Fantasy Sports Fix: Hitters and pitchers to watch
It’s been a good week for my fantasy baseball team. And, I don’t say that without any hesitation. It was a sight to behold, as I moved up the standings once again with seven batters hitting over .300, producing 28 RBIs and nine home runs between them. All that to move up one spot in the standings, although that one spot accounted for 4 roto points, so not too bad.
If I had to pick an MVP of the week, it would be a toss up between two of my outfielders, Yoenis Cespedes and Carlos Gonzalez. Cespedes is in the middle of a hitting streak of seven games, and he gave me two home runs, five RBIs and a .500 batting average. Gonzalez came through with two home runs and four RBIs for the team. The latter of Gonzalez’s home runs actually put me in the lead for Home Runs in the league I’m in, so thanks CarGo.
Now, on to a few batters who are owned in less than 50 percent of leagues but still can provide some instant power to your lineup.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia — He’s still worth mentioning as his ownership rate jumped 30 percent in the past week and he’s riding an 11 game hitting streak. Through 27 games this year, he has a sweet .883 OPS (On Base Plus Slugging Percentage).
Joey Butler, outfielder, Tampa Bay — Through 36 games this year, he has a solid .885 OPS. He has 11 hits in the past week along with five RBIs.
Justin Turner, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers — Has 10 multi-hit games this year with a .319 average.
On to pitching now. Pitching has been somewhat of a sore spot for my team this year with injuries every week or so, it seems. I’ve had Matt Cain on the disabled list for a forearm ailment since I picked him up earlier this year and I just lost Lance Lynn to a forearm strain. Although Lynn’s replacement, Tyler Lyons, was recalled this past weekend, if it turns into an extended absence for Lynn, Marco Gonzalez could eventually get be the guy to grab off the waiver wire.
Here are some pitchers that aren’t injured that could help your team with some strikeouts and maybe even some wins.
Wandy Rodriguez, starting pitcher, Texas — Rodriguez has flown under the radar this season and has just a 15 percent ownership rate, although, that has jumped 4 percent this past week. Some people seem to be catching onto his 3-2 record with a great 3.03 ERA and almost 50 strikeouts. He is inducing ground balls at a career high rate of 48.3 percent and has given up only four home runs all year.
Tim Lincecum, starting pitcher, San Francisco — I know he has a bad track record the past couple of years, but he’s having a decent year. His respectable ERA of 3.33, 54 strikeouts and six wins have gone unappreciated as he only has a 54 percent ownership rate that has dropped 5 points in the last week.
Anibal Sanchez, starting pitcher, Detroit — In 82 innings this year, he has 76 strikeouts. If you can withstand his season ERA of 5.16, pick him up for the strikeouts alone.
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