Fantasy Baseball Top 5 Matchups (May. 22nd)

Mr. Danks will be tipping his cap to his fantasy owners this week.

Top Batters

1.Justin Morneau (Twins): Morneau face the Yankees and Rangers this week at home with a three-game series against each. Over his last seven he has three homerunes, and 21 total bases. Last season Morneau hit .346 with three homeruns and 20 total bases against the Yankees in seven games.

2.Alex Rodriguez (Yankees): A-Rod makes the list yet again and has been pretty hot as of late. He has 10 RBI and added three homeruns over his last seven, this week he has the Twins coming to town for three and then goes to Cleveland for another three-game series.

3.Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox): Youks has seven games this week to keep his hot streak alive. Over his last seven he is hitting .435/3/9 with 21 total bases. He faces the Rays for three games and the Royals for four.

4.Ryan Howard (Phillies): Howard has not just been hitting for power but also for average. He is batting a remarkable .367 over his last seven while adding two homers and nine RBI. He is on the road this week where he faces the Marlins and Mets (three games each).

5.Luke Scott (Orioles): The Oriole slugger has arguably been the hottest hitter in baseball over the last week. He is batting .538 with a .962 slugging percentage. Not the best of matchups for him in the Athletics (three-game home series) and the Blue Jays (three in Toronto), but when your hot your hot.

Top Pitchers

1.John Danks (White Sox): Danks has a 2.26 ERA on the year to go along with his 1.06 WHIP, and while he is facing the Rays this week he faces the Indians first. Last season both of these teams failed to get their batting averages up over .200 against the southpaw.

2.Wade Davis (Rays): This rookie sensation has been filling out the Rays rotation very nicely this year. He has a 3.35 ERA and this week he faces the Red and White Sox at home. He gets plenty of run-support and should have a great opportunity in picking up a couple wins.

3.James Shields (Rays): Shields may deserve to be ahead of Davis while being scheduled to face the same two teams, but I gave Davis the edge because they haven’t seen his stuff as much. Shields has 66 K’s in 61.1 IP and will carry his 3.08 ERA into the week

4.Randy Wolf (Brewers): While Wolf is far from an elite pitcher, he will face the Mets and the Astros, both of which are in the bottom five in the NL in HR’s, RBI, and average. I look for Wolf to give up some runs but get plenty of support and pick up two wins.

5.Rich Harden (Rangers): This week Harden will face the White Sox and the Royals─ not exactly frightening lineups. Harden picked up a win against Chicago back on April 28th while allowing three earned.

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