With Week 14 in the books of the Fantasy Baseball season we’re now at the MLB All-Star break. Last night we had an exciting Home Run Derby in San Diego led by Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton setting a record by hitting an incredible 61 home runs. Here’s a brief recap below with highlights from the Home Run Derby, along with the predictions from “The Kitchen”. Paul and Steve correctly predicted Stanton would take the crown this year and he certainly did so in a big way.
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 14 Recap and advice for Week 15.
1. Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins (Last Week: .381 AVG, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 6 Runs, 0 SB, 3 BB)
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 12, 2016
Analysis: Not only did Giancarlo Stanton dominate the Home Run Derby but he’s also turned around his season the last couple weeks. His struggles have been well documented in 2016 but over the past two weeks he’s been productive with six home runs, 13 RBI, nine runs scored, six walks and batting .298. Fantasy owners that were patient are looking at a huge second half from Stanton.
2. Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Last Week: .379 AVG, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 9 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 11, 2016
Analysis: Phillies 3B Maikel Franco has been living up to the preseason hype over the past month and last two weeks especially. Over the past 14 days he’s been a top-10 overall fantasy player batting .408 with six home runs, 12 RBI, 12 runs scored, and two walks over 12 games. On the season he’s now up to 18 home runs, 52 RBI, 37 runs scored and raised his average to .269 with his hot past month. Franco provides nice power numbers from a deep third base position in fantasy this season.
3. R.A. Dickey, SP, Blue Jays (Last Week: 14 IP, 2 W, 13K, 1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 2 QS)
R.A. Dickey’s ERA for 14 starts in May, June and July: 3.13.#BlueJays
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) July 10, 2016
Analysis: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey has quietly been sneaking up the pitcher rankings over the past couple months. He’s been top-40 ranked overall over the course of the past 14 days with 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, two wins, 17 strikeouts, three quality starts over 21 innings pitched. On the season he sports a 3.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, seven wins, 83 strikeouts and 10 quality starts over total 116.2 innings. Dickey will have extreme ups and downs through the season but can be a good source of wins in the second half with the Blue Jays powerful offense providing run support, he’s worth a free agent look.
1. Matt Carpenter, 2B/3B, Cardinals (Last Week: .300 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 12, 2016
Analysis: Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter was diagnosed last week with a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique. Good news for the Cardinals is that he could be back with the Cardinals in roughly four weeks. Carpenter is having another great season where he’s been top-30 overall ranked while batting .298 with 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 56 runs scored to go along with 58 walks. Luckily for fantasy owners second base has been surprisingly deep this season and Carpenter is expected back within one month.
2. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers (Last Week: .231 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs, 0 SB, 1 BB)
— FantasyPros (@FantasyProsMLB) July 11, 2016
Analysis: It’s been a slow last few weeks for Tiger 1B Miguel Cabrera as over the past 14 days he’s batting .273 with two home runs, eight RBI, eight runs scored and six walks. Overall the numbers on the season are solid batting .293 with 18 home runs, 53 RBI, 49 runs scored but he won’t live up to preseason expectations being drafted in the top-12 range. Cabrera’s a solid contributor in fantasy but doesn’t have the same presence he once did from a numbers standpoint.
3. Matt Harvey, SP, Mets (Last Week: 3.2 IP, 0 W, 4K, 12.27 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 0 QS)
Matt Harvey in 2015 threw the most innings in a season (216) of any pitcher in history returning from Tommy John surgery (incl. postseason)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 8, 2016
Analysis: The disappointing 2016 season for Matt Harvey has officially come to an end. On July 7th Harvey opted for season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. On the season the Mets starter was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA, .1.47 WHIP, .302 BAA and only 76 strikeouts in 92.2 innings. This was as steep drop from his 2015 return campaign going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, .222 BAA and 188 strikeouts in 189.1 innings pitched.
Against the Marlins at Citi Field on Monday, Harvey was peppered for 11 hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings, the second consecutive start in which he failed to make it out of the fourth inning. According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Mets manager Terry Collins said of the 27-year-old righty, “He came in the training room afterward and said, ‘My shoulder is dead. My arm is dead. There’s no energy there. I couldn’t feel the ball.’”
Recap from Week 14 Two-Start Pitcher Picks:
- Three I like:
– Tyler Chatwood, COL (@ SF, vs. PHI): 10 IP, 0 W, 6K, 4.50 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 0 QS
– Matt Harvey, NYM (vs. MIA, vs. WAS): 3.2 IP, 0 W, 4K, 12.27 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 0 QS
– Max Scherzer, WAS (vs. MIL, @ NYM): 13 IP, 1 W, 16K, 0.69 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 2 QS
- Three I don’t like:
– Wade Miley, SEA (@ HOU, @ KC): 12 IP, 0 W, 6K, 4.50 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 1 QS
– CC Sabathia, NYY (@ CWS, @ CLE): 11.2 IP, 0 W, 11K, 7.71 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 0 QS
– Edinson Volquez, KC (@ TOR, vs. SEA): 12 IP, 1 W, 8K, 5.25 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 1 QS