Fantasy Baseball Update 6/22/16: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
June 22, 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 who’s been having an effect on our rosters lately.
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Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Let’s head north of the border to kick things off this week and check out Donaldson. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had a sweet .458 average for the week alongside three homers, 11 runs and nine RBI. He had one hit yesterday.
Donaldson even came up empty on Sunday, so his numbers were certainly on point. After today’s Diamondbacks game, the Jays will move on to Chicago and the White Sox.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers: It’s no big surprise to see Cabrera on the hot list. Heading into Tuesday’s matchup, he’d recorded a .429 BA with three homers and seven RBI in the previous week. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Cabrera has been great this year, and is proving himself once again as a top-shelf fantasy contributor. The Mariners series runs through tomorrow, then the Indians come to town.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: Here’s another no-duh entry for our Hot list today. Arrieta has been astounding this year, and he’s coming off 11 strikeouts and no earned in six innings against the Pirates.
That gives Arrieta a mind-boggling 1.74 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP alongside 11 wins on the year. He’ll try for an even dozen at home against the Cardinals today.
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Whenever Trout has a (relatively) bad week, it’s news across the fantasy world. Heading into last night’s matchup, he’d hit just .190 in the prior seven days, adding one home run and three RBI.
Trout’s season-long numbers are still pretty good (and he had two hits with an RBI yesterday), so there’s nothing to worry about here. He’ll finish up with the Astros tonight and head home for Oakland over the weekend.
George Springer, OF, Houston Astros: Speaking of the Astros, they’ve got a struggling star on their roster as well. Springer was hitting just .167 in his previous week heading into last night’s game, popping one homer in that span with four RBI and a steal. He was 0-for-3 yesterday.
You can’t really argue with Springer’s seasonal numbers either, so we’ll just chalk this up as a minor rut. After L.A., the Astros head to KC to see the Royals.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Miami Marlins: We had to dig a little deeper to find this week’s Not SP, and it’s Chen. In his last start, he lasted just 2.1 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits against the Rockies.
Chen is sitting on a 5.22 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP this season. He will next toe the rubber tomorrow in a tough matchup against the Cubs.
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