Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: July 16th – July 22nd
It was a wild week that saw heat levels rise high enough to end Roy Halladay’s streak of 63 consecutive road games in which he pitched at least 6 innings, and Orlando Hudson narrowly avoided a career ending injury after diving head first into a wall. Here is your weekly fantasy update.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Cubs
Aramis Ramirez has been having a great season, and his second appearance as the Stud of the Week since the inaugural post is no mistake. While this last week did not feature any players with more than 5 home runs or 9 RBIs, Ramirez still had a week that deserves recognition, going 9-22 (.409 AVG) with 5 doubles and 3 home runs. He drove in 9 RBIs and scored 5 runs, continuing to perform well above the level that he was expected to before the season began. Ramirez is now batting .304 with 18 home runs and 60 RBIs throughout the season’s entirety, but, unfortunately for his owners, the Cubs have a record of 40-60, which means that they will not be trading for any protection for Ramirez any time soon. (Honourable mention: Jhonny Peralta, SS, Tigers, .524 AVG, 11 H, 8 RBI)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
The Reds second baseman did not contribute very much to his team in the 4-team NL Central race. He had 1 hit in 19 at-bats, and it was only a single. That hit, and a stolen base, was his total offensive contribution for the week. It goes as no surprise that Cincinnati cannot keep up with the other teams in their division with such a void in their lineup. If there is one positive outlook on this, it is that because the Reds are still in the division race, there is a good chance that they will be buyers at the trade deadline, and may acquire another impact hitter to protect Phillips, which may help his offensive numbers. (Dishonourable mention: Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies, .091 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 9 K)
Rookie to watch – Josh Reddick, OF, Red Sox
Reddick continued his strong rookie season for the Sox, in which he has batted .372 so far. While he is not much of a home run hitter, he managed to send two out of the park this week, while scoring 6 runs and going 8-24 (.333 AVG). He’s also hitting in the same lineup as red-hot hitters Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, as well as the always dangerous Adrian Gonzalez, so as long as he continues to hit well he will be able to provide your team with a good amount of RBIs and runs scored. If you drafted Carl Crawford in the first or second round, you, like the Red Sox, need to find another outfielder to play well, and Josh Reddick may just be that solution for your team, at least for the short term.
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Will Venable, OF, Padres
Will Venable is a player who usually provides his contributions to the team through his speed and defence, but this week he also managed to help the Padres with his offense. He went 6-17 (.353 AVG), and took four walks, which allowed him to score six runs. Venable also played his usual game, stealing 3 bases. Venable’s position allows him to backup a multitude of players on your team if they get hurt, and he is only 1.3 % owned in ESPN leagues, so you should be able to easily get him if you need a stopgap outfielder who can steal bases and score runs.