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Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: September 17th — September 23rd
Here is your weekly fantasy update, as Tampa Bay and St. Louis are only a couple games back of their respective leagues’ wildcard leaders, and look to gain that ground in the last week of the season.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Matt Kemp, CF, Dodgers
While the Dodgers have been eliminated from the playoff race, Matt Kemp is playing like every game is going to win them the pennant. In the last 7 days, Kemp has gone 14-25 (.560 AVG) with 4 doubles, and 4 home runs. Kemp also managed to drive in 8 RBIs, and score 11 runs. Kemp was simply a monster last week, and he surely made a massive impact in every fantasy league.
(Honourable mention: Juan Rivera, OF, Dodgers, .429 AVG, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
The Canadian slugger had a terrible week for the eliminated Reds, managing to get only 2 hits in 23 plate at-bats, which gives him a .087 batting average. He also managed to draw only 3 walks, while striking out 8 times. To put some icing on the proverbial cake, Votto was also caught stealing and grounded into 3 double plays.
(Dishonourable mention: David Wright, 3B, Mets, .091 AVG, 1 RBI, 10 K)
Rookie to watch – Salvador Perez, C, Royals
The Kansas City catcher has been solid offensively since being called up, with a .338 batting average and 18 RBIs. Last week Perez was 9-17 (.529 AVG), with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs, as well as 4 runs scored. If Perez can sustain this offensive production next year as a catcher, he will be a fantastic late round draft pick for next year.
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Chris Parmelee, 1B, Twins
Another rookie, Parmelee has certainly benefited from Justin Morneau’s injury. The first baseman has been great so far this season, with a .389 batting average and a whopping .468 on-base percentage. He manages to walk more than he strikes out (12.9 BB%, 9.7 K%) which is quite impressive for a young player, and was 14-29 (.483 AVG) with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs last week. Parmelee, like Perez, could also figure into being a great pickup next season, so make sure to keep an eye on him as the season comes to an end.