Fantasy Baseball Update 8/17/13: Superstar Watch
Fantasy Baseball Daily: How Fielder, Strasburg and others fared this week
August 17, 2013
It’s that time once again. Every Saturday, we take a look around the fantasy baseball world to check in with some of the big-name stars in the game. We’ve got our usual mix of big and not-so-big numbers, as each player is in a different place during his season-long campaign. Let’s take a closer look at the stats from the past week so we can determine what to expect in the near future.
Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: Fielder is usually one of those guys who you can put in your fantasy lineup and just forget about, but not this season. He’s had his ups and downs, though it seems the downs are more common. Fielder is lagging in the homer department (18), but does have a chance to reach 100 RBI (he’s at 83). His BA (.258) is what really concerns us, however, as he’s back on a two-game 0-fer skid after a string of productive outings.
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Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees: Cano’s hit streak is up to 11 games now, thanks to a 1-for-4 effort against the Red Sox yesterday. Over the last seven days, he’s hitting .500 (13-for-26) with a pair of doubles and six runs. If there’s a knock here, it’s that he’s only got three RBI in that span. We’ll blame the Yankees’ tepid lineup for that one, though. Cano is carrying a nice .300 average this season, and should reach the majority of his lofty projections.
Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto Blue Jays: Reyes did manage to post a hit (1-for-5) and a run during last night’s game against the Rays, so maybe that’s a sign of something good. Prior to that, he had gone hitless (0-for-13) over his previous three games. Still, owners shouldn’t be too worried. On the whole, Reyes has been productive, what with his .291 BA, 29 RBI and 36 runs. Imagine what those numbers could look like if he hadn’t been hurt earlier this year.
Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta Braves: Heyward has quite a hit streak going. He’s not getting quite the attention that he should, since he’s posted just two RBI during his five-game hit streak, but he deserves some notice. In that span--all multi-hit games--he’s tallied 12 hits and five runs. Heyward is carrying an average of .462 (12-for-26) over the last seven days, so his owners should feel good this weekend.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: It’s been a very memorable week for Strasburg. On Sunday, he tossed his first career complete game shutout, going the distance against the Phillies. Strasburg, nearly as famous for his innings-limits as for his on-field play, was aided by his pitch count. He needed just 99 to complete the game for his first win since July 7. He’ll be in action once again today in Atlanta to try and make it two in a row.
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