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Well, week 3 has come and gone. Hot players like Nate McClouth continue to dominate real life and fantasy life. However, I am not a happy man by any means. I will touch more on this is my closing comments. For now, let’s do our thing and see who has been performing well.
Conor Jackson (1B), Arizona Diamondbacks: Jackson was ranked as the #1 player in fantasy last week thanks to 12 hits, 3 HR and 10 RBI. Jackson now sits at a .377 AVG and a spot in the top 10 ranked players in the Yahoo! game.
Ryan Theriot (SS, 2B), Chicago Cubs: The Riot has exploded in the past 7 days with 13 hits, 1 HR, 4 RBI, and a stolen base. He has raised his average to .338. Odds are he is not universally owned yet in your league so get him and ride this hot streak. Yes, he is available in the Sports of Boston League.
Chipper Jones (3B), Atlanta Braves: These numbers are ridiculous. For the season, Jones is hitting .458. That’s not a typo, I said .458. This past week he added to his totals by smacking 4 HR and driving in 7 to raise his totals to 6 HR and 18 RBI. The bad news in all of this? Jones left Sunday’s game after irritating a strained quad. Hey, you knew he was going to get injured sooner or later.
Miguel Cabrera (3B), Detroit Tigers: Finally he is coming around. Cabrera drove in 11 and hit 2 HR. He also raised his average .074 points in the process. This brings a sigh of relief to Cabrera owners who were afraid he couldn’t adjust to the AL. I see smooth sailing ahead.
Joey Votto (1B), Cincinnati Reds: He is finally getting playing time and he is showing why he deserves it with 3 HR and 9 RBI. Votto’s place in the line up seems safe for now as he’s been easily outperforming Scott Hatteberg’s .160 average this season.
John Danks (SP), Chicago White Sox: Another player who is not universally owned. Danks went on a tear last week by pitching 14.2 innings and striking out 12 while winning both his starts to bring his record to 2-1. That 2.1 IP, 7 ER game against the Twins is clearly behind him now.
Ervin Santana (SP), Los Angeles Angels: I like to call him Wandy Rodriguez light. Just like Wandy, Santana also does favorably better at home than on the road. In 2007, Santana had an ERA of 3.27 at home and an ERA of 8.38 on the road. That is over 5 runs higher! This past week Santana won both his starts while striking out 14 and giving up only 4 ER in 15 innings. Use caution when he starts on the road
Scott Olsen (SP), Florida Marlins: Only 1 ER in 14 innings for Olsen as he won both his starts to bring him to 3-0 on the season. The Marlins have won every game Olsen has started. Olsen is not putting up huge K totals but he is producing quality starts and that is more than enough to put him on your roster.
Randy Wolf (SP), San Diego Padres: Wolf got 2 wins and struck out 16 batters in 13.1 innings of work. What could possibly explain a man who has a career ERA of 4.22 turning into a dominant starter this season with an ERA of 2.49? Well it is my favorite thing about fantasy baseball? Contract Year Baby!
Andy Pettitte (SP), New York Yankees: A 2.45 ERA this season. That won’t last. Not even close. The long run being another subject for another day, Pettitte notched wins number 2 and 3 this past week. What was impressive was that both wins came on the road including holding the Orioles to just 4 hits and allowing zero runs.
Sports of Boston Friends and Family League
What the hell Ted Lilly? Lilly tossed another gem this past week by going 6 innings and giving up 5 runs. I don’t know why I put up with this crap. In the standings I dropped to 11th after getting destroyed by fellow fantasy writer Sports of Boston’s Dev. Dev won 18-5 and dominated almost every aspect of the match up. At least I had a better OBP and K/9. Sports of Boston’s KC falls out of first place and Sports of Boston’s Jeff takes over first.
Recent pick up in the league include: Cliff Lee, Randy Wolf, Brian Fuentes, Ryan Church, Milton Bradley, and Erick Aybar.
Now, why I am really mad. In addition to falling to 11th, I have a problem with a manager in our league. This person was recruited by Sports of Boston’s Dev and is the same moron who drafted Adrian Beltre in round 2 of our draft. According to Yahoo!, he has not logged into the league to do anything since February 11th. This means that our league has a useless and wasted spot. These leagues are supposed to be competitive. I hated this guy because I knew from the draft that he had no clue what he was doing. I didn’t want a guy in the league just to fill space and be useless. The league has lost a little credibility because it is now technically an 11 team league and everyone is now one step closer to winning and it is only 3 weeks into the season. So like I stated in my previous article: I hate new people in expert drafts. If new people wanted to bust stereotypes then this idiot clearly did not help the cause. It actually just makes me angry thinking about it. If you can’t make a commitment to this league then you should not have bothered joining. You suck.
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