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Fantasy Baseball News: Who's Hot and Who's Not 9/11/13

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

September 11, 2013

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We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and around here that means it’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list for the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual mix of noteworthy names on tap for today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers to see if these players will be able to sustain their current production--for better or worse.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball News: Who's Hot and Who's Not 9/11/13

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Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: McCutchen has been on fire for the past several games. He’s on a nine-game hit streak right now, capped off by a 3-for-5 performance in Texas yesterday. During that span, McCutchen has posted seven runs, two homers and five RBI. He should be able to continue mashing this weekend when the Cubs come to town.

Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto Blue Jays: Reyes came up empty yesterday, which hurts his average this week, but he still makes the Hot list. Before yesterday, he was on a five-game hit streak, tallying seven runs, three RBI and two steals in that span. Reyes and the gang are amid a lengthy home-stand right now, and the Orioles will be visiting once L.A. leaves town.

Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals: Gonzalez has been cruising recently, and he easily makes our Hot list this week. His last start on Monday was a memorable one: it was his first complete game shutout of the year. The victory gives Gonzalez wins in his last three outings, with just one earned run in that span. He’ll get a chance to extend that streak on Saturday night when Cole Hamels and the Phillies come to visit.

Who’s Not:

Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers: We don’t get many opportunities to talk about a “bad week” when it comes to Cabrera, so we’re taking this one--even with the injury. Over his last two games, he has gone 0-for-9, which is pretty rare considering the year he’s having. Over the last five games, he has just two hits, and has been stuck at 43 homers for quite a while. Cabrera’s abdominal strain obviously has something to do with it, so once he gets healthy he’ll be back to his old self.

Justin Upton, OF, Atlanta Braves: Upton is day-to-day after yesterday’s game (he took a foul ball off the knee) but maybe that’s for the best. He is hitting just .118 over the past seven days, with one extra-base hit and no RBI. On the bright side, Upton has hits in his last two games, so maybe he’s on to something.

James Shields, SP, Kansas City Royals: Shields’ last start Friday against the Tigers was a forgettable outing. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up a whopping 10 earned on 14 hits. We’ll call it a hiccup for now, as he had previously posted wins (and one combined earned run) in his prior two starts. Shields will get another shot at a victory today against the Cleveland Indians.

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