On Monday each week I take a look at the fantasy baseball game breaking down players who have produced noteworthy performances of late – not just positive outings mind you, but I'll also delve into some of the players that have been sucking wind of late. Can you use this information to your benefit over at DailyJoust?
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GAINERS OF THE WEEK
Pedro Alvarez (+12, $96,000 in DailyJoust Salary) In his last four games he has gone deep twice and driven in nine runs, and for the month of June he drove the ball into the seats seven times while platting 20 runs. He's still hitting a mere .231 on the season, and it just doesn't appear like he is ever going to be able to be a positive producer in that category (even in June he hit just .262). Don't worry about his leg issue. Apparently it was just cramps and he should be fine.
Clint Barmes (+11, $66K) The guy has been a monumental failure this season, even in NL-only leagues. On the year Barmes has somehow used 225 at-bats to produce a mere .204/230/.307 line. Never really an All-Star caliber performer despite a couple of nice seasons, he was usually effective when in the lineup. Well, at least he is improving of late. After hitting .149 in April he batted .189 in May and pushed that mark to .247 in June when he had 11 RBI after knocking in just seven runners the first two months of the year.
Freddie Freeman ($19, $105K) It seems like every week there is some new malady that he is being forced to overcome. Even with all his missed time he still has 10 homers and 47 RBI putting him on pace to better his totals from last year (21 and 76). He's also produced at least one hit in each of his last six games as he's knocked in six runs, scored six times, and seen his batting average climb from .247 to .266 in that time.
Yasmani Grandal (+14, $64K) This switch hitter can sometimes get a little long with his hacks, but as we last week, when he lays into it the ball can fly (his first two big league homers came from each side of the dish). The weeks #1 pickup behind the dish, Grandal has a big enough bat that he could be able to largely keep Nick Hundley out of the mix the rest of the season (when you hit .166 over 193 at-bats like Hundley has, leading to a demotion to the minors, it may not be that hard to do).
Justin Ruggiano (+13, $91K) Have you noticed that through 54 at-bats this season that Justin is blasting the ball to the tune of a .389 average, a .469 OBP and .704 SLG? Amazing is right. He'll continue to be in the lineup on a daily basis until he slows down, Ozzie Guillen might have his issues but he's no moron. Really just an NL-only option unless you're desperate in a mixed league.
LOSERS OF THE WEEK
Yonder Alonso (-22, $60K) Wait, wasn't this guy supposed to be able to hit? Through 268 at-bats this season he has two homers and 18 RBI. Toss in 23 runs scored and two steals, and he has been one of the least productive full time performers in baseball. When you look over to the average column and find a .257 mark sitting there, thanks to a .218 mark in June, you'll begin to realize just how disappointing his effort has been this year.
Zack Cozart (-21, $56K) Every time this guys name is mentioned people get all excited. Why? Sure his 17 homer pace is nice for a shortstop, and if he scored 90 runs that would be great, but the guy just isn't a good offensive performer. He's hitting a sub par .245, and his .290 OBP is hideous. He's only swiped two bases on the year, and despite the power he's displayed he's on pace for about 40 RBI. Don't know why anyone get's excited about that (at least over at Fleaflicker his owned percentage is pretty low).
Michael Cuddyer (-28, $70K) Uh oh. Everyone's darling in Colorado has hit the skids. He's still on pace for 25 homers and 100 RBI, so the run production has been there, but he's also seen his batting average dip to .256 and his OBP is .311 after a June he'd like to forget (.212/.257). Also a bit concerning is his 21 percent K-rate after that number has been under 18.5 percent each of the past five years and under 17 percent each of the past two years.
Chris Davis (-26, $60K) After a horrific dry spell that saw him go eight games without a hit, Davis has rebounded a bit with four hits in his last three games. Even with the dip he's hitting .271 with 13 homers, and those numbers, if doubled, would still be a solid season for a guy who may have fooled a few people as he was hitting .300 as recently as June 16th. He's simply not a .300 hitter.
Kendrys Morales (-20, $60K) Oh you dreaded hype machine. Everyone jumped on the bandwagon when Morales had a scorching week in spring training, everyone it seemed by me of course. Hey, the guy is on pace to hit about .280 with 17 homers, and those aren't bad numbers for a guy who didn't play a single game last year. Still, disappointments abounds with a a guy who is also on pace for a .750 OPS with 60 RBI.
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By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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