Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: August 28th — September 3rd
Here is your weekly fantasy update, as the world watched Detroit’s Justin Verlander win his 20th game before September had even begun.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Austin Jackson, CF, Tigers
The young Detroit center-fielder had a great week, in which he went 16-32 (.500 AVG) with a pair of home runs and three triples. While Jackson walked in only one of his 32 plate appearances, he managed to score a whopping 10 runs throughout the week, while driving in 5 RBIs. He also managed to steal two bases, something that every fantasy team is always in need of.
(Honourable mention: Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals, .500 AVG, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Adam Jones, CF, Orioles
The streaky center-fielder was brutal last week, where he went 3-27 (.111 AVG). He managed to drive in and score 2 runs, but with such a low batting average, any value from those runs is lost. To make things worse, Jones also grounded into two double plays while striking out 7 times throughout the week.
(Dishonourable mention: Lance Berkman, OF, Cardinals, .105 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
Rookie to watch – Brett Lawrie, 3B, Blue Jays
Lawrie earns his second title of “Rookie to watch” after having another great week. Lawrie went 9-28 (.321 AVG) with 2 homeruns and 6 RBIs. The rookie second-baseman also scored 3 runs, and stole 3 bases. If you didn’t manage to pick him up last week, it is too late – he’s now 100% owned in ESPN leagues.
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Gerardo Parra, OF, Diamondbacks
Parra had a fantastic week, in which he hit 2 triples, walked 6 times, and did not strike out. He went 10-18, which was good for a monstrous .556 batting average. Parra also hit 2 doubles, which brought his extra base hit total for the week even with his total singles. Solid power and contact numbers, along with an owned percentage of less than 1 in ESPN leagues, make Gerardo Parra our Waiver Wire player of the week.