The Dog Days Are Over (9/1/16)

By Mark Dankenbring
The Dog Days Are Over

With the month of August coming to a close, we find ourselves in the last full month of regular season baseball. Some teams' seasons are almost officially over, and many more who are out of the race will continue to play their prospects and look forward to 2017. With this roster reformation about to be on display for a full month, the DFS landscape will change once again in its final month. We'll likely see top players from contending teams perform well down the stretch, and we'll also get to see some August and September call-ups get more opportunities. Who knows, another Gary Sanchez could get called up this week! Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to look at the top performing DFS players from the whole month of August, just as a reminder who the top players have been for the past month, as well as a reminder of how much damage can be done in the last month of the season.

Let's take a look at the top 15 DFS players in the month of August. DraftKings and FanDuel have a nearly identical top 15, but I'll stick to the FanDuel list since I prefer the higher scoring, as it creates more separation between players. Listed next to the player is their total points for the month of August, as well as their points per game.

15 – Mike Trout (382, 14.7)

Trout hit .349 in 26 games played, tallying six homers, 18 RBIs, and four stolen bases. Hist best game came on August 6 when he went 2-3 with a triple, home run, four RBIs, and a walk. Trout walked nearly 19% of the time in August, giving him an OBP of .486, good for second overall in that category.

14 – Ryan Braun (383, 14.2)

Braun had a very productive August for the Brew Crew, hitting 10 homers and driving in 28 runs in just 27 games. Braun hit under .300 for the month, sitting at .283, but his slugging percentage of .636 was what really allowed him to rack up fantasy points. Braun had three multi-homer games in August, including two games with 6+ RBIs. His best game took place on August 6 as well, where he went 3-4, clubbing two homers, scoring three times, driving in seven, walking once, producing a sacrifice fly, as well as stealing a base. Quite a day for the former MVP.

13 – D.J. LeMahieu (385, 15.4)

LeMahieu was the toughest out in all of baseball in the month of August. He hit a league best .439 and also reached base a league best 53.4% of the time. LeMahieu's most remarkable stat is his K/BB ratio, as he had nearly double the amount of walks as opposed to strikeouts in August. He walked in 15.8% of his at bats, while only striking out 8.3% of the time. If it wasn't for a wrist injury that forced him to miss a few games, LeMahieu would likely be top 10 as he's recently been the most locked in hitter in the league.

12 – Adrian Beltre (391, 14)

The 37-year-old had his best month of the year in August, hitting nine homers and driving in 24 runs. Beltre also had his best month average wise, hitting .333. Beltre's best fantasy game of the month came on August 19 against the Rays where he went 4-5 with two solo homers and two singles.

11 – Manny Machado (395, 13.6)

Machado had another great power month in August, slugging .616 while hitting 10 home runs and driving in 25. He had two multi-home run games in the month, including one against the White Sox where he was 3-6 with three homers and seven RBIs. Machado's RBIs came in bunches, as every game he recorded an RBI he had at least two in the game.

10 – Jose Ramirez (396, 13.7)

Ramirez was a doubles machine for the Indians in August, hitting 10 in the month. Ramirez hit .350 for the month, and had his best power production with five homers and 18 RBIs. One of Ramirez's DFS assets is his base stealing ability, as he swiped nine bags in August, only getting thrown out twice. Ramirez posted a big scoring day on August 12 against the Angels when he went 3-5 with a home run, double, two RBIs, and three stolen bases that lead to four runs scored on the day.

9 – Joey Votto (398, 14.2)

Votto had a very productive month of August for the Redlegs. He hit .394 on the month and had an OBP of .471, good enough for fourth over that span. Votto didn't hit many homers in August as he finished with only four, but he had eight doubles and two triples to go along with them, and drove in a team high 26 RBIs. His best game came on August 22 against the Dodgers where Votto was 3-6 with a double, triple, four RBIs, and two runs scored.

8 – Trea Turner (402, 14.9)

In his first full month in the big leagues, Turner put on a show for Nationals fans. He exhibited an all-around game encompassing hitting for average (.357), decent power and run production (5 HRs, 3 triples, and 15 RBIs), as well as his most valuable asset – his speed. Turner stole 11 bags in August, which was third in all of baseball for the month. His best game was on August 13 against the Braves where Turner went 3-5 with a home run, triple, and three runs scored.

7 – Gary Sanchez (416, 17.4)

The Sanchize!! Sanchez became the fastest player in MLB History to reach 11 homers, after doing so in just 23 games. Sanchez was called up on August 3, and has gone hitless in only 3 of his first 24 games. Sanchez slugged everyone out of the park, sitting at a mark of .832 for the month, nearly .100 points higher than the second guy in Kris Bryant. To go along with his 11 homers, Sanchez hit nine doubles, making 20 of his 37 hits in August go for extra bases.

6 – Mookie Betts (425, 15.2)

Betts had a couple absurd games in the month of August that carried him to the top 10, but he still had an outstanding month overall for the Sox. Betts hit .378 with nine homers and 27 RBIs. Betts hit eight doubles in the month, good enough to bring his slugging percentage up to .672 over that span. In two games on August 14 and 16, Betts combined to go 6-10 with five home runs, 13 RBIs, and six runs scored.

5 – Freddie Freeman (446, 16.5)

After the Braves acquired Matt Kemp to provide some production for Freddie in the middle of the lineup, Freeman has been torching teams at the plate. Freeman hit .313 in August, hitting nine homers, nine doubles, and driving in 24 runs. Freeman's walk rate might be the most impressive part of his month, as he took a free pass in over 20% of his at bats. This boosted his OBP to .460 for the month. Freeman had two multi-homer games in August, including one in Arizona on August 22 where he went 3-4 with those two dingers, a double, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

4 – Charlie Blackmon (451, 17.4)

Blackmon had a remarkable August, hitting .360 and boasting an OBP over .400 at the top of the Rockies order. He lead the league in runs scored with 30, and was also able to drive in 21 RBIs as well. Blackmon really showed his power in August, hitting 11 home runs in just 26 games, which gave him a top five slugging percentage of .730. Blackmon had three multi-homer games in August, including one in Philadelphia where he belted three solo homers.

3 – Kris Bryant (473, 18.2)

Our points per game leader finished August with some awfully impressive numbers, with a slash line of .383/.472/.748, putting him second behind only Gary Sanchez in OPS for the month. Bryant clubbed 10 homers, drove in 22 runs, and scored 29 of his own. His best game of the month came in Milwaukee where Bryant went a perfect 5-5, hitting two homers, a double, driving in five and scoring four runs. He also enters September with a 13 game hitting streak.

2 – Nolan Arenado (485, 17.3)

The third Rockie on our list comes in at number two primarily due to his prowess with men on base. With runners in scoring position, Arenado hit .519 with six homers in August. This success allowed Arenado to drive in 36 RBIs, eight more than any other player. Overall, Arenado batted .356 and slugged over .700 for the month. He hit 10 long balls in August, including his best game where he went 4-5 with two homers and six RBIs against the Cubs.

1 – Brian Dozier (499, 17.8)

All hail the BullDozier! In 29 games in August, Dozier hit a league high 13 home runs. Even with all this power, Dozier hit for good average, hitting .302 for the month with an OBP of .358. Along with his league leading homer numbers, Dozier also hit nine doubles and two triples, giving him 24 extra base hits on the month. Dozier didn't have any multi-homer games, but his best output came on August 27 when he was 3-5 with a homer, double, two RBIs, and a stolen base.

Hope you all enjoyed the breakdown of the top 15 FanDuel scorers for the month of August. Be sure to see who clicks in September and who to ride through the rest of the regular season.