The award criteria for the Fantasy Baseball Dugout Player of the Week are pretty simple. Start with a standard 5×5 league for scoring (runs scored, homeruns, RBI, steals, batting average for hitters; wins, saves, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP for pitchers).
Awards are given to the top hitter and top pitcher based on those 5×5 statistics over a typical weekly scoring period (Monday – Sunday) for fantasy baseball leagues. Now, onto the hardware…
Hitter of the Week: Raul Ibanez, OF, Seattle Mariners. Ibanez has always been a solid fantasy baseball contributor, but he is largely undervalued in the game. Despite his great week 2, only 85% of CBS Sportsline owners are starting him this week. Ibanez is a dependable source for a .280 batting average, 20 – 30 homeruns, and over 100 RBI. How many teams could use a player with that line as their third outfielder in mixed leagues? Last week Ibanez went on a tear, and he always seems to have a week like this early in the season. In week two, he scored seven times, drove in 11, hit four homeruns and batted .370. Don’t expect this from Ibanez every week, because he is streaky at the plate, but when he’s good, he’s real good, and your patience with his game will always be rewarded with weeks like this one.
Pitcher of the Week: Javier Vazquez, Chicago White Sox. It’s interesting that Ibanez and Vazquez won Player of the Week awards together, because they are similar players in terms of fantasy value. Most fantasy owners know what to expect from Vazquez – a .500 won/loss record, an ERA in the 4.00′s, and between 150 – 200 strikeouts. That said, Vazquez always seems to put together a week or two that keep his owners high on his potential, allowing him to keep fantasy baseball status as a reliable no. 3 starter. Week 2 was an elite week for Vazquez in 2008. He logged two victorious seven inning starts, struck out 17, yielded a stingy 1.93 ERA, and produced a 0.93 WHIP.
If you can trade Vazquez at this point in the season for a no. 2 or no. 1 fantasy pitcher, do so, because he will not produce like he did last week on a consistent basis. Get top value for him while you can.