Week 12 of the Fantasy Baseball season seemed to be the week of the “Day of Rest” for position players and some rough weeks for young starting pitchers. Not sure if it was just my team but in the Fantasy Baseball league I play in with friends we all seemed to have a good amount of players receiving routine days off of rest as we lead up to the All-Star break in a couple weeks. There were some nice resurgences this week from the Rockies Charlie Blackmon, the Astros Carlos Correa and Orioles Adam Jones. It was a solid week for aces with two starts like the Marlins Jose Fernandez, White Sox Chris Sale and Giants Madison Bumgarner that were each lights out in two starts.
On a weekly basis I’ll be providing a recap on the past week in Fantasy Baseball and the outlook for the upcoming week. Here’s your Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Recap and advice for Week 13.
1. Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies (Last Week: .424 AVG, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 9 Runs, 0 SB, 3 BB)
— #VoteRox (@Rockies) June 27, 2016
Analysis: Just as fantasy owners were getting a bit restless with Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon’s season he puts together a great week earning NL Player of the Week honors. The great week moves Blackmon back into the top-60 ranked fantasy players, getting closer to living up to the pre-season ranking of 26. Blackmon is a nice fantasy asset across categories and fantasy owners will look to ride this hot streak.
2. Jean Segura, SS/2B, Dbacks (Last Week: .385 AVG, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 11 Runs, 5 SB, 8 BB)
Jean Segura on pace to accumulate almost 200 hits this season. https://t.co/SUsZvAf3Ej
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 25, 2016
Analysis: Jean Segura is having an excellent bounce-back campaign with the Diamondbacks in 2016. In the pre-season Shortstop Preview I had Segura pegged as my sleeper pick coming off a strong spring and fresh start with Arizona. He’s been putting up solid numbers across all categories on the season as he’s batting .311 with five home runs, 32 RBI, 46 runs scored, 13 steals to go along with 19 walks. For fantasy owners it’s beneficial that Segura has SS/2B eligibility and should continue to ride this hot season.
3. Trevor Bauer, SP, Indians (Last Week: 9 IP, 1 W, 10K, 1.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP, 1 QS)
Trevor Bauer has gone seven innings in five straight starts with at least nine Ks in three of last four. https://t.co/hzK6S7TV6v
— RotoGrinders (@RotoGrinders) June 27, 2016
Analysis: Former Diamondbacks top prospect Trevor Bauer is having a great 2016 and an especially solid last 30 days. Over the last 30 days Bauer sports a 1.86 ERA, 0.88 WHIP with two wins, 38 strikeouts and five quality starts. On the season Bauer has a 3.20 ERA with five wins, 79:27 K:BB ratio over 84.1 innings. The Indians are playing good baseball and Bauer has a solid role within the rotation, fantasy owners should keep starting Bauer.
1. Aaron Nola, SP, Phillies (Last Week: 6.1 IP, 0 W, 6K, 17.05 ERA, 3.16 WHIP, 0 QS)
Pete Mackanin on Aaron Nola: “He’s a little confused right now” https://t.co/0Ab7oz6IQt
— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) June 27, 2016
Analysis: Phillies SP Aaron Nola was off to a great start to the season through the first couple months but has really struggled over the course of the last 30 days. Over the past 30 days he has an 8.64 ERA, 2.20 WHIP with only 29 strikeouts. The highly regarded Nola hasn’t made it through the fourth inning in any of his last four starts and has seen his ERA over that span jump from 2.65 to 4.45. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin addressed the status of Nola in the quote below, while he should bounce back but is likely going through growing pains in his first full season.
“He’s a little confused right now,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “He’s approaching his first full year in the big leagues so he’s going to have some adversity. He probably hasn’t had any in quite a while, if at all. You can see his confidence is shaken. But he’s smart and a competitor. He’ll bounce back at some point.”
2. Edinson Vólquez, SP, Royals (Last Week: 1 IP, 0 W, 0K, 99 ERA, 11 WHIP, 0 QS)
Edinson Volquez becomes the first starting pitcher since John Gilroy in 1895 to allow 12 runs in an inning or less #Royals
— Adnan Virk, ESPN (@adnanESPN) June 25, 2016
Analysis: As shown in the tweet above, Edinson Vólquez had a historically bad start last week against the Houston Astros. That start is about as bad as it can get and adds to what has been an extremely tough June for Vólquez. For the month of June he’s gone 2-3 with an 8.88 ERA, 19:13 K:BB ration through five starts. On the season Vólquez sports a 5.15 ERA, up considerably from his 3.55 ERA in 2015. It’s tough for fantasy owners to start hime with confidence at this point in time and based off his tough month of June.
3. Drew Smyly, SP, Rays (Last Week: 12 IP, 0 W, 11K, 9.00 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 0 QS)
— TampaBayTimesSports (@TBTimes_Sports) June 27, 2016
Analysis: It’s been a rocky six weeks for Rays SP Drew Smyly as he’s seen his ERA ballon from to 3.54 to 5.32 over that span. Smyly has a solid 100:20 K:BB ratio on the season, but home runs have been a problem as he’s given up 19 home runs, which is good for third most in MLB. The Rays as a team have struggled over the past couple weeks which hasn’t helped Smyly’s case. He’s a talented starter with solid K:BB ratio, just giving up way too many home runs in a homer friendly AL East. Fantasy owners should stick with Smyly in hopes he and the Rays can turn it around while continuing to put up high strikeout numbers.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 13:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 13. Two-start pitchers can be huge in head-to-head fantasy matchups, providing twice the opportunity to rack up wins, strikeouts and quality starts. Here are my thoughts on pitchers scheduled for two starts in Week 13.
- Three I like:
– Trevor Bauer, CLE (@ ATL, @ TOR)
– Jon Lester, CHC (@ CIN, @ NYM)
– Michael Wacha, STL (@ KC, vs. MIL)
- Three I don’t like:
– Chris Archer, TB (vs. BOS, vs. DET)
– Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA (vs. PIT, vs. BAL)
– Matt Shoemaker, LAA (vs. HOU, @ BOS)
Recap from Week 12 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Johnny Cueto, SF (@ PIT, vs. PHI): 12.2 IP, 1 W, 8K, 4.97 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 1 QS
– Noah Syndergaard, NYM (vs. KC, @ ATL): 6 IP, 1 W, 4K, 4.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1 QS
– Justin Verlander, DET (vs. SEA, vs. CLE): 11.2 IP, 0 W, 10K, 7.71 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 1 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Clay Buchholz, BOS (vs. CWS, @ TEX): 10.1 IP, 0 W, 8K, 6.10 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 0 QS
– Derek Holland, TEX (vs. BAL, vs. BOS): 4.1 IP, 0 W, 3K, 6.23 ERA, 2.54 WHIP, 0 QS
– Luis Perdomo, SD (@ BAL, @ CIN): 11 IP, 0 W, 13K, 7.36 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 1 QS
*Noah Syndergaard’s second start was pushed back to start Monday in a big series for the Mets against the Nationals. Rangers SP Derek Holland only started once before being place on the Disabled List with left shoulder inflammation.