Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/14/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Altuve, Stanton and more
September 14, 2013
The weekend is here, which means we’re already knee-deep in some very intriguing matchups around the MLB. The next couple of days will have an enormous bearing on the standings in fantasy baseball leagues everywhere, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there and see what we can be expecting from everyone. Here’s the latest.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Kershaw was good yesterday against San Francisco, but he wasn’t able to get a win out of it. He went seven innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out six batters, but took the loss to drop him to 14-9 on the season. That said, Kershaw has a remarkable string of starts going: he’s allowed just two earned or less in 12 of his last 14 outings. He’ll take the hill again on Wednesday in Arizona against Brandon McCarthy.
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Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: We’ve been tracking Encarnacion’s progress after he was sidelined with an injury to his wrist, and he’s back in action since last night. He was able to play against Baltimore, going 0-for-3 but tallying a run in the effort. He’d been out since the 7th with the wrist issue. On the year, Encarnacion is hitting .274 and has mostly met or exceeded expectations in fantasy with his 36 homers, 104 RBI and 90 runs.
Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: Fielder continued his hot streak yesterday, and he’s been wholly solid as the year winds down. He managed a two-run homer and an RBI single last night against the Royals as part of his 2-for-4 effort. On the season, he’s now over the 100-RBI mark, with last night’s line bringing him to 102. Fielder has 24 homers and 75 runs to go along with that. This recent surge has been great for his season-long numbers, though he’s still lagging a bit in some areas compared to his expectations.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros: Altuve posted a nice outing against the Angels yesterday, and has been performing very well as a whole recently. He went 2-for-4 last night, a line which included a homer, two runs and three RBI. The long-ball was Altuve’s fifth of the season, so those don’t happen too often. That’s not his strength, however, as he’s got 35 steals and 61 runs on the year. He’s been a very solid fantasy contributor at a pretty thin position this season.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: It’s been a productive run recently for Stanton, and he really needs the brownie points toward his fantasy owners. He managed two solo home runs last night, his only hits in a 2-for-4 effort against the Mets. That gives Stanton five homers in his last 11 games. That’s exactly the kind of production his fantasy owners had been hoping for all year, but he’s just now getting around to providing it. Still, better late than never, we suppose. There’s a doubleheader on tap for today.
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