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This Week in Fantasy Baseball: Week 20

This Week in Fantasy Baseball: Week 20

Aug 14, 2012

Baltimore called up uber-prospect Manny Machado last week from Triple-A to play shortstop for the Orioles. Machado, the 11th ranked player on Baseball America’s list of top prospects for 2012, is batting .375, with three home runs and seven RBI’s in just 16 plate appearances.

Machado is the third top prospect to make a splash this season, joining Los Angeles of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. The tandem of Machado, Trout and Harper are clearly the next superstars in waiting and will be early round picks next season in fantasy drafts.


Offensive Player of the Week: Josh Hamilton

.455, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R, 3 SB

Free agent to-be Josh Hamilton bounced back last week to earn top offensive performer after a month long slump. Hamilton appeared to be on track to win the Triple Crown in the first two months of the season, but suffered a prolonged slump that caused his batting average to dip below .290.

The former first round pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays launched three home runs against the Tigers and Red Sox, including a four home run performance against Boston at Fenway Park.

- Honorable Mention: Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Headley & Billy Butler


 Pitcher of the Week: Justin Verlander

 15 IP, 1 wins, 22 strikeouts, 0.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

Verlander proved that he is still the best pitcher in baseball with his second player of the week award of 2012. The Detroit ace posted an impressive 0.60 ERA against two of the most potent offenses in the Yankees and Rangers, striking out 22 batters in just over 15 innings of work.

Verlander appears to be poised to win his second consecutive American League CY Young award. He ranks among league leaders in ERA and WHIP, and his 174 strikeouts is six ahead of second place Max Scherzer.

- Honorable Mention: Chris Sale, Jered Weaver & Paul Maholm


 Working the Wire 

Shortstop Manny Machado’s breakout week for the Orioles makes him the clear-cut choice as the top waiver wire addition in week 12. He can hit for average and power, and he displayed the ability to be a 20/20 player in the minor leauges.


Other Players to Target                                                                     


1)    Jon Jay (OF STL)

2)    Dale Thayer (RP SD)

3)    Jarrod Parker (SP OAK)

4)    Justin Morneau (1B MIN)


Infirmary Report 

Top third baseman prospect Will Middlebrooks suffered a broken wrist after getting hit my Esmil Rogers, and will miss the remainder of the season. Middlebrooks played well

for the Red Sox after taking over the starting third base role from Kevin Youkilis. He batted .288, with 15 home runs and 54 RBI’s in just 75 games.

Other Notable Injuries:


  • Joey Votto (Knee setback)
  • CC Sabathia (15 Day DL – Elbow)
  • Mike Napoli (15 Day DL – Quad Strain)


Two-Start Pitchers for Week 20 

CC Sabathia (TEX/BOS)

Cole Hamels (@MIA/@MIL)

Gio Gonzalez (@SF/NYM)

Mat Latos (NYM/CHC)

Jake Peavy (@TOR/@KC)

Ryan Vogelsong (WSH/@SD)

Zack Greinke (CLE/TB)

C.J. Wilson (CLE/TB)

Tim Hudson (SD/LAD)

Mike Fiers (@COL/PHI)

Hiroki Kuroda (TEX/BOS)

Josh Johnson (PHI/@COL)

Matt Moore (@SEA/@LAA)

Ian Kennedy (@STL/@HOU)

Ryan Dempster (@NYY/@TOR)


Closer Carousel 

Ryan Cook has struggled as of late, blowing 4 of his last 5 save chances. Manager Bob Melvin was noncommittal about the Athletics closing situation, however, it is assumed that Grant Balfour will be given the starting role again if Cook continues to struggle.


Fantasy Dud: Dan Haren

13.50 ERA, 2.40 WHIP, 0 W, 0K 

Dan Haren has been one of the most disappointing players this season for fantasy owners this season, with a career worst 8-9 record and 4.68 ERA. He continued his rough campaign last week against the Mariners, giving up five earned runs in just over three innings of work.

- Honorable Mention: Zack Greinke, Ian Kennedy and Albert Pujols 

Andrew Swanson

Andrew Swanson is the founder and president of Kramerica Sports LLC, the parent company of and Andrew is a veteran fantasy sports writer and is a regular contributor on ESPN 101.7 The Team and Sirius/XM Fantasy Radio.