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Fantasy Baseball Update 4/22/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not

The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week

April 22, 2015

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It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time once again to check out some of the notable players in the world of fantasy baseball in our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not column. We’ve got our usual crop of offenders and pretenders here today, so let’s check out the recent stats and see what everyone’s doing.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball Update 4/22/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not

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Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals: Let’s start things out with Desmond this morning, as he’s been killing it at the plate. Through the Philly series, he had a six-game hit streak to his credit, bashing four RBI and six runs through that span. He got another hit and a run yesterday.
Desmond has been stinking it up in the field, but thank goodness that doesn’t count in fantasy. We’ll take his bat any day.

Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Marte’s play this past week comes with an asterisk. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had a nice seven-day line, with four runs, three homers, eight RBI and two stolen bases. He had a homer and two RBI yesterday.
The downside is that Marte has also put up some stinkers at the plate, ending up in a .208 BA on the season. Still, we’re not complaining about the stats output.

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: It was only a matter of time before the best pitcher in the game made this list, and here he is. Kershaw got his first win in his last start, going six innings against the Rockies for one earned, six hits and a nice dozen strikeouts.
Kershaw will try to make it two in a row tonight in San Francisco. If he’s got his stuff going, it’ll be a long night for the Giants.

Who’s Not:

Jose Bautista, 1B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays: There’s some good news and bad news with Bautista. The good news is that he had two homers and four RBI in the week prior to yesterday’s matchup. The bad news is that he also had a .105 average. He got another long ball yesterday as his only hit.
It’s been something of a slow start for Bautista, but he should reach 35 homers relatively easily.

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: We don’t have to look far for our other “Not” offender this week, as he’s right down the lineup card from Bautista. Encarnacion entered play yesterday sporting a limp .130 average in his previous week, with one run and one RBI for his efforts. The good news is that he bashed a pair of homers yesterday.
We’re not too worried about Encarnacion at this point either; just stick it out if you’ve got him. He’s already coming out of it.

Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta Braves: After two straight wins to start the season, Teheran was rocked in Toronto his last time out. He gave up five earned in five innings of work, allowing seven hits and four homers.
Teheran will try to get it back on track tomorrow afternoon against the Mets in New York.

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