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Brooks Lee, James Wood, Tyler Glasnow, Tarik Skubal

Welcome back to the Fantasy Baseball Weekly Mailbag. The Mailbag is an opportunity to Ask a FantasyPros analyst anything about the current season to make the best and most informed decisions possible. Questions from fantasy managers this week can be seen below.

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Keep James Wood in the new draft or trade him?

Giving away an exciting newcomer can feel like parting with your firstborn. But sometimes It is the right step.

James Wood looks phenomenal. Fantasy managers get carried away by such observations and sometimes think a rookie is a second coming of Barry Bonds. While Wood is a great player, if you can get a better one, you should pass on him.

Hype trains usually exaggerate player Capability.

Rookies are sometimes good and sometimes bad, and it might be better to get a proven player. Try to trade Wood, but don’t mind keeping him.

What should we do with Kevin Gausman?

It is a terrible situation.

Kevin Gausman is too good to fire and his performance is too bad to trade.

People have been asking about him all year And my answer not changed. Skip it. The All-Star break is coming. Who knows? Maybe Gausman will rest up and come back to dominate in the second half.

Even though Gausman played miserably, he adds a certain value through his starting eleven. That is very valuable in view of how many starters get injured. My advice is to hold on him and sit him when he plays against strong teams. Use this approach unless it proves its consistency.

Gausman shows flashes And maybe he can become something like the person he once was.

Throw out Alex Bregman for Brooks Lee?

NO.

Brooks Lee has made an incredible start to his MLB debut. He is Batting average .458 with one home run and eight RBIs.

Alex Bregman is a proven star, and he usually plays his best baseball later in the season.

Definitely grab Lee, but not for Bregman. Not Do that.

Replace Paul Goldschmidt or Randy Arozarena with Wyatt Langford?

Hurry up and pick up Wyatt Langford.

He was pretty bad at the beginning of the season And it makes sense why, he is only 22 And Adjusting to the MLB is difficult. Langford seems to have adjusted, and has a .333 batting average with 25 RBI and six steals over the last month.

Paul Goldschmidt or Randy Arozarena haven’t done quite as well. Arozarena is starting to turn things around, posting a .276 batting average over the last month (.202 on the year) with 10 RBI and five steals.

Goldschmidt has a strikeout rate of 27.9% (a career high) and a walk rate of 7.8% (a career low). He is He had a batting average of .231 last month and a batting average of .229 this season. However, Goldschmidt still hits the ball hard. His problems seem to be more related to batting discipline than complete for reasons of age.

I have more faith in Goldschmidt’s return than in Arozarena, who doesn’t hit the ball as hard and is having a worse year overall. ID Replace Arozarena with Langford immediately. It is a direct upgrade.

What do you think about the innings pitched by Tyler Glasnow, Tarik Skubal and Max Fried in the second half?

Tyler Glasnow (120 innings in 2023/109 innings in 2024): Very concerning. I have little faith he will have as good a second half as his first. He threw 120 innings in 2023, a career high, and brought that fatigue into 2024 with such an extensive injury history. He just went on the injured list (IL) with back soreness, which Fortunately isn’t that bad. I would seriously consider giving Glasnow away at some point after he returns.

Tarik Skubal (80.1 innings in 2023/110 innings in 2024): A little worried — 3/10 concern level. Fatigue will likely set in, but I see him pitching in the fantasy playoffs (touch wood).

Max Fried (77.2 innings in 2023/102 innings in 2024): He has thrown 160+ innings three times and is used to a heavy workload. He only lowered his numbers in 2023 due to a hamstring injury and later A Forearm strain. I think Fried should be OK if he stays healthy.


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