Fantasy Baseball The Week That Was: Week 4
Glenn Colton
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Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a run scored in Boston’s 8-7 win over New York Sunday.

Bogaerts continued to stroke the ball well on Sunday notching his fourth straight game with a hit and fifth multi-hit game in the last 10. He really figured things out last season when he finished the year with a .320 mark in batting average and that has carried over to start 2016. He is hitting .393/.485/.500 with seven runs scored, two RBI, and three steals in the last seven games which is nice but the lack of RBI is a little surprising. Jose Quintana is the opponent for Tuesday’s game which means he will likely take a seat given he only has seven at bats against LHPs this season.
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Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in Boston’s 8-7 win over the Yankees Sunday.

Shaw went for a second straight two-hit night against the Yankees on Sunday and launched his third long ball of the season in the process. So far he has proven the Red Sox correct in their decision to start him over Pablo Sandoval, obviously without the injury taken into account, as he is hitting at a very solid .322/.390/.533 clip to this point. Next he will face off against Jose Quintana on Tuesday who he is 0-for-3 against but has an RBI, in general he is hitting just .118 off LHP this season.
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Nathan Eovaldi pitched five innings allowing six runs (six earned) on 10 hits and three walks with three strikeouts in a no decision Sunday in an 8-7 loss versus Boston.

It has been a mostly disappointing season for the young fireballer as it was another rough start for him on Sunday. Luckily the Yankees offense scored some runs for the first time all weekend so he was able to get the no decision despite giving up the most runs he has all year. In five starts this season he carries a 5.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, a .280 BAA, and a healthy 31:8 K:BB ratio yet he has only pitched seven innings once and hasn’t made it out of the sixth twice. His next start will be Saturday at home against Boston and David Price, a rematch of Sunday’s game, but until he proves he can do better, he should be played at your own risk in all formats.
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Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, four RBI, and two runs scored in New York’s 8-7 loss to Boston Sunday.

Sunday was the second time in four games that A-Rod had a multi-hit game and it’s also the third time he’s launched one over the fence in that span. He basically carried the Yankees offense on Sunday as they tried to end their losing streak but it was to no avail. Rodriguez is hitting .292/.320/.792 in the last seven games with three home runs, seven RBI, and four runs scored. The Yankees next travel to Baltimore to face Chris Tillman and the O’s, A-Rod is .429 (4-for-7) with three homers and six RBI off of him.
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DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points (10-32 FGA, 9-9 FTA) including 1-5 3PA with five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes in Game 7’s win over the Pacers.

It was another up game for DeRozan following a down game on Friday. The last four games of the opening round series have been a real roller coaster for him. He also managed to fill up the stat sheet pretty impressively with better than a couple in most categories. He has been a monster all season against Miami, who they face next, averaging 29.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 1.3 SPG in four games.
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Kyle Lowry scored 11 points (5-14 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with nine assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes in Sunday’s Game 7 win over the Pacers.

Indiana’s defense kept Lowry in check for much of the series and Sunday was no different with just the 11 points scored. His assist totals have been good throughout however and he has also registered a steal in every game of the series. Toronto now faces the Heat in the next round and against them in the regular season he averaged 16.8 PPG, 5.0 APG, 5.0 RPG, and 2.3 SPG making him a good play DFS formats.
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Patrick Patterson scored 11 points (4-9 FGA, 3-5 3PA) with four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes in the 89-84 Game 7 win over Indiana.

Sunday was only the second double figure outing for him in the series and came in his shortest workload too. Patterson is more of a role player for the deep Raptors roster and that has shown again in the playoffs as he posted similar numbers to his season averages. He can be avoided come draft time next season as he simply doesn’t produce enough.
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Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points (4-10 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with 15 points, one assist, and one block in 28 minutes in the series-clinching win Sunday over Indiana.

The big fella had another big double-double in the closeout game of the first round series on Sunday. He was in double figures every game but one in the series but only went over 16 points once. His average of a 13.6 PPG, 11.9 RPG double-double is better than his season long averages and gives hope that he can take the next step next season. The big man is a very good center against Miami averaging 15.3 PPG and 9.3 RPG with a handful of assists and steals per game too.
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Monta Ellis scored 15 points (7-14 FGA, 1-4 3PA) with seven assists and four rebounds in 37 minutes in the 89-84 loss Sunday to Toronto.

Just as he started the series he is ending it. Bookend back-to-back double-digit games in the series for Ellis but unfortunately for him they weren’t enough to power the Pacers past the Raptors. The seven assists on Sunday were also his highest total of the series. He averaged 11.6 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, and 2.1 SPG in the playoffs making him around his season averages as well. Ellis was okay during the season but certainly is not a standout fantasy option. He has value in deeper formats as a consistent SG option.
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George Hill scored 19 points (8-11 FGA, 3-4 3PA) with two assists, one rebound, and one steal in 40 minutes in Sunday’s Game 7 loss to the Raptors.

Sunday was his second highest point total of the series and fifth double figure effort. There wasn’t much else on the stat sheet however making him hard to rely upon again. In the playoff series he averaged 13.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 0.9 SPG which are around his season averages. There is a lot up in the air at the PG spot for Indiana heading into next season making George Hill a potentially risky pick unless his playing time is known.
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