Week two of the hot and cold installments in fantasy baseball means that some blips on the radar have started to become trends. Like all things in life, a week or two of change starts to become a habit if it is kept up. If some guys are off to hot starts and have kept it up through two weeks, it validates them much more in the fantasy baseball spectrum. That late-round sleeper just might be coming to fruition as a legitimate steal. On the other hand, those ice cold starts from some players once believed to be reliable have to make owners consider cutting some ties. Here are the players who made statements in week two.
Jose Quintana, SP Chicago White Sox: The young lefty is starting to look like a real commodity for the South siders. Quintana posted just three earned runs in 15 innings this past week. He may have just one victory under his belt, but a 2.37 ERA and 18 strikeouts through three starts has Quintana owners feeling great. The wins will most definitely start coming behind a revamped White Sox offense. A big breakout season may be on the horizon for Quintana.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Los Angeles Dodgers: All it took to get A-Gon going was a quick trip to the sunny confines of Phoenix. Gonzalez pummeled the Diamondbacks for three homers and 10 RBI’s in the three-game sweep. He got off to a bit of a slow start in terms of run production, but is now sporting a nine-game hitting streak including four consecutive games with a home run. He is using the whole field and although he is a perennial All-Star, his draft stock was not what it once was this season after a couple years of declining power. A vintage Gonzalez is one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball.
Dee Gordon, 2B Los Angeles Dodgers: Another Dodger, Gordon has been electrifying thus far. If he happens to be available, owners would be remiss in allowing him to remain on the free agent market in any league. He already has nine steals under his belt and is showing improved discipline at the plate which has led to a .400 batting average. There are few lineups in baseball with the kind of star power the Dodgers have, and a productive Gordon batting in front of all those stars is fantastic for fantasy owners.
Mike Moustakas, 3B Kansas City Royals: The massive breakout campaign for the 26-year-old may never be coming. Owners have continued to take flyers on him for a couple of years after his otherworldly hype, but he once again has fallen flat on his face after a big spring training. Moose has just four hits in 36 at-bats with just one run batted in. He continues to disappoint and is a strong drop candidate for any owner.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP Baltimore Orioles: The O’s big free agent acquisition has gotten pummeled in each of his three starts so far. Jimenez has faced three AL East foes as well, which does not bode well for his future. Even worse, he has an ERA over 7.00 and a WHIP over 2.00, both crippling numbers for owners. His track record is too strong to cut him yet, but a couple more starts at his current pace would make owners have to entertain that option.
Justin Smoak, 1B Seattle Mariners: Expectations have to be quelled following Smoak’s dominant first week. He has unfortunately come crashing back to earth with a .143 average and one RBI in week two. He appeared to show glimpses of finally turning the corner, but four straight hitless games with seven strikeouts was an all too familiar sight from the switch-hitter. Owners hopefully have a more reliable option at first base, as another week or two like this could erase completely what Smoak did out of the gate.
Commentary by Justin Hussong
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Los Angeles Dodgers