We’re finally done with Week 15, it seems like forever since the Week 14 Fantasy Baseball Recap came out. It’s been a mixed bag since the All-Star break for players. Certain players have kept their first half hot streak going like the Rockies SS Trevor Story, Reds OF Jay Bruce, Astros 2B Jose Alutve and ageless Red Sox 1B/DH David Ortiz. On the other hands players like Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen, White Sox 1B José Abreu, Astros OF Carlos Gómez were looking to turn it around with a big second half but have so far come up empty.
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 15 Recap and advice for Week 16.
1. Justin Turner, 1B/3B, Dodgers (Last Week: .393 AVG, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 SB, 2 BB)
— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) July 24, 2016
Analysis: Justin Turner has been excellent over the past month as he’s putting up top-10 overall fantasy numbers. Over the past 30 days he’s batting .330 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 18 runs scored, 10 walks and two steals. He’s currently locked into the 3rd spot in the Dodgers lineup and should continue to be presented with solid opportunities to produce between SS Corey Seager and 1B Adrián González.
2. Ryan Schimpf, 2B/3B, Padres (Last Week: .318 AVG, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 9 Runs, 1 SB, 4 BB)
— BHSC (@BHSCouncil) July 25, 2016
Analysis: Padres rookie 2B Ryan Schimpf came out of nowhere in July to set a Padres record for home runs in a month with nine. On the season the 28-year-old Schimpf in AAA was batting an impressive .355 with 15 home runs, 17 doubles, 48 RBI and 36 runs scored through 51 games with the El Paso Chihuahuas. Originally a fifth round pick of Toronto in 2009, Schimpf has hit 20+ home runs in each of the past four minor league seasons. The breakout performance could be legit, look to add Schimpf if he’s available.
3. José Quintana, SP, White Sox (Last Week: 12.2 IP, 1 W, 11K, 0.71 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 2 QS)
Jose Quintana's line: 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, strikes on 72 of 117. His ERA is down to 2.97.#WhiteSox
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) July 24, 2016
Analysis: With all the talk of White Sox SP Chris Sale on whether or not he’ll be traded and recently his dislike of the White Sox throwback uniforms, starter José Quintana has flown under the radar. Quintana on the season has been a top-45 overall ranked fantasy player as he’s gone 8-8 while sporting a 2.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 14 quality starts to go along with a 116:32 K:BB ratio and .233 opponent batting average. Quintana is having an excellent season for the White Sox and fantasy owners can continue to start with confidence.
1. Chris Davis, 1B/OF, Orioles (Last Week: .000 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 Runs, 0 SB, 2 BB)
In up-and-down season, Chris Davis waiting for another home run breakthrough – Baltimore Sun (blog) https://t.co/LYZkxaP45r
— Orioles fansclub (@Oriolesfansclub) July 25, 2016
Analysis: Orioles 1B Chris Davis is a streaky hitter, when he’s on, he’s on and when he’s off he really struggles. Davis is currently mired in a 0-for-18 slump including 0-for-14 coming out of the All-Star break. For the 2016 season it’s been a case of Davis having a solid every other month: April and June sported solid power and average numbers while May and July he’s struggled. Fortunately for fantasy owners he appears to be on track season wise as the Baltimore Sun article in the tweet above suggests, here’s a key line below.
On the whole, Davis is batting .226/.338/.471 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs. He wasn’t far ahead of this pace at this point last season, with 24 home runs through 97 games en route to a league-leading 47 home runs.
2. Prince Fielder, 1B, Rangers (Last Week: .000 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 Runs, 0 SB, 0 BB)
— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) July 22, 2016
Analysis: The disapointing season for Rangers 1B Prince Fielder is officially over. It just broke this afternoon that he’ll undergo season ending neck surgery later in the week. Fantasy owners that bet big on Fielder in a great hitters park are left to look at other fantasy options the remainder of the way. For the season Fielder batted .212 with eight home runs, 44 RBI, 29 runs scored, and 63 strikeouts in 89 games played. In the article above there’s a pretty telling quote on the 2013 trade of Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder straight up.
In November 2013, Daniels and then-Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski put their organization’s talent-evaluation skills on the line with a pure my-guy-for-your-guy deal. The trade, pushed by Dombrowski, came together in less than 72 hours.
Dombrowski’s eagerness to unload Fielder should have been a red flag.
Throughout the 2013 season, numerous scouts expressed shock at Fielder’s decline. He had lost the ability to pull the ball in the air. Something was wrong with Fielder, scouts said.
3. Sonny Gray, SP, A’s (Last Week: 5 IP, 0 W, 6K, 12.60 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 0 QS)
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) July 22, 2016
Analysis: Saying that A’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray has had a rough 2016 season would be putting it lightly. It started with “dead arm” issues in Spring Training and didn’t get any better during the season despite a DL stint in late May. On the seasons he’s 4-9 with 5.49 ERA, 80:38 K:BB, given up 15 home runs while opponents are batting a strong .283 average through 101.2 innings. This season has been a big surprise for fantasy owners that were expecting more of the 2.88 career ERA over his first three seasons while finishing third in 2015 AL Cy Young voting.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 16:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 16. 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 16.
- Three I like:
– Jake Arrieta, CHC (@ CWS, vs. SEA)
– Jeremy Hellickson, PHI (@ MIA, @ ATL)
– Noah Syndergaard, NYM (vs. STL, vs. COL)
- Three I don’t like:
– Jorge De La Rosa, COL (@ BAL, @ NYM)
– Gio Gonzalez, WAS (@ CLE, @ SF)
– Daniel Mengden, OAK (@ TEX, @ CLE)