Week 20 of the fantasy baseball season is in the books and it was dominated by Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez that has taken the MLB by storm over the past few weeks. We also had some big pitching weeks from the likes of David Price, Jon Lester, Chris Sale, Chris Archer and of course as we all expected CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.
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 20 Recap and advice for Week 21.
1. Gary Sánchez, C, Yankees (Last Week: .522 AVG, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 7 Runs, 0 SB, 5 BB)
Analysis: Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez has been a monster over the past month since being called up to the Majors. In the month of August he’s batting .425 with 11 home runs, 21 RBI, 18 runs scored, 10 walks and one steal over the course of 80 At-bats. The home runs for the most part have been a legit distance as well (not always the case at Yankee Stadium) averaging 402.6 feet according to Home Run Tracker. Fantasy owners will obviously look to ride Sánchez hot streak for as long as possible.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) August 27, 2016
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox (Last Week: .600 AVG, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 Runs, 2 SB, 3 BB)
Analysis: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia has been on a hot streak over the past month and especially the past week. Over the last 30 days he’s batting .386 with one home run, 15 RBI, 17 runs scored, eight walks and two steals. He had a ridiculous streak last week with 11 hits in 12 At-bats over a three game span. Pedroia has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners in 2016 with an overall .320 batting average, 12 home runs, 58 RBI, 85 runs scored, 53 walks and seven steals in 125 games played. Second base is very deep this year and Pedroia is currently sixth ranked at his position turning out to be a nice middle to late round pick in drafts.
Crazy Stat of the Day: Dustin Pedroia has gone 11-12 in his last 3 games, going from 11th to 2nd in AL batting race. pic.twitter.com/2FYbJ09dzv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 28, 2016
3. José Quintana, SP, White Sox (Last Week: 7.2 IP, 1 W, 8K, 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 1 QS)
Analysis: White Sox starter José Quintana is quietly having a fantastic season with a 2.77 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 150 strikeouts, 11 wins, 20 quality starts over 26 games started. He’d have at least 4-5 more wins and eventually would be approaching 20 wins on the season if he received solid run support from the White Sox. As shown in the tweet below White Sox have not given Quintana great run support this season, on average only 3.7 runs per start. Quintana is 6-1 over his past seven starts and is a solid one-two punch with Chris Sale, fantasy owners should keep riding Quintana’s great season.
White Sox scored 9 runs for Jose Quintana. They've scored 1 run or less for him ELEVEN times this season.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 28, 2016
1.Dee Gordon, 2B, Marlins (Last Week: .263 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
Analysis: Fantasy owners that either waited through the 80-game suspension for Dee Gordon or made a free agent pickup in anticipation of his return so far haven’t seen the return they expected. Over the last 30 days Gordon is batting .290 with no home runs, four RBI, 19 runs scored, 10 walks and nine steals. I came across an interesting article below on Dee Gordon from Fish Stripes; “If Dee Gordon continues to hit like this, he has to be like Billy Hamilton on the bases and in the field to be worthwhile.” The Marlins and fantasy owners will need Gordon to be more active stealing bases for him to be worthwhile at a deep second base position this year.
Dee Gordon and the Billy Hamilton extreme https://t.co/PYvTAQsLpi
— FishStripes (@fishstripes) August 29, 2016
2. Miguel Sano, 3B/OF, Twins (Last Week: .280 AVG, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 Runs, 0 SB, 0 BB)
Analysis: Over the past two weeks Twins 3B/OF Miguel Sano has been in a bit of a slump batting .189 with no home runs, three RBI, 3 runs scored, one walk and no steals through 37 At-bats. Sano was hurt in mid-August missing three games with a sore right elbow, the same elbow he had Tommy John surgery in March 2014. A recent MRI revealed no damage and manager Paul Molitor passed along to the Grand Forks Herald that he’s not risking further damage, but it appears he’s not playing at full strength.
“I just think it’s time,” Molitor said. “He’s been taking care of the injury the best that he can. I’m not sure if it’s 100 percent but I’ve been assured from our training staff that there’s really no risk there.”
When you think you've just ripped a sure-fire extra base hit https://t.co/xVdtLURLFI
— Parker Hageman (@ParkerHageman) August 27, 2016
3. Jacob deGrom, SP, Mets (Last Week: 4.2 IP, 0 W, 3K, 9.64 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 0 QS)
Analysis: It’s been a rough past month for Mets SP Jacob deGrom sporting a 4.45 ERA, 1.52 WHIP with only one win, three quality starts and 28 strikeouts over the past 30 days. The Mets playoff chances are hanging on by a thread and are skipping his next start to deal with fatigue. This is big for fantasy owners as we hit the home stretch in the regular season and prepare for the playoffs, hopefully the extra time between starts with bring deGrom back strong for the stretch run.
The #Mets are worried about Jacob deGrom to the extent thay they're considering pushing back his next start. They feel he's fatigued.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 25, 2016
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 21:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 21. 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 21.
- Three I like:
– Jake Arrieta, CHC (vs. PIT, vs. SF)
– Carlos Martinez, STL (@ MIL, @ CIN)
– Rick Porcello, BOS (vs. TB, @ OAK)
- Three I don’t like:
– Sean Manaea, OAK (@ HOU, vs. BOS)
– Wade Miley, BAL (vs. TOR, vs. NYY)
– Michael Pineda, NYY (@ KC, @ BAL)
Recap from Week 20 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Madison Bumgarner, SF (@ LAD, vs. ATL): 10.2 IP, 0 W, 9K, 4.22 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 1 QS
– Jon Lester, CHC (@ SD, @ LAD): 10.2 IP, 0 W, 9K, 4.22 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 1 QS
– David Price, BOS (@ TB, vs. KC): 14 IP, 2 W, 15K, 1.29 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 2 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Scott Kazmir, LAD (@ CIN, vs. CHC): 2.2 IP, 0 W, 1K, 13.50 ERA, 3.38 WHIP, 0 QS
– Tyler Skaggs, LAA (@ TOR, @ DET): 10 IP, 1 W, 8K, 4.22 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 1 QS
– Blake Snell, TB (vs. BOS, @ HOU): 6.2 IP, 0 W, 6K, 8.10 ERA, 2.70 WHIP, 0 QS