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Fantasy Baseball Update 8/20/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not

The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week

August 20, 2014

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It’s Wednesday, and around here that means it’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in the world of fantasy baseball. There are plenty of notable candidates for this week’s roundup, so let’s take a look at the numbers and see where these guys are headed--for better or worse.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball Update 8/20/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not

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Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: Freeman has had a pretty good run this year, and so far he’s outperforming his draft position. Heading into play yesterday, he had a .360 average (9-for-25) with a homer, four RBI, three doubles and a stolen base in his previous week of action. He kept things running smoothly with two more hits and a run in yesterday’s action.

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: Stanton has been quite consistent recently, even though the numbers may not be so eye-popping. Heading into last night’s game, he had a .350 average (7-for-20) over the week prior, posting a homer, six RBI and three runs in that frame. If there’s a drawback there, it’s that Stanton didn’t register any doubles or triples along the way. He kept it going yesterday with two hits and an RBI.

Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: This may be the first time all season that we’ve put Cobb in this space, but he certainly deserves some recognition this week. In his last appearance against the Yankees, he went 7 1/3, posting no earned on six hits with eight strikeouts to his credit. Cobb hasn’t lost since June 23, and he’ll put his streak on the line tomorrow at home against the Tigers.

Who’s Not:

Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Lakers: Its not often that we get to lump Trout in with the “Not” list, so we’ll take the opportunity today. Heading into play yesterday, he was batting just .130 (3-for-23) over his previous week, posting just one extra base hit, one run and a pair of RBI. On the bright side, he did bag a run, an RBI and a triple yesterday, which gives him a three-game hit streak. Maybe the slide is over. 

Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun has had his ups and downs this season, but overall has produced fairly well. That said, he’s been in quite a slump lately. Heading into yesterday’s game he was hitting only .100 (2-for-20) in his previous week of action. That number includes a single and a homer. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run yesterday, which was his third hit in four games. Signs of life here. 

Shelby Miller, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: There were some high hopes for Miller this season, and suffice to say the right-hander hasn’t lived up to them. He posted another stinker of a game against the Padres in his last outing, giving up four earned on four hits with six walks through six innings. Miller will get a chance to redeem himself against Philadelphia on Friday, so let’s hope he can figure out what happened to his control.

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