We’re now two months into the fantasy season and odds are that your team is currently battling an injury or two. Perhaps you’re just looking to inject some new life into your lineup and ride a hot hand. Here at FBS, our risers and fallers detail the guys that are heating up and those that are cooling down, so you can outsmart all of the owners in your league.
1.Buster Posey, C/1B, San Francisco: The Giants simply couldn’t keep his bat in the minors any longer. Posey was called up last week and has certainly shown he belongs. He’s currently sporting a line of .450/1/6 in 40 Abs including seven multi-hit games in his last twelve. He also just hit his first homer Wednesday night, so he could be finding his groove. He’s had no problem adjusting to big-league pitching and doesn’t belong on any waiver wire at this point. Make sure he’s not available in your league, but if he is, scoop him up immediately, pat yourself on the back, and enjoy the ride. This kid’s for real.
2.Matt Latos, SP, San Diego: Latos got off to a rocky start at the beginning of the season but has really turned it on since. Over his last seven starts, the powerful righty is 5-1 and has been striking out batters at a ridiculous clip. He’s racking up innings, victories, and strikeouts, so what’s not to like? He pitches for a first place team and could propel your squad right up the rankings. Make sure he’s not mistakenly floating on the wire.
3.Carlos Lee, OF, Houston: Lee was in a serious funk for a good part of the season and is still just hitting .227. However, that’s remarkable considering where he was just two weeks ago. Over that span of time Lee has gone 19 for 58 (.328) with four homers, five doubles, and 16 RBI. He is finally playing like the OPS machine that fantasy owners expected. For the season, Lee has 9 homers and 33 RBI, so he’s nearly doubled his season totals over the last 14 days. He seems to be getting into gear and owners should ride El Caballo while it lasts. Hopefully you didn’t give up on him despite his early season struggles.
4.Brennan Boesch, OF, Detroit: If you don’t know who this kid is, you better read up. Boesch is just simply raking. Since being called up, Boesch boasts an insane .348/7/29 line in just 135 Abs. Although he went through a brief rough patch, he’s back to being absolutely on fire. He’s currently on a seven-game hitting streak and is 12-25 over that span with three homers, seven RBI, and six runs scored. Run; don’t walk, to make sure he’s not still available in your league. He’s here to stay.
5.Mike Stanton, OF, Florida: It’s too bad there was another debut in the NL East that overshadowed Stanton’s on the same day, but the Strasburg-mania is definitely understandable. However, Stanton deserves almost equal attention in the fantasy world. Despite playing in just one game, Stanton is a top prospect and deserves to be picked up in every format and started immediately. The kid has drawn Dave Winfield comparisons, and having personally seen him play in high school, I can understand why. Before his promotion he had 21 homers in Double-A Jacksonville including one that went over 500 feet.
1.Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston: Pedroia has been absolutely terrible this season for fantasy owners who expected big things from the little man. Although his overall numbers aren’t terrible (.248/8/28), he is just 16 for 94 (.170) with no homers and three RBI since May 15. Imagine how much damage he could do if he were fully healthy, as Manager Terry Francona is saying that his knee has hindered him quite a bit. He’s too good at a very thin position to consider benching, so just ride it out.
2.Jason Bay, OF, New York Mets: Bay has been somewhat of a disappointment since coming over from Boston in the off-season. He’s just 1 for 17 over his last four games and continues to put up just mediocre stats with a .285/3/24 line in 59 games. He drove in 119 last season and fantasy owners certainly want more production out of him after spending a high pick on the Canadian. He’ll probably turn it around at some point or another, but don’t hesitate to bench him if you think you have a more productive option right now.
3.David Ortiz, DH, Boston: Big Papi is once again scuffling for the Sox as he’s just 1 for 23 (.043) over his last seven games and is only batting .242 on the year. His value lies directly in his power, however, and with 12 homers and 35 RBI on the year he’s been productive enough to warrant using. However, if he goes into one of his cold stretches, you’ll want to stay far, far away from the big man as he tends to go ice cold. Pitchers are pitching around him and if he hopes to maintain his productivity he’ll need to be more patient, as will fantasy owners.
4.Hisanori Takahashi, SP, New York Mets: After looking like a possible waiver wire gem through his first two starts, Takahashi has looked very ordinary in his last two amassing 10 ER over that time. Manager Jerry Manuel said that he’s a candidate to head back to the bullpen when John Maine (currently on rehab assignment) returns from the DL. He can safely be dropped in most formats.
5.Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota: Everyone assumes that the hit machine just keeps on hitting, but actually Mauer’s been in kind of a rut recently and has kind of been a fantasy bust this season. Despite his must-start status, Mauer has batted just .236 with a .313 OBP over his last 19 games. Additionally, he has just two homers this season after belting a career-high 28 last year. Continue to start him, as he’s just too good to not turn it around sooner rather than later.