Fantasy Baseball Week 9 was the week of the home run. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager hit six in total including a three home run game on Friday against the Braves, check out the infographic below for more info. We had five home runs from each of these players: Evan Longoria, Carlos González, Adam Duvall and Mookie Betts. In fact Betts had a three home run game of his own against the Orioles on Tuesday, including five home runs over the span of seven At-bats. On the flip side, the home runs weren’t great for starting pitchers like Stephen Strasburg, Taijuan Walker, Jeff Samardzija, James Shields and Carlos Rodon, to name a few that struggled.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 4, 2016
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 9 Recap and advice for Week 10.
1. Jay Bruce, OF, Reds (Last Week: .379 AVG, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 8 Runs, 0 SB, 2 BB)
Analysis: Jay Bruce is having a great 2016 season, overall he’s batting .280 with 13 home runs, 11 doubles, 34 runs scored, 14 walks, two steals and surprisingly is tied for the league lead in triples with five. He’s been really solid the last couple weeks, batting .308 with five home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs scored. Much like last season he’s been rumored to be on the trading block from the last place Reds that are clearly in rebuilding mode. Fantasy owners could receive another boost to his stock if he gets traded to a better situation.
2. Evan Gattis, C/OF, Astros (Last Week: .269 AVG, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 4 Runs, 0 SB, 3 BB)
Analysis: It was a big development this week when the Astros Evan Gattis reached five games started and became catcher eligible in fantasy. Catcher has been a tough position this year and it paid off for fantasy owners that stashed him away until he received that eligibility. Since coming back up from the minors in preparation for catching, Gattis over the past two weeks has hit five home runs to go along with 12 RBI and nine runs scored. The average should stick around that .250 range but fantasy owners can expect nice production in the power categories from Gattis.
3. Marco Estrada, SP, Blue Jays (Last Week: 16 IP, 2 W, 11K, 1.13 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 2 QS)
Marco Estrada carries a no-hitter into the 8th to lead the Blue Jays to a series victory over the Red Sox. pic.twitter.com/etp16RD3XE
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) June 5, 2016
Analysis: On paper it looked like two tough matchups for Marco Estrada last week facing the Yankees at home and Boston on the road. He proved me wrong after I placed him on my “Three I don’t like” for two-start pitchers in Week 9 and nearly threw a no-hitter at Fenway Park against the best offense in baseball. Looking a bit deeper into the stats, Estrada has had a fantastic season and is currently ranked 40th overall in fantasy with four wins, 63 strikeouts, 2.41 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, eight quality starts over 74.2 innings. Fantasy owners should look to keep riding Estrada’s hot streak.
1. Marcus Stroman, SP, Blue Jays (Last Week: 5.2 IP, 0 W, 4K, 9.53 ERA, 2.47 WHIP, 0 QS)
— BP Toronto (@BProToronto) June 6, 2016
Analysis: There were high hopes for Marcus Stroman coming into the season, including being listed at “Best Value” in the Game-Time Decision Starting Pitcher Preview. He’s struggled big time over the past 30 days with a 6.82 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 19:12 K:BB ratio, only one win and two quality starts over 30.1 innings. He’s had a rough go of it recently with both of his last two starts against a strong Red Sox lineup where he’s given up a combined 13 earned runs. The 25-year-old Stroman has a ton of potential and fantasy owners should be patient that he turns it around soon for the Blue Jays.
2. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates (Last Week: .182 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB, 3 BB)
Because of Andrew McCutchen's balky thumb, Hurdle said it's possible McCutchen will receive some more rest days going forward
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 3, 2016
Analysis: Andrew McCutchen is batting .250 on the season, quite a bit down from his career .295 batting average. With nine home runs, the power is still there as he’s tied for the Pirates lead in homers with Gregory Polanco. However, the speed is almost entirely gone with just one steal in only four attempts on the season. McCutchen’s stock is dropping fast as he’s also dealing right thumb discomfort and had to leave the game early this past Thursday and hasn’t played since. At this point fantasy owners should look to trade McCutchen based off his big name and the hopes someone will take a chance on the him the rest of the way.
3. Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins (Last Week: .071 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB, 3 BB)
Marcell Ozuna is what we thought Giancarlo Stanton would be. Giancarlo Stanton is what we thought Marcell Ozuna would be.
— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) June 2, 2016
Analysis: Giancarlo Stanton returned to the lineup this past week after sitting out seven games with side discomfort. In the week he came back, Stanton went 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts. On the season he’s batting .202 with 68 strikeouts in 168 At-bats. It’s been a rough season for Stanton fantasy owners but he’s a player with as high a fantasy upside as any player the rest of the way. Hopefully the side injury isn’t nagging and get hot for the Marlins soon, fantasy owners will need to ride this one out.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 10:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 10. 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 10.
- Three I like:
– Zach Davies, MIL (vs. OAK, vs. NYM)
– Jacob deGrom, NYM (@ PIT, @ MIL)
– Zack Greinke, ARI (vs. TB, vs. MIA)
- Three I don’t like:
– Wade Miley, SEA (vs. CLE, vs. TEX)
– Michael Pineda, NYY (vs. LAA, vs. DET)
– Aaron Sanchez, TOR (@ DET, vs. BAL)
Recap from Week 9 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Jake Arrieta, CHC (vs. LAD, vs. ARI): 12 IP, 0 W, 20K, 2.25 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1 QS
– Tyler Duffey, MIN (@ OAK, vs. TB): 10.1 IP, 0 W, 14K, 7.84 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 0 QS
– Jeff Samardzija, SF (@ ATL, @ STL): 10 IP, 0 W, 6K, 9.00 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 0 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Marco Estrada, TOR (vs. NYY, @ BOS): 16 IP, 2 W, 11K, 1.13 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 2 QS
– Ivan Nova, NYY (@ TOR, @ BAL): 12 IP, 1 W, 10K, 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 0 QS
– Justin Verlander, DET (@ LAA, vs. CWS): 14.1 IP, 1 W, 15K, 3.77 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 1 QS