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Buying and Selling for the Rest of 2017
Reggie | Friday June 30th, 2017
Are you buying or selling Yankees slugger Aaron Judge? (USA Today Sports Images)
Are you buying or selling Yankees slugger Aaron Judge? (USA Today Sports Images)
Midway through the 2017 season, the time is now here to re-evaluate your fantasy baseball team for the final push of the second half of play. Check out notes on these six players, and their statuses moving forward.

Aaron Altherr, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
The 26-year-old outfielder is slashing .283/.353/.529 and has been a bright spot for a rather dismal offense in Philly. However, with a .346 batting average on balls in play and 38% fly ball percentage (both career highs). He currently has 13 home runs, and the last time he hit double digit home runs - 2014 with Double-A Reading. Altherr has likely reached his peak for this season, and without stolen bases, he's just an average player. Selling

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals
After experiencing one of his worst statistical years in 2016, in which he hit .218/.272/.370 - the 32 year old first baseman finds himself putting up MVP like numbers as we enter July. He already has 19 home runs, which is the most he's had since 2013. Much has been speculated about Zimmerman's launch angle or his velocity on his balls in play - in a recent article with the Washington Post - Zimmerman mentions his swing hasn't changed, but rather he's keeping himself healthy. Regardless, Zimmerman is here to stay with his strong numbers. The Nats have an explosive offense, with Zimmerman sandwiched between Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Buying 

Cody Bellinger, OF/1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers continue to be one of the hottest teams in the National League rolling into the All Star break - thanks in part to Cody Bellinger and his 24 home runs. Bellinger, soon to be 22 years old, appeared for the Dodgers as an injury replacement, and hasn't looked back since. While the home runs are coming in bunches, Bellinger is no stranger to the long ball, as he hit 30 in 2015 with Rancho Cucamonga and 26 in 2016 while splitting time between Double and Triple-A. His current batting average of .268 is right on point with his career minor league batting average of .271. Even if he drops down to .260-.265 and still hits 35 home runs - it will be a terrific fantasy pick up. Buying

Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore Orioles

One of the few pitchers from the Orioles worth owning in fantasy baseball is righty Dylan Bundy. However, as the month turns over to July, his numbers have started to fall off from a strong start during the months of April and May. Since May 18th, he's allowed 11 home runs and 21 walks in 47.1 innings pitched - posting a 5.32 ERA. Baltimore appears to be keeping him around 100 pitches each start, which usually only takes him into the 5th or 6th inning. Additionally, the former first round pick has been plagued by injuries in his career and only pitched a total of 109.2 innings last year. Currently, Bundy is sitting at 99 innings, so it's worth keeping an eye on his workload moving forward. Selling

Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
The huge difference between Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge comes down to batting average on balls in play. For Judge, his triple slash line is .333/.449/.704 with much of the numbers fueled by a .422 BAbip(!). While Judge is hitting the ball with extreme velocity, he simply can't sustain the BAbip and the high batting average. In addition to the inflated batting average, Judge is also 25 years old - while Bellinger will be turning 22 - showing more growth for Bellinger long term. Overall, an unsustainable BAbip and high strikeout percentage have me ready to sell my waiver wire Judge pickup for a late first round or second round pick. Selling

Jeff Samardzija, SP, San Francisco Giants
If someone in your league is only focused on pitching wins and ERA, they are likely looking to move The Shark and his 3-9 record with a 4.63 ERA. Throwing out pitching wins and ERA, Samardzija is a top 10 starting pitcher in the National League - based on strikeouts, as he's whiffing batters 27.2% of the time. That's more than Jon Lester, teammate Johnny Cueto and Gerrit Cole. The Shark has been plagued by home runs this season, but on the flip side, pitches half his games in AT&T Park - a pitcher friendly park. The strikeouts are real. Buying
ReggieReggie is a writer and the co-founder of Baseball Press. He enjoys fantasy baseball and hates when players bunt in baseball.