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Fantasy Baseball News: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not 8/21/13

2013-08-20 11:00:00 EDT

We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and around here that means it’s time for our Who’s Hot and Who’s Not look at the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual selection of streaking and slumping names in store today, so let’s get right to it and see who made this week’s list.

Who’s Hot:

Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees: The first-round fantasy investment in Cano has paid off pretty well this year on the whole. Over his last three games (including yesterday’s doubleheader), he’s been delivering handsomely, with nine hits, a homer and five RBI. Cano has hit in nine of his last 10 and shows no signs of slowing down. At a thin fantasy position, that’s even better.

Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays: Longoria has been a multi-hit machine this week. He’s registered a pair in five of the last seven games, with three homers and four RBI in that span. Longoria now has 25 long-balls on the season, with 66 RBI and 73 runs to his credit as well. He’s tracking a little behind his big fantasy projections, but if he keeps this up, he’ll gain ground quickly.

Zack Greinke, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Greinke has left little doubt to his potential dominance recently. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts, with just two earned runs allowed in that span. In his most recent outing, he went 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Phillies and allowed just three hits. We’ll see Greinke in action again today, and he gets a nice matchup in Miami.

Who’s Not:

Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto Blue Jays: It’s just been a bad week all-around for Reyes. Before yesterday’s doubleheader against the Yankees, he’d been forced out of the lineup for four days with a knee injury, and before that had just two hits in a five-game stretch. Reyes got on track yesterday, however, notching three hits in five appearances during the pair of games. Hopefully he can stay healthy and keep hitting.

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs: Rizzo (and most of his teammates) is in the middle of a stone-cold slump right now. Over the last week, he’s just 1-for-16 (.063), with one single and a pair of runs. His futility dates back almost two weeks, as August 9-10 was the last time he hit in consecutive games. Rizzo has some okay numbers on the year, but he needs to get his bat going again if he wants to end the season on something of a high note.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Strasburg makes the “Not” list this week thanks to his cringe-inducing fantasy numbers in his last outing. There were other things afoot Saturday against Atlanta, but the fact remains that he only lasted one inning, allowing two earned with two walks. His day ended with an ejection for throwing behind Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (twice). Strasburg will try to get himself back into fantasy owners’ good graces when he faces the Cubs on the North Side tomorrow.

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