Butler, Players of the Week

Players of Week Seven


by Ryan Butler

OK, here are the POWs.  And by that I don’t mean pieces of work.

Alex Rodriguez (7/3/4/0/.419, 13 for 31): After a hot two-week start to the season, he went without a home run from April 24 through May 11 (16 games) with four RBI. This prompted a good deal of dissection of his leg kick by some of ESPN’s finest. Such breakdowns are  hackneyed enough to begin with, but at least Joe Morgan wasn’t the guy presenting it; his act had worn thinner than Lycra. Still waiting for Rodriguez to go on a real tear, but three home runs in his last six games is a good sign.

Finally rising above his name.

Asdrubal Cabrera (9/3/7/3/.379, 11 for 29): Look out, Hanley Ramirez, because this young man seems well on his way to dethroning you as the incumbent No. 1 shortstop in the fantasy universe. OK, maybe I’m getting a bit carried away, but I love Cabrera’s game. If the Indians continue to win, don’t be surprised if his name comes up in the AL MVP conversation.

Alexei Ramirez (6/1/9/0/.417, 10 for 24): He’s been arguably the most consistent player on a very disappointing White Sox team. If not for Ramirez and, my man Paul Konerko, Chicago would be more of a disaster than they already are. The question is, how much longer can he pick up the slack for Dunn, Rios, and Beckham?

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From this point on, which player will have the most productive season?


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Fantasy Prophet: Week 8


by Brian Dorsey

Week 7 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Jared Weaver (OAK, @MIN): Weaver owners are licking their chops this week.
  2. Dan Haren (OAK, @MIN): It was a toss up between Weaver and Haren for the number one AL pitcher this week, but just because Haren is number two on this list doesn’t mean he won’t be lights-out. Look for a good game against his former club.
  3. Justin Verlander (TB, BOS): Absolutely dominating this May: 28 K and 0.77 WHIP.
  4. Josh Beckett (@CLE, @DET): Only one earned run in his last four starts. That middle pick is turning a huge profit.
  5. Clay Buchholz (@CLE, @DET): Four earned runs in his last four. Buchholz is following suit. Both Beckett and he are leading this staff.
  6. Alexi Ogando (CHW, KC): On pace for 14 wins. We’d just like to see more strikeouts (only projected 128).
  7. Justin Masterson (BOS, @TB): He got lit up like a Christmas tree last time he faced the Rays, but he has a career ERA and WHIP under one against the Red Sox.
  8. Zach Britton (KC, @OAK): Brian Matusz who?
  9. Bartolo Colon (TOR, @SEA): The Dominican Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man is terrorizing his demons, not the other way around.
  10. Ricky Romero (@NYY, CHW): No slam dunk, especially not in NYC, but only one ER in past two.

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Butler, Players of the Week

Players of Week Six


by Ryan Butler

Adrian Gonzalez (7/5/10/0/.346): Last week I said that he can be streaky at times. Did I mention that he hits his home runs in bunches? Week six marked the fourth time in his career that he has homered in four straight games. I also think I said something about him being capable of carrying your team for a week. He can also absolutely kill you if you’re unfortunate enough to be matched up against him.

Classic Jose. Outside pitch. Pulled for a homer.

Jose Bautista (8/6/9/0/.423): I was wrong about him, I’ll admit it. I had him (gulp) 86th in my preseason players rankings, by far the lowest of any of the Rotoballs Crew. His aggregate ranking was 58th. We didn’t believe he would come close to repeating last year’s incredible success. It looks like we were wrong. Very, very wrong.

Victor Martinez (8/6/9/0/.579): V-Mart has quietly put together a very nice season, his first  in Detroit. He’s hitting .335 overall with a .935 OPS and a terrific 12/10 K/BB rate.

Travis Wood (12.2/2/9/1.42/1.18): I loathe to put Wood on this list, or say anything good about him at all, since he burned me so bad after I picked him up (and quickly dropped him) off the free agent wire early this season. His last three starts have all been good, and he looks to be regaining his 2010 form.

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Fantasy Prophet: Week 7


by Brian Dorsey

Week 6 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.

Two Start Pitchers

AL Top-10

  1. Felix Hernandez (MIN, @SD): Minnesota’s offense has been anemic, and though the Swinging Friars are putting up some crooked numbers, they generally struggle against ace pitchers.
  2. James Shields (NYY, @FLA): Pitching like the ace he should’ve been three years ago. He’s a huge reason the Rays are in first place.
  3. David Price (NYY, @FLA): He’s got great career numbers against the Yankees and in 12.1 career innings against the Marlins, he’s got 13 punch-outs.
  4. Max Scherzer (TOR, @PIT): God rained on his parade last week, but if you’re an owner, be stoked that he’s a two start pitcher this week instead. All he has to do is avoid Jose Bautista’s “Bat of Reckoning” and he’ll be a player of the week.
  5. Gio Gonzalez (LAA, @SF): God rained on Gio’s nightmare last week and washed it all away. Let’s see if he can forget the carnage and put it behind him.
  6. Brett Anderson (LAA, @SF): Struggled as of late, but that’s what two starts against the Rangers will do. Just a heads up: the Angels and Giants aren’t the Rangers.
  7. Michael Pineda (MIN, @SD): Wait, he was supposed to start two times last week, too? Seems to be a theme. The rook is throwing balls of fire.
  8. Zach Britton (@BOS, WAS): Not an ideal match up in Boston, but he gets a nice go at the Nats over the weekend.
  9. Josh Tomlin (@KC, CIN): The dude just keeps winning. Nobody pinch him!
  10. Joel Pineiro (@OAK, ATL): Pretty boring option, but he’ll get the job done.

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Should streaming be allowed?


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