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Hot Ice: Players who are hot and cold in fantasy baseball (5/4/2021)

It could be a good week ahead for some third basemen.

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Hot ice! I heat up...the ice cubes! It’s the best of both worlds! Well in Fantasy Baseball we rarely see Hot Ice, we typically see more fire streaks or cold streaks. The purpose of this article is to look at the “2’s.”

  1. A look at which players are hot and cold over the last 2 WEEKS
  2. A look at players who were historically hot over the last 2 years. The fun part of this is while you may research which players were hot in April vs. June, what I did was take a culmination of each player’s game individually and then put a count on each one. So what you will see here are how each player fared between their 30th and 40th games over the last two years. Who might have struggled or been average through the first week of games, and then really got a fire going after that? Obviously there are a lot of variables when looking at this data, including, rookies, injuries, Covid-related absences and being scratched...so I noted any player who only had ONE year’s worth of data due to one of those situations.

For now it’s just batters, but if the appetite is there, I will start to add in pitchers as well.

Last 2 Weeks:

Hot (last 14 days)

Top 3 Hits: Giancarlo Stanton, Kris Bryant, David Peralta, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Raimel Tapia
Top 3 Runs: Fernando Tatis Jr., Jose Ramirez, Kris Bryant, Jesse Winker, Trevor Story and Chris Taylor
Top 3 HR: Jesus Aguilar, Fernando Tatis Jr., Adolis Garcia, Shohei Ohtani, Xander Bogaerts, Ramon Laureano, Rhys Hoskins, Jesse Winker
Top 3 RBI: Trevor Story, Jesus Aguilar, David Peralta, Adolis Garcia, Yuli Gurriel
Top 3 SB: Whit Merrifield, Fernando Tatis Jr. Trent Grisham, Sam Haggerty, Shohei Ohtani, Robbie Grossman, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Jazz Chisholm Jr.

Cold (last 14 days)

Francisco Lindor: 4 runs, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, batting .156
Manny Machado: 3 runs, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, batting .146
George Springer: 3runs, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB, batting .200
Jose Altuve: 2 Runs, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, batting .152

Last 2 Years (games 30-40) – take note, a good number of players who have only done it for one year. A bunch of third basemen rank highly: Machado, Devers and Suarez

Hot Ice Last 2 Years (5/4/2021)

Row Labels Total Sum of Rank RBI Total Sum of Rank Run Total Sum of Rank HR Total Sum of Average Notes
Row Labels Total Sum of Rank RBI Total Sum of Rank Run Total Sum of Rank HR Total Sum of Average Notes
Luis Robert 25 12 15 17 One Year Blank
Hunter Pence 10 17 46 24 One Year Blank
George Springer 54 18 12 28
Eugenio Suárez 34 54 9 32
Derek Dietrich 17 77 6 33 One Year Blank
Willie Calhoun 44 47 16 36 One Year Blank
C.J. Cron 61 47 16 41 One Year Blank
Manny Machado 50 54 22 42
Rafael Devers 12 40 96 49
Kyle Tucker 4 127 29 53 One Year Blank
Salvador Perez 21 127 15 54 One Year Blank
Josh VanMeter 131 17 16 55 One Year Blank
Justin Bour 17 131 16 55 One Year Blank
Yasiel Puig 95 32 46 58 One Year Blank
Sean Murphy 95 57 29 60 One Year Blank
Matt Beaty 61 32 90 61 One Year Blank
Xander Bogaerts 55 67 61 61
Jonathan Lucroy 61 77 46 61 One Year Blank
Brian McCann 44 131 16 64 One Year Blank
Mike Ford 61 131 6 66 One Year Blank
Mitch Garver 61 47 90 66 One Year Blank
Miguel Sanó 99 70 31 67
Keston Hiura 69 40 105 71
Ian Kinsler 95 77 46 73 One Year Blank
Max Muncy 47 100 75 74

In a nutshell:
Trust in: Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis and Trevor Story
Possible rebound upcoming: George Springer & Manny Machado (both historically thrive between games 30-40)
Keep an eye on/be cautious about: Francisco Lindor. He has been in one continual slump to begin this season.