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: Lance Berkman, 1B/OF, Houston Astros. Berk had three multi-hit games and drove in at least one run in six straight games last week. Friday was extra special, as he went hit two solo homeruns, leading to two RBI and two runs scored, then walked once in four trips to the plate. Over the course of the week, Berkman hit .455 and logged 10 hits, scored seven runs, hit four homeruns, drove in 12 RBI, and even swiped a bag. On the season, Berkman is currently the number three overall hitter in standard 5×5 fantasy baseball leagues. Consider him a must-start everyday. Over the course of the year, he should contribute around over 150 hits, 40 homeruns, 12o RBI, 90+ runs, and even a few stolen bases.
Pitcher of the Week: C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians. After a terrible start to the season, 0-3 with an ERA of 13.50, Sabathia made a quick recovery with two-starts in week four. His ERA dropped to 7.88 and he more than doubled his strikeout total with last week’s performances. In 14 innings of work, Sabathia won Tuesday at Kansas City and lost a 1-0 heartbreaker Sunday against the Yankees. During the week, Sabathia logged 19 strikeouts, one earned run, and only 11 baserunners for a 0.64 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. FBD admits being nervous about recommending Sabathia as a two-start fantasy pitcher in week four, but will not overlook him again moving forward.