Weekly Fantasy Baseball Update: September 10th — September 16th
Here is your weekly fantasy update, as the Detroit Tigers have clinched the American League Central division, and the Red Sox try to lock up the wild card spot with the Rays right on their heels.
Fantasy Stud of the Week – Adrian Beltre, 3B, Rangers
A huge off-season pickup for the Rangers, Beltre has had a great year, aside from the time he has spent injured. Beltre had another great week at the plate, going 11-24 (.458 AVG) with a monstrous 5 home runs and 8 RBIs. The Rangers third-baseman also hit 2 doubles and scored 6 runs, while only striking out twice.
(Honourable mention: B.J. Upton, CF, Rays .444 AVG, 10 R, 7 RBI)
Fantasy Dud of the Week – Casey McGehee, 3B, Brewers
The big third baseman had a terrible week to match his poor season, going 1-16 (.063 AVG) with 1 RBI, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. He also managed to ground into a double play, to put the icing on the cake. It’s going to take a huge amount of improvement for McGehee next season if he wants to continue being a lock for third base in Milwaukee.
(Dishonourable mention: Shane Victorino, CF, Phillies, .080 AVG, 1 RBI, 5 K)
Rookie to watch – Joe Benson, OF, Twins
The September call-up had a fantastic week, in which he managed to hit 5 doubles and a triple. He was 9-18 (.500 AVG), and he scored three runs. While the Twins aren’t playing for anything but development this late in September, it is nice to see some of their younger players succeeding at the major-league level after the team’s injury ridden and terrible season.
Waiver Wire Player of the Week – Mark Ellis, 2B, Rockies
The long-time Athletic had some success this week on his new team, going 9-21 (.429 AVG). Ellis didn’t display very much power, having only one extra base hit, but he managed to score 4 runs and drive in 3. He also stole two bases while hitting a home run. Ellis is only 3.1% owned in ESPN leagues so he should be an easy pickup.