Sunday, May 16, 2010

All Part of My Fantasy: Hamstrung No Longer

Week: May 9-15
Current standing in league: tied for 2nd out of 12
My Player of the Week: Ryan Zimmerman (third baseman, Nationals) with 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 7 runs and a .345 batting average

I picked up Zimmerman in the 3rd round of our draft and, at the time, he seemed like a very sensible pick. Toiling with the lowly Nationals, Zimmerman had quietly emerged as one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball. He also played all 162 games last year, an important consideration in fantasy sports. But April was a rough month for the young slugger as he battled hamstring troubles, missing quite a lot of games and being reduced to pinch hitting duties in others (though he was still a genuine threat to go long in those appearances). May, however, has been a different story. Zimmerman's on an absolute tear at the moment. Two of his three homers came in a single game on Thursday at Colorado. In yesterday's doubleheader, also in Denver, Zimmerman was 5 for 8. The Nats have him signed through 2013 and, with the team suddenly playing well, maybe they can manage to hang on to him for a while.

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