Fantasy Baseball Update 5/14/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
May 14, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list. We’ve got our usual roundup of notable names in the fantasy baseball world today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see where these players might be headed next.
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Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: As the most coveted fantasy player on the Marlins roster, Stanton has some big expectations to live up to. He’s been doing his part recently, however, with some nice lines at the plate. For the prior week heading into yesterday’s game, he was hitting .435 with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and a steal. He was 2-for-4 yesterday to keep things going.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Owners who drafted Encarnacion early were hoping he’d carry over his breakout campaign from 2013. He’s been a power machine recently, slapping four homers, 10 RBI, two doubles and a triple in the week leading up to yesterday’s game against Cleveland. He came up empty in that one, but should bounce right back.
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers: It’s been a while since Darvish has thrown, but his dominant game in his last appearance still weighs heavily on owners’ minds. He went 8 2/3 innings against the Red Sox on May 9, losing a no-hitter after 26 outs. He struck out 12 in dominating fashion for his third victory of the year. He’ll try for four on Friday against the Blue Jays.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds: The entire Reds offense has struggled at times this season, and that includes Votto. Over the week leading into yesterday’s game against the Padres, he was hitting just .158 with one single and a pair of solo homers. He did get a hit yesterday, though. He’s on track for a nice HR total, just expect a drop-off on his RBI and runs.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers: Here’s another guy who’s been hitting homers and not much else lately. Beltre’s week heading into yesterday’s Game 2 against Houston delivered three long-balls, but only two other hits for a 5-for-28 run. The six RBI in that stretch certainly help, but the .179 BA needs life support. He managed another hit yesterday, so maybe he’s waking up.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals: Gonzalez has had a rough go of things lately. That was apparent during his last start on Sunday, when he got crushed for nine hits and seven earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings against Oakland. It was his second loss in a row, and his third in his last five appearances. We’ll see if he can clean things up against the Mets on Saturday.
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