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Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: August 6th – August 12th
Here is your weekly fantasy update, as all eyes are on Dan Uggla to see if he can keep up his hit streak.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
One of the biggest free agents in the coming off-season managed to show his worth this week, helping to push the Brewers to a 4.5 game lead over the Cardinals. Fielder went 12-22 (.545 AVG) with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs. He also managed to score 10 runs, while only striking out a single time. If Fielder manages to keep this hot streak up for another week, the Brewers will most likely have the Central division locked up.
(Honourable mention: J.J. Hardy, SS, Orioles, .455 AVG, 4 HR, 10 RBI)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
The 2007 batting champion was a bleak shadow of his former self this week, going a terrible 1-21 (.053 AVG). He managed only one single throughout the week, accompanied by a sacrifice fly. He drove in 2 runs, and only scored once. Ordonez also managed to strike out 4 times, while only drawing one walk. It was quite a forgettable week for the 6-time all-star.
(Dishonourable mention: Denard Span, OF, Twins, .000 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
Rookie to watch – Jose Constanza, OF, Braves
Last week’s featured waiver wire player managed to keep up his success, going 9-22 (.409 AVG). Last week’s concerns about his power were dashed, as he managed to hit 2 home runs this week, while driving in 4 runs and scoring 7. He also only struck out twice, while stealing 3 bases. He contributed 2 walks, and having a 1:1 K:BB ratio like he does is a good indicator that he has the plate discipline to stick around in the majors.
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Reed Johnson, OF, Cubs
The ex-Blue Jay who is famous for eating alive left-handed pitching had a fantastic week, going 11-18, which is good for a whopping .611 AVG. He also hit one home run, and drove in 2 runs, while scoring 6 times. Johnson was putting the ball in play quite often, seeing that he had only a strikeout and no walks. Reed Johnson is only 0.4 % owned in ESPN leagues, meaning that he is almost definitely available within your league. The only concern with Johnson is whether or not he will be getting playing time, but after a week like this, it is almost a guarantee.