Asher Wojciechowski
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Asher Wojciechowski, Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
Wojciechowski is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 39 innings. He’s 2-1 at home with a 3.12 ERA. The Padres are hitting .234 and averaging 3.81 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 99 starts, 32-30, 552.2 IP, 400 Ks, 4.45 ERA (273 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (567 hits, 195 walks)

Yonder Alonso
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What does it take to win a fantasy baseball championship? That question seems like an easy one but if you know anything about betting you should realize how untrue that sentiment is. 2017 has been a good year in the MLB. There have been a lot of big names to cheer for, people like Aaron Judge and Jonathan Schoop that are justifying their super star status and making betting tips for wagering all but irrelevant.

 

After all, everyone seems to think that they know what it takes to make it to the top. Even young arms like Aaron Nola and Luis Severino are joining big names in the league and garnering all manner of attention, a trend that is likely to end in disaster.

 

It is easy to lose oneself in the allure of a big name. And it takes a bit of careful sniffing for one to realize that not every big name is what they seem. An example is Yonder Alonso. Alonso has been experiencing a surge of sorts. And if you’re foaming at the mouth for him, no one will blame you.

 

After all, Alonso is definitely having a career year, having garnered a .266 average and 22 home runs. 2017 has seen Alonso eclipse his performance from the previous years on more than one occasion.

 

And it isn’t just the runs scored on his record that have people talking but the changes Alonso has been implementing in his swing, alterations in the launch angle that are clearly improving his capabilities and setting him up for some incredible feats down the line.

 

Of course, if none of those trendy Alonso stories with their buzz words have moved you in any way, no one is going to blame you either. You probably have your eyes set on the fantasy baseball championship which means that you are ignoring the surface numbers.

 

That is what everyone is doing with Alonso, looking at the surface stats. Yes he was hot at some point, and maybe there are residual elements of his previously amazing performance, but Alonso is no longer the player everyone thinks he is and, if you really have your eyes on the prize, then you must let him go.

 

That isn’t to suggest that anyone that was hyping Alonso was wrong. Players wax and wane and no one would criticize you for hyping a player at their best. However, once they begin to wane, you must be able to recognize their descent so that you can let go of them in time.

 

Anyone that is still hyping Alonso’s previous numbers isn’t looking at the below average figures he has posted since June. Alonso might have been a star at the start but his shine has definitely plummeted.

 

Do not be surprised if he fails to make in on a 12-team mixed league roster because he is that bad these days. If you thought Alonso was blossoming in previous months, you should know that there are other prospects showing the same talent or even greater, this including Mike Moustakas and Justine Smoak.

 

No one is stopping you from letting the numbers define the way you structure your team roster. However, make an effort to take an in-depth look at the players at hand. If you look closely enough, you might be surprised by what you discover.

Matt Garza
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Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins
Garza takes on his old team. He’s 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA, including 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his last five starts.
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Season Totals: 98 starts, 32-29, 546.2 IP, 395 Ks, 4.41 ERA (268 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (562 hits, 192 walks)

Jhoulys Chacin
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Jhoulys Chacin, San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds
Chacin is 11-7 with a 3.99 ERA. He’s 6-3 since the start of June with a 2.49 ERA. He’s been brutal on the road, but Cincinnati presents a favorable matchup. He is 1-0 against the Reds with a 2.57 ERA.
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Season Totals: 98 starts, 32-29, 546.2 IP, 395 Ks, 4.41 ERA (268 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (562 hits, 192 walks)

Tyler Skaggs
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Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland A’s
Skaggs is 1-1 with a 3.99 ERA, including 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last three starts. Oakland is hitting .238 and averaging 4.28 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 96 starts, 32-27, 537.1 IP, 390 Ks, 4.39 ERA (262 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (551 hits, 189 walks)

Adam Conley
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Adam Conley, Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
Conley is 4-3 with a 5.11 ERA, but is 2-0 in his past three starts with a 1.74 ERA. He’s 3-0 on the road with a 1.54 ERA. He was 2-0 against Atlanta last year with a 0.98 ERA
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Season Totals: 95 starts, 32-26, 535.1 IP, 390 Ks, 4.29 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (543 hits, 188 walks)

Kendall Graveman
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Kendall Graveman, Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants
Graveman is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Giants are hitting .246 and are averaging 3.97 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 94 starts, 31-26, 527.1 IP, 387 Ks, 4.35 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (537 hits, 186 walks)

Jhoulys Chacin
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Having ace pitchers is very important to your success in fantasy baseball, which is why the top pitchers always go early in the draft. At this point in the season, finding an ace is almost impossible, but it can still be done. If you enjoy betting on baseball and fantasy sports, check out the MLB odds that affect fantasy baseball.

 

One thing you have to understand at this point of the season is the fact that you won’t be picking up the likes of Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, or any other big name pitchers unless they suffer season ending injuries.

 

Even though you can’t sign the guys mentioned above, you can still sign some really good pitchers that are often overlooked because they are on terrible teams.

 

One of those pitchers is San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin was available in many fantasy leagues earlier in the season because he struggled a lot. In his first 12 starts of the year, Chacin was 4-5 with a 5.65 ERA. Opponents were also hitting .277 against him at the time.

 

Since his horrible start, Chacin has turned things around and is currently one of the hottest pitchers in the league. In July, Chacin was 4-0 in five starts with a 2.51 ERA. Opponents were hitting .207 against him as well.

 

In his last nine starts, Chacin is 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA. While his numbers improved as the season went on, he is still not a very reliable pitcher on the road, but his numbers on the road have also improved as well. Chacin hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last four road starts.

 

The best part about picking up Chacin right now is he is approaching the months in which he has historically been at his best.

 

In 28 career appearances in August, Chacin is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA. In September, he is 8-10 with a 3.37 ERA.

 

The interesting thing about Chacin is he is currently owned in only 28 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues, which means he is probably available right now.

 

While he isn’t expected to be your top pitcher, he will get you a lot of points and help you win games because he is pitching really well right now. If you can get past the fact that he pitches for the Padres, you will have a valuable asset on your team.

 

Here are a few other pitchers that can help you out.

 

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Corbin is 4-3 in his last nine starts, and while that might not jump out at you, you have to consider the fact that he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those games. Additionally, Corbin is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA since the All Star break and has pitched very well at Chase Field this season with a 6-3 record and a 3.14 ERA.

 

Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds

 

Castillo is 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA, which aren’t impressive numbers. However, the rookie is striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings and leaving 81 percent of batters stranded on base.

 

James Paxton, Seattle Mariners

 

Paxton was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in June, but he rebounded nicely in July, going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

Ricky Nolasco Angels
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Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Angels vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Nolasco is 4-12 with a 5.07 ERA, but has been rock solid in two of his last three home starts. The Phillies are hitting .248 and are averaging 4.09 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 93 starts, 30-26, 521.1 IP, 382 Ks, 4.38 ERA (254 earned runs), 1.37 WHIP (531 hits, 184 walks)

Dinelson Lamet
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Dinelson Lamet, San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Lamet is 2-2 in his past six starts with a 4.54 in his past six starts, including 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two home starts. He’s 2-1 at home this year with a 4.30 ERA. Pittsburgh is hitting .248 and averaging 4.26 runs per game.
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Season Totals: 91 starts, 29-26, 510 IP, 371 Ks, 4.41 ERA (250 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (525 hits, 177 walks)


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