Weekly Fantasy Baseball Review: Dee Gordon Suspended

Marlins Dee Gordon

It’s time to review the news and notes from another busy week in fantasy baseball. This week we have an unusual addition to the injury category in the suspended Dee Gordon. Let’s get right to it!

Injuries

Kris Bryant, 3B/OF – Chicago Cubs – Owners got a big scare with Bryant this week when he left a game early due to an ankle injury. Everyone breathed a big sigh of relief when an MRI came back clean for Bryant. He was in the lineup Sunday, missing only 1 game. It will be something owners need to have on their radar for the next little while.

Huston Street, CP – Los Angeles Angels – Street hurt an oblique muscle and landed on the 15 day DL. RP Joe Smith is the favorite to take over the closer role, but oblique injuries can always be tricky. There is no definite timetable at this point.

Dee Gordon, 2B – Miami Marlins – We got word late in the week that Gordon was being suspended for 80 games for PED usage. This is a brutal blow for owners on multiple fronts. Obviously, you lose the player for half the season. The part that makes it even more difficult is most leagues don’t have a slot for a suspended player. I can’t blame any owner in a re-draft league if they feel they want to trade Gordon for very little to save the bench spot for half a year. Remember, there is no telling what Gordon will play like after missing so much time.

 

Andy Cross - The Denver Post

Andy Cross – The Denver Post

 

Who’s Hot

Nolan Arenado, 3B – Colorado Rockies – The star 3B for the Rockies ended the week co-leading the National League in home runs with his teammate Trevor Story. Aside from that, he has 8 hits in his last 5 games, 8 RBI and only 4 K. Arenado is an absolute stud in fantasy, and it looks like he’s just heating up this season. He could potentially hit 50 HR in 2016.

Starling Marte, OF – Pittsburgh Pirates – Marte has really been on fire all season, but this past week has seen him rack up 12 hits, 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 SB. Marte does strikeout quite a bit, but he is starting to balance that out with a .323 average on the young season. We could be seeing the talented outfielder putting everything together.

Madison Bumgarner, SP – San Francisco Giants – Bumgarner scuffled at the start of the season, and his WHIP is still above what is normal for him. He is righting the ship the last 3 starts however, posting 2 wins to go along with 24 K. The ace of the Giants is well on his way for another great season.

 Brian Dozier

 

Who’s Not

Brian Dozier, 2B – Minnesota Twins – Dozier is also hitless in his last four, and his average is even lower at .191. Dozier has hit 3 HR and has 10 RBI which does help his cause, but he can’t continue to be a total drain on batting average. He is such an elite power source at 2B, nobody should drop him. But maybe he stays on the bench until that bat heats up just a little more.

Shelby Miller, SP – Arizona Diamondbacks – This is certainly not what Arizona had in mind when they gave up a monster haul in a trade with the Braves this off-season. After getting blasted in his latest start again, he sports a comical 8.69 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. He is completely untrustworthy in fantasy at this point until he proves otherwise.

Jason Heyward, OF – Chicago Cubs – The Cubs are another team who probably aren’t super thrilled with what they have got from their newest member. Heyward is hitless her last 4 games, and is only hitting .224 to go with .604 OPS. While Heyward is not the most dominant offensive player ever, this isn’t going to cut it either. Heyward did start slow last year, so owners have hope things will change soon.

Blue Jays Michael Saunders

AP

 

Free Agents to add (percentages in Yahoo)

Michael Saunders, OF (24%) – Toronto Blue Jays – Saunders has taken over the leadoff role for what should still be a dominant offense, which is useful on its own. But Saunders now has a .311 average to go with a .951 OPS. He’s also added 4 HR and 8 RBI. The average probably won’t stay this high, but Saunders was once considered a good prospect. Maybe he has found some magic at age 29.

Rubby De La Rosa, SP (7%) – Arizona Diamondbacks – This one may not be for the faint of heart, as it could easily backfire. De La Rosa doesn’t have a great track record. However, in his past 2 starts, he has only yielded 1 earned run. He has 2 wins, 2 quality starts and a 16/3 K/BB ratio. He gets the Marlins this week and could turn in a third start good start. Owners will most likely have to be selective with the matchups moving forward.

Brandon Drury, 3B/OF (10%) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Arizona is a busy fantasy team this week, and Drury has come out of nowhere to collect 9 hits his last 7 games to go along with 4 HR. The Diamondbacks have stated they’ll continue to find him playing time, and his position flex will also be an asset moving forward. I don’t pretend to know how long Drury can keep this up, but it’s worth finding out with him on your team.

 

Joey Votto

(USATSI)

Trade Candidates

Joey Votto, 1B – Cincinnati Votto – The unique slugger has seen a month go by, and his numbers have dipped considerably. Everything is below what he’s done in his career, and he is 32. I’m not sure I’d roll the dice in a keeper league, but in a re-draft I’d be more than willing to see if Votto heats up. In his last 7 games, he’s collected 7 hits and 6 walks. Even in a below average offense, Votto can still be the on-base machine he always has been.

Carlos Carrasco, SP – Cleveland Indians – I understand that he is on the DL and will be for at least another month. But that is why you can make a run at a SP who has a 2.45 ERA, .95 WHIP and 8.18 K/9. If the Carrasco owner is really desperate for pitching, you might be able flip a slightly lesser pitcher now and be able to wait on Carrasco.

Matt Carpenter, 2B/3B – St. Louis Cardinals – The St. Louis mainstay didn’t come out of the gates very well, and still is only batting .230 on the year. He does have 7 hits in the last 7 games and is starting to be himself. He most likely won’t be able to come close to his power numbers from last year. That’s ok, use that in the negotiations. He will still be a main cog in your lineup with or without the home runs.

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