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Fantasy Baseball Update 4/16/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not

The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week

April 16, 2014

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It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time once again to check out our Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in fantasy baseball list this week. We’ve got a space full of notable MLB names once again, and their numbers over the past several days may surprise you (or frustrate you, if they’re on your roster and underperforming). Let’s get to it; Here’s a closer look.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball Update 4/16/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not

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Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Harper experienced a bit of an injury scare on Monday, which likely stopped the hearts of many a fantasy owner. He’d been on a tear over the previous week, posting a homer, a triple, five RBI, two doubles and a .520 average. He was out there yesterday, though, so all is well. After finishing up in Miami, the Nats will head home to face the Cardinals.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: There were a few 1B names above Freeman’s on most draft rankings, and he’s outperforming most of them so far. In the week before yesterday’s matchup against the Phillies (which was postponed), he was hitting .393 with a pair of homers, three doubles and eight RBI. Freeman and the gang will be heading to New York to see the Mets this weekend.

David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: In three starts so far this year, Price is 2-0 and off to a good start. In his most recent appearance Friday against the Reds he had his best stuff, going 8 1/3 with one earned run and striking out 10 in the victory. Price will be in action again today in Baltimore, so make sure you’ve got him active.

Who’s Not:

Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers: Besides Mike Trout, Cabrera is the consensus top player in fantasy baseball. That said, his numbers this past week have been anything but top-shelf. Heading into yesterday (the game was postponed), he’d hit just .100 (2-for-20) over the previous week, with one single RBI. Fantasy-wise, there’s nothing you can really do except wait for him to recover. It’s not like you’re going to bench him.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies: Gonzalez is probably a top-five or so player in fantasy, so his slump this past week is surprising as well. Before Tuesday’s tilt, he’d hit just .190 (including an 0-for-12 stretch), but did have a homer and four RBI to soften the blow--and went 1-for-4 yesterday. Maybe getting home against Philly this weekend will cure what ails him.

Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays: As one of fantasy’s top guys at the hot corner, many lineups are built around Longoria’s bat. He hasn’t done much recently, however, carrying a 4-for-23 stretch into last night’s game (which consequently was postponed). Even worse, he’d had no extra-base hits in that span, either.

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