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: Ryan Howard, First Baseman, Philadelphia Phillies. Howard is a seasonal beast in fantasy baseball. If you can handle his notoriously slow start in April and survive his personal “spring training” in May, he rewards you for your patience during the long, warm summer months.
Last week was a sign of things to come for Howard, as 50% of his hits in week 8 went yard and he drove in more than one runner per hit. Howard put the ball in play eight times during fantasy week 8 and smashed four balls for homeruns. He scored eight times and drove in nine runs, batting .320 on the week. Howard likely will not hit for that high of an average over the course of a month, but weeks like this are what make him a late first, early second round pick each season. If you have been storing Howard on your bench during his hibernation period, unleash the beast now for the rest of the season.
Pitcher of the Week: Kevin Gregg, Florida Marlins. Gregg is the type of closer fantasy owners love to hate. Some weeks, he can’t get anyone out and could cost you a weekly matchup with a high ERA and WHIP. Other weeks, the guy is unhittable. Week 8 started well for Gregg, as he picked up saves in back to back games against Arizona.
The Marlins’ double-header Sunday against San Francisco was extra special for the erratic closer. In game one, Gregg allowed one hit but struck out one and shut the door for his 10th save of the season. In game two, Gregg walked one but struck out two in the top of the ninth. Then in the bottom of the inning, Dan Uggla singled to center, knocking in Wes Helms for a walk-off victory in which Gregg got credit for the win. In a slim 4.7 innings of work in week 8, Gregg gave up no runs, picked up one win, three saves, struck out eight and had a tiny 0.64 WHIP.