Fantasy Baseball Update 8/6/14: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
August 6, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time once again for our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list from the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got the usual roundup of familiar faces today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see why each guy made the list--for better or worse.
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Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox: Pedroia outperformed most of the fantasy names ranked higher than him this week, so we’ll give him his due. Heading into last night’s game, he had a .455 average with four runs, a homer and five RBI to his credit in that span. That mark also included a string of 10 hits in five games. He had a 1-for-4 effort yesterday to keep it going.
Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: We haven’t featured Puig in this space just yet, and really it’s high time we did. Heading into play last night, he had a .458 average in his previous week. That mark included five runs, two doubles, a triple and a homer. The bad news is that he came up empty (again) yesterday. Still, he was also able to shake off a hamstring issue this past weekend, so that’s a good sign.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants: There’s not much to dislike about Bungarner’s last appearance. He destroyed the Mets in a complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits and striking out 10. That was his 13th win of the year, and he’ll try for No. 14 in Kansas City on Friday. We think he’ll keep it going.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies: Now let’s move on to the “Not” category, and we’ll start things out with Gonzalez. Heading into play last night, he had just one hit in 11 at-bats (a .091 average), but did manage a run and a steal. He’s had some issues with his ankle this week and hasn’t played in a while, so let’s hope he avoids the DL. He’s supposed to get back to it tonight.
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: This isn’t Davis’ first time on this list, which is bad news for all those owners who selected him high up in their fantasy drafts. Heading into last night’s game, he had just one hit in his previous 12 at-bats. That brought his ugly season-long BA down even further. He nailed a homer yesterday, though, so maybe he’s waking up a bit.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: This isn’t Wainwright’s first appearance on this side of the list, either, but it’s still weird to be talking about how bad he was in his last start. He put up seven earned in 5 1/3 innings of work against Milwaukee, which was his second blunder in his last three starts. We feel like he’ll be back to his old self tomorrow against Boston.
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