What did we get on Monday? Well, not every team was in action, but we got four fantastic performances. Actually, we had more than that, as some great games didn’t even make today’s fantasy baseball stats recap.
A few top-tier pitchers had top games, but we start with the young hitters.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Jon Singleton — Houston Astros
Jon Singleton: July 7
It was a great day for the Astros, with several of their youngsters shining against the cross-state rivals. Singleton certainly wasn’t the only star, but he was the brightest, at least in terms of fantasy baseball stats.
Singleton has struggled this year and in a keeper league, he’s got great value. In a redraft league, the value goes down, but I do think he’ll be much better over the remainder of the season than he has been so far. Also, a few more games like this are far from impossible.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Manny Machado — Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado: July 7
It’s not completely fair, but Singleton got the nod for the top spot today because of the RBI. Yes, that has as much to do with his teammates getting on base as anything else, but that’s the name of the fantasy game sometimes.
Machado has been a little slow to get going this year, but he’s had three multi-hit games in a row and while it was interrupted by a five-game suspension, he’s hit safely in five straight games. If you were patient with Machado through his early season injury and then ineffectiveness, you’re being rewarded right now.
2. James Shields — Kansas City Royals
James Shields: July 7
From a fantasy point of view, Shields had an identical day to the next guy. He gets the higher spot because…well, someone had to get it.
Shields had been struggling over his most recent outings, but the return to Tampa Bay did wonders for him. I wouldn’t call myself his biggest fan, but I do think Big Game James is due for a good second half, he’s just not a pitcher that will normally be around a 4.00 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
3. Hisashi Iwakuma — Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma: July 7
He got the lower spot because he allowed one more hit and a hit can be more deadly than a walk. Maybe you don’t buy that logic but again, someone had to get the higher spot. I wouldn’t argue with anyone that flipped Iwakuma and Shields, though.
There’s not much to add about Iwakuma. He’s one of the game’s best pitchers and mixed with Felix Hernandez, Chris Young, and Roenis Elias, I’m guessing plenty of American League teams are hoping Seattle doesn’t make the playoffs.