Fantasy Baseball Update 4/13/16: Who's Hot and Who's Not
Taking a Look at the Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy
April 13, 2016
Now that we’ve had a little over a week to evaluate some of the notable fantasy baseball players out there in the MLB, it’s time to take stock of how everyone’s doing statistically. We’ve got players on each side of the spectrum, so here’s a look at the stats to see who’s affecting our lineups for better or worse.
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Manny Machado, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles: What a start Machado is off to in 2016. Heading into last night’s game two against the Red Sox at Fenway, he had three homers, four RBI and a .458 BA. He was 1-for-5 in that one.
Machado entered this season as a top-10 fantasy pickup just about everywhere, so this isn’t surprising. He should be a stellar play for the entire year.
J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit Tigers: Martinez has had a scorching start to the year as well. So far this season, he’s rocking a .440 average, and he just went 4-for-5 against the Pirates yesterday with two more RBI.
Outfield is a pretty deep commodity in fantasy most years, but Martinez is rising to the top of the pile. After he finishes up in Pittsburgh today and tomorrow, it’s off to Houston.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: We can’t talk about “Hot” players without throwing out Kershaw’s name. He’s made two starts thus far, going 1-0 in 15 innings with 14 strikeouts total.
This is absolutely no surprise for Kershaw at all, as he was a top-four pick in most leagues. He’ll get back to it tonight against the Diamondbacks.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: There are certain Rockies hitters who are knocking the stuffing out of the ball this season, but they’re not named Charlie Blackmon. Heading into yesterday against the Giants, he had just one hit in his previous three starts. He went 1-for-4 yesterday.
Blackmon does have a few RBI to his credit this year, but that BA is just ugly. We’re not worried, though; he’ll figure it out.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: Freeman has been on a bad run to start the season, a microcosm of the entire Braves team. Prior to last night’s Nats matchup, he had just one hit in his previous five games, going 0-for-12 in four of them. He went 0-for-3 yesterday.
Freeman started out fairly well with a solo homer way back on April 4, but hasn’t done much since. After Washington, he’ll go to Miami and try to get it going again.
Steven Matz, SP, New York Mets: Matz is owned in nearly 90 percent of leagues, even despite his ugly first outing of 2016. He went just 1.2 innings in that one, striking out one and allowing a whopping seven runs.
That gives Matz a 37.80 ERA on the season, but he’s sure to bounce back in his next appearance, which is April 17 in Cleveland.
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