Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.
Yasiel Puig (22 points)
I seem to remember choosing Puig as my player to watch last week. Sure enough, he delivered, taking full advantage of a favorable schedule in smacking three longballs and driving in ten. Like Moss, Puig can be a streaky hitter, but when he’s locked in like this, look out!
Brandon Moss (22 points)
Moss is enjoying his most productive season since entering the big leagues, and it’s not even close. The historically streaky slugger, who as of Monday is tied for 3rd in the Majors in RBI (39), has yet to suffer through a prolonged rough stretch this year, and he rewarded his fantasy owners last week with three home runs and 11 RBI.
Josh Donaldson (21 points)
Sticking with the A’s theme, Donaldson has followed up his breakout 2013 campaign with an equally impressive 2014, highlighted by last week’s 3 HR, 10 RBI performance. As of Monday, the Oakland third baseman ranks 5th in the AL in RBI (35) and is tied for 7th in homers (10).
The Week Ahead
After a slow start to the season, Adam Jones is beginning to heat up, with five homers and ten RBI over his last 12 games. The Orioles’ outfielder has been especially dominant versus left-handed pitching (.457 AVG, three homers in 35 at-bats), and he will face a pair of southpaws in Francisco Liriano and Wandy Rodriguez. Jones will then go up against an Indians club that ranks in the bottom third in the Majors in both ERA and WHIP. Don’t expect his bat to cool off anytime soon.