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Fantasy Baseball Update 7/8/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not

The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week

July 8, 2015

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Wednesday means it’s time once again to check out our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual roundup of notable names in store for you this morning, so with that said let’s check out the numbers and see who’s had an impact on our rosters lately, for better or worse.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball Update 7/8/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not

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Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: McCutchen is a top-shelf fantasy player, obviously, and he’s been delivering like one recently. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had a nice hitting streak going with five runs, a homer, seven RBI and a steal in his previous week. He got two more hits and an RBI yesterday.
The All-Star McCutchen is just doing what he does in fantasy. Expect more of the same in the second half.

Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros: Speaking of stellar hit streaks, Altuve has been pouring in the production recently. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had 10 hits, seven runs, four RBI and three steals in a five-game frame. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Altuve is one of those rare across-the-board fantasy producers who can provide just about everything an owner wants. He’s been great in the first half.

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: It’s been a little while since Kershaw has recorded a win (June 6), but he’s going into today’s start with a little momentum. He went seven innings against the Mets in his last appearance, allowing one earned on five hits.
Kershaw had a three-loss streak snapped in his no-decision, so hopefully this is a sign of a resurgence against Philly today.

Who’s Not:

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs: Rizzo showed up on our “Hot” radar a few times in the early-going, but has fizzled as of late. Heading into yesterday, he had just three hits and one RBI in his previous seven days. He did play well yesterday, with a homer and three RBI in all.
Rizzo still has some nice season-long numbers but has simply been sputtering recently. He should get it going again soon.

Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals: There’s not much to pick from at the SS position in fantasy, so Desmond’s recent struggles really hurt. He got his first hit on Monday after a five-game 0-fer slump, totaling just two runs and one RBI in a 1-for-22 stretch. He did bag another hit yesterday.
Desmond’s average has plummeted as he’s taken a turn for the worse lately. He needs a sustained turnaround to get things going again.

Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants: Bumgarner has been bumming his fantasy owners out this week. He posted six earned on eight hits in five innings during his last outing.
Bumgarner will get a chance to right the ship at home against Philly in this weekend’s series opener.

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