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Fantasy Baseball: Week in Review 5/18-5/24

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMay 26, 2009

Since I missed my weekly fantasy "Week in Review" post last week because of a family matter, I was planning on doing a super, two-week fantasy review this week.

Unfortunately that is not going to happen. Why? Because there isn’t a site out there that gives stats for the past 14 days!

Every site is either seven days, 30 days, etc… Very frustrating. Does anyone know of a site that gives 14-day stats?

That being said, I will do my normal fantasy "Week in Review" this week. Here are the fantasy studs, the players who are of concern, injury news, and potential pickups for the week of 5/18–5/24.

 

Fantasy Studs

Joe Mauer: .458/4/13/.516—The best catcher in baseball, might soon become the best player in baseball.

Jason Bartlett: .385/2/13/.469—I thought this guy was only supposed to play defense?

Michael Cuddyer: .448/4/12—Any player who hits for the cycle is a fantasy stud. He's also hitting behind Mauer and Morneau in the suddenly productive Minnesota lineup.

Mark Teixeira: .444/5/10—I guess having A-Rod hitting behind you really does help.

Brandon McCarthy: 1-1, 1.69 ERA, 16 IP—He threw the very rare complete-game shutout last week and, at 25, looks to be coming into his own.

Joel Pineiro: 1-1, 1.69 ERA, 16 IP—Two quality starts and a complete-game shutout makes for a very good week.

Ryan Madson: 3 Holds, 0.00 ERA, 5 K, 3.2 IP—If you're in a league that counts holds as a stat (one of my leagues does), then Madson is your guy. Right now he is the best set-up guy in the game.

Madson has been lights out lately

Madson has been lights out lately.

 

Reasons for Concern

Brad Lidge: 2 blown saves, 6 H, 2 BB, 15.43 ERA, 2 1/3 IP—After not blowing a save in 2008, Lidge has now four blown saves in 2009. He looked terrible against the Yankees.

He has a 9.15 ERA on the season and is now wearing a special insole in his cleat designed to alleviate pain in his knee. There are a lot of reasons to be concerned with Lidge at this point.

Ricky Nolasco: Things have been so bad for Nolasco, he was sent down to the minors after Friday’s start.

If I had Nolasco on any of my fantasy teams, I wouldn’t drop him. I just think he has hit an extremely rough patch and is too good to be this bad. He could help your team out in the second half of the season.

Chris Davis: .053/0/0—Everyone’s preseason man-crush struck out 10 times in 19 at-bats last week. On the season, Davis has struckout 66 times in just 150 plate appearances.

He is your typical power hitter: He will strike out a ton, but when he connects, the results are usually good.

Scott Kazmir: Kazmir has been awful this year and was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week.

As I wrote, I am a little skeptical of this move. I could be wrong, but I think this is more the Rays asking Kazmir to take a time out rather than Kazmir having a serious leg injury.

Travis Snider: The Blue Jays sent the struggling Snider to Triple-A last week. I guess if I pick you to win the Rookie of the Year award, you will be sent to the minors.

I also predicted Cameron Maybin to win the award in the NL. Not looking so good there, either. I do however, expect both Snider and Maybin to be called back up in the second half.

 

Injuries

Chris Iannetta: Placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. This hurts because Iannetta was hitting .276/5/13/.364 in May and was giving fantasy owners production after a lackluster April.

Mike Aviles: Placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right forearm. Aviles has fallen flat on his face this year and will not be missed by fantasy owners.

Rich Harden: Placed on the 15-day DL with a bad back. Harden is halfway to filling his quota of two trips to the DL per year.

Edison Volquez: Placed on the 15-day DL with back spasms. I am not too concerned with this injury. Volquez should be ready to go the first week of June.

Rickie Weeks: Out for the year with a wrist injury. Crushing blow, not only to fantasy teams, but more importantly the Brewers. Weeks was headed for a breakout year in 2009.

Losing Weeks is a big blow

Losing Weeks is a big blow to many fantasy owners.

 

Potential Pickups

Tommy Hanson: Hanson is ready and it is only a matter of time before he gets called up by the Atlanta Braves. Snag him before someone else in your league does. Especially if you are in a keeper league.

Anthony Swarzak: Swarzak threw seven scoreless innings against the Brewers in his major league debut. He was one of the Twins’ best prospects before he was called up, so the potential is there.

Derek Holland: I really like Holland. He just reminds me of a young Steve Avery on the Braves, not the washed up Avery on the Red Sox.

He pitched well in his first start of the season against the Astros and only made one bad pitch and that was to Berkman in the fifth inning. Expect some rookie growing pains, but he should be in the Rangers’ rotation for the long haul.

Ryan Madson: Madson might be worth picking up if you have a roster spot. If Lidge continues to pitch like the ghost of Wayne Gomes, then Madson would be next in line for save opportunities.