Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - August 8-August 21

Charlie Blackmon
By Keith Allison

Charlie Blackmon: 8 HR, 10 RBI, 6 K (44 points)
After failing to hit a home run in July while recording only two RBI, Blackmon's bat has caught fire in August. The Rockies outfielder has already launched nine homers to go along with 16 RBI and a .408 AVG through 17 games this month. On pace for his first career 25-plus home run campaign, Blackmon, who is known more for his speed than for his power, has now established himself as one of the game's elite across-the-board producers.

Mookie Betts: 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 K (37 points)
While we're on the subject of elite across-the-board producers, let's give Betts the recognition he deserves. Heading into Monday's games, the AL MVP candidate ranks among the top 14 players in the Majors in homers, RBI, runs scored and stolen bases. Even more importantly for Longball Derby purposes, among the 29 players with at least 25 home runs, Betts has struck out the second-fewest times.

Adrian Beltre: 5 HR, 14 RBI, 6 K (33 points)
Even at the age of 37, Beltre continues to perform at a high level (.290 AVG, 21 HR, 79 RBI through 118 games), and the 169 owners (15.1%) that selected him in the $16K Longball Derby contest are reaping the rewards. Beltre's consistency has been especially valuable, as he's registered at least three homers and 13 RBI in every month of the season.

The Week Ahead

Since returning from the DL on August 3rd, J.D. Martinez is batting .441 (30-for-68) with six homers and 11 RBI. Look for the Tigers outfielder to stay hot this week, as Detroit opens a three-game road series versus the Twins on Tuesday followed by three home games against the Angels. The Twins and Angels rank among the bottom six teams in the Majors in both ERA and WHIP while ranking 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in home runs allowed.

About the Author

Zach Steinhorn

Zach Steinhorn

Zach Steinhorn has been playing fantasy sports since the turn of the century. A graduate of New York University, where he majored in Journalism, Zach served as a writer and broadcaster for WNYU Sports radio. Zach has worked at in New York City as a production assistant, fantasy baseball writer, researcher and blogger. He is also an editor and weekly columnist for Mastersball and a KFFL contributor.

In 2012, Zach began competing against other industry gurus in Tout Wars. A New Yorker and lifelong Yankee fan, he roots hard for his team... except when they are facing one of his fantasy starting pitchers.