On Monday each week I take a look at the fantasy baseball game breaking down players who have produced noteworthy performances of late – not just positive outings mind you, but I’ll also delve into some of the players that have been sucking wind of late. Can you use this information to your benefit over at DailyJoust?
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GAINERS OF THE WEEK
Coco Crisp (+28, $110,000 in DailyJoust Salary)
The numbers aren’t very good. Oh the 26 steals are nice, but the .252 average and 42 runs runs scored are pretty boring. Still, someone has been swinging a good stick of late. Not only did Coco have a homer and five RBIs Sunday, he’s got 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored in August. Going a bit further back he has hit .282 with 17 RBIs and 19 runs scored over his last 27 games. Oh, and I’ve left out the best part. He’s running. A lot. After swiping 16 bags in the first half of the season he’s stolen 10 bases in his last 27 trips to the field including six in his last 15 games. He won’t get to the 49 steals he had last season but he’s just four steals from a 3rd straight season with 30 base thefts.
Gavin Floyd (+34, $240K)
Boring but stable. That could be the name on the back of Floyd’s jersey. One victory from his 10th, that would give him double-digit victories in 5-straight seasons, his ERA would be a five year high at 4.43, as would his WHIP at 1.38, but he’s pitched better than that of late, much better. Over his last nine outings he’s gone 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA. Now he’s still sporting a 1.43 WHIP, and his K/BB ratio has been 1.60 over those 57.1 innings, so it’s not like everything’s fantastic in his world.
Aaron Hill (+28, $116K)
Hill is on the cusp of some pretty impressive numbers. Hitting .298 with 17 homers and nine steals, that’s pretty darn close to a .300, 20/10 season, and that’s darn impressive don’t cha think? Over his last three games Hill has seven hits, including three homers, that have led to five RBIs and six runs scored. Hill has been pretty darn consistent as well. In 82 games during the first half of the season he hit .300 with a .355 OBP and .505 SLG. In 34 games in the second half of the season he’s hit .293 with a .349 OBP an a .496 SLG. That will play.
Chris Young (+24, $103K)
Young started out as just about the hottest hitter in the league (he hit .410 with five homers over his first 11 games). He then hit .158 in May, was hurt, hit .143 in June and he basically disappeared from fantasy relevant. This started to turn around a bit in July, he went deep four times with four steals, and he’s finally looking more Young-like. Over his last 28 games Young is hitting .270 with a .363 OBP and .539 SLG. That’s a .902 OPS over 28 games. Pretty good don’t ya think? He’s also hit five homers, scored 15 runs, knocked 16 in and has stolen four bases. Finally (he still only owned in 58 percent of leagues at Fleaflicker).
LOSERS OF THE WEEK
R.A. Dickey (-39, $402K)
The best value in the game on the hill this season, Dickey has had an amazing season with 15 victories, a 2.89 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 175 Ks, in 168.1 innings mind you (a phenomenal number for a knuckleballer really). Things have taken a downturn of late though. Over his last eight outings he’s gone 3-3 with an ERA of 4.10 an a WHIP of 1.30. Given his career numbers of 4.09 and 1.34, those second half numbers certainly aren’t at all shocking. At least he’s still striking batters out with more than one an inning. Tremendous season no matter what happens from here out, but the best is likely behind him.
Eric Hosmer (-17, $60K)
There are three first basemen who have gone 10/10 this year – Paul Goldschmidt, Edwin Encarnacion and Hosmer. It’s a small victory for Hosmer who continues to struggle. His batting average is up .010 points from the first half. It’s still just .241. His OBP is up .024 points in the second second half. It still just .323. His OPS though is down two points in the second half at .668 as he’s hit only two homers with four doubles and a triple in 36 games. It’s going to end up being a completely lost season. Let’s just hope he catches fire to give him some confidence to build on for 2013.
Carlos Lee (-16, $88K)
With 57 RBIs, Lee is going to have to kick things up a bit to reach 80 RBIs for the 14th season (he has driven in 28 in his last 37 games). He’s hit that number each of the 13 seasons of his career. Lee is also hitting .286 which just so happens to be an exact match for his career mark. Hitting .297 the past 37 games, Lee has also walked more than he has struck out (19 to 15). The real issue with Lee is his total lack of pop. Lee has hit three homers since the start of June, that’s three long balls in 59 games. For a guy who has hit at least 18 homers each of the past 12 years, that’s pretty embarrassing.
Kevin Youkilis (-21, $59K)
In 42 games with the Red Sox he hit .233 with four homers and 14 RBIs. In 44 games with the White Sox he has only hit .241, but his OPS is more than .120 points up (.814), and he’s driven in 29 runners in 44 games. Youkilis is only hitting .195 over his last 31 games though and he’s also dealing with a sore knee and an arm injury. He continues to battle through, but injuries have been a huge detriment this year.
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By Ray Flowers