AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
While there may be some more qualified candidates for the real Cy Young this season in the American League, White Sox ace Chris Sale has been the most dominant when it comes to getting fantasy points. 8-4 with a 2.72 ERA this season, Sale’s ability to strikeout hitters is what separates him from the competition, as he leads the MLB in strikeouts per 9 innings (11.84) for a total of 157 strikeouts so far. He should continue to be a must-play against certain teams in DFS for the rest of the summer.
NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer
Like Sale in the American League, Scherzer is usually the top National League fantasy pick due to his high strikeout ratio. Second in the NL with 150 strikeouts, Scherzer leads the MLB with a .78 WHIP and is top 4 in both wins (10) and ERA (2.11). A recent stretch of starts to finish the first half of the year was one of the best statistically in the history of the game, as he gave up just 1 hit in two starts including a no-hitter. Scherzer will continue to be well worth the high price tag the rest of the season every time he gets on the hill.
AL Rookie of the Year: Devon Travis
There is no clear cut favorite to win the rookie of the year so far in the American League, but Travis has done enough to lead the way at the All-Star Break. In 52 games this season, the Blue Jays rookie is batting .304 and has shown his fantasy potential with 7 homers and 32 RBIs. Carlos Correa will be a popular pick for this award by the end of the year as he starts playing in more games and may be a better rookie to target in the second half for fantasy, but Travis does deserve some recognition for a great first half.
NL Rookie of the Year: Joc Pederson
Kris Bryant will certainly get many picks at the end of the year for this award with Pederson’s low average (.230), but he makes up for it in fantasy with a .851 OBP. The outfielder adds 20 homers and 40 RBIs so far on the year, and will continue to have an opportunity to drive in and score runs on a nightly basis in the strong Dodgers’ lineup.
Comeback Player of the Year: Matt Harvey
After missing the entire 2014 season with Tommy John surgery, Harvey is having a tremendous year for someone coming back from that kind of arm injury. His 8 wins and 3.07 ERA may not mean he’s back to his usual self, but 109 strikeouts and 1.09 WHIP are enough to make him a consistent fantasy option once again.
Fantasy MVP: Bryce Harper
There were several good options for this award so far this season, but Harper’s power and consistency have made him the top pick in fantasy. A legitimate Triple Crown contender in the first half of the year, Harper is batting .339 with 61 RBIs and 26 homers, with 59 runs scored and an OPS of 1.168. The power he has shown makes him a potential must play in DFS on a nightly basis, but his high average and on base percentages mean he can be counted on consistently to get at least a few points meaning he will be worth a high salary throughout the year.
Biggest Surprise Player: Nolan Arenado
Arenado is having an unbelievable year for the Rockies, and has already passed his homerun and RBI totals from his 2014 season halfway through 2015. He’s tied for the MLB lead with 70 RBIs, and is chasing the homerun leaders with 24 himself. Still not a household name among MLB fans and fantasy players, Arenado should continue to be undervalued for the second half of the year in DFS for the level of production he’s had.
Miguel Sano: Batting .378/.489/.1.138 in 11 games since getting called up, will be a great value pick to start the second half of the season.
Jose Fernandez: With two starts since returning to injury, he will also have a low salary to start the second half but could return to fantasy relevance again shortly.
Noah Syndergaard: The Mets rookie pitcher has continued to pitch better each start since his call up, and finished the first half giving up only 1 earned run in three straight starts.
Matt Duffy: Another fantasy value player to target in the second half, the Giants rookie continued to heat up and is batting .293 with 41 RBIs and 8 homers.
Gerardo Parra: One of the hottest hitters heading into the break, the Brewers outfielder finished the last month of the first half with a .367 batting average and continues to be undervalued in fantasy.
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