Fantasy Baseball Who’s Hot, Who’s Not 7/3/14: Jose Altuve Steals the Show
The week is nearing the end, meaning you’re probably coming down to the wire in your fantasy baseball matchup this week. If you need an extra boost to your roster, take a look at who’s hot and who’s not so you know which players to stay away from.
Steve Pearce: 1B, Baltimore Orioles (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
The Orioles have been disappointed with Chris Davis’ production this season, but they’ve gotten a big boost with the unexpected consistency of Pearce. His .273 batting average over the last six games isn’t earth-shattering, but he’s been making the most of his hits with three home runs, two doubles and seven RBI. This kind of production is nothing they’ve ever seen from him before in his career. Pearce currently owns a .322/.385/.599 line with 10 homers and 27 RBI. To put that in perspective, his career on-base percentage in 895 at-bats is .329. So, his 2014 batting average has almost eclipsed his career OBP.
Jose Altuve: 2B, Houston Astros (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Altuve is one of the top-producing players at his position, but he’s not even in the top-three with regard to All-Star voting at second base. He hasn’t let it affect his play over the past week, posting a .464/.483/.536 line with two doubles, six runs scored and nine stolen bases. A lot of attention is given to Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton with their stealing ability, but Altuve deserves his due, as well. He’s swiped 37 bags this season, getting caught just three times. Add that with his .343 batting average in 344 at-bats this season, and he gives fantasy players multiple ways to get points on the board.
Zack Greinke: SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $9,600)
After getting knocked around by Kansas City on June 23 (5 ER, 11 H in 5.2 IP), Greinke bounced back against the Cardinals to allow one run on four hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work. The Dodgers have crawled back into the NL West race thanks to a disappointing run by the Giants, but the pitching staff has been rock solid. Greinke already has 10 wins with a 2.78 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 103.2 innings pitched. He’s in Colorado Thursday night, but is a stud you should feel confident in playing.
Brian Dozier: 2B, Minnesota Twins (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Dozier has broken out this season in Minnesota, already collecting 15 home runs and 12 doubles in 310 at-bats. He’s been useful at the top of the lineup, posting a .346 on-base percentage. However, the last week hasn’t been too kind to the second baseman. In 25 at-bats, he’s reached base three times (one single and two walks), while striking out nine times. He’s stolen 15 bags and has scored 60 times already this season, so his season-long prognosis looks good, but stay away from him in daily fantasy games for now.
Josh Donaldson: 3B, Oakland Athletics (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Despite Donaldson’s struggles, the A’s have remained one of the MLB’s best teams. He’s had a tough week, but the entire month of June was no fun for him. He hit .181/.223/.286 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 105 at-bats. This long slump has dropped his season average down to .245, yet still has 18 home runs and 61 RBI on the season. When he has gotten a hit, he’s taken advantage of Oakland having runners on base. He’s been in such a prolonged slump that daily fantasy players should stay away at all costs until he shown he’s completely out of the fire.
Wei-Yin Chen: SP, Baltimore Orioles (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
After three-straight quality starts from Chen, he’s failed to do so in his last two appearances. His most recent one was the worst, lasting just 3.1 innings while giving up five runs on seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts against the offensively-challenged Tampa Bay Rays. The southpaw is 7-3 on the season with a 4.19 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 92.1 innings pitched, and will be looking to get back on track Thursday night against the Texas Rangers. He’s fared pretty well at home this season, but is susceptible to giving up the home run, and Camden Yards can help make that happen regularly.
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