Fantasy Baseball Update 4/20/16: Who's Hot and Who's Not
Taking a Look at the Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy
April 20, 2016
It’s Wednesday, and around here during the fantasy baseball season that means it’s time for us to visit our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list. We’ve got our usual crew of offenders on tap today, so let’s take a look at the MLB stats and see who’s been affecting our fantasy rosters.
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Bryce Harper, 1B, Washington Nationals: It’s no big news that Harper has been performing like a star, so we can get used to seeing his name here. In the week heading into last night’s Miami game, he’d collected four homers with 13 RBI.
Harper is the best hitter in the game right now, and he’s only getting better with his patience. If you were lucky enough to draft him, you’re a happy owner.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies: Another player putting up video game numbers this season is Arenado. He’s been crushing in a very potent Rockies lineup, with four homers, 12 RBI and nine runs during the week heading into last night’s Reds game.
Arenado was a top selection in the fantasy draft, so this is no surprise. He’ll be the top third baseman in the game by year’s end, save for possibly Josh Donaldson.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros: Keuchel is coming off a great appearance at home against the Tigers, logging eight innings of shutout ball in a 1-0 victory--his second W of the year.
Keuchel now has two great starts and one not-so-great start to his credit in 2016. He’ll get a chance to add to that tomorrow night in Texas against the Rangers.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs: Rizzo--and the entire Cubs team--are slated for big things this season. He’s not quite keeping up on his part of the deal for fantasy owners right now, though, with just three hits to his credit since April 8 heading into last night’s game.
Rizzo has been in a prolonged slump this month but should shake free at some point. He’s simply surrounded by way too much talent in Chicago to be this ineffective.
Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox: Let’s stick in Chicago for our other “Not” hitter this week. Abreu was pretty abysmal in the seven days heading into last night’s Angels game, with a 3-for-22 line (.122) and just one RBI to his credit in that span.
Abreu was a top-20 or so draft pick this season, so his meager start is definitely concerning. Like Rizzo, however, he’s got plenty of talent around him and should wake up soon.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: What a terrible week--and season, for that matter--Wainwright is having. He’s coming off 5.1 innings against the Reds, where he gave up 10 hits and seven runs.
Wainwright hasn’t lasted longer than six innings yet this year, and has sputtered to an 0-2 record with an 8.27 ERA. He’ll get a chance to get back on the horse in the San Diego opener Friday.
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