Chase Utley, Scott Kazmir Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Players of the Week
Fantasy Baseball Dugout Player of the Week awards are given to the top statistical hitter and pitcher in fantasy baseball during a normal fantasy baseball week (Monday – Sunday).
A standard 5×5 league is used for scoring (runs scored, homeruns, RBI, steals, batting average for hitters; wins, saves, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP for pitchers).
Hitter of the Week: Chase Utley, Second Baseman, Philadelphia Phillies. Utley has been one of the few top draft picks in 2008 to actually fulfill his lofty preseason expectations. Currently rated as the no. 2 overall player in standard 5×5 fantasy baseball leagues behind Astros outfielder Lance Berkman, Utley produced his best week of the season in week 9. Similar to teammate Ryan Howard, who was the top player in fantasy baseball’s week 8, Utley made the most of a limited amount of hits. Chase batted .391 last week and put the ball in play off his bat 9 times, scoring 9 runs. Five of his hits fell in the cheap seats and he drove in 14. Speed is also a part of Utley’s game, and he stole two bags.
Pitcher of the Week: Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay Rays. Kazmir’s performance in week 9 continues to make Mets fans cringe at the thought of trading him for Victor Zambrano. In a two-start week for Kazmir, he pitched 14 innings and struck out 16 for two wins. He followed a 7-inning performance on May 26 at Texas in which he struck out 10 and gave up one earned run with a second 7-inning, three hit shutout effort with 6 strikeouts against the White Sox. His ERA and WHIP on the week were 0.64.