While his team is fighting to stay in the playoff race, Philadelphia Phillies All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard has been doing some serious damage for his squad and weekly fantasy baseball league owners in the last few weeks. His recent surge shouldn’t be too much of a surprise considering what Howard has accomplished since 2006. In the last four years, Howard has averaged 50 home runs, 143 runs batted in and 102 runs scored per season.
While he usually doesn’t provide much help to weekly fantasy baseball league owners in terms of average and stolen bases, he is still one of the overall fantasy producers in the game. In 2009, he ranked about 10th in fantasy rankings among all hitters. With his recent hot streak, Howard has moved into the top 15 this year.
The 30-year-old first sacker has had to carry a lot on his big shoulders this year. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has missed 46 games this season due to injuries while second baseman Chase Utley is currently on the shelf with a thumb injury. Utely has missed 20 games and won’t be back in the lineup until September. The middle infielders have been a big part of Howard’s success in the last few years. With Rollins and Utley hitting in front of Howard, the first baseman has had plenty of prime opportunities to drive in runs.
While his team has struggled to a 24-31 record in the last 55 games, Howard has done his best to keep the two-time defending National League champions in contention. In addition to his usual strong power numbers, Howard has recently been helping weekly fantasy league baseball owners with a strong batting average as well. Over the last three seasons, Howard has hit just under .270. Since June 1st, Howard is hitting over .320. In June, he hit .320 with 7 home runs, 22 runs batted in and 23 runs scored.
This month, Howard is hitting .323 with 6 home runs, 19 runs batted in and 8 runs scored. In his last ten games, he has clubbed 6 home runs with 14 runs batted in. With Utley out of the lineup and some other hitters scuffling, Howard has stepped up when his club has needed him most. Howard now leads the league in runs batted in with 74. Weekly fantasy baseball league owners will certainly try to ride Howard’s hot bat for awhile.
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