Fantasy Baseball Update 7/16/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy Over the First Half of the Year
July 16, 2014
It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in the world of fantasy baseball. We’re knee-deep in the All-Star break right now, so that means we’ll be taking an expanded look at the featured stats. Here’s a closer examination.
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Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: McCutchen has had a phenomenal first half for fantasy owners, outplaying every one of the top-shelf players except maybe Mike Trout. He’s carrying a .324 average with 17 homers, 61 RBI, 15 steals and five triples to his credit. There’s no reason to think McCutchen will slow down, either.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies: Here’s a high-end fantasy pick who’s outplaying his draft position. Tulowitzki has been absolutely invaluable to owners, racking up a .345 average, 21 homers, 52 RBI and 71 runs in his big first half. We figured he’d be good, but not this good. He’s the must-have SS out there in fantasy right now.
Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners: As one of the top-shelf pitchers in the fantasy game, it’s no surprise that Hernandez has had such a huge impact on the numbers. He’s sporting an 11-2 record with a sparkling 2.12 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. Those 18 quality starts aren’t too shabby, either.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: Harper entered the 2014 season as a top-10 fantasy consideration, but hasn’t exactly lived up to his lofty expectations. He’s batting a tepid .244 on the year, with two homers and 11 RBI to his credit. Granted, he spent some time injured this year and should be better in the second half, but all those 0-fers in July really hurt.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: After his breakout season a year ago, many fantasy owners were expecting Davis to replicate his 2013 heights. He finished the first half batting just .199, with 15 homers and 48 RBI. Those numbers are pretty good for most fantasy prospects, but not for a top-10 draft pick. It remains to be seen whether or not his production will ramp up in the second half.
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers: It’s been a rough year for Verlander to say the least. He’s got just a .500 record to his credit (8-8), and only 96 strikeouts in those games. His ERA stands at a bloated 4.88 and his WHIP is 1.46, causing all sorts of worry for fantasy owners who picked him up among the top 10 starting pitchers out there. The only thing owners can do is try to ride it out and hope Verlander gets better in the second half. There are no guarantees there, though.
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