a trade for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. Grab him if available in deeper mixed leagues.

The Mets are a really hot team right now, and recent acquisition, Yoenis Cespedes made an impact in last night's 12-1 win over the Marlins in Miami. Cespedes went 3-5 with 3 doubles, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI, and is now hitting .294-.325-.508 with 18 home runs, 65 runs scored and 65 RBI for the season. He will be the Mets everyday center fielder, with Juan Lagares starting in center field and  Cespedes in left field vs lefties.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season. But with two months left in the season and the Rangers in the middle of the wild card hunt, Beltre has a chance to make up for his slow start. Last night, he hit for the cycle before the seventh inning stretch, going 4-4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Rangers-Astros game. (As I write this, the Rangers are up 12-7 in the sixth inning.) Beltre is a Hall of Famer in my opinion, and I think he will get plenty of support once he finally retires. This season is his worst since 2001....yeah, that's a loooong time ago....as he is hitting just .270-.313-.419 with 9 home runs, 48 runs scored and 30 RBI in 86 games. Beltre will turn 37 years of age a few days into the 2016 season, so I see his draft stock dropping in 2016 third base rankings after his disappointing 2015 season.

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