It’s been a while since my last Fantasy Baseball Recap, three weeks to be exact and for good reason. My son Ben was born on July 31st, four weeks before his due date and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind last few weeks. He’s doing great and my paternity leave is up, it’s time to get back to work. It’s getting down to crunch time in the baseball season as we end the the last week of August. Some key pickups can help in the stretch run as we enter the fantasy baseball playoffs in the next few weeks. I’ve been catching up on recent baseball happenings in baseball myself which I’ll visit in the Week 19 Recap.
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 19 Recap and advice for Week 20.
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Rockies (Last Week: .583 AVG, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 9 Runs, 0 SB, 3 BB)
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) August 21, 2016
Analysis: Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu has quietly jumped into the NL batting title race with the Nationals Daniel Murphy. He’s jumped into the top-50 overall in fantasy as he’s batting .345 with 10 home runs, 25 doubles, seven triples, 49 RBI, 84 runs scored, 55 walks and nine steals through 116 games. LeMahieu has been blistering hot in August, batting .472 with four home runs, 12 RBI, 20 runs scored, 16 walks and sports an outstanding .472/.568/.708 slash line through 72 At-bats. Although second base is deep this year in fantasy but LeMahieu deserves to be owned in leagues.
2. Alex Gordon, OF, Royals (Last Week: .391 AVG, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 10 Runs, 0 SB, 5 BB)
Royals rolling (12-2). Alex Gordon .345 BA, .727 slugging percentage last 15 games. KC 4.5 out in AL Wild Card race. @Royals
— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) August 21, 2016
Analysis: It’s been a tough season for Royals OF Alex Gordon after dealing with a fractured wrist that sidelined him for a month in late May and returning late June. Overall on the season he’s batting .225 with 13 home runs, 26 RBI, 47 runs scored, 40 walks and six steals through 92 games. He’s been hot over the past two weeks for the Royals and is worth a look if you need a boost in the outfield. At this point in the fantasy baseball season you’re looking to ride the hot hand and right now Gordon is a top option.
3. Chad Green, SP, Yankees (Last Week: 12 IP, 1 W, 16K, 0.75 ERA, 0.67WHIP, 2 QS)
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 16, 2016
Analysis: Chad Green has been excellent for the Yankees over the last couple starts, including an 11 strikeout performance while only allowing two hits over six innings against the powerful Blue Jays lineup. Taking a look at his minor league stats, these last few starts from Green may be legit. Over 16 starts in AAA this year Green was 7-6 with a 1.52 ERA to go along with a 0.94 WHIP and 100:21 K:BB ratio. If he’s available in your league, look to pickup Yankees right-hander Chad Green.
1. Dee Gordon, 2B, Marlins (Last Week: .242 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 Runs, 2 SB, 0 BB)
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 21, 2016
Analysis: Those that made either kept Dee Gordon through his 80-game suspension or made a free agent pickup in anticipation of his return have so far been disappointed. Since returning from suspension he’s batting .292 with 19 runs scored, no home runs, four RBI, nine steals and nine walks through 22 games. It’s a far cry from his outstanding asterisk of a 2015 campaign where he batted .333 with 88 runs scored, four home runs, 46 RBI, 58 steals, and 25 walks over 145 games. The second base position has been deep this year, other options should be look at for the stretch run unless you’re desperate for steals.
2. Cody Allen, SP, Indians (Last Week: 2.1 IP, 0 W, 4K, 19.29 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 2 SV)
— FantasyPros (@FantasyProsMLB) August 18, 2016
Analysis: It’s been a rough month of August for Cody Allen, sporting a 6.43 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB ration over eight appearances. With the Cleveland Indians going all in on this playoff run and acquiring Andrew Miller, they’ll need Allen to pick it up. You could easily make the case that Miller should move into the closer role for the Indians as he’s one of the best relievers in baseball. For those in the fantasy playoffs it would be big should Allen continue to struggle and be removed from the closer role, this situation is worth monitoring.
3. Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals (Last Week: 1.2 IP, 0 W, 6K, 48.60 ERA, 7.20 WHIP, 0 QS)
Stephen Strasburg placed on the DL with right elbow soreness. He has struggled in his last 3 starts pic.twitter.com/KHcQZdCVs6
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 22, 2016
Analysis: Stephen Strasburg had an outstanding first 20 starts to the season, but was struggling over the past three as shown in the tweet above. With him being placed on the DL with right elbow soreness it’s a big hit to fantasy owners desperately needing his high strikeout numbers and his NL leading 15 wins. The Nationals will likely take their time with Strasburg returning due to their current eight game lead over the Marlins and 11 game lead over the Mets in the NL East with 38 games left in the regular season.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 20:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 20. 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 20.
- Three I like:
– Madison Bumgarner, SF (@ LAD, vs. ATL)
– Jon Lester, CHC (@ SD, @ LAD)
– David Price, BOS (@ TB, vs. KC)
- Three I don’t like:
– Scott Kazmir, LAD (@ CIN, vs. CHC)
– Tyler Skaggs, LAA (@ TOR, @ DET)
– Blake Snell, TB (vs. BOS, @ HOU)