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Fantasy Baseball News 9/7/13: Superstar Watch

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Our Saturday check-in with the big-name players

September 7, 2013

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It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time once again to check in on some of the big names around the fantasy baseball world. We’re coming down to the wire in the MLB season, so these players’ performances on the field (and in your lineup) are more important than ever. That said, let’s see what’s been happening over the past week, and where we’re headed as the year draws to a close.

Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: It’s been a big week for Trout (but then again, just about every week has been a big week for Trout), and here’s how the numbers break down. Over the past seven days, he’s hitting .500 (12-for-24) with four runs, two doubles, a triple and a pair of steals. If there’s one minor knock on Trout this week, it’s that he has just two RBI and no homers. We’d imagine fantasy owners will take it, though. After hosting Texas this weekend, the team heads to Minnesota for a one-off.

Fantasy Baseball News 9/7/13: Superstar Watch

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Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees: Cano has remained wholly solid for owners this season, and that’s a welcome sentiment at a tough fantasy position. He’s got a .290 average this week with four doubles, two homers, seven RBI and five runs. That helps even more during these crucial divisional games. Cano will get ample opportunities to show his stuff in the coming days. When Boston leaves town, it’s off to Baltimore to take on the Orioles.

Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds: Votto has had some difficulties producing recently, and he’s sitting on a .172 (5-for-29) average for the week. That includes two homers, five RBI and three runs. Last night, his 2-for-2 effort was a blessing, as it was his first multi-hit outing since August 24. It remains to be seen whether or not Votto has put his at-the-plate woes behind him, so the remaining two games in this Dodgers series will be crucial. The good news is that he gets the Cubs next.

Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles: It’s been an up-and-down week for Jones, as he could have been better in some areas. Over the seven-day stretch he hit .231 (6-for-26) with three homers and five RBI. That last part is the good news, as he only managed to tally a trio of singles for his other hits. Still, we’ve liked Jones all year, and he’s been pretty productive with 30 homers, 100 RBI and a .293 average. Once he finishes up with the White Sox, the Yankees come to town.

Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers: Even though he wasn’t able to get a win out of it, Verlander really needed his strong start Sunday against Cleveland. He went seven innings, allowing four hits and no earned, but failed to get a W for the fifth straight time. On the year, Verlander is still stuck at 12-10 with a 3.59 ERA. He’ll get a chance to improve his record today when he takes the hill for a road start in Kansas City against Danny Duffy and the Royals.

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