Week 8 was a great week for a number of players, making it difficult to narrow it down to just these few. With that being said, these are the names who stood out among the weeks best, and look primed to continue their success into the near future. 

Josh Tomlin, SP, Cleveland Indians

Tomlin was dominant this week, allowing just 8 hits and 2 earned runs in 13 innings of work and picking up 2 wins. He now has a 6-1 record on the year to go along with a 2.41 ERA.

Gio Gonzalez, SP, Oakland Athletics

Gonzalez threw two terrific starts this week, allowing just 1 earned  in 13 2/3 innings while striking out 15, but got only one win to show for it.

Ryan Madson, RP, Philidelphia Phillies

Madson is making the loss of Brad Lidge much easier on Philly fans, with 3 scoreless innings resulting in 3 saves this past week, he now has a smoldering .047 ERA to accompany his 2 wins and 9 saves. He was hit on the hand by a line drive on Friday, but should be back in action this week.

Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox

Ramirez has been on a tear as of late and is showing considerably more power than he has in recent years. With a .419 average, a homerun,  and 9 RBI’s on the week, Ramirez is definitely proving himself to be a top 10 caliber shortstop if not higher.

Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds

The breakout many predicted before the season is starting to come to life in Cincinnati, as Bruce hit .455 last week with three home runs.

Shawn Marcum, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

If you had told someone before the beginning of the year that Shawn Marcum would be the best of the Brewers trio that also includes Zach Greinke and Yovanni Gallardo up to this point, you probably would have been called crazy. Low and behold, he currently holds a 6-1 record with just a 2.37 ERA and 62 strikeouts.

Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees

While he hit just .200 on the week, Tex managed to hit 3 bombs and drive in 7 RBI’s.

Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees

After struggling for much of the early season, Rodriguez has finally started to show signs of life; hitting .419 this week with 3 home runs.

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kemp hit a bit of a cold stretch, but started to pick up where he left of this week, blasting 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s.

Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Cleveland Indians

Cabrera had just five at bats this week, but made the most of them, going 5 for 5 with two home runs and managed to steal a base as well. He is off to the best start of his career and if you haven’t already acquired him, it’s probably too late to buy low.

Michael Pineda, SP, Seattle Mariners

Pineda is giving Felix Hernandez a run for his money in Seattle this year. This week Pineda threw 14 innings without allowing a run, striking out 16 and earning the victory in both starts.

Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

It’s probably safe to say Bautista has established himself as fantasy baseball’s most valuable player. With a .353 batting average and a ridiculous 18 home runs already, Bautista is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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