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Fantasy Baseball News: Who's Hot and Who's Not 9/18/13

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

September 18, 2013

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As we roll toward the last days of the 2013 fantasy baseball season, it’s more important than ever to go with the hot hand in your lineup--and likewise cast off those who aren’t serving a purpose. On that note, we’re taking an up-close look at the surging and slumping fantasy players around the league. Let’s examine the numbers and see who you should be sticking with.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball News: Who's Hot and Who's Not 9/18/13

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Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: We’ve been on Fielder’s case for being inconsistent at times throughout the course of the year, but recently he’s really been stringing the production together. In the past week, he’s gone 8-for-22 with a double, a homer, three RBI and three runs. Fielder is hitting .280 on the year, which isn’t too far off the .300 pace we thought he’d be on. He’ll face the White Sox after he’s done with the Mariners.

Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds: Votto’s got a pretty good line over the past week, hitting .381 (8-for-21) with seven singles, a homer, four RBI, four runs and a stolen base. On the whole, he’s underachieved in power numbers (23 home runs, 70 RBI) but isn’t doing too badly overall. After finishing up in Houston today, it’s on to Pittsburgh for a big weekend series against the Pirates.

Kris Medlen, SP, Atlanta Braves: Medlen is on a roll right now--not just through his four-game win streak, but through his 8-2 run over his last 10 starts. During the last four appearances, he’s allowed a combined three earned runs and posted 26 strikeouts. As if that weren’t enough to get owners excited about his prospects to close out the year, Medlen will face off against the lowly Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Who’s Not:

Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants: Posey has had a pretty rough week. He’s hit just .067 (1-for-15), but does have a couple of runs and an RBI, so we guess that’s something. On the year, however, he’s not doing too badly. Posey has 15 homers, a .304 average and 72 RBI thus far. Posey and the Giants are in New York this week for a pair of series: they’ll finish up with the Mets tomorrow then move on to Yankee stadium.

Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: It’s been a while since we’ve been able to put Trout on the Not list, and we’re going to take the opportunity while it’s here. Even over his 4-for-22 stretch (.182), he’s still been productive, with two homers, two doubles, eight runs and six RBI.

CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees: Sabathia’s pitch count ran high in his last start against the Red Sox on Saturday. He tossed 110 through six innings, allowing five earned on nine hits in the process. The loss was his 13th on the year, bringing him down to .500 for the season. Sabathia will get another chance to improve on his 4.90 season ERA against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants on Friday evening.

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