Another weekend of MLB action is in the books, and as a result we’ve got plenty of fantasy considerations to go over this morning. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the headline-making players out there, see what everyone’s up to and try to make some determinations on the week ahead. Here’s the latest.
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Chris Johnson, 3B, Atlanta Braves: Johnson was held out of the Braves’ lineup yesterday against the Cardinals. He’s battling turf toe, an injury he sustained on Saturday. With any luck, owners won’t be without him for long, however. He plans to take the field again tomorrow. Johnson has enjoyed a nice run of productivity recently, hitting in nine of his last 10 outings. He’s sporting a .331 average with 10 homers and 57 RBI in 405 at-bats so far this season.
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals: Gordon has enjoyed a nice run recently, and was able to bounce back after Saturday’s 0-for-5 performance. He slapped a solo homer as his only hit in the series finale against the Nationals yesterday, giving him 14 on the season thus far. Gordon has now hit in seven of his last eight outings, but has only gotten three RBI for his efforts in that span. We’d like to see his BA a little higher, but for the most part he’s been what most fantasy owners expected: a middle-of-the-road OF name who delivers reasonable returns.
Jake Peavy, SP, Boston Red Sox: Peavy was once again dominant last night against the Dodgers. He went a full nine innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out five. Over his last four outings, Peavy has allowed four earned but hasn’t translated that into the win column, as he’s just 1-1 during that span. His next start will be an interesting one, as he’s scheduled to throw Saturday against the White Sox. So far, he’s been a solid asset for Boston.
Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: We’ve got a Kemp update for you this morning, and for once it’s good news. The injury-riddled outfielder may be able to begin a minor-league rehab stint this week, thanks to his ankle being free of any pain. If he’s able to stick to schedule, we could see him back on the field with the Dodgers early in September. Kemp has been a major first-round fantasy bust this season, as he’s only been able to amass 228 at-bats and has played just one game since July 5. Injuries have made this a forgotten season for him and his owners.
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