In this week’s edition of the Top 5 matchups, we focus solely on some intriguing potential-based plays for the shortened week after the All-Star Break. With the majority of team’s rotations still being worked out for the second half, fantasy owners can look to do some serious damage on the offensive side.
1.Carlos Beltran, OF NYM: N/A
Beltran has been rehabbing his knee over the course of the last couple of weeks with Single-A St. Lucie and looks like he’ll be ready to roll right out of the gate after the ASB. He’s hitting .400 with a .983 OPS on his rehab assignment and both GM Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel said Beltran would play every day once he rejoins the club. If he proves to be healthy, he has the potential to be a difference maker for your team as a high-end fantasy OF.
2.Brennan Boesch, OF DET: .345/12/48
Every time we think Boesch may be going into a bit of a slide, he rebounds with another monstrous game. He’s exceeded the expectations of the Tigers and of fantasy owners, and has firmly implanted himself as a legit option in every format. It’s unbelievable to think that this kid is still a rookie as he looks so poised at the plate, but this kid carries himself with a different kind of swag. With 48 RBI in just 63 games, Boesch is a serious candidate for the 100 RBI plateau. He’s on pace to slug around 25 homers and keep his average well above .300. Not too bad for a waiver wire pickup.
3.Chris Davis, 1B TEX: .354/10/56 (Triple-A)
Davis is the epitome of a fantasy tease. Constantly surrounded by monstrous hype generated by his enormous potential, Davis has failed to impress at the major league level on a couple different occasions. He batted just .180 with 17 K in 16 games before his demotion, but is firmly implanted as the team’s starting 1B following the departure of Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee trade. He’s worth a flier based on his enormous power potential alone, and if he pieces it all together, could be a serious player in the second half.
4.Rafael Furcal, SS LAD: .336/6/35
Furcal has been setting the MLB ablaze over the last two weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Fresh off being named NL Player of the Week, the veteran SS is batting 22 for 45 (.488) with three homers, 14 RBI, and 14 runs, and three SB over his last 11 games. If that doesn’t mean he’s a must-start fantasy option to you, then you’re playing the wrong game. He deserves to be active in every format regardless of the depth of the league.
5.Sean Rodriguez, 2B TB: .270/6/30
Many had Rodriguez pegged as a sleeper heading into the year, but he just didn’t get nearly enough playing time to warrant any sort of consideration. His adjustments at the plate earned him the everyday 2B gig and he’s really taken off since that time. He could wind up as a 20-20 candidate before the season ends and is beginning to resemble the player that we saw in Spring Training. After enjoying a stellar month of June that saw his average move from .230 to .260, he’s kept up the pace in July as well. Scoop him up before it’s too late.