Fantasy Baseball Studs and Duds for Week 16 of 2014

Adam Meyer reflects on the best and worst of fantasy baseball over the past seven days.

As weird as this picture would have been a year ago, Yankees fans are fully embracing Jacoby Ellsbury this season.

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Anthony Rizzo, CHC
Last week: 5-11 (.455), 3 HR, and 4 RBI

I had the unfortunate pleasure of facing the fantasy baseball team with Rizzo on the roster last week. He was doing well before the All-Star break and even better afterwards. In the three games after the Midsummer Classic, Rizzo hit three home runs on five hits while only striking out once.

Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY
Last week: 8-16 (.500), 2 HR, 4 RBI, and 3 SB

Even though it was a shortened week, Ellsbury still batted .500 with two homers and three stolen bases. He continues to produce in his new home ballpark. In 154 at-bats at the new Yankee Stadium, Ellsbury has totaled 51 hits (.331). On the road, he’s only batting .263, thus far.

David Price, TB
Last week: 8 IP, 9 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, and a win

Even amid trade rumors, Price was still dealing ace-type performances. In three of his last four starts, Price has exited the game without allowing an earned run. In his most recent outing, Price shutdown the Twins, allowing only four hits, zero walks, zero earned runs, and struck out nine batters.

Honorable mention: Mike Napoli (BOS), Ryan Zimmerman (WSH), Neil Walker (PIT), Austin Jackson (DET), and Jon Lester (BOS)


Freddie Freeman, ATL
Last week: 1-16 (.063), 1 RBI

His batting average has dropped 10 points since the All-Star break. That will happen when you only record one hit in a week. His Braves are currently in a series with Miami. This year, Freeman is 2-41 (.049) against the Marlins.

Dustin Pedroia, BOS
Last week: 1-16 (.063), 1 RBI

Yet another one-hit wonder on the week. Pedroia is currently hitless in his last 13 ABs. On Monday night, the Red Sox scored 14 runs on 18 hits. The Laser Show was the lone starter for Boston to not reach first base. Fenway has not been favorable to Pedroia. This season, he is 54-211 (.256) at home and batting .290 on the road (53-183).

Cliff Lee, PHI
Last week: 5.2 IP, 3 Ks, 9.53 ERA, and 2.29 WHIP

Maybe I’m being too rough on the guy. Lee went almost two months between MLB starts and was torched for 12 hit and six earned runs against the Giants. Next on his schedule is the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. Then, he travels to Washington to pitch next Thursday.

Dishonorable mention: Jose Bautista (TOR), Nelson Cruz (BAL), Jay Bruce (CIN), Anthony Rendon (WSH), and Gio Gonzalez (WSH)

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