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.
Edwin Encarnacion (32 points)
For the second time in the last three weeks, Encarnacion was the top Rotoderby performer, and his latest showing was even more impressive than his first one, as he clubbed five homers to go along with nine RBI and just two strikeouts. After launching only two home runs in April, the Blue Jays first baseman has tallied 12 longballs in May, and the month isn’t even over yet!
Nelson Cruz (24 points)
Cruz is rewarding his fantasy owners with a huge profit this season, as the 33-year-old outfielder, who was ranked nowhere near the elite class at his position, leads the Majors in home runs (16) heading into Monday’s games, and his 44 RBI leads the AL. He’s well on his way towards topping his single-season high of 33 homers.
Chris Davis (24 points)
Davis’ underwhelming start to the season had his fantasy owners freaking out, but last week’s 4 HR, 10 RBI effort has to be a comforting sign. The slugging first baseman has always been strikeout prone, and that trend will likely continue (six strikeouts last week), but if Davis keeps on hitting homers at this rate, his owners won’t care too much about the strikeouts.
The Week Ahead
Justin Upton is swinging a red-hot bat, as the Braves outfielder has smacked four homers while collecting 11 RBI over his last eight games entering Monday’s action. With four of his games this week coming against a free-falling Red Sox club that ranks in the bottom third in the Majors in ERA in the month of May, expect the good times to continue for at least a little while longer.