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Fantasy Baseball News 8/28/13: Who's Hot and Who's Not

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Who's Hot and Who's Not

August 28, 2013

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We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and that means it’s time once again to check in on some of the noteworthy fantasy stars around the MLB with our Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list. We’ve got our usual mix of streakers and slumpers today, so let’s take a closer look as we break down the numbers.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball News 8/28/13: Who's Hot and Who's Not

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Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers: We could theoretically put Cabrera on the Hot list just about every week. He had another good stretch this week, going 9-for-27 (.333) with three homers and 10 RBI. Cabrera is going nuts at the plate this season, exceeding his already lofty expectations. He’s got 43 homers thus far, along with 130 RBI and 95 runs.

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Harper has quietly posted a nine-game hit streak, and he makes our Hot list this week due to his scorching play. He’s 9-for-25 over the last seven days, with three doubles and six RBI. Harper isn’t blowing the doors off, but he’s stayed consistent. That’s all fantasy owners really ask, after all. He gets Miami and the Mets this week.

Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Wainwright (and his owners) has enjoyed a pretty awesome season thus far. He showed his stuff once again in his last outing against the Braves, notching a complete-game victory with one earned run and nine strikeouts. That was Wainwright’s second win in a row, and he’s allowed just two earned between them. Next up is a battle against Homer Bailey and the Reds tonight in St. Louis.

Who’s Not:

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics: Cespedes managed a hit last night against Detroit, but those have been hard to come by lately. Prior to that, he went 0-for-13 during a three-game hitless streak, which has been part of a longer lull for the slugger. Cespedes’ average is down to a yucky .225 on the season, so he’s got some work to do before fantasy owners can trust him again.

Justin Upton, OF, Atlanta Braves: As bad as Cespedes has been recently, Upton has been worse. He hasn’t hit in the past four games, and has just one hit (a homer) in the last six. That adds up to a 1-for-16 (.063) line over the past seven days, and though he’s still being started in the vast majority of leagues, we don’t see that trend continuing too much longer if Upton stays cold. That said, we’d imagine he’ll get it going again soon.

Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox: After a three-game win streak (that, coincidentally, followed a three-game losing streak), Sale was back in the loss column after his most recent start against the Rangers. He went seven innings and allowed a total of eight earned runs on eight hits, dropping his record to 9-12 on the year. Sale has been sketchy recently, but his fortunes are looking up. He’ll see the tepid offense of the Astros at home tonight.

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