Fantasy Baseball Week 10 seemed to be a pretty even week across the board stats wise. Most matchups in season long leagues that I participate in had scores of 6-5, 6-6, or 7-4. There were some monster offensive weeks from the likes of Chris Davis, Wil Myers, Edwin Encarnacion and Xander Boagerts. On the other hand there were some monster pitching performances from Jon Lester, Zach Davies, Michael Fulmer and Christian Friedrich.
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 10 Recap and advice for Week 11.
1. Chris Davis, 1B/OF, Orioles (Last Week: .368 AVG, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 5 Runs, 0 SB, 4 BB)
Chris Davis now has a HR in 5 straight games, the 2nd longest streak in his career. pic.twitter.com/XVXbl13m92
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) June 12, 2016
Analysis: Chris Davis had a big week for the Orioles and continues to tear up Blue Jays pitching at Rogers Centre. For his career at Rogers Center, Davis is batting .340 with 17 home runs, 15 doubles, 40 RBI and 32 runs scored in 188 plate appearances. After a slow month of May where he batted .210 with only three home runs, Davis has turned it up in June already hitting six home runs and sports a .265 batting average. Fantasy owners will look to ride Davis’ hot streak in June.
2. Wil Myers, 1B/OF, Padres (Last Week: .333 AVG, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 Runs, 2 SB, 4 BB)
We still have to worry about health, I guess, but Wil Myers is having a monstrous, fun year. https://t.co/FVEObwh9Dj
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) June 11, 2016
Analysis: Wil Myers filled up the stat sheet last week putting up solid numbers across all standard categories, including two steals. The former big time prospect is having a great season for the Padres as he’s batting .287 with 13 home runs, 37 RBI, 40 runs scored, eight steals and 16 walks. Over the past month he’s been a top-20 ranked fantasy player putting up solid numbers across all categories; .320 average, seven home runs, 21 RBI, 20 runs scored, four steals and six walks. Fantasy owners that took a shot on Myers early on are reaping big rewards so far and should continue to start him on an everyday basis.
3. Michael Fulmer, SP, Tigers (Last Week: 12 IP, 2 W, 8K, 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 2 QS)
— MLB (@MLB) June 13, 2016
Analysis: Michael Fulmer was “the other guy” in the Yoenis Cespedes deal to the Mets last season. In 2015, with the Mets loaded with starting pitching depth they made the move to acquire Cespedes for Fulmer and it helped turn around their season and led them to the World Series appearance. In that trade, Fulmer was a Double-A prospect at the time putting together a nice season for the Binghamton Mets. In his first full year with the Tigers he’s been outstanding including a lights out past month of baseball with five wins, 36 strikeouts, 1.16 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and five quality starts over 38.2 innings pitched. Fantasy owners should continue to let it ride with Fulmer as he’s having a breakout season for the Tigers.
1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels (Last Week: .185 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB, 3 BB)
Analysis: It’s been a rough start to the month of June for Albert Pujols as he’s batting .237 with one home run, one double and five RBI over 11 games played. On the season Pujols is batting .232 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, 24 runs scored and 28 walks in 237 plate appearances. He still can put up some solid power numbers here and there but is much more streaky nowadays. The batting average has dropped to below .240 but he should still hit in the 30 home run range and drive in 90+ RBI , but as a whole his fantasy value is dropping steadily over the past couple years, currently ranked 127 in Yahoo!
2. Chris Sale, SP, White Sox (Last Week: 6.0 IP, 1 W, 8K, 7.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 0 QS)
As Strange But True as it gets – Chris Sale division https://t.co/YcCDYlkRAI
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 11, 2016
Analysis: There’s no arguing that Chris “The Condor” Sale is a great starting pitcher in today’s game, evidenced by his 10-2 record, 2.91 ERA and 86 strikeouts over 91 innings pitched so far this year. However over the past 30 days Sale has struggled with a 5.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and only two wins and quality starts over the past 31.2 innings. The note below from Rotoworld.com does explain the situation a bit further, but still Sale is a high end pitcher the rest of the way for the White Sox.
The eight whiffs were nice to see. They helped to counteract Sale’s sliding strikeout rate, which is down to 8.51 K/9 from his 11.82 last year. Sale has also lost 2 miles per hour off his fastball since last year.
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians (Last Week: .227 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB, 3 BB)
Jason Kipnis did some condiment damage. https://t.co/bhEEaHk7m6
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 2, 2016
Analysis: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been on a bit of a slide over the past two weeks where over that span he’s batting .234 with zero home runs, three RBI, zero steals, five runs scored and six walks. On the season he’s ranked as the 12th best second baseman at a position that has been surprisingly deep with Ian Kinsler, Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Daniel Murphy, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Carpenter, Rougned Odor all having great seasons beyond the expected leader Jose Altuve. Overall Kipnis isn’t having a terrible season, but then again he isn’t living up to they hype of being the pre-season fifth ranked second baseman.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 11:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 11. 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 11.
- Three I like:
– Jacob deGrom, NYM (vs. PIT, vs. ATL)
– Zack Greinke, ARI (vs. LAD, @ PHI)
– Julio Teheran, ATL (vs. CIN, @ NYM)
- Three I don’t like:
– Juan Nicasio, PIT (@ NYM, @ CHC)
– James Shields, CWS (vs. DET, @ CLE)
– Edinson Volquez, KC (vs. CLE, vs. DET)
Recap from Week 10 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Zach Davies, MIL (vs. OAK, vs. NYM): 13 IP, 2 W, 12K, 1.38 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 2 QS
– Jacob deGrom, NYM (@ PIT, @ MIL): 6 IP, 0 W, 9K, 4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 1 QS
– Zack Greinke, ARI (vs. TB, vs. MIA): 9 IP, 1 W, 2K, 0.00 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 1 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Wade Miley, SEA (vs. CLE, vs. TEX): 12 IP, 1 W, 9K, 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 1 QS
– Michael Pineda, NYY (vs. LAA, vs. DET): 13 IP, 1 W, 12K, 3.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 2 QS
– Aaron Sanchez, TOR (@ DET, vs. BAL): 13 IP, 1 W, 19K, 5.54 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1 QS
* Jacob deGrom and Zack Greinke was scheduled for two starts but ended up only starting once. They’re both still a solid two-start pitchers in Week 11 with deGrom having matchups against the Pirates and Braves while Greinke will be facing the Dodgers and Phillies.