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Fantasy Baseball Update 8/5/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not

The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week

August 5, 2015

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It’s Wednesday, and around here that means it’s time for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list. We’ve got a fresh batch of notable fantasy baseball players in store for you this morning, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who’s been impacting our rosters for better or worse over the past week.

Who’s Hot:

Fantasy Baseball Update 8/5/15: Who's Hot and Who's Not

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Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox: Abreu has been just about as hot as it gets lately. Heading into last night’s game he had a nice hit streak going, with four homers and 11 RBI in just his last seven games. He whiffed yesterday, though.
Abreu’s power surge has given him even more appeal in fantasy. He’ll head to Kansas City when he finishes up with Tampa.

Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers: Beltre has been on a nice run this week as well. In the week heading into last night’s game, he logged 10 hits, five runs, five RBI and two homers in just four games. He came up empty at the plate yesterday but did post a run.
Beltre even hit for the cycle on Monday, showcasing his vast fantasy potential. After the Astros series he’ll head to the Mariners for the weekend.

Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: It’s been a few days since Wacha has taken the hill, but his last outing is worth remembering. He went seven innings in that one, allowing no earned on four hits against the Rockies.
Wacha had allowed a whopping 13 earned in his three previous starts, so it was good to see him bounce back. He’ll get a chance to keep it going tomorrow in Cincinnati.

Who’s Not:

Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit Tigers: Martinez had a rough go of things in Baltimore, logging just one hit and one RBI in 17 at-bats. Counting the final Rays game that made him 1-for-21 in five games. He did go 1-for-4 with an RBI yesterday, though.
Martinez just began a lengthy home-stand last night, so maybe that will set him straight. He gets the Royals and Red Sox this week.

Todd Frazier, 1B/3B, Cincinnati Reds: After logging two hits in his first game of the Pittsburgh series, Frazier went 0-for-7 in the last two. Add that to his 1-for-11 run in the three games before that and you get an idea of where he’s been on the stat sheets lately. He posted another 0-for-4 goose-egg yesterday.
Frazier will finish things up with the Cardinals over the next couple of days before heading to Arizona for a weekend series against the Diamondbacks.

Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago White Sox: Samardzija had a pretty brutal outing in his last appearance against the Yankees. He went 4.2 innings, allowing nine earned runs on eight hits.
Samardzija had previously won three of his last four, including a complete-game shutout. He’ll get a chance to redeem himself in Kansas City against the Royals this weekend.

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