Rickie Weeks (2B, Milwaukee Brewers) has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball the past couple weeks, but he has done it as a backup. Is he fantasy relevant again?
This month, Weeks is slashing an incredible .560/.593/.880 line with 2 homers and 7 RBI. Meanwhile, regular Scooter Gennett is slashing .222/.271/.378 with 1 homer and 2 RBI. The eye-opener is that Weeks has done this in just 25 AB to Gennett’s 45.
Weeks has made the most of his limited playing time this year, batting .352 as a pinch hitter, and .350 as a starter. He’s been effective both ways, but in fantasy we’d like to see more of the latter. And it’s happening before our eyes – he’s started 5 of the last 7 games, homering the last two starts.
Despite Gennett being “the guy,” the Brewers are trying to get Weeks’ bat in the lineup. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Weeks was asked if he’d be interested in trying left field, to which he declined.
#Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said 2B Rickie Weeks was asked if he’d consider learning how to play LF and Weeks declined.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 10, 2014
He’s never played outfield in his 11-year career, and my guess is the Brewers may be trying to showcase him for a trade as he won’t be back next season. Why Weeks doesn’t want to try LF and potentially get regular at bats is anyone’s guess, but it’s discouraging for fantasy owners. Why, Rickie, why?
Despite the inconsistent playing time, Rickie Weeks is a better fantasy play than Gennett right now, and I’ve added him in a deep league where I’m desperate for offensive juice. If he continues to start games, he’ll be an add in standard leagues as well since his position is one of the most shallow.