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Fantasy Sports Fix: My fantasy baseball team — Hot or not?

Chris Gingrich/For the Daily Press

I think it’s about that time to check in on my one and only fantasy baseball team. This team is in a points league with 12 total participants. At this point, I’m in seventh place but have won two weeks in a row after losing the first two weeks.

At some point, preferably early in the season, there comes a time when you need to assess your team. I’ll do it again in a couple months, and then again before the end of the year.

In my assessments, I’m looking for a couple things out of my players. It usually boils down to production (overall and future) and consistency. I’m looking for players with a high production rate, players who are scoring points and scoring them consistently. Also, it’s a little bit of “what have you done for me lately” kind of thing, where recent production is a good thing.

Let’s break down my team to see who’s hot and who’s not.

Batters — Hot

Victor Martinez, designated hitter, Detroit TigersVictor Martinez, designated hitter, Detroit Tigers

Victor Martinez, designated hitter, Detroit Tigers

Over the last week alone, he’s scored 42 points and hit a whopping .518. The veteran has been pretty good over the first month of the season, though, as he is averaging 3.4 points per game.

Bryce Harper, outfield, Washington NationalsBryce Harper, outfield, Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper, outfield, Washington Nationals

On the season, he is averaging 4.2 points per game which is good enough to qualify, but this past weekend was not so kind to Harper as he went 0 for 11 at the plate.

Daniel Murphy, second base, Washington NationalsDaniel Murphy, second base, Washington Nationals

Daniel Murphy, second base, Washington Nationals

Consistently scoring two to three points per game has surely been helpful, but it’s also somewhat of a surprise considering he was a ninth round pick.

Batters — Not

Carlos Gonzalez, outfield, Colorado RockiesCarlos Gonzalez, outfield, Colorado Rockies

Carlos Gonzalez, outfield, Colorado Rockies

In the past two weeks, the Rockies slugger has only 16 total bases and a mere two RBIs.

Jose Abreu, first base, Chicago White SoxJose Abreu, first base, Chicago White Sox

Jose Abreu, first base, Chicago White Sox

For someone with 100 at-bats, you might expect more than 1.6 points per game, but this is where his season average stands.

Jimmy Rollins, shortstop, Chicago White SoxJimmy Rollins, shortstop, Chicago White Sox

Jimmy Rollins, shortstop, Chicago White Sox

He’s only playing a couple of times per week at this point, but at the time I picked him up, he was playing very well and producing at a decent rate.

Pitchers — Hot

Johnny Cueto, starting pitcher, San Francisco GiantsJohnny Cueto, starting pitcher, San Francisco Giants

Johnny Cueto, starting pitcher, San Francisco Giants

Four wins, only given up five walks, and he owns a stellar 19.8 points per game average.

Taijuan Walker, starting pitcher, Seattle MarinersTaijuan Walker, starting pitcher, Seattle Mariners

Taijuan Walker, starting pitcher, Seattle Mariners

He has a very low walk and earned run rate which is one of the reasons why he is averaging 16.2 points per contest at this early point in the season.

Pitchers — Not

Clay Buchholz, starting pitcher, Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz, starting pitcher, Boston Red Sox
I really had hope for Buchholz coming into the season, but it has dwindled after seeing his season average drop to 0.6 points per game.I really had hope for Buchholz coming into the season, but it has dwindled after seeing his season average drop to 0.6 points per game.

Clay Buchholz, starting pitcher, Boston Red Sox
I really had hope for Buchholz coming into the season, but it has dwindled after seeing his season average drop to 0.6 points per game.

James Shields, starting pitcher, San Diego PadresJames Shields, starting pitcher, San Diego Padres

James Shields, starting pitcher, San Diego Padres

Due in part to the Padres’ lackluster offense, Shields has zero wins on the season and only 35 points total to prove it.


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