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Hot Hitter Rundown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The cliché that the standard fantasy baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint is certainly true, but keeping an eye on the hottest players in the game is still extremely important when making start/bench decisions, making pickups and getting fair value in trades.  It has become even more important recently with the popularity of daily games such as FanDuel growing.

 

It should be noted that short-term production in MLB involves a limited sample size, and should be analyzed and scrutinized for its level of significance, or lack thereof, very closely.  With these factors in mind, the following is a rundown of the hottest hitters over the last seven days according to Rotoworld’s Player Rater.


Mention of players on these lists is a statement of fact that they are playing well for fantasy owners recently, but not necessarily a long-term endorsement of ownership in fantasy leagues, unless otherwise noted.

 

Player Rater numbers cover games for the week of 8/18 - 8/24.

 

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Catcher

 

Week RankSeason RankPlayerTmPosHRRBISBAVGRVAL
1 2 Buster Posey SF C 2.05 0.45 -0.46 1.75 1.54 5.32
2 11 Brian McCann NYY C 2.05 1.41 -0.46 -0.19 0.44 3.24
3 5 Evan Gattis ATL C 2.05 0.45 -0.46 0.19 0.99 3.22
4 NR Erik Kratz KC C 2.05 0.45 -0.46 0.49 0.44 2.96
5 18 Jarrod Saltalamacchia FLA C 0.72 0.93 -0.46 1.12 0.44 2.74
6 7 Miguel Montero ARZ C 0.72 0.93 -0.46 1.10 -0.11 2.18
7 9 Russell Martin PIT C 0.72 0.45 -0.46 0.85 0.44 1.99
8 32 Nick Hundley BAL C 0.72 -0.51 1.08 0.75 -0.66 1.37
9 20 Travis d'Arnaud NYM C 2.05 -0.03 -0.46 -0.75 0.44 1.24
10 28 Yasmani Grandal SD C 0.72 1.41 -0.46 -0.04 -0.66 0.95

 

It will be tough to satisfy Buster Posey owners given his draft day price, but last week helped.  He led the position by hitting .409-2-3 with five runs, and is just off a 20 home run pace … With four homers in August, Brian McCann is finally coming around.  For all the disappointment this season, McCann has 15 long balls now … Caleb Joseph has garnered most of the attention behind the plate in Baltimore, but Nick Hundley has done his share of damage in his sparse opportunities.  His .385 batting average and one homer in part-time duty allowed him to make the list … The weekly Travis d’Arnaud mention shows just how much progress the youngster has made, now squarely at second catcher status in mixed leagues.  Still, his mention on the list this week describes more about the weak state of the position, as he hit just .200 and launched two homers.

 

First Base

 

Week RankSeason RankPlayerTmPosHRRBISBAVGRVAL
1 8 Lucas Duda NYM 1B 6.03 4.29 -0.46 1.09 2.65 13.59
2 3 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 2.05 0.93 1.08 1.21 0.44 5.70
3 1 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 2.05 1.41 -0.46 1.22 0.99 5.21
4 22 Joe Mauer MIN 1B -0.61 2.85 -0.46 0.67 1.54 3.99
5 NR Travis Ishikawa SF 1B 0.72 2.37 -0.46 1.25 -0.11 3.76
6 9 Adrian Gonzalez LA 1B 0.72 1.89 -0.46 0.45 0.99 3.58
7 29 Logan Morrison SEA 1B -0.61 0.45 1.08 1.24 0.44 2.60
8 6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B -0.61 -0.99 1.08 0.43 2.10 2.01
9 10 Adam LaRoche WAS 1B 0.72 0.45 1.08 -0.75 0.44 1.94
10 NR Matt McBride COL 1B 0.72 0.93 -0.46 0.49 -0.11 1.56

 

The Lucas Duda train keeps chugging along.  Duda is turning into a star for the Mets after a mammoth week hitting .348-5-11 with seven runs scored.  His total of .260-26-76 has put him in the top 10 at the position … Joe Mauer makes the first base top 10 for the second consecutive week, hitting .300 with eight RBI last week.  He has a ways to go to reach the .300 batting average mark, hitting just .277 at this point … Finding a couple starts for the Giants last week, veteran minor league Travis Ishikawa hit .400-1-7 with three multi-RBI games.  We’ve seen enough of Ishikawa over his career to know that the upside is limited, but he’s possibly worth some NL-only consideration with Brandon Belt sidelined with a concussion … Logan Morrison has been a massive disappointment again this season, but hit .389 with one steal last week.  He’s on an eight-game hitting streak at the time of this writing … Kennys Vargas is listed at DH in the Player Rater, but has first base eligibility in some leagues.  He’s coming off a huge week and has done nothing but hit since arriving in the majors, after hitting .281-17-63 at Double-A New Britain earlier this season.  His early all-or-nothing approach is a concern for the batting average, but Vargas has huge power potential and has likely solidified his spot as a regular the rest of the way.

 

Second Base

 

Week RankSeason RankPlayerTmPosHRRBISBAVGRVAL
1 4 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 0.72 1.41 2.62 0.40 3.75 8.90
2 5 Brian Dozier MIN 2B -0.61 1.41 1.08 -0.09 2.65 4.43
3 32 Joe Panik SF 2B 0.72 1.41 -0.46 2.13 0.44 4.24
4 9 Neil Walker PIT 2B 0.72 1.89 -0.46 0.97 0.44 3.55
5 NR Javier Baez CHC 2B 3.37 0.93 -0.46 -1.54 0.99 3.29
6 23 Alberto Callaspo OAK 2B 0.72 0.45 -0.46 1.90 -0.11 2.49
7 2 Dee Gordon LA 2B -0.61 -0.03 1.08 1.09 0.44 1.97
8 10 Ben Zobrist TB 2B -0.61 0.45 -0.46 0.43 2.10 1.90
9 13 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B -0.61 -0.51 2.62 0.31 -0.11 1.70
10 15 Omar Infante KC 2B -0.61 1.89 -0.46 0.69 -0.11 1.39

 

Ian Kinsler got to the top of the list with an all-around strong week, hitting .291-1-5 with two steals and nine runs scored.  There was some concern he’d see a continued decline after leaving Texas, and while that has been true with his OBP, Kinsler has really delivered well for fantasy owners with a healthy season to this point … Joe Panik is finally separating himself in the Giants second base merry-go-round.  The youngster hit .435-1-5 last week, putting his batting average above .300 for the season.  It looks like the second base job is his to lose the rest of the way … Young Javier Baez showed his all-or-nothing approach again last week, going just 4-for-27 but launching three homers.  The strength is obviously there, but Baez is looking like a batting average killer in the short term … Alberto Callaspo rarely makes positive fantasy lists these days, but he hit .471-1-3 last week with three multi-hit games.  The contact hitter is playing regularly, but still hasn’t been much of an asset the last three years.

 

Third Base

 

Week RankSeason RankPlayerTmPosHRRBISBAVGRVAL
1 15 Trevor Plouffe MIN 3B 2.05 3.81 -0.46 1.72 2.10 9.20
2 8 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 2.05 0.45 -0.46 3.31 2.10 7.44
3 16 Martin Prado NYY 3B 0.72 2.37 -0.46 1.87 1.54 6.03
4 14 Pedro Alvarez PIT 3B 2.05 0.93 2.62 -0.57 0.44 5.47
5 23 Justin Turner LA 3B 0.72 0.93 1.08 1.37 0.99 5.09
6 22 Luis Valbuena CHC 3B 2.05 0.45 -0.46 1.34 0.99 4.37
7 2 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B -0.61 -0.03 1.08 0.57 2.65 3.65
8 6 Evan Longoria TB 3B 0.72 1.89 1.08 -0.48 0.44 3.65
9 1 Todd Frazier CIN 3B 2.05 0.45 -0.46 0.30 0.99 3.32
10 5 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 0.72 0.45 -0.46 0.31 1.54 2.56

 

Trevor Plouffe makes the list again, as he continues to be a run producer in the middle of Minnesota’s order.  He hit .367-2-10 with six runs.  Minnesota’s hot hitting lineup continues to give him nice counting stats … Martin Prado is hitting just .267 since joining the Yankees at the trade deadline, but he hit .345 last week and is inching toward double-digit homers … Justin Turner’s bat has played well for manager Don Mattingly this season and fantasy owners alike at third base.  He hit .412-1-4 with one steal last week, and is hitting .313 for the season.  He’s a fair short-term play in mixed leagues with eligibility at shortstop and second base, along with third … Luis Valbuena launched a pair of homers last week, and quietly has a decent .744 OPS for the season.  He’s settled in as Chicago’s starting hot corner, and has some power value with second base eligibility.

 


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