Giancarlo Stanton: 12 HR, 23 RBI, 24 K (59 points)
Injuries sidelined Stanton for an extended period of time in both 2015 and 2016, but the Marlins slugger has stayed healthy this season, which is good news for 25.3% of Longball Derby Challenge participants. Following his red-hot July, the 27-year-old heads into August as the NL leader in home runs (33) and should easily top his single-season high of 37 homers.
Nolan Arenado: 8 HR, 30 RBI, 16 K (54 points)
Having launched "only" 23 home runs through 103 games this year, Arenado will have a tough time posting his third consecutive 40-plus homer campaign. But that's just about the only negative thing we can say about Colorado's All-Star third baseman, who has knocked in 91 runs through the season's first four months, placing him first in the Majors in the RBI department. The nearly one-third (32.9%) of Longball Derby Challenge owners who selected Arenado should continue to benefit from his consistent and elite-level production.
Jonathan Schoop: 9 HR, 28 RBI, 22 K (51 points)
Fresh off a strong 2016 season in which he tallied 25 homers and 82 RBI, Schoop has raised his game to new heights in 2017, wrapping up July as the big league leader in both home runs (24) and RBI (77) among second basemen. Congratulations to the six (1.6%) Longball Derby Challenge participants who have benefited from Schoop's career-best season.
Bryce Harper: 9 HR, 22 RBI, 17 K (50 points)
After scoring the second-most Longball Derby points back in April, Harper now makes a return appearance on the top-5 list. Boasting a .329 batting average with 27 home runs and 80 RBI through 96 games in 2017, the Nationals' star outfielder could very well take home his second NL MVP award in three seasons. The bad news for the 257 Longball Derby Challenge participants who selected Harper this spring is that he has the highest ownership percentage (69.8%).
Rougned Odor: 10 HR, 17 RBI, 23 K (44 points)
Fantasy owners of Odor who were counting on him to deliver his second straight 30-plus home run campaign were surely disappointed when he entered June with only seven homers. But in the two months since, the Rangers second baseman has smacked a combined 16 longballs, highlighted by his 10-home run explosion in July. Odor does strike out a lot (101 K in 105 games this season), but his three Longball Derby Challenge owners won't be complaining about his poor plate discipline if he finishes the season with well over 30 homers, which is highly likely.
The Month Ahead
Albert Pujols is unlikely to match last year's 31 homers and 119 RBI. But the former MVP, who has slugged 16 homers to go along with 63 RBI through 96 games this season, is still a reliable run producer. Expect him to take advantage of a very favorable schedule in August. The Angels will play 12 of their 28 games this month versus the A's and Orioles, two teams that as of Wednesday rank 19th and 29th, respectively, in the Majors in ERA.
Andrew McCutchen is swinging a hot bat lately, recording eight home runs and 19 RBI in July. Don't be surprised if McCutchen continues to produce at a high level in August, when the Pirates play a combined 10 games against the Reds and Tigers. Cincinnati and Detroit rank among the bottom six teams in the Majors in both ERA and WHIP.