Fantasy Baseball Dugout Player of the Week awards are given to the top statistical hitter and pitcher in fantasy baseball during a normal fantasy baseball week (Monday – Sunday).
A standard 5×5 league is used for scoring (runs scored, homeruns, RBI, steals, batting average for hitters; wins, saves, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP for pitchers).
Hitter Of The Week: Conor Jackson, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks. Jackson had a monster game Friday night against the San Diego Padres, going 4-5 at the plate with a homerun, three runs scored and four RBI. Going into last week, Jackson had yet to go yard in 2008… but was able to put three in the seats over a four day period. He has a total of 20 hits and 17 RBI on the season, and produced 12 of those hits and 10 of those RBI last week. Last week was an anomaly for Jackson, but there has never been any question that he has loads of potential. If he can put together a consistent season while remaining injury-free, the potential for 20+ homeruns, 80+ runs scored, 80+ RBI, and around 150 hits is not unbelievable. That’s a good utility hitter or reserve first baseman in most mixed formats.
Pitcher Of The Week: John Danks, Chicago White Sox. 2007 was a rough season for Danks, his first in the bigs. Following last year’s disappointing 6-13 season, Danks is showing the potential in 2008 that made the Rangers draft him with the 9th overall pick in the 2003 draft. A two-start pitcher in week three, Danks logged 14.2 innings of work and picked up two victories with dominant stuff. During his two shutout, seven-plus inning outings, Danks struck out 12 and gave up less than one baserunner per inning (0.68 WHIP). Despite one bad start on April 9 in which he gave up seven earned runs in 2.1 innings, Danks has only given up one earned run over 21.1 innings of work. The ceiling on Danks is very high, and keeper league owners who have a player to drop on their squad should start watching Danks to see if this level of performance continues.