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: Alfonso Soriano, Outfielder, Chicago Cubs. Soriano recorded the first monster mash performance of the 2008 fantasy baseball season during week seven. His batting average raised 72 points from May 11 – May 18 as he recorded 16 hits in 31 plate appearances. Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh was the only contest that he failed to log more than one hit, as he batted a PlayStation-esque .516 and had two multi-homerun games. To further aid fantasy baseball owners, Soriano scored 10 runs, smashed 7 homeruns, and logged 14 RBI. Week seven was the first week Soriano lived up to his second round pre-season draft pick status. Continue starting Soriano everyday.
Pitcher of the Week: Jered Weaver, Anaheim Angels. Weaver’s two-starts in week seven brought him back to the forefront of fantasy baseball for the first time since early last season. His 7-innings of shutout ball did not lead to a win on May 13 against the White Sox, but he only gave up one hit and struck out six. During the week, he logged 12.3 innings, picked up one win Sunday against the Dodgers, struck out 13, yielded two earned runs and 10 baserunners for a 1.46 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. Weaver needs to become more consistent before he can become a dependable no. 2 fantasy baseball starter, but his two-start weeks will clearly give him a chance to shine this season.