Week 13 of the Fantasy Baseball season was a big offensive week as we saw huge weeks from expected players like the Cubs Kris Bryant and Blue Jays Josh Donaldson while also seeing monster weeks from unexpected players like the Nationals Danny Espinosa and Mariners Seth Smith. I’ll keep this weeks recap short and sweet to enjoy the Fourth of July like the rest of us, everyone have fun and stay safe today.
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 13 Recap and advice for Week 14.
1. Danny Espinosa, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Nationals (Last Week: .429 AVG, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 8 Runs, 1 SB, 4 BB)
Danny Espinosa's 15 RBI was the most in a 4-game series in franchise history pic.twitter.com/8f3QQO8gRf
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 4, 2016
Analysis: Danny Espinsoa had an outstanding week and especially great series against Cincinnati Reds pitching as he batted .389 with five home runs and 15 RBI. Espinosa is up to 18 home runs, 49 RBI 40 runs scored and four steals on the season and the position eligibility at 1B, 2B, SS and 3B is nice for fantasy purposes.
2. Brian Dozier, 2B, Twins (Last Week: .400 AVG, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 Runs, 0 SB, 3 BB)
A lot of grave dancing when Brian Dozier went sub-Mendoza. Five weeks since: .341/.411/.659, 23-9-24-4. No. 11 hitter in 5×5.
— scott pianowski (@scott_pianowski) July 2, 2016
Analysis: Brian Dozier was off to a very slow start to the season batting .202 with five home runs, 17 RBI and 21 runs scored through the first two months. He’s really turned it on with a really strong June as he batted .369 with eight homers, nine doubles, 21 RBI and 19 runs scored. Fantasy owners that were patient are having it pay off now and those that picked him up off waivers made a nice find for the 2nd half of the season.
3. Danny Duffy, SP, Royals (Last Week: 16.2 IP, 2 W, 16K, 2.16 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 2 QS)
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) June 28, 2016
Analysis: Royals starter Danny Duffy had an excellent week and has been very solid over the past seven starts. He pitched eight plus innings in each of his two starts last week and nearly pitched a complete game on Saturday against the Phillies. Duffy is a nice fantasy option right now as other Kansas City Royals starters have been struggling.
1. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates (Last Week: .238 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) June 27, 2016
Analysis: It’s been a tough season for Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen as he’s only batting .239 with 12 home runs, 15 doubles, 32 RBI, 45 runs scored and two steals. In the pre-season he was a top-10 fantasy option and is currently ranked 202 overall. McCutchen has been playing through an injury and its tough on his speed that has been a critical part of his game over the years.
2. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers (Last Week: .333 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 Runs, 0 SB, 0 BB)
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING RYAN BRAUN
— Brew Crew Ball (@BrewCrewBall) July 4, 2016
Analysis: I’ve been debating putting Ryan Braun on the “3 Down” list for the past month or so. Overall on the season he hasn’t been a disappointment batting .328 with 13 home runs, 44 RBI, 35 runs scored, 21 walks and six steals through 68 games. It’s not that he hasn’t been putting up solid numbers, but they have come in bunches and it appears the nagging injuries are still lingering.
3. Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs (Last Week: 12 IP, 1 W, 8K, 7.84 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 0 QS)
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 3, 2016
Analysis: Despite a rough past couple starts, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is still a top-20 overall fantasy player. Over his past three starts he hasn’t made it past 5.1 innings pitched and in his last two starts has given up a combined nine earned runs with a 8:7 K:BB ratio, seeing his ERA jump from 1.74 to 2.33. Although he’s struggled lately Arietta is a solid candidate to bounce back in a big way for fantasy owners.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 14:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 14. 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 14.
- Three I like:
– Tyler Chatwood, COL (@ SF, vs. PHI)
– Matt Harvey, NYM (vs. MIA, vs. WAS)
– Max Scherzer, WAS (vs. MIL, @ NYM)
- Three I don’t like:
– Wade Miley, SEA (@ HOU, @ KC)
– CC Sabathia, NYY (@ CWS, @ CLE)
– Edinson Volquez, KC (@ TOR, vs. SEA)
Recap from Week 13 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Trevor Bauer, CLE (@ ATL, @ TOR): 11 IP, 2 W, 8K, 1.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 1 QS
– Jon Lester, CHC (@ CIN, @ NYM): 9 IP, 0 W, 6K, 9.00 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 1 QS
– Michael Wacha, STL (@ KC, vs. MIL): 11 IP, 2 W, 10K, 4.09 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 1 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Chris Archer, TB (vs. BOS, vs. DET): 12 IP, 0 W, 19K, 3.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 0 QS
– Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA (vs. PIT, vs. BAL): 12.2 IP, 2 W, 5K, 4.26 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 1 QS
– Matt Shoemaker, LAA (vs. HOU, @ BOS): 10.2 IP, 0 W, 9K, 4.22 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 1 QS