Fantasy Daily: Felix Hernandez, B.J. Upton, Anthony Rendon


Anthony Rendon is congratulated in the dugout.
Anthony Rendon’s hot streak continued with a home run last night. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Taking a look around the league, here’s a recap of last night’s action and suggestions for your fantasy baseball team.

Mr. Clutch (pitcher) – Felix Hernandez was brilliant last night, tossing 7.0 scoreless innings against the Athletics, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out eight. King Felix is  having a career year statistically. His 2.32 ERA, 9.46 K/9, 1.72 BB/9 and 1.03 WHIP are all career highs. He is putting up Cy Younglike numbers and should be one of the top pitchers going forward. So much for the shoulder issues that crept up in the news at the beginning of the season.

Mr. Clutch (hitter) – B.J. Upton went nuts last night against the Giants, going 2-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base. Upton is a very frustrating player to own because he can do absolutely nothing for the first couple of months then go on a tear and end up with 20+ home runs and 20+ steals. If he is getting hot and is available, now is as good of time as any to pick him up.

Surprise, surprise! Trevor Plouffe came back from the DL with a vengeance last night against the Tigers, going 3-for-3 with two runs, a home run and three RBIs. Third base has been very rough this season, and if you are needing help, Plouffe maybe your answer. This guy can hit home runs in bunches and, if healthy, could be a top-10 third basemen.

Here comes the heat – The young upstart, Anthony Rendon continued his nine-game hitting streak last night going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. During the course of the nine games, Rendon has a .429/.474/.657 slash line to go along with a home run, six runs and six RBIs. Not only has he been a top third basemen in the past week, he has eight games in at second base. By next week, he should have eligibility in most leagues to play that position. He could be worth a pickup since he is owned in less than 15 percent of leagues.

Left out in the breeze – Unless you play in deep enough leagues where Jonathan Pettibone or Tom Koehler come into play, Sergio Romo had probably the worst performance of the night. Romo blew the save and took the loss, allowing two hit, an earned run and two walks while striking out one.

Who’s trending? Kyle Blanks continued to be relevant last night, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and a RBI. Blanks started the season off very slow and was sent to the minors. But after Yonder Alonso broke his hand, Blanks was called back up and has been red hot ever since then. Pick him up and ride the streak, but just know that playing time and health are going to be some concerns down the road for Blanks.

Bench me, please? – I believe the newness of Marcell Ozuna has finally worn off. Ozuna went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts last night and is 8-for-41 with three runs scored, an RBI, 11 strikeouts and zero walks. It is safe to say that he is now droppable in mixed league formats and is in serious trouble of being sent back down to the minors.

The Streamer  An injury to Jake Peavy forced the White Sox to bring Hector Santiago back into the rotation and all he did was respond with a four-hit, one-eared-run game against the Athletics. Now he gets Houston, which has a terrible offense. Though guys like Matt Garza, Ian Kennedy and Ricky Nolasco seem tempting, I am taking the long reliever to go out and dominate the Astros. Deploy with confidence!


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  1. HA! Dustin – Pick it up man!

    I wonder what my totals are. I picked Shelby Miller as my streamer tonight.

    John – Send me your email address to I got an idea I think Dustin would like as well for a new feature that will be pretty cool.

  2. Ha, well I have definitely struggled at picking a streamer. I usually look for a pitchers less that 60% owned that are facing a bottom third offense that would be a good option to “stream”.

  3. Jamie,

    I calculated results of “The Streamer” predictions from May 15 to June 16. Here are the results:

    17 Total Days with 18 Predictions
    93.67 Innings Pitched
    56 Earned Runs
    ERA based on streamer predictions = 5.38

    8 Losses, 6 No Decisions, and 3 Wins

    Interestingly enough, of the 7 pitchers that were mentioned/tempting but were passed over for someone else, the results were 3 Wins, 2 Losses, and 2 No Decisions.

  4. Hey John,

    That’s an interesting idea. We would love to do that! Just don’t have the staff to monitor and track that on a daily basis. Given that this is a daily entry and we all know changes from day to day, It’s tough to really track it.

    Perhaps you can do that for us?


  5. Have you (or anyone who makes these kind of predictions in fantasy baseball) ever tracked your picks to see how accurate they are?

    Just take two of the last people you mentioned who you made out to be sure bets – Santiago and Kennedy – They both got lit up today, Kennedy more so.

    I don’t say this to sound rude, because I thought Kennedy would have dominated too, but I’m curious…

    So, do you track your predictions? Wouldn’t it make sense to?

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