If you need something to look forward to at your desk during those dull spring and summer Mondays , your friends at Fantasy Baseball Dugout hope you consider our weekly blog posts chronicling fantasy baseball’s Players of the Week.
The award criteria are pretty simple. Start with a standard 5×5 league. The top hitter and top pitcher based on typical 5×5 statistics over a typical weekly scoring period (Monday – Sunday) win the awards. Now, onto the hardware…
Hitter of the Week: Xavier Nady, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates. Nady tends to hit well during the first month of the season and then level off by June, finishing the year as your average waiver wire, fill-in stud in mixed leagues. Week 1 was a special week for Nady, however, as he batted .385 with 10 hits in 26 at-bats. Nady also hit three homeruns, scored six runs, knocked in nine and even stole a base. Currently owned in around 70-75% of leagues across the fantasy baseball universe, pick up Nady now, play him for another week or two… and then trade him at his peak value. The time is now if you’re looking to capitalize on him.
Pitcher of the Week: Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres. Peavy is no stranger to this spot. Last season, Peavy won Pitcher of the Week in a league I managed more times than any other ace in fantasy baseball and promptly won 2007 Fantasy Baseball Pitcher of the Year. Last week, Peavy was his typical self in a two-start week – dominant and victorious. He won both of his starts in week one, Opening Day in the friendly confines of Petco Park versus the Houston Astros and Saturday at home again against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 16 innings of work, Peavy gave up only five hits and one earned run, walking four and striking out 12. There are some rumors circulating that Peavy doctors the ball, but FBD loves Peavy so much, we don’t believe it.
FBD doesn’t think it needs to recommend Peavy as a must start all season long, but start him. ALWAYS.