This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Week That Was
First of all, my apologies for being a little bit late with the article this week. I'll be back on the normal schedule next week.
As we get deeper into the season, most of the hitters from the first three rounds, assuming health, have produced at some decent level or look to be turning it on, but there are two exceptions at whom I want to take a closer look: Jose Ramirez and Kris Bryant. Ramirez has been particularly frustrating in my household, as I took him as my first pick in my live NFBC Main Event in Las Vegas at the seventh pick. I usually don't focus a ton on the first round in my draft prep until I know my draft slot, so I took a long look at the seventh pick the night before the draft, and I landed on Ramirez as my pick, if still available, as he presented a huge upside and also possessed a strong floor.
I, of course, knew about the second-half struggles and had seen the famous Clay Link tweet about his issues with breaking balls in 2018. I wasn't projecting another 39 homers, but with 29 in 2017, I was looking at a guy with 30 homers and 30-plus steals with a nice three-year base of batting average who clearly had massive fantasy upside and was among the absolute upper elite for the first four months of 2018. Further, he had exhibited more patience at the