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: Kevin Youkilis, First Baseman, Boston Red Sox. Youkilis is a great first-half hitter, playing so well early last season that he had my vote for a starting gig in the All-Star game. Last week, Youkilis hit is all seven Sawks games and had five multi-hit games. May 7 against the Detroit Tigers was the highlight of his week, going 2-5 at the plate with two homeruns and three RBIs. He batted .375 from May 5 to May 11 on 12 hits with five homeruns, eight runs scored, 10 RBI, and a stolen base. Youkilis is a solid hitter, but beware of his high strikeout totals.
Pitcher of the Week: James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays. Shields, the unofficial ace of the Rays, is the first pitcher to win this award on the year that hasn’t been a two-start pitcher. His complete game shutout victory on May 9 against the Anaheim Angels was a one-hitter. Over nine innings, Shields gave up a single to Brandon Wood in the third inning, then retired the final 17 batters. On the night, he notched eight strikeouts and no walks. His WHIP on the night was 0.11. Shields won 12 games in 2007 and makes a great no. 3 pitcher in fantasy baseball.