Week 4 of the Fantasy Baseball season is complete. We saw some stars finally have breakout weeks that we’ve been waiting for from the likes of Miguel Cabrera and José Abreu as well as others continuing their outstanding starts to the season in Nolan Arenado and Giancarlo Stanton. Arenado is showing that he belongs in the top-5 overall conversation along with pushing Blue Jays Josh Donaldson as top fantasy third baseman.
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 4 Recap and advice for Week 5.
1. Victor Martinez, 1B/DH, Tigers (Last Week: .519 AVG, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 8 Runs, 0 SB, 2 BB)
Analysis: Victor Martinez is absolutely raking right now, over the past two weeks he’s batting .400 with three home runs, five doubles, 11 RBI and eight runs scored. This week he won AL Player of the Week for fifth time in his career and the Tigers offense appears to finally be coming around, winning six of their last seven games. I liked Martinez coming into the 2016 season as my pick for “Best Value” in the First Base Preview. If he’s available in your league and you have an opening at utility position, look to add V-Mart.
2. Michael Conforto, OF, Mets (Last Week: .440 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
This is Michael Conforto's 77th MLB game. He's hit: .296/.370/.544.
Carlos Correa thru 77g: .273/.339/.500
Kris Bryant: .269/.375/.466
— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) April 30, 2016
Analysis: Michael Conforto, the second year outfielder for the New York Mets is off to an outstanding start to the 2016 season batting .342 with four home runs, 11 doubles, 18 RBI, 15 runs scored, nine walks and one steal. In addition to his impressive slash line in the tweet above, there’s also a solid New York Daily News article that chronicles Conforto’s “perfect swing”. Conforto has moved into the third spot in the Mets lineup where there’s certainly high potential for the future star.
3. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (Last Week: .440 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 Runs, 1 SB, 1 BB)
Analysis: Nick Castellanos of the Tigers is quietly having a great start to the 2016 season. He’s leading the AL in hitting with a .361 average to go along with four home runs and is sixth in the AL with 18 RBI. Castellanos was my “Sleeper Pick” in the Third Base Preview and so far he’s proving me right. Take a look at Castellanos if you’re in need of a 3B, he’s in a strong Tigers lineup and primed to have a breakout season.
1. Dee Gordon, 2B, Marlins (Last Week: .211 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB, 1 BB)
Marlins 2B Dee Gordon suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, effective immediately.
— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2016
Analysis: This one is going to be a pretty quick analysis, Dee Gordon is suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. The news is very disappointing for Gordon fantasy owners as I had him selected preseason as third best in the league in the Second Base Preview. He can be dropped at this point if you own him but keep an eye on his availability two months from now as he brings big value in steals, averages and runs categories once he returns.
2. Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Last Week: .158 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB, 6 BB)
Carlos Correa has 17 walks in 105 plate appearances. He didn’t work his 17th walk last season until his 221st plate appearance.
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) May 3, 2016
Analysis: Much like the Astros offense, Carlos Correa had a big first week of the season has been pretty silent ever since. Over the past two weeks he’s batting .262 with no home runs, two RBI, six runs scored, one steal and 10 walks. The walks are the one category I look to as a very positive note as elaborated upon in the tweet above by Jake Kaplan. There’s a reason I had Correa as my preseason top pick in the Shortstop Preview, expect him and the Astros to get it going soon, there’s too much talent not to produce big numbers.
3. Shelby Miller, SP, DBacks (Last Week: 8.2 IP, 0 W, 9K, 8.31 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, 0 QS)
Zack Greinke/Shelby Miller:
40 ER in 50.1 IP (7.15 ERA)
All 5 Dodgers starters (thru 5 IP tonight):
42 ER in 122.2 IP (3.08 ERA)
— #WaltonYourFriend (@RyanWaltonSBN) April 27, 2016
Analysis: There were high hopes coming into the season for the Diamondbacks, especially in the starting pitching department. They went big in the free agent market signing Zach Greinke to a 6 year/ 206.5 million dollar deal and traded several high end prospects, including 2015 #1 overall pick Dansby Swanson and top pitching prospect Aaron Blair to the Braves for starter Shelby Miller. It’s been a nightmare of a start to the season for Miller with an 8.49 ERA and has given up six home runs along with an NL high 19 walks. In my opinion it’s too early to give up on Miller, but he’s certainly one to be monitored if things don’t turn around soon.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 5:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 5. 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 5.
- Three I like:
– Jake Arrieta, CHC (@ PIT, vs. WAS)
– Matt Harvey, NYM (vs. ATL, @ SD)
– Michael Wacha, STL (vs. PHI, vs. PIT)
- Three I don’t like:
– R.A. Dickey, TOR (vs. TEX, vs. LAD)
– Martin Perez, TEX (@ TOR, @ DET)
– Luis Severino, NYY (@ BAL, vs. BOS)
Recap from Week 4 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Kyle Hendricks, CHC (vs. MIL, vs. ATL): 5 IP, 0 W, 4K, 1.80 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 0 QS
– Clayton Kershaw, LAD (vs. MIA, vs. SD): 16 IP, 1 W, 24K, 2.81 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, 1 QS
– Danny Salazar, CLE (@ MIN, @ PHI): 11.2 IP, 0 W, 11K, 3.86ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 1 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Nathan Eovaldi, NYY (@ TEX, @ BOS): 12 IP, 1 W, 9K, 4.50 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1 QS
– Jeff Locke, PIT (@ COL, vs. CIN): 13 IP, 1 W, 14K, 2.08 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 2 QS
– Julio Teheran, ATL (vs. BOS, @ CHC): 14 IP, 0 W, 17K, 0.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 2 QS
* Hendricks was projected for two-starts in Week 4, but only ended up starting once.