In this article I’m going to go over fantasy baseball players to watch after the all-star break. These baseball players have done historically well in the second half of the season over their careers and are prime players to trade for in your full season leagues or buy cheap if you play daily fantasy baseball.
The first name that stands out as a player to watch in the second half is Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals. Butlers name has been thrown around as a player that could be dealt before the trading block. The main reason teams are interested in Butler is his past performance after the All-Star break and not because of his slow first half. Butler finished the first half with only three home runs and 36 runs batted in.
Now that doesn’t look good for fantasy owners but if you look back at his second half performance over the past two years it may change your mind. In 2013, Butler finished tied for 7th in all of baseball with 81 second half hits. The season before Butler finished second only behind Derek Jeter with 102 hits. Butler has also shown some power in the second half hitting a combined 20 home runs over those two seasons.
The other name that stands out is Doug Fister of the Washington Nationals. Fister has racked up a 15-8 record over the past two seasons in the second half in 28 starts. Over the two season Fister struck out 155 batters and allowed 61 earned runs. If you also look at Fister’s last two starts before the break he picked up back to back wins allowing five runs in 14 innings pitched.
Here is a list of fantasy players that have performed well in the second half of the season:
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: Davis hit 16 home runs and drove in 45 runs in 65 second half games last season. Over the past two seasons Davis has a combined 35 home runs.He could be a good player to target for a trade in season long leagues. For daily fantasy he makes a cheaper option for gpp plays but I would still avoid him in cash games.
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers: The Rangers third baseman picked up 81 hits after the All-Star break last year including 10 doubles and nine home runs.
Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals: Roark might not be a name that many people have heard of but he has put up some solid numbers for the Nationals. Last season Roark picked up 7 wins in 14 games for the Nationals and posted an 1.51 earned run average. In eight of his last 10 starts for the Nationals this season Roark has pitched at least six innings.
Kolten Wong, Saint Louis: Wong’s rookie season started out rough but he started to get in a grove in July posting a .321 average with 5 home runs, 8 RBI and 3 steals during that month. He could be a good waiver wire pick-up or a nice punt option for daily fantasy.
These are a few players that might help you in fantasy baseball after the all-star break.