Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: September 4th – September 9th
Here is your weekly fantasy update, as the BBWAA ponders the possibility of having a pitcher for each of this year’s MVP awards.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Jason Bay, OF, Mets
The man who chased the money and left Boston had a great week, racking up 10 RBIs and hitting 3 home runs. Jason Bay went 12-27 (.444 AVG) while scoring 5 runs and hitting 4 doubles. He also drew a walk and stole a base. While it is refreshing to see Bay finally performing well, he is going to need to have a fantastic year offensively next season to be deemed worthwhile of an upper-round draft pick in a fantasy league.
(Honourable mention: Victor Martinez, C/DH, Tigers, .440 AVG, 2 HR, 9 R, 12 RBI)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
The Red Sox’s fan favorite second-baseman had an uncharacteristically poor week, as he went 4-32 (.125 AVG) with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He was also not only failing to hit throughout the week, but also to reach base, as he did not manage to draw a single walk in 32 plate appearances.
(Dishonourable mention: Kelly Johnson, 2B, Blue Jays, .115 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
Rookie to watch – Josh Reddick, OF, Red Sox
Reddick earns his second title as the “rookie to watch” of the week by going 11-21 (.524 AVG) with a home run and 2 RBIs. Reddick also scored 6 runs while hitting 4 doubles. Reddick is still readily available to be picked up, as he is only 9.4% owned in ESPN leagues and that figure barely changed at all over the last week (-0.7%).
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Justin Turner, 2B, Mets
The 26 year-old second-baseman went 12-28 in the week, good for a .429 AVG. While he didn’t manage to hit any home runs, his 10 singles and 2 doubles add enough value on their own. Turner also drove in 3 runs while scoring 2, and drew 2 walks. Turner is only 14.9% owned in ESPN leagues, so there is a good chance that he is still available if you need a boost to your team’s batting average.