Fantasy Baseball Update 5/18/16: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
May 18, 2016
It’s a fantasy baseball Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another installment of our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who’s affecting our lineups these days.
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Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: The notoriously streaky Davis has had a hot hand recently. Heading into play yesterday, he had an 11-for-21 line (.524) with six runs and six RBI. He got another hit yesterday.
Davis hasn’t exactly been paying dividends in the home run category thus far, but owners will certainly take the improved BA numbers.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros: Altuve has a lot of talent, and so far he’s been showcasing it this year. Heading into last night’s game, Altuve had compiled an 11-for-26 line (.423) with six runs, an RBI and two steals over a seven-day stretch. He had a hit yesterday, too.
Altuve is getting it done from all angles this season, giving lucky fantasy owners across-the-board production.
Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox: Sale has been simply amazing this season, and that hasn’t changed in the past week. He’s coming off a complete-game effort on the Yankees, striking out six in the process.
That gives Sale a 1.67 ERA with a 0.76 WHIP on the season. He’s also got eight wins to his credit, and will try for nine tomorrow against Houston.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks: It’s been a pretty rocky road for Goldschmidt over the last week. Entering play last night, he was mired in a 5-for-28 slump (.179), but the good news is that he had hit two homers with five runs and four RBI in that stretch. Goldschmidt has put up three hits in the last two games (and had two steals yesterday), so maybe he’s coming out of it.
Save for Mike Trout, Goldschmidt was the highest-drafted fantasy player this season. He’s yet to pay off as he’s capable just yet.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds: Heading into play last night, Votto was on a sketchy stretch that amounted to a 1-for-13 line (.077) with just two runs in that span.
The good news is that Votto went 1-for-3 (with both his runs) in the Cleveland opener, so that may spark a resurgence for him. The bad news is that he went 0-for-3 yesterday.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: The good news is that Wainwright has won three of his last four starts. The bad news is that he got drubbed in his last start against the Angels, going just five innings and allowing seven runs (six earned).
So far on an up-and-down year, Wainwright has tallied a 6.80 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP. That’s not going to cut it for a guy who’s supposed to be a fantasy ace. He’ll try again tonight against the Rockies.
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