Archive for Weekly Awards

Players of the Week: Week 7

Hitter of the Week:

After missing time on the DL, it was unknown if there would be playing time for Edwin Encarnacion when he returned to the line-up.  The Blue Jays offense was clicking, with Fred Lewis at the top and Jose Bautista raking, so where he fit in was anyone’s guess.  Travis Snider’s trip to the DL took any doubt out of the equation and Encarnacion’s fantasy owners are happy it did as he absolutely raked over the past week.  Most of the numbers are impressive, like his .368 average, 7 R and 11 RBI.  They all take a back seat to his 6 HR, a number that solidified his spot for this award.

Honorable Mention:

  • Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays – .500 (14-28), 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB
  • Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers – .458 (11-24), 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB
  • Michael Young – Texas Rangers – .483 (14-29), 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB
  • Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – .409 (9-22), 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 6

Hitter of the Week:
Where has Jose Bautista come from?  Obviously it’s a rhetorical question, as he had a similar stretch late last season, which aided any fantasy owner who took the gamble on him.  This season he hasn’t missed a beat in the power department.  Over the past week he hit four home runs, tying him for the league lead.  He also scored eight runs, again tying him for the league lead.  Throw in a .444 average (8-18) with eight RBI and you get this week’s award winner.  Prior to the season, would anyone have predicted him winning this award in any given week?

Honorable Mention:

  • Luke Scott – Baltimore Orioles – .500 (10-20), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB
  • Martin Prado – Atlanta Braves – .367 (11-30), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB
  • Cody Ross – Florida Marlins – .417 (10-24), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 2 SB Read more

Player of the Week: Week 5

Hitter of the Week:

It was not an easy decision this week, but in the end Ryan Braun did more than enough to take home the award.  He hit .407 (11-27) with 1 HR, 8 RBI and 2 SB.  Those are solid numbers, but where he really separated himself from the pack was with his 12 runs scored.  No other player has scored more than 9 runs in a week all season long.  That tells you how special his week was.

Honorable Mention:

  • Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox – .464 (10-24), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB
  • Vladimir Guerrero – Texas Rangers – .360 (9-25), 4 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB
  • Jayson Werth – Philadelphia Phillies – .360 (9-25), 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB
  • Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds – .417 (10-24), 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 4

Hitter of the Week:
This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make when determining this award for the past two plus years.  There were six or seven players who I could have viably seen awarding it to, but in the end speed was the difference.  Carlos Gonzalez stole 3 bases to separate himself from the pack.  He didn’t have the most home runs (2), but he hit well (.391) while driving in 10 runs (tied for second) and scored 5 runs.  He is one of the most promising young outfielders in the game and it certainly looks like he’s starting to put things together in a hurry.  This may not be the only time this season he’s mentioned here.

Honorable Metion:

  • Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays – .417 (10-24), 3 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 2 SB
  • David Freese – St. Louis Cardinals – .462 (12-26), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB
  • Robinson Cano – New York Yankees – .440 (11-25), 4 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 0 SB
  • Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers – .385 (10-26), 4 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB
  • Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Cubs – .400 (8-20), 4 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB
  • Austin Jackson – Detroit Tigers – .500 (15-30), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 8 R, 2 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 3

For the first time this season, let’s take a look at the Players of the Week and it was an easy week, as there was a clear-cut leader for both hitters and pitchers:

Hitter of the Week:
It was a monster week for Kendry Morales, there really is just no other way to put it.  Forget about the 3 HR (the leaders had 4), 10 RBI (Mark Reynolds had 11) and 7 R (Scott Rolen had 8).  He hit .542, going 13-24 (only Ryan Theriot had more hits with 14).  The average alone would have given him consideration, but when you factor in the other numbers it simply was a no contest.

Runners-Up:

  • Mark Reynolds – Arizona Diamondbacks – .421 (8-19), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB
  • Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers – .364 (8-22), 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB
  • Michael Bourn – Houston Astros – .316 (6-19), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 7 R, 7 SB Read more

Players of the Week: September 28 – October 4

Hitter of the Week:
It’s always tough to judge the final week of the season as many players get additional days of rest as their ateams prepare for the playoffs.  That leads to some surprising winners, but as much as Jose Bautista’s 5 HR, 10 RBI week may have been the shocker of the season, his .250 average costs him his chance here.  Instead, it is going to be the Twins’ Delmon Young, who stepped up and helped his team force a one-game playoff.  Young went 13-29 (.448) with 3 HR and 6 R.  Where he really got the edge, though, was in RBI, where he tied for the league lead with 12.

Runner’s Up:

  • Jason Kubel – Minnesota Twins – .423 (11-26), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB
  • Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays – .481 (13-27), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 1 SB Read more