Fantasy Baseball Update 5/4/16: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
May 4, 2016
It’s Wednesday, and around here that means it’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in the world of fantasy baseball. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see which players are affecting our lineups for better or worse.
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Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies: Arenado is enjoying a nice run right now, proving his high draft stock this year was well-warranted. In the week leading up to last night’s game, he had 12 hits, six runs, four homers and eight RBI to his credit. He had another hit yesterday.
After he finishes up in San Diego today, it’s off to San Francisco, where Arenado will try to keep his run going.
Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox: Abreu and the White Sox have been on a pretty impressive run lately, and it’s showing in his stats. Heading into the Boston series, he had a nice six-game hit streak going, providing nine hits, three runs and five RBI in that span. Abreu popped two more hits with three RBI yesterday.
After finishing up in Boston tomorrow, Abreu and the White Sox will host the incoming Twins.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants: Bumgarner has been on a nice run over his past couple of starts. He’s 2-0 in that span, going 12.2 innings with 16 strikeouts.
Bumgarner tossed a six-inning shutout in his last appearance, and will try to keep his great run going on Saturday against the Rockies.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: It’s not often we see Harper on the Not list, but here he is. Heading into the KC series, he was 0-for-11 in three games against the Cardinals with one run to his credit. Harper went 0-for-5 yesterday.
Harper is still having a nice year overall, so we’ll chalk up his recent struggles to a temporary hiccup. He does get a tough matchup against the Cubs this weekend, though.
Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros: Correa is having a flat-out ugly run right now. Heading into yesterday’s game, he’d tallied just two hits in 17 at-bats, providing two runs and one RBI in that span. He did have a hit and an RBI yesterday, though.
The fact that Correa plays a pretty tough-to-find fantasy position helps his overall ownership numbers, but a slump is a slump. Hopefully he’ll break out in the Twins finale or against the Mariners this weekend.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: We’re going to go with one more hitter this week instead of a pitcher, since we can’t leave out Encarnacion. Heading into yesterday’s game, he was on a 1-for-20 (.050)slide, with one homer and two RBI in the previous week.
The Blue Jays offense has been pretty weak lately as a whole, and Encarnacion is a microcosm of that larger problem. After the Rangers leave town, the Dodgers arrive this weekend.
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