Fantasy Football 2011 Preview: Defense
Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: August 21st – August 27th
Here is your weekly fantasy update, as the division races that will create the excitement of the last month of the season begin to take shape.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Red Sox
The ex-Padre continued his MVP-bid season with another fantastic week, going 12-31 (.387 AVG). Gonzalez hit 5 homeruns and drove in 10 runs, helping the Red Sox to win 7 of their last 10 games, keeping them 2 games ahead of the Bronx Bombers. If Gonzalez can keep up this hot streak it is going to be a true challenge to stop the Sox in the postseason.
(Honourable mention: Howie Kendrick, 2B, Angels, .409 AVG, 4 HR, 5 RBI)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Alcides Escobar, SS, Royals
One of Milwaukee’s big pieces of the Zach Greinke trade had an absolutely brutal week. Escobar went 0-18, reaching base only once in his 21 PA through a walk. He also scored a single run. While Escobar is regarded as a fantastic defender, something which allows him to remain in the starting lineup on an MLB team through a slump like this, such a skillset does not help your fantasy team in the least.
(Dishonourable mention: Geovany Soto, C, Cubs, .043 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
Rookie to watch – Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners
Could the Mariners have finally found an heir to Beltre’s throne? The young rookie third baseman had a stellar week, going 14-24 (.583 AVG). The average alone is enough to earn him a roster spot, but he also contributed more by scoring 7 runs and driving in 2. While the homerun totals were not there – he only hit 1 – 6 of those 14 hits were doubles, which is a great ratio of extra base hits to singles. Also, he is only 6.1 % owned in ESPN leagues so he should be a relatively easy pickup.
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Russell Martin, C, Yankees
The Yankees catcher had a great week, in which he went 7-13 (.538 AVG), with 2 home runs, 1 of which was a grand slam, and 7 RBIs. Martin has not been seeing everyday-starter playing time, but with a week like that, do not be surprised if he begins to see more, as Posada becomes more and more familiar with the bench, with the postseason drawing closer. Martin is 54.7% owned in ESPN leagues, with that increasing by 10% in the last 7 days, so if you are in need of a catcher with some pop, Martin may be your man.