Wil Myers (1B, SDP) - Myers did some yardwork on Saturday, and contributed in a big way as the Padres downed the Pirates 5-2. Myers finished the day 2 for 3 with three RBI and his 21st home run of the season. His .243/.327/.463 line by itself is not great, but his ten steals and 21 homers keep him in your lineup. Myers' .211 ISO is the highest of his career, but so is his 29.7% K%. Luckily, he is walking 10.7% of the time, to help the OBP to be respectable, but not great. He is making hard contact 41% of the time, and would produce bigger power numbers, if he hit in a better home park. Myers goal was to go 40/40 on the season, and while it appears he will fall short of that, the 31/15 he is on pace for is nothing to sneeze at.
Bryce Harper (OF, WAS) - The phenom went 2 for 5 on the day with a home run in the Nats' 7-4 loss, to the Cubs on Saturday. The home run was Harper's 28th, as his outstanding season rolls on. In addition to the homer total, he is slashing .327/.424/.620 with 81 RBI in 2017. At his current pace, Harper will club 42 home runs and drive in 122, which would be a definite return on your first-round investment. The 24-year old's metrics match his other totals in being impressive. His wRC+ is 164, which his way above league average. He makes hard contact 34.9% of the time, which helps out the .289 ISO, which ranks seventh in all of baseball. Harper is putting together another great season, and has many more ahead of him. If you own him in a dynasty format, congratulations!
Michael Conforto (OF, NYM) - Conforto chipped in with a solo shot, his 22nd of 2017, in the Mets 7-4 loss to the Dodgers Saturday. His current pace has him slated to hit 33 home runs, as Saturday's home run set a new career high. After hitting just .201 for the month of June, Conforto snapped out of it with a .301 clip for July, and is off to a hot start in August with seven hits in 17 at bats. Despite the nice numbers, he is still striking out at a 25% rate, which will need to come down, however, it is made tolerable by a 12.8% BB%, which leads to an excellent .399 OBP, which is 47 points above his career average. If you rode out the month of June, or were able to buy low from a frustrated owner, you made a great move as Conforto is currently a top 25 outfielder, and has more left in the tank.
Willson Contreras (C/OF, CHC) - Contreras clubbed his 19th homer of the season, as the Cubs downed the Nats 7-4 at Wrigley Field. On the season, the young backstop is slashing .279/.347/.514, with the 19 home runs and 68 RBI. Saturday's performance makes hits in five of his last six games, including three home runs. Contreras' wOBA is at .358 this year, right around his career .360 mark, so he is hitting for extra bases consistently, while making hard contact 33.8% of the time. At his current pace, he is performing like a top five catcher, and will hit 28 homers and drive in 101. Contreras will have plenty of opportunities to produce while he is hitting in a potent Cubs lineup.
Cody Bellinger (1B/OF, LAD) - Bellinger must like nights that I write for Fantistics, since it seems like he is in my column every night, but he just keeps on rolling. The 22-year-old phenom hit his 31st longball of 2017 as the Dodgers topped the Mets 7-4. Through his first 17 August at bats, it has been slow going, but he was able to connect on the home run, his third of the month. While his .344 OBP is not off the charts, it would be much higher if he could cut down his 26% K% a bit. His .383 wOBA and 44.6% hard contact rate offset it a bit, and show he is connecting on plenty of extra bases. Bellinger is the clear Rookie of the Year frontrunner, and is even in the discussion for MVP of the National League. While it will be tough to pull off the MVP, Rookie of the Year is all but his.
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