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Fantasy Baseball 7/31/13

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Who's Hot and Who's Not

July 31, 2013

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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 our usual mix of slumping and streaking players this morning, so let’s take a closer look at both ends of the spectrum as we look forward to the rest of the season. 

Who’s Hot: 

Fantasy Baseball 7/31/13

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Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Is it just us, or is Trout on this list practically every week? He deserves it yet again, however, with a .440 average (11-for-25) over the last seven days. That line includes two doubles, a homer, five RBI and a stolen base. Trout and the gang will head back home this weekend to host the Blue Jays. 

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: There aren’t too many Marlins players out there worth talking about, so Stanton definitely stands out from the pack. He’s hitting .435 (10-for-23) over the past week, including five doubles, two homers and four RBI. In another show of his value, the Marlins have reportedly made it clear to the teams courting him that Stanton isn’t available to be traded. 

David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: Price makes our hot list this week with a pair of stellar performances his owners sorely needed. In his last two outings, he’s pitched a total of 16 1/3 innings and allowed just two earned while striking out 12. Price is now 6-5 on the season and has won five of his last six decisions. He’ll throw against the Giants on Sunday. 

Who’s Not: 

Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: This isn’t the first time Fielder has made our “Not” list this season, and that’s an odd thing to say. The normally reliable slugger has struggled mightily for stretches this year, including this week’s 4-for-22 (.182) stretch. Fielder has just two hits in his last five games. That said, he’s too good to bench in fantasy. Ride it out. 

Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants: Posey was feeling sick yesterday and sat out the Giants’ game against Philly. That’s probably a good thing, as he hasn’t done much when he’s been in there lately. He’s managed just one hit in his last 26 appearances and absolutely nothing (0-for-12) this past week. Even with the slide, Posey is hitting .308 on the season, so he’ll wake up eventually. 

Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers: Verlander had one of his worst outings of the year last Thursday against the White Sox. He allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs over six innings, dropping his second decision in a row and making him 1-3 over his last four starts. We’re still believers in Verlander; this is likely just a hiccup. We’ll find out how he bounces back today against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals. 

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