Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: July 29th – August 4th
Here is your weekly fantasy update, as we all watch to see how the recently traded players will fare with their new clubs.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees
The Yankees’ everyday second-baseman had a monster week, in which he went 13-28 (.464 AVG) with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs. Cano also scored 9 runs and stole two bases, while walking 6 times. Look for Cano to continue his strong season, during which he has hit .301 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs.
(Honourable mention: Alex Gordon, 3B/OF, Royals, .520 AVG, 2 HR, 10 R)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
The last remaining starting outfielder for the Astros after the trade deadline had a brutal week, in which he was 0-22. He drew two walks and was even walked intentionally once during this slump. The strange thing is that he only struck out one time during those 22 at bats, so it seems like he was just unable to hit it where the fielders weren’t.
(Dishonourable mention: Eric Thames, OF, Blue Jays, .000 AVG, 8 K)
Rookie to watch – Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners
Ackley earns his second title as the rookie to watch this week, as he went 8-20 (.400 AVG) with 2 triples and a home run. He also drove in 5 runs and scored 5 runs, while walking 5 times. Surprisingly, he had no stolen bases, which is something you can usually count on from a player with his top tier speed.
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Jose Constanza, OF, Braves
The young outfielder was hot in his first week in the big leagues, as he went 9-23 (.391 AVG). While his power was virtually nonexistent – all of his hits except a double were singles – his 0.1% owned percentage in ESPN leagues makes him almost guaranteed to be available. As long as his owned percentage stays down, I would keep an eye on him for another week. If he continues his success, he could be an extremely easy pickup to fill the role of backup outfielder.