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Fantasy Baseball Risers and Fallers

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As Independence Day soon approaches, it made watching the USA Soccer Team exciting to watch in this year’s World Cup. They took a tough loss in extra time against Belgium on Tuesday, but I will still be holding my flag up high as July 4th is this Friday. The USA Soccer Team did not go down easy as they lost 2-1. You should take the same advice as this year’s team. It is only Week 14 and you still have 8 more weeks to make the playoffs. I believe that you will win. Here are this week’s short, but prominent, risers and fallers.

Risers
Jose Altuve (HOU)Jose Altuve (HOU – 2B) – It is kind of funny that this guy is in this section of my article because he stands all of about 5’5” and weighs only 175 pounds. Don’t let the size fool you. This “Gigante” of a player is playing like a Giant these days. The Houston Astros lineup is not a sure thing to pitch to this year and Altuve is one of the main reasons of that. I believe the Astros, as a team, are going to do well in a couple of years as long as they can hold onto their young talent. Altuve is slashing a stellar .433 BA with 13 hits, 5 Rs and 1 RBI in the last seven days. He also has 11 SBs in the last week. Yes that’s right, not an error. He was stealing more that one bag a day in the last week. Since I am such a numbers guy, take a look at these other category jumps that Altuve has made in just one year. From 2013 to 2014, his K rate went from 12.6% to 6.3%, his BB rate went from 4.8% to 5.8%, his average went from .283 to .344 and he already has 2 more steals than he did all of last year. He may be small but he packs a big punch. There was a time in Jose Altuve’s life where he tried to get into his own clubhouse playing winter ball in Venezuala, only to be warned not to trespass. “The security guard wouldn’t let me in,” Altuve said. “He told me, ‘You’re not a player. I got a son the same size as you. And he’s 8 years old.’” Now who is sitting on top of the baseball world?

Jose Quintana (CWS – SP) – Quintana has been one of those pitchers you would spot start here or there, but I am suggesting maybe holding onto him for now. In the past week, he faced two of the tougher teams in the league (Baltimore and Toronto) and both away starts, as well. In both starts, he gave up 1 earned run, 9 hits, 5 walks, 15 strikeouts on 14 innings pitched. The thing that is really helping Quintana this year is his HR/9. Last year he gave up 1.04 HR/9 and this year it is 0.52 HR/9. Quintana is marginally better than the league average in most categories. These categories include ERA (3.44 to 3.89), WHIP (1.28 to 1.29), K% (20.6 to 19.4) and BB% (7.4 to 7.1). I believe that he is vastly under-owned in most leagues. In fact, in ESPN leagues he is only 8.6% owned. What are you waiting for? Pick him up if he is available in your league.


Fallers
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)Paul Goldschmidt (ARI – 1B) – This is real shame, in my opinion, because I really like this guy. While his overall numbers are still there, he did not put up numbers this past week that would certainly win you a gold medal. In the past seven days, he has 1 hit, 2 Rs, 1 RBI and is batting a dismal .067. Can we now say he is getting the “Goldy Effect?” What I mean by this is he was walked 9 times in the past week. Are pitchers seeing that Goldschmidt is the only threat in the Diamondbacks lineup? Who knows? But I do know one thing, I call this just a fluke week for Goldy and he is still managing to get on base. Keep him in your lineup.

Gerrit Cole (PIT – SP) – So on Saturday, Cole got knocked around after a rude awakening off of the DL by the Mets. He yielded 5 runs on 7 hits and struck out 4, while walking 3 batters. His current ERA is about .5 higher than his short career average. The Baseball Tonight crew just talked about Cole after his rece nt struggles. Both Tim Kurkjian and Manny Acta believe that his struggles were a fluke. His slider was not working for him against the Mets and they both believe that he poised to have a better second half. As for now, he is a faller for me.

As I close this week’s article, I recently asked @Fantasy411 on twitter and got a response from him. Click here for his response. So this goes to show you, sometimes everyone needs a little fantasy advice.

May the risers be in your favor and the fallers on your opponents’ team!

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About Tyler Gettmann

You can follow me on Twitter @RedSox_SF49ers for more fantasy news and advice. Also be sure to like us on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram for all updates from Fantasy Six Pack.

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