Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fantasy Baseball Weekly All-Star Team & Awards - Week 3

Awards Ceremony

Bat Of The Week: Chipper Jones - .565, 6 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 1.773 OPS

Chipper had a monster week, making only 10 outs on the way to hitting 4 homers, driving in 7 and putting up an OPS north of 1.700. Buster Olney had an excellent piece Sunday about how Jones now meticulously breaks down pitcher film before games and the ways in which it has made him a better hitter. Additionally, Olney talks to scouts who say Chipper’s approach at the plate right now is the best it has ever been. Jones’ injury history certainly has to scare fantasy owners as naturally none of this means anything he isn’t on the field. Given the gaudy numbers he has put up over the past 3 years (in remarkably quiet fashion) he is simply a risk worth taking at this point.

Arm Of The Week: John Danks – 2 GS, 2-0, 14.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K

Danks pitched 2 shutouts this week and was dominant in both outings lasting 7 or more innings in each start. Danks also showed excellent control walking only 2 batters over 14.2 inning while striking out 12. If you take out Danks’ awful outing against Minnesota on April 9th, the young lefty has allowed 1 earned run in 21.2 innings spanning 3 starts. Danks will try to build on his big week 3 on Saturday against the Orioles at home.

Pickups Of The Week: Mark DeRosa - .421, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB, 1.222 OPS

John Danks - 2 GS, 2-0, 14.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K

We have discussed Danks who entered the week owned in about 30% of CBS leagues so let’s focus on the Cubs’ super utility man who has filled in admirably for Alfonso Soriano. Derosa has seen his ownership rise from 43 to 73% after putting together a hot week where he hit .421 and drove in 8 runs.

Worst Week Ever: Tadahito Iguchi – 0/21, 4 K, 1 R, 1 SB

The 1 run and steal accounted for all of Iguchi’s production this week as he did literally nothing at the plate going 0/21. Thus, it is no surprise he was subsequently dropped to 8th in the lineup with the next stop being the bench.

FSE All-Week One Team

C Ivan Rodriguez - .291, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .916 OPS
1B Conor Jackson - .480, 10 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, 1.599 OPS
2B Chase Utley – .391, 6 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 1.548 OPS
SS Jose Reyes - .428, 7 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 1.305 OPS
3B Chipper Jones - .565, 6 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 1.773 OPS
OF Manny Ramirez - .480, 7 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 1.475 OPS
OF Alex Rios - .392, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, 1.075 OPS
OF Aaron Rowand - .444, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI 1.278 OPS
U David Wright - .521, 5 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, 1.633 OPS
U Miguel Cabrera - .428, 7 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB, 1.204 OPS

SP John Danks – 2 GS, 2-0, 14.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
SP Scott Olsen – 2 GS, 2-0, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
SP Andy Pettitte – 2 GS, 2-0, 14 IP, 13 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
SP Ervin Santana - 2 GS, 2-0, 15 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 14K
SP Randy Wolf – 2 GS, 2-0, 13.3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 16 K
MR Scot Shields – 3 Holds, 1 Save, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
CL Billy Wagner – 3 Saves, 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Honorable Mentions – Victor Martinez, Derrek Lee, Garrett Atkins, Justin Mourneau, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Theriot, Derek Jeter, Edgar Renteria, Bobby Crosby, Hank Blalock, Kevin Youkilis, Miguel Batista, Francisco Rodriguez, Jake Peavy, Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, Jair Jurrjens, Paul Byrd and Cliff Lee.

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