Fantasy Baseball Studs and Duds of Week 12 in 2014

Aramis Ramirez turns 36 years old on Wednesday and he's nearly out-performing Ryan Braun this season.

JIm Mone

Studs:

This season, first base for the Texas Rangers is the least popular spot for a fantasy baseball player and an outfielder for the Rockies is the most popular. Names like Charlie Blackmon, Brandon Barnes, and even Drew Stubbs are becoming relevant in the fantasy world. Last week, Dickerson may have jumped from spot-starter to full-time outfielder. He currently is tied with Troy Tulowitzki for the best team batting average (.355) and leads the Rockies with three triples.

He’s back and better than ever. After a quick stop on the disabled list, the soon-to-be-36-year-old now has played in six fewer games than teammate Ryan Braun. Yet, Ramirez has the same number of home runs (10), one fewer RBI (38), and a better batting average (.292 for ARam, .278 for Braun).

Granted, it was the Padres and the Royals, but still, Elias was on point. In each game he allowed an earned run and struck out at least five batters. Next, he’ll face an Indians lineup that struggles on the road and then he’ll start at Chicago to take on the White Sox. If Elias keeps this up, imagine the Mariners rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton in the future. Dangerous stuff is on the horizon in Seattle.

Other notables: Billy Hamilton (CIN), Edwin Encarnacion (TOR), Devin Mesoraco (CIN), J.D. Martinez (DET), and Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

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Duds:

The newly-named captain of the American League home run derby is trying to avoid a stint on the disabled list. A mild hamstring strain sidelined Joey Bats on Sunday. Prior to that injury, Bautista only had one hit in the previous four games.

He hasn’t recorded a multi-hit game since June 16th against the Rockies. Puig is also oh-fer his last 11 at-bats. However, Puig is still batting .312 this season and is above .300 against both lefties (.317) and righties (.311).

I was asked on John Halpin’s podcast this morning if I thought Matt Cain was droppable in fantasy leagues and I really had to consider it. This is, by far, Cain’s worst season out of his nine-year career (1-6 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.24 WHIP). Last week, he was torched by the White Sox and Padres. Cain has lost three straight contests and hasn’t won since May 15th against the Marlins. However, his team is still in first place and he pitches in a decent ballpark. I’d stick with Cain through this rough patch.

Other notables: Justin Upton (ATL), Jose Reyes (TOR), Jason Kipnis (CLE), Xander Bogaerts (BOS), and Ernesto Frieri (LAA)

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