Loading scores...
Austin Meadows
Getty Images
Hot Hitter Rundown

Hot Hitter Rundown: September 9

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: September 10, 2019, 1:05 am ET

Follow @Rotoworld_BB and @RyanPBoyer on Twitter.

You should always have the big picture in mind when it comes to your season-long fantasy baseball leagues. Putting too much stock in a small sample size might cause you to make a decision that hurts you in the long run. That said, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be taking stock of what’s happened in the immediate past. It can be useful when it comes to weekly or especially daily lineup decisions, waiver wire considerations, tracking who might be coming into more playing time, etc.

The Rotoworld Player Rater is a handy tool that’s among the extensive offerings in Season Pass. Each week, I’ll be using the Player Rater to look at the hottest hitters, position by position, over the last week, and providing commentary.

*The following data is based on 5x5 Roto scoring and covers games played from September 2-8.

Editor’s Note: Stay ahead of the competition from wire to wire with rankings, customizable projections, trade evaluator, exclusive columns and more in our Season Pass. And start using optimized lineups on Yahoo!, DraftKings and FanDuel with our DFS Toolkit!

Catcher

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

J.T. Realmuto

PHI

C

2.55279

2.68795

1.21679

2.51601

2.06781

11.04

#2

Yasmani Grandal

MLW

C

3.64600

1.30726

-0.42895

1.24161

2.06781

7.83

#3

Gary Sanchez

NYY

C

1.45957

1.76749

-0.42895

0.13881

2.06781

5.00

#4

Mitch Garver

MIN

C

2.55279

1.30726

-0.42895

0.62080

0.43327

4.49

#5

Willson Contreras

CHC

C

1.45957

0.38679

-0.42895

1.77470

0.97811

4.17

#6

Kevan Smith

LAA

C

1.45957

-0.07344

1.21679

0.86180

-0.11158

3.35

#7

Roberto Perez

CLE

C

0.36635

1.30726

-0.42895

1.32741

0.43327

3.01

#8

Wilson Ramos

NYM

C

0.36635

1.30726

-0.42895

0.53501

0.43327

2.21

#9

Jose Trevino

TEX

C

0.36635

-0.07344

-0.42895

0.93121

0.97811

1.77

#10

James McCann

CWS

C

0.36635

1.30726

-0.42895

0.29401

-0.11158

1.43

J.T. Realmuto’s week featured 10 hits in 22 at-bats, a stolen base and a stretch of home runs in three straight games. The power surge lifted his home run total for the season to a career-high 23 bombs. It would be understandable if Realmuto faded a bit down the stretch considering how often he plays (his 119 starts at catcher easily leads baseball), but instead he’s thrived, posting a .943 OPS since the All-Star break and belting nine homers since the beginning of August … It remains rather insane that the Brewers were able to land Yasmani Grandal on a one-year contract last offseason. Like Realmuto, Grandal also went deep in three consecutive contests last week, and he added an additional long ball to boot. He’s also been playing a lot of first base since the club traded Jesus Aguilar, which not only gives him a few more plate appearances but also could help to save his legs down the stretch … It’s hard to believe at this point that Mitch Garver wasn’t even the first catcher on the Twins drafted in leagues this spring. The 28-year-old continued with his breakout campaign with three dingers over the weekend, as he’s now just one long ball shy of the 30-homer plateau even though he’s had just 317 plate appearances. While Garver’s 30.5 percent HR/FB rate has been pretty lucky, he’s created some of his own luck with a 47.7 percent fly ball rate, 53.3 percent pull rate and 48.2 percent hard-hit rate …

First Base

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Jose Abreu

CWS

1B

2.55279

3.14818

-0.42895

0.29401

0.43327

6.00

#2

Garrett Cooper

MIA

1B

1.45957

1.76749

-0.42895

2.39551

0.43327

5.63

#3

Pete Alonso

NYM

1B

1.45957

1.30726

-0.42895

1.27631

1.52296

5.14

#4

Edwin Encarnacion

NYY

1B

1.45957

1.76749

-0.42895

0.96591

0.97811

4.74

#5

Rhys Hoskins

PHI

1B

1.45957

1.30726

1.21679

-0.79049

0.97811

4.17

#6

Matt Olson

OAK

1B

0.36635

0.84702

-0.42895

1.36211

1.52296

3.67

#7

Austin Nola

SEA

1B

1.45957

1.30726

-0.42895

0.13881

0.97811

3.45

#8

Ronald Guzman

TEX

1B

0.36635

-0.07344

-0.42895

1.72361

1.52296

3.11

#9

Paul Goldschmidt

STL

1B

-0.72687

2.22772

-0.42895

1.08641

0.43327

2.59

#10

Mitch Moreland

BOS

1B

0.36635

0.84702

-0.42895

0.65551

0.97811

2.42

Jose Abreu has returned to the 30-homer level thanks to bombs in three of his last four games. He’s also now up to an American League-leading 112 RBI after plating 38 runs and posting a 1.031 OPS over 37 games since the start of August. The impending free agent’s 92.0 mph exit velocity this season ranks in the top five percent in baseball … It looked like Garrett Cooper’s mixed league relevancy might be coming to an end during an ugly August when he batted just .216/.286/.295 with one home run. However, he’s started to heat back up in September, going 10-for-27 (.370) with a couple dingers and six RBI over six tilts. Cooper’s ceiling is still pretty limited given his lineup, ballpark and the fact that he hits so many balls on the ground. Among the 177 players with at least 400 plate appearances, he has the seventh-highest ground ball rate at 53.1 percent … In addition to giving hope to all of us with dad bods, Pete Alonso cranked a couple more home runs last week to extend his National League rookie record to 45. Alonso had a rough July in hitting only .177/.333/.430, but since the calendar flipped to August he’s posted a .299/.381/.591 line with 11 taters and 30 RBI …

Second Base

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Ozzie Albies

ATL

2B

1.45957

0.84702

2.86253

0.56971

2.61265

8.35

#2

Starlin Castro

MIA

2B

1.45957

0.84702

-0.42895

1.63781

4.24719

7.76

#3

Rougned Odor

TEX

2B

2.55279

1.30726

-0.42895

1.87881

2.06781

7.38

#4

Dee Gordon

SEA

2B

-0.72687

-0.07344

4.50827

1.84411

0.43327

5.99

#5

Joey Wendle

TB

2B

-0.72687

-0.99390

2.86253

1.32741

2.61265

5.08

#6

Cesar Hernandez

PHI

2B

0.36635

0.38679

2.86253

-0.27379

1.52296

4.86

#7

Mauricio Dubon

SF

2B

1.45957

0.84702

1.21679

1.32741

-0.11158

4.74

#8

Jurickson Profar

OAK

2B

1.45957

1.76749

-0.42895

0.69021

0.97811

4.47

#9

Adam Frazier

PIT

2B

0.36635

1.76749

-0.42895

1.72361

0.97811

4.41

#10

Whit Merrifield

KC

2B

-0.72687

0.38679

1.21679

2.94691

0.43327

4.26

Ozzie Albies’ consistency this season has been a pleasant surprise. The second baseman had a monster April (.988 OPS) in 2018 in his first full major league season but then didn’t reach a .800 OPS in any subsequent month. In 2019, he’s only had one month when his OPS fell below .844. Albies has his walk rate back up to a respectable 8.0 percent this season after it sat at just 5.3 percent last year. The second baseman has been locked in as the Braves’ No. 2 hitter since late July. Being sandwiched in between Ronald Acuna and Freddie Freeman isn’t a bad spot to be … Rougned Odor appeared to be in danger of losing his starting job following another lengthy slump that saw him put up just a .450 OPS across a 29-game stretch. However, with nine hits and three home runs over his last five contests, he appears to have staved off a benching for now. Granted, four of those five games were against the Orioles, so let’s not proclaim that Odor is fixed just yet … Mauricio Dubon is getting a shot at everyday playing time with the Giants after they picked him up from the Brewers in a deadline trade. He’s made the most of it thus far in batting .310/.333/.586 with a couple dingers and a stolen base in his first nine games with his new team. Dubon had a power breakout this season at Triple-A (who didn’t?) but unfortunate didn’t run nearly as much as he had in the past. His ceiling is fairly limited as the No. 8 hitter in a bad lineup and in a bad park for hitters …

Third Base

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Josh Donaldson

ATL

3B

2.55279

2.68795

1.21679

0.77601

2.61265

9.85

#2

Eugenio Suarez

CIN

3B

3.64600

2.68795

-0.42895

2.48131

0.97811

9.36

#3

Alex Bregman

HOU

3B

1.45957

1.76749

1.21679

2.79171

1.52296

8.76

#4

Asdrubal Cabrera

WAS

3B

1.45957

2.68795

-0.42895

2.24031

1.52296

7.48

#5

Yoan Moncada

CWS

3B

-0.72687

-0.07344

2.86253

2.67121

2.06781

6.80

#6

Tommy Edman

STL

3B

1.45957

1.30726

1.21679

0.36341

1.52296

5.87

#7

Hunter Dozier

KC

3B

0.36635

-0.07344

-0.42895

3.03271

1.52296

4.42

#8

Dawel Lugo

DET

3B

0.36635

0.84702

-0.42895

0.75961

1.52296

3.07

#9

Anthony Rendon

WAS

3B

-0.72687

0.38679

-0.42895

1.39681

2.06781

2.70

#10

Nolan Arenado

COL

3B

1.45957

0.38679

-0.42895

0.29401

0.43327

2.14

With three more bombs last week, Josh Donaldson has already matched his first-half home run total with 18 dingers since the All-Star break (and he’s done so in 133 fewer plate appearances). In 59 games since the beginning of July, Donaldson has put up a robust 1.052 OPS with 21 home runs and 46 RBI. His 92.9 mph exit velocity ranks in the top two percent of the league. Oh, and by the way, Donaldson has already played 140 games this season after totaling just 165 games played over the previous two injury-riddled campaigns … Alex Bregman has been on some kind of run since the start of August, posting an utterly ridiculous .413/.493/.762 batting line with eight long balls, 37 RBI and 33 runs scored across 33 games. The hot streak has pushed his average on the season all the way up to .298 after he entered August batting just .259. Bregman is one of just two qualifiers (Carlos Santana being the other) who has walked more than he’s struck out this season … The Nationals took a flier on Asdrubal Cabrera last month after he was released by the Rangers and he’s rewarded them with a .355/.432/.618 batting line, four homers and 27 RBI over 22 contests. With Brian Dozier slumping again, Cabrera looks to have taken over second base duties against right-handers, and he’s batted fifth each of the last two games …

Shortstop

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Francisco Lindor

CLE

SS

2.55279

1.30726

2.86253

1.43151

2.06781

10.22

#2

Tim Anderson

CWS

SS

1.45957

1.30726

-0.42895

2.70591

3.70235

8.75

#3

Marcus Semien

OAK

SS

0.36635

0.84702

2.86253

1.87881

2.61265

8.57

#4

Trea Turner

WAS

SS

-0.72687

-0.07344

2.86253

2.58541

1.52296

6.17

#5

Paul DeJong

STL

SS

1.45957

1.76749

1.21679

0.36341

0.97811

5.79

#6

Gleyber Torres

NYY

SS

1.45957

1.30726

1.21679

0.69021

0.43327

5.11

#7

Corey Seager

LA

SS

1.45957

2.68795

-0.42895

-0.82519

0.97811

3.87

#8

Jean Segura

PHI

SS

-0.72687

-0.53367

1.21679

1.00061

1.52296

2.48

#9

Adalberto Mondesi

KC

SS

-0.72687

-0.07344

4.50827

-0.94569

-0.65643

2.11

#10

Trevor Story

COL

SS

0.36635

-0.53367

1.21679

0.60441

0.43327

2.09

If you drafted Tim Anderson this spring, you probably weren’t doing it with the anticipation that he would be a major boost to your team’s batting average. Yet here we are on September 9 and Anderson is leading the American League with his .334 mark. The .396 BABIP no doubt helps, but Anderson has also significantly cut down on his strikeouts this season (20.9 percent) and he’s done a much better job of using the entire field. Anderson’s xBA of .293 ranks in the top eight percent in the game … Marcus Semien greatly improved his strikeout rate in 2018 in cutting it down to 18.6 percent. He’s taken it to another level this year, though, whiffing at just a 13.8 percent mark while also upping his walk rate to 11.3 percent. About the only thing to complain about with Semien has been his inefficiency on the bases in getting caught (eight) almost as many times as he’s been successful (nine). He should still reach double digits in steals again, though, and is on his way to career highs in the other four categories … Corey Seager’s disappointing season at the plate would probably be getting more attention if the Dodgers weren’t demolishing everyone, but there’s no doubt that he’s underwhelmed. And while a couple home runs last week was enough to get him on this list, he is just 4-for-26 at the dish overall this month …

Outfield

Rank

Player

Tm

Pos

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

R

VAL

#1

Austin Meadows

TB

OF

3.64600

2.68795

1.21679

3.42891

3.70235

14.68

#2

Ketel Marte

ARZ

OF

3.64600

5.44934

-0.42895

3.82511

2.06781

14.56

#3

Christian Yelich

MLW

OF

1.45957

1.30726

6.15401

1.60311

0.97811

11.50

#4

Joc Pederson

LA

OF

3.64600

2.68795

-0.42895

2.32610

3.15750

11.39

#5

Mookie Betts

BOS

OF

3.64600

2.22772

-0.42895

1.87881

1.52296

8.85

#6

Wil Myers

SD

OF

1.45957

0.84702

2.86253

3.51471

-0.11158

8.57

#7

Scott Kingery

PHI

OF

2.55279

1.30726

2.86253

-1.30719

1.52296

6.94

#8

Jeff McNeil

NYM

OF

1.45957

2.68795

-0.42895

1.63781

1.52296

6.88

#9

Tommy Pham

TB

OF

-0.72687

0.38679

4.50827

1.87881

0.43327

6.48

#10

Kyle Schwarber

CHC

OF

1.45957

2.68795

-0.42895

0.56971

0.97811

5.27

Austin Meadows’ production has fluctuated since a fantastic first two months, but he appears determined to close out September on a strong note, having gone a ridiculous 15-for-28 (.536) with four long balls, nine RBI, 10 runs scored and a stolen base over his first eight games this month. The 24-year-old has been a top-15 fantasy outfielder this season in his first full year with the Rays … Ketel Marte has matched Meadows with four home runs already this month and he’s also driven in a whopping 14 runs over seven tilts. While the juiced ball has no doubt helped aid Marte’s breakout season, he’s significantly upped his launch angle to 11.4 degrees while at the same time maintaining an elite strikeout rate of 13.4 percent … After stealing four bases in the weekend series against the Cubs, Christian Yelich became just the 10th player ever to record 30 stolen bases and hit 40 home runs in a season. He’s been caught just two times on the bases in his 32 tries. Like Marte, Yelich has notably increased his launch angle in 2019 to 11 degrees, and only Aaron Judge, Miguel Sano and Nelson Cruz have posted a higher exit velocity than Yelich’s 93.1 mph … With four dingers across his last five games, Mookie Betts has already eclipsed his home run total from the first half with 14 bombs since the All-Star break. He hasn’t run nearly as much this season, but Betts has a shot to reach 30 homers for the second year in a row while also leading all of baseball in runs scored …

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.