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The Best Fantasy Performers in August 2016

A look at the best of August in fantasy baseball! Who had the most HR? SB? K? ERA? SV? That and more right here.

Gary Sanchez has officially arrived!
Gary Sanchez has officially arrived!
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With another month down in the 2016 Fantasy Baseball season, it’s time to look back at the top performers in August. I will look at the best hitters, power and speed wise, the best starters, from strikeout artists to ERA & WHIP leaders, and the best closers, with emphasis on saves. I will also talk about what stood out to me in this past month’s sample of stats. Let’s get to it!

Top 10 Overall Hitters of August

RNK PLAYER, TEAM POS R HR RBI SB AVG PR30
1 Trea Turner, Wsh 2B, OF 27 5 15 11 0.357 12.43
2 Charlie Blackmon, Col OF 30 11 21 2 0.360 12.06
3 Brian Dozier, Min 2B 27 13 27 3 0.302 11.91
4 Mookie Betts, Bos OF 21 9 27 4 0.378 11.85
5 Nolan Arenado, Col 3B 27 10 36 0 0.356 11.44
6 Kris Bryant, ChC 3B, OF 29 10 22 1 0.383 11.29
7 Jose Ramirez, Cle SS, 2B, 3B, OF 21 5 18 9 0.350 10.54
8 Gary Sanchez, NYY DH, C 20 11 21 1 0.389 10.31
9 Billy Hamilton, Cin OF 18 0 2 19 0.270 8.95
10 Manny Machado, Bal 3B, SS 21 10 25 0 0.312 8.69

Josh Donaldson's and Jose Altuve's streak of being top 10 hitters of the month ends at 2 months each. Mookie Betts is the only hitter to remain in the top 10 from July. He looks to make it 3 straight month by the end of September. Here's a reminder of what he is currently on pace for: 129R 38HR 120RBI 27SB .320BA

Trea Turner narrowly beats out Charlie Blackmon to take the top spot in August. Turner's 11 SB help him value the most but putting up 5 HR and 15 RBI keeps him from being a 1 dimensional player. Blackmon, coming off of a 0HR 7SB month, knocked 11 HR in August. He had 3 multi-HR games including a 7 games stretch with 8 HR. Can he get 5 more SB to join the 20-20 club by season's end?

Jose Ramirez stands out on this list the most. Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise though. He is the #50 overall PLAYER for the season! He's on fire right now and the multi-position eligibility allows owners to use him at almost any position.

Top Power Hitters of August

RNK PLAYER, TEAM POS R HR RBI SB AVG PR30
1 Brian Dozier, Min 2B 27 13 27 3 0.302 11.91
2 Charlie Blackmon, Col OF 30 11 21 2 0.360 12.06
3 Gary Sanchez, NYY DH, C 20 11 21 1 0.389 10.31
4 Nolan Arenado, Col 3B 27 10 36 0 0.356 11.44
5 Ryan Braun, Mil OF 17 10 28 2 0.283 8.36
6 Manny Machado, Bal 3B, SS 21 10 25 0 0.312 8.69
7 Kris Bryant, ChC 3B, OF 29 10 22 1 0.383 11.29
8 Mark Trumbo, Bal OF, 1B, DH 19 10 21 1 0.184 4.67
9 Yasmany Tomas, Ari OF, 3B 17 10 20 0 0.232 5.48
10 Jedd Gyorko, StL 2B, 1B, 3B, SS 17 10 17 0 0.230 4.40
11 Chris Davis, Bal 1B, OF, DH 18 10 13 1 0.214 4.09
12 Mookie Betts, Bos OF 21 9 27 4 0.378 11.85
13 Brad Miller, TB SS, 1B, OF 16 8 26 2 0.283 6.94
14 Evan Longoria, TB 3B 16 8 25 0 0.279 6.44
15 Jose Altuve, Hou 2B 17 4 27 1 0.333 6.74
16 Joey Votto, Cin 1B 19 4 26 1 0.394 8.30

This month's criteria for top power hitters was either 10 HR or 25 RBI. 4 batters (Brian Dozier, Nolan Arenado, Ryan Braun, and Manny Machado) reached both of those numbers in August. Dozier lead all hitters with 13 HR this past month. He had a tremendous month and was the #3 overall hitter in August. Arenado put up the most RBI in August. His 36 RBI were 8 more than #2 on the list, Ryan Braun.

Gary Sanchez broke on to the scene in August and instantly made a huge impact. In 24 games the Yankees catcher hit .389 with 11HR and 21RBI. He also went from virtually unowned to now on 85% of fantasy baseball rosters (what's wrong with the other 15%, huh?). Sanchez looks to continue hit hot hitting into September and could make a strong case as a top 3 catcher in 2017 drafts.

The Orioles had 3 players (Machado, Mark Trumbo, and Chris Davis) hit 10 HR each in August. Those 3 combined to hit more August homeruns than the Athletics, Braves, Reds, Pirates, Padres, Giants, and Marlins!

Top Speedsters of August

RNK PLAYER, TEAM POS R HR RBI SB AVG PR30
1 Billy Hamilton, Cin OF 18 0 2 19 0.270 8.95
2 Jonathan Villar, Mil SS, 3B 19 3 9 12 0.302 8.59
3 Trea Turner, Wsh 2B, OF 27 5 15 11 0.357 12.43
4 Keon Broxton, Mil OF 13 4 9 11 0.275 7.04
5 Travis Jankowski, SD OF 18 1 3 11 0.308 6.69
6 Jean Segura, Ari SS, 2B 17 3 9 10 0.346 7.62
7 Starling Marte, Pit OF 13 1 8 10 0.252 4.43
8 Jose Ramirez, Cle SS, 2B, 3B, OF 21 5 18 9 0.350 10.54
9 Rajai Davis, Cle OF 13 3 10 9 0.268 4.63
10 Hernan Perez, Mil 3B, OF 16 6 15 8 0.250 7.07
11 Dee Gordon, Mia 2B 16 0 5 8 0.269 3.77

11 players stole 8 or more bases in August. Billy Hamilton once again led the way with 19 SB over the month. The Reds stolen base specialist has 54 SB for the season and 32 SB since the All Star break. Jonathan Villar lands at #2 but did post his 2nd straight 12SB month. Hamilton and Villar are the only two speedsters with 50 SB this season. In addition to Hamilton and Villar, Starling Marte (who has 46SB this year) Travis Jankowski, Trea Turner, and Hernan Perez all land on this list for the 2nd straight month. Hamilton, Villar, and Jankowski are the only players to be on this list all 3 months.

Top 10 Overall Pitchers of August

RNK PLAYER, TEAM POS K W ERA WHIP _ PR30
1 Kyle Hendricks, ChC SP 36 4 1.28 0.78
9.7
2 Max Scherzer, Wsh SP 51 4 3.05 0.80
9.35
3 Rick Porcello, Bos SP 41 4 2.62 0.83
8.92
4 Danny Duffy, KC SP, RP 39 5 2.51 0.98
8.77
5 Justin Verlander, Det SP 43 3 2.43 0.76
8.51
6 Corey Kluber, Cle SP 44 5 2.43 1.13
8.31
7 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY SP 38 4 3.00 0.90
7.65
8 Chris Archer, TB SP 47 3 3.03 0.98
7.15
9 Jon Lester, ChC SP 35 3 1.71 0.92
6.91
10 David Price, Bos SP 35 4 2.93 1.10
6.51

Kyle Hendricks put up the top pitching month of August. He had a relatively easy schedule but did face the Cardinals at home and visited the Rockies at Coors. He is the #4 overall starter for the season. Hendricks is set to face the Brewers and Reds twice and also visits the Pirates and Astros. With only those teams remaining, he could be the #1 pitcher again in September.

Max Scherzer, who is the only pitcher to be in the top 10 all 3 months, lands at #2 in August. He is the #1 overall pitcher for the season and shows no signs of slowing down. Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander are top 10 pitchers for the 2nd straight month.

Top Strikeout Pitchers of August

RNK PLAYER, TEAM POS K W ERA WHIP _ PR30
1 Chris Sale, CWS SP 52 1 2.89 1.01
6.33
2 Max Scherzer, Wsh SP 51 4 3.05 0.80
9.35
3 Chris Archer, TB SP 47 3 3.03 0.98
7.15
4 Carlos Carrasco, Cle SP 46 2 5.20 1.29
3.1
5 Yu Darvish, Tex SP 45 3 2.95 1.11
6.47
6 Corey Kluber, Cle SP 44 5 2.43 1.13
8.31
7 CC Sabathia, NYY SP 44 2 5.35 1.35
2.54

7 pitchers posted 44 or more strikeouts in August. Chris Sale beats out Scherzer by 1K to lead the month. Both Sale and Scherzer hit the 50+ mark for the month. Carlos Carrasco and CC Sabathia both posted great strikeout totals in August. They also both had an ERA over 5.00!

Top ERA and WHIP of August

RNK PLAYER, TEAM POS K W ERA WHIP _ PR30
1 Kyle Hendricks, ChC SP 36 4 1.28 0.78 9.7
2 Carlos Rodon, CWS SP 26 3 1.47 1.01 5.83
3 Jon Lester, ChC SP 35 3 1.71 0.92 6.91
4 Ian Kennedy, KC SP 31 3 1.86 1.09 6.20
5 Julio Urias, LAD SP 22 4 1.99 1.50 3.79
6 Justin Verlander, Det SP 43 3 2.43 0.76 8.51
7 Danny Duffy, KC SP, RP 39 5 2.51 0.98 8.77
8 Rick Porcello, Bos SP 41 4 2.62 0.83 8.92
9 Andrew Triggs, Oak SP 24 1 2.77 0.85 3.51
10 Ivan Nova, Pit SP 22 4 2.87 0.99 5.52
11 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY SP 38 4 3.00 0.90 7.65
12 Chris Archer, TB SP 47 3 3.03 0.98 7.15
13 Max Scherzer, Wsh SP 51 4 3.05 0.80 9.35
14 Dallas Keuchel, Hou SP 25 3 3.10 0.97 4.78
15 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP 22 4 3.21 0.98 5.47
16 Michael Fulmer, Det SP 24 1 3.24 0.99 3.12
17 Kendall Graveman, Oak SP 17 3 3.40 0.98 4.37

The criteria for this list is to have either an ERA below 2.00 or a WHIP under 1.00. Last month this list had 23 members but this month it only has 17. The more interesting stat is for ERA. Last month 15 starters had an ERA under 2.00. This month only 5 starters pull that off. Only 2 (Hendricks and Jon Lester) had numbers that met both of those benchmarks. 9 did both last month. Hendricks posted the lowest ERA for the 2nd straight month. Julio Urias barely met the 2.00ERA mark and his 1.50WHIP for the month makes his overall number seem very fortunate they weren't far worse.

Top Closers of August

RNK PLAYER, TEAM POS K W SV ERA WHIP PR30
1 Aroldis Chapman, ChC RP 22 0 11 1.38 1.08 7.24
2 Edwin Diaz, Sea SP, RP 21 0 11 3.95 1.24 6.01
3 Kelvin Herrera, KC RP 18 0 10 2.35 0.78 6.36
4 Tony Watson, Pit RP 9 1 10 2.84 1.11 5.87
5 Kenley Jansen, LAD RP 25 0 9 3.97 0.71 6.17
6 David Robertson, CWS RP 10 2 8 2.38 1.32 5.33
7 Fernando Rodney, Mia RP 14 1 8 3.38 1.88 3.58
8 Sam Dyson, Tex RP 10 0 8 4.09 1.64 2.77
9 Francisco Rodriguez, Det RP 5 1 8 3.48 1.65 2.26

9 closers nailed down 8 saves or more. This number is up from only 5 last month. Kenley Jansen was the only closer with 2 straight 8 save months. Francisco Rodriguez come close but only had 7 in July. Jansen also led the way with 25K. Aroldis Chapman had the best month of any closer posting a 1.38ERA with 22K. Tony Watson actually had more saves (10) than strikeouts (9) over the month. K-Rod (8SV/5K) also accomplished this unique feat.

That's it for the top performing players of August.  Let's do it all over again in September! Please leave comments if you have any further questions and feel free to let me know what you found most interesting in this research.
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