Week 6 of the Fantasy Baseball season is complete and it was basically the week of the Boston Red Sox and stud starting pitchers. The Red Sox had five of the top-10 offensive players of the past week in Travis Shaw, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez. There were monster weeks from top tier starting pitchers. Max Scherzer had a 20 strikeout game, Clayton Kershaw had a 13 strikeout complete game shutout against the Mets and Jose Fernandez had a fantastic week with two wins and 22 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.
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 6 Recap and advice for Week 7.
1. Adam Jones, OF, Orioles (Last Week: .520 AVG, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 9 Runs, 0 SB, 2 BB)
Analysis: Adam Jones finally broke out of his 2016 slump and had a big week for the Orioles. With his four home runs last week he’s now up to five on the season and doubled his RBI and runs scored totals in one week from nine to 18. He’s riding an eight game hitting streak and has raised his slash line substantially over the eight game span from .198/.274/.279 to .267/.328/.442. For fantasy owners that have been patient through his slow start are hoping this is a sign of big things to come for Jones in the heart of a powerful Orioles lineup.
2. Todd Frazier, 3B, White Sox (Last Week: .429 AVG, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 Runs, 0 SB, 6 BB)
Analysis: “The Toddfather” had a big Week 6, raising his home run total to an AL leading 12 and ranks third in the league with 32 RBI. His batting average has been well below his career average of .255, but he raised it over the course of the past week from .194 to .224. Frazier is on pace for 51 home runs, 136 RBI, which would be some monster numbers and the productivity you’re looking for from the third base position for fantasy owners. The White Sox lineup has the potential to be dangerous this summer, especially if José Abreu gets it going at the plate.
3.Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Red Sox (Last Week: .469 AVG, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 6 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
Jackie Bradley over his current 21-game hitting streak:
6 doubles, 3 triples, 6 homers
14 runs, 26 RBI
Red Sox 16-5
— High Heat Stats MLB (@HighHeatStats) May 16, 2016
Analysis: Jackie Bradley Jr. has been one of the hottest hitters over the past month and as shown the tweet above, he sports a 21-game hitting streak. After going undrafted in most fantasy leagues, Bradley Jr. has shot up the Yahoo! Fantasy ranks and is now a top-50 ranked player. For the month of May he’s batting .418 with five home runs, 17 RBI and raised his slash line on the season from to .272/.326/.481 to .331/.374/.588. Fantasy owners will keep riding this hot streak from Bradley Jr. in a solid Red Sox lineup.
1. Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays (Last Week: .250 AVG, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB, 6 BB)
Rougned Odor hits Jose Bautista with a right cross to the jaw after Bautista slid through 2nd https://t.co/t3iRrq4m7u
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) May 15, 2016
Analysis: Including Jose Bautista was an easy way to add the video above detailing the right hook from Rougned Odor, following the late slide by Bautista into second base. Besides the fight yesterday afternoon, it’s been a slow May for Bautista, he’s batting .167 with one home run, four doubles, seven RBI, seven runs scored and 12 strikeouts through 54 At-bats. Bautista will be back once the Blue Jays lineup heats up and following his likely suspension from the altercation with Odor.
2. Carlos González, OF, Rockies (Last Week: .190 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) May 15, 2016
Analysis: After his bounce-back 40 home run season in 2015, Carlos González is back on the decline. On the season he’s batting .295 with five home runs, 13 RBI, 24 runs scored, 33 strikeouts and zero steals. González was once good for 20+ steals per season (averaged 21.75 from 2010-2013), but has only attempted one steal this season and only six attempts total over the past three seasons combined. He was recently moved down to fifth in the Rockies order behind the less powerful Gerardo Parra and out of the ideal fourth spot in the lineup behind the likes of Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado.
3. Prince Fielder, 1B, Rangers (Last Week: .150 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB, 5 BB)
— FantasyPros (@FantasyProsMLB) May 15, 2016
Analysis: Prince Fielder’s 2016 season so far has been an absolute disaster. He’s 0-for-10 over the past three games and his average has dropped to .184 on the season. Fielder hasn’t hit a home run since April 19th and similar to Rockies Carlos González, was recently dropped to the fifth spot in the Rangers lineup. In the month of May he’s batting .148 with only eight hits in 54 At-bats with 11 strikeouts. At this point in time, it’s tough for fantasy owners to trust Fielder on a daily basis.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 7:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 7. 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 7.
- Three I like:
– Clayton Kershaw, LAD (vs. LAA, @ SD)
– Marcus Stroman, TOR (vs. TB, @ MIN)
– Noah Syndergaard, NYM (vs. WAS, vs. MIL)
- Three I don’t like:
– Phil Hughes, MIN (@ DET, vs. TOR)
– Michael Pineda, NYY (@ ARI, @ OAK)
– Yordano Ventura, KC (vs. BOS, @ CWS)
Recap from Week 6 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Jose Fernandez, MIA (vs. MIL, @ WAS): 14 IP, 2 W, 22K, 0.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 2 QS
– Kevin Gausman BAL (@ MIN, vs. DET): 11.0 IP, 0 W, 10K, 5.73 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 1 QS
– Drew Smyly, TB (@ SEA, vs. OAK): 5 IP, 0 W, 5K, 10.80 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 0 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Matt Cain, SF (vs. TOR, @ ARI): 15 IP, 0 W, 12K, 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 2 QS
– Scott Kazmir, LAD (vs. NYM, vs. STL): 14.1 IP, 1 W, 13K, 3.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 1 QS
– Ivan Nova, NYY (vs. KC, vs. CWS): 10.1 IP, 1 W, 5K, 1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 0 QS
*Rays SP Drew Smyly was projected for two-starts in Week 6, but only ended up starting once on Tuesday. Smyly is projected to start twice in Week 7 and is again a strong play.