Fantasy Baseball Update 4/23/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
April 23, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and that means just one thing around here: It’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual crop of noteworthy stars in this edition, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who’s making waves out there--for better or worse.
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Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles: Jones probably went off the board in the top 10-15 players of your draft, and for good reason. In the week leading up to last night’s game in Toronto, he posted a .476 average with two doubles, four RBI and two steals. He went 0-for-5 yesterday, but should be in for a big season overall.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies: Shortstop is a tough fantasy position, so Tulowitzki owners are breathing a sigh of relief right now. Heading into last night’s game against the Giants, he had a .474 average, six RBI, four doubles and eight runs in a week’s time. Tulo mashed another home run yesterday (a solo shot). He’ll outperform everyone--save maybe Hanley Ramirez--at SS this year.
Cliff Lee, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Here’s what Lee has done in his last two starts: 17 innings; 23 strikeouts; a 0.53 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Incredibly, he lost one of those games 1-0 against the Braves. He’ll take that momentum into Arizona Saturday and try to get his fourth win of the year.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Now let’s get on to the aforementioned Ramirez. He’s had some trouble this past week, hitting just .130 (3-for-23) with one extra-base hit and one RBI in the previous week heading into last night’s game against Philly. He did get a hit (1-for-5) in that one, though. He’ll figure it out, but this is a tough stretch for owners.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Harper is a top-tier outfielder in fantasy, but he hasn’t been acting like it recently. In the week leading up to yesterday’s game against the Angels, he’d put together a 3-for-22 stretch (.136) with one run and one RBI. He was 0-for-4 last night. Harper had a hot stretch in the middle of the month, so it’s just a matter of him getting on a run again. No worries here.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Let’s stick with the Nats and check out another underperforming fantasy name in Strasburg. His last outing against St. Louis was okay, with two earned runs on five hits, but he took a no-decision. In the start before that, he allowed six earned on eight hits. Strasburg’s supposed to be a top-shelf pitcher, but he’s got a 5.33 ERA and just one win so far. We’ll see if he can bounce back against the Padres Friday.
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