Week 8 of the Fantasy Baseball season was an interesting week with a common theme of “Day-to-Day” injuries. Some big names received the dreaded “Day-to-Day” tag or recently placed on the DL: Troy Tulowitzki, Giancarlo Stanton, Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich, Salvador Perez, Sonny Gray, Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann and Josh Harrison. We had huge weeks from the Twins Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano as they tied for the lead in Week 8 with four home runs each. We also had the Dodgers Chase Utley continue to haunt the Mets along with big weeks from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. Which begs the question, what year is it?
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 8 Recap and advice for Week 9.
1. Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins (Last Week: .536 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 8 Runs, 0 SB, 4 BB)
Marcell Ozuna is batting .431 in May, the hottest month since Yasiel Puig’s June 2013 (min. 100 PA). pic.twitter.com/0PoBK1wh4q
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) May 29, 2016
Analysis: Marcell Ozuna has been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball for the month of May. His slash line in May is a ridiculous .434/.469/.598 to go along with seven home runs, eight doubles, 17 RBI, 25 runs scored. On the season he’s batting .344 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 27 RBI and 34 runs scored. He’s had an excellent bounce back season from a rough 2015 campaign where exceptions were high following a breakout 2014 season. Fantasy owners should look to keep riding Ozuna’s hot streak.
2. Jonathan Villar, SS, Brewers (Last Week: .455 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 Runs, 4 SB, 7 BB)
Jonathan Villar has a crazy BABIP, but leads NL SS in BB%, AVG, OBP, SB and is 2nd in wRC+. 3rd in wOBA, 3rd in OPS. pic.twitter.com/kYeuiEsnVO
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) May 30, 2016
Analysis: Jonathan Villar is getting his chance with the Brewers after being stuck behind Astros stud shortstop Carlos Correa last year. Villar is having a breakout season where he’s currently batting .307 with two home runs, 19 RBI, 26 runs scored, 30 walks and is leading all of MLB with 18 stolen bases. With shortstop being a tough position this year and steals at a premium, look to grab Villar if he’s available.
3. Johnny Cueto, SP, Giants (Last Week: 15 IP, 2 W, 11K, 0.60 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 2 QS)
— MLB (@MLB) May 24, 2016
Analysis: Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has quietly been a top-10 overall fantasy player. He’s putting up great stats after signing a big 6 yr/$130 million deal this past offseason. On the season Cueto is 8-1 with a 2.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a solid 72:14 K:BB ratio through 81.2 innings over 11 starts. The 30-year-old Cueto has given a big boost to the Giants rotation to pair with Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija. He’s currently “Day-to-Day” with a side/back issue but appears on schedule to make his next start on Friday.
1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Blue Jays (Last Week: .167 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 SB, 1 BB)
The Blue Jays placed SS Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. https://t.co/bpdUwlM1yz
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) May 28, 2016
Analysis: Troy Tulowitzki made is through 46 games in the 2016 before landing on the 15-day DL with a right quadriceps strain. It’s been a disappointing season for Tulowitzki as he’s batting .204 with eight home runs, 23 RBI, 17 runs scored, and 49 strikeouts in 167 At-bats. The 31-year-old shortstop was in a great position to have a bounce back season in the middle of the powerful Blue Jays lineup, but it hasn’t turned out that way. Fantasy owners knew the risk/reward of drafting Tulowitzki going into the season and so far it’s been a downer.
2. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves (Last Week: .154 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— FOX Sports Southeast (@FOXSportsSE) May 27, 2016
Analysis: It’s not Freddie Freeman’s fault the Braves are completely rebuilding the franchise and stocking up on minor league talent and draft picks. With the new stadium opening next year for the Braves they’re completely overhauling the team in the hopes of being competitive in 2018 and beyond. The Braves have hit only 21 home runs as a team through the first 49 games and Freeman has eight of those home runs. With the lack of support in the lineup it’s been a tough season for Freeman as he’s batting .255 with eight home runs, 15 RBI, and 53 strikeouts in 184 At-bats. It’s tough to trust Freeman the rest of the way for the offensively challenged Braves.
3. Joey Gallo, 3B/OF, Rangers (Last Week: .000 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB, 0 BB)
— SportsDayDFW (@SportsDayDFW) May 30, 2016
Analysis: Joey Gallo was called up by the Texas Rangers on Monday, May 23 and received all of one pinch hit plate appearance. He was optioned back down to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, May 28. It was a bit of a bizarre move to call up top-prospect Gallo to only sit the bench while a struggling high priced Prince Fielder along with average first baseman Mitch Moreland continued to receive everyday At-bats. Gallo has been playing first base recently for Round Rock and it would have made sense for them to give him some At-bats in his call up, this was just a strange situation this past week for the Rangers.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 9:
Here’s a Fox Sports Fantasy article that will help provide the run down of two-start starting pitchers for Week 9. 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 9.
- Three I like:
– Jake Arrieta, CHC (vs. LAD, vs. ARI)
– Tyler Duffey, MIN (@ OAK, vs. TB)
– Jeff Samardzija, SF (@ ATL, @ STL)
- Three I don’t like:
– Marco Estrada, TOR (vs. NYY, @ BOS)
– Ivan Nova, NYY (@ TOR, @ BAL)
– Justin Verlander, DET (@ LAA, vs. CWS)
Recap from Week 8 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Jimmy Nelson, MIL (@ ATL, vs. CIN): 13.1 IP, 1 W, 13K, 2.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 2 QS
– Chris Sale, CWS (vs. CLE, @ KC): 10.1 IP, 0 W, 14K, 6.97 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 1 QS
– Julio Teheran, ATL (vs. MIL, vs. MIA): 12.1 IP, 0 W, 15K, 2.92 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 1 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– R.A. Dickey, TOR (@ NYY, vs. BOS): 12 IP, 0 W, 8K, 5.25 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 0 QS
– Doug Fister, HOU (vs. BAL, @ LAA): 11.2 IP, 0 W, 9K, 2.31 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 1 QS
– Adam Wainwright, STL (vs. CHC, @ WAS): 13 IP, 1 W, 9K, 4.85 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 1 QS