Fantasy Baseball Update 4/29/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not
Taking a Look at the Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy
April 29, 2015
It’s Wednesday again, and around here that means it’s time for this week’s edition of the Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list for the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual crop of notable names in store for you this morning, so let’s check out the recent numbers.
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Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox: Abreu hasn’t gotten a chance to play over the past couple of days due to the unrest in Baltimore, which is bad news for the Sox. He’s got a nice hit streak going right now, providing five runs, three homers and 12 RBI in his last eight games alone.
Abreu is hitting .313 on the season with 14 RBI and five dingers.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs: Let’s stick in the Windy City--and at first base--and check out Rizzo. Heading into yesterday’s matchup against Pittsburgh, he had a .455 average with seven runs, four RBI and two stolen bases in his previous week. He came up empty at the plate yesterday, but picked up a run and a steal.
Rizzo was a high second-round fantasy pick this year, and he’s been paying off nicely for his owners as of late.
Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners: No one’s surprised by Hernandez’s success in the early-going, as he was a top-shelf prospect in fantasy. He’s coming off a complete-game shutout against Minnesota, during which he allowed just five hits and fanned nine.
Hernandez goes into today’s matchup against the Rangers with a 3-0 record, a 1.61 ERA and an 0.79 WHIP.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: McCutchen has been dealing with a knee issue this season, and it shows in his stats. In the week heading into last night’s action against the Cubs, he had just one hit in 21 at-bats. That’s a .048 BA. He did get a hit yesterday, though.
McCutchen should be fine once he gets fully healthy, so hang in there if you’re an owner.
Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals: Desmond was one of the hottest SS prospects in fantasy coming into the season, but he hasn’t played like it lately. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had just a .143 (4-for-28) average over his previous seven games, with no RBI and just three runs to show for it. He came up empty again yesterday.
Desmond has cooled off after a nice hit streak, and the Nats record has tanked with him. He’ll come back around eventually.
Jacob deGrom, SP, New York Mets: He’s coming off his worst start of the year, so it’s not surprising to se deGrom here. He posted six earned on eight hits in just five innings against the Yankees last week, inflating his ERA to 2.96 and his WHIP to 1.32.
That said, his other three starts were pretty good, so we’re not too concerned. He’ll get a chance to redeem himself tomorrow against the Nats.
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