Well week 6 of the Major League season saw the St. Louis Cardinals lose the Civil Rights Game by a hair to the Cincinnati Reds.
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Brad Lidge recorded a save and looked to be maybe back on the mound but by week’s end he was on the disabled list.
Fantasy wise, it was an off week for many. The Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson had a good fantasy week recording 46 points after pitching 15 innings, striking out 18 but only recording one win.
New York Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte remains my top fantasy player of the year.
Pettitte racked up 44 fantasy points in week two. He did miss a start this week but came back on Saturday with a win to increase his record to 5-0 on the year.
Houston Astro pitcher Brett Myers had a strong week in week six recording 34 fantasy points to become my second highest ranking fantasy player of the year so far. Myers recorded one win this week and just missed a second win, but the Giants defeated the Astros 4-3.
Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera is my third hottest fantasy player of the year.
In four selections Cabrera has scored 116 fantasy points. On the year he has eight home runs, 14 doubles and 36 runs batted in.
Moving into fourth place is Houston Astro pitcher Roy Oswalt with 55 fantasy points. Oswalt once again lost to Tim Lincecum and the Giants this week but he pitched well. His record falls to 2-5 on the year but his ERA dropped from 2.73 to 2.62. He is pitching well, just not getting run support.
Behind Oswalt is two pitchers tied for fifth place on my list.
Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Zack Duke 54 fantasy points on the year for an average of 27 points per selection. Duke has a two start week this week and hopes to improve his 2-4 record. But one of those starts is scheduled to be against Roy Halladay and the Phils. It may be a tough go.
Tied with Duke is Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants. Zito is 5-1 on the year and has a 1.90 ERA.
Arizona Diamondback Kelly Johnson is sixth on my list. He begin the season recording at 30 fantasy points a week. This week he dropped off a little, only scoring 19 fantasy points. After six weeks, Johnson has produced 149 fantasy points for a weekly average of 24.83. Johnson is on track to have his best season in the big leagues. So far he has belted 11 home runs. His career best was 16 home runs for the Braves in 2007.
Vladimir Guerrero enters my list in seventh place on the year. Vlad has scored 138 fantasy points in six weeks for an average of 23 fantasy points per week. On the year Guerrero has seven homers and 31 RBIs. He drove in the winning run for the Rangers on Thursday.
In eighth place is Chicago Cub Alfonso Soriano. Soriano has put up 133 fantasy points in the first six weeks, 43 of those points came in week 4. He has seven homers on the year and 22 RBIs.
Kansas City Royal pitcher Kyle Davies is in ninth place this week with 43 fantasy points. Davies is 2-2 on the year with 29 strikeouts. He has a two start week in week seven.
Detroit Tiger Johnny Damon rounds out the Top-10. Damon has scored 128 fantasy points in the first six weeks of the season. On the year he has 10 doubles and a total of 36 hits and 23 walks.
Dropping out of my yearly top-10 this week are Colorado pitcher Greg Smith and Atlanta Brave rookie Jason Heyward.
My top overall fantasy players based on stats kept for the past 16 years are:
New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez with 1,824 fantasy points scored in a total of 63 weeks for an average of 28.95 fantasy points per week.
Second on my list is Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt. I have selected Oswalt 12 times and he has averaged 28.66 fantasy points per week.
Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols is third on my top -10 list. Pujols has been a member of my fantasy team 79 times and is averaging 27.65 fantasy points per week.
Fourth on my list is former Atlanta Brave, Red Sox, Cardinal pitcher John Smoltz. In 71 selections Smoltz is averaging 26.94 fantasy points per week. He still has not officially called it quits, but this week he attempted and failed to qualified for the U.S. Open.
Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte is fifth on my overall list. In 50 selections he has averaged 25.98 fantasy points per week.
Tiger’s first baseman Miguel Cabrera remains in sixth place on my top-10 list. Cabrera has played on my fantasy team 49 times and is averaging 25.26 fantasy points per week.
Pitcher Glendon Rusch is in seventh place. Rusch has only appeared on my fantasy team two times, scoring 50 fantasy points for an average of 25 fantasy points per week. Rusch missed 2007 with injuries. In 2009 he appeared in 11 games with the Colorado Rockies recording two wins and striking out 13. It is still a mystery how much playing time he will see in 2010.
Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs drops to eighth place, averaging 24.8 fantasy points per week in 41 selections.
Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder is in ninth place. In 50 selections, Fielder has scored 1,237 fantasy points for a weekly average of 24.74 fantasy points.
Cubbie Carlos Zambrano rounds out the top-10 with a 24.61 fantasy point average. Zambrano is still being used as a relief pitcher.
My top players by position are: 1B, Albert Pujols, Cardinals; 2B, Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox; SS, Rafael Furcal, Dodgers; 3B Alex Rodriguez, Yankees; C, Brian McCann, Braves, and Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee and Johnny Damon are my three highest ranking outfielders.
My top three ranking starting pitchers are Roy Oswalt, John Smoltz and Andy Pettitte. My top ranking relief pitcher is Mariano Riveria.