Top 5 Fantasy Baseball Matchups (Jun. 14th)

 

Pena just had his six-game homerun streak snapped, but he is still hot.

Hitters

1.Adrian Beltre, 3B BOS: After a miserable final season in Seattle, Beltre is certainly enjoying the confines of Fenway Park. Beltre has been absolutely torrid to begin June, going 12-38 (.316) with three homers, three doubles, and eight RBI. For the season, the slick-fielding third baseman boasts a ridiculous .332/8/42 line and is showing no signs of slowing down. He is an elite option at 3B heading into interleague play.

2.Carlos Pena, 1B TB: Pena got off to an absolutely dreadful start and is still only boasting a .187 BA. Fortunately for fantasy owners, he’s also got 13 bombs and 41 RBI so he has been quite productive despite the low average. Pena has a history of being a streaky player, and he’s currently on an absolute tear. Heading into matchups against Florida and Atlanta this week, Pena is 6 for his last 15 (.400) with four homers and 8 driven in. He’s certainly capable of maintaining that power stroke as evidenced by his 39 homers last season, so this may be your last chance to pry him away from a frustrated owner.

3.Josh Hamilton, OF TEX: Hamilton has been tearing the cover off of the ball through the first ten games of June. He’s 17 for 39 (.436) over that span with four doubles, four homers, 10 runs, and 15 RBI. That adds up to production in any and every fantasy format, no matter what type of league you’re in. After a very down year last year, Hamilton is on pace to not only exceed expectations but may very well surpass his career high total in homers (32) if he keeps it up. With matchups against Milwaukee, Florida, and Houston this week, Hamilton should continue to mash. Start him with confidence.

4.Michael Young, 3B TEX: Josh Hamilton isn’t the only player in Texas that’s hotter than the sun in June, as Michael Young has been scorching as well. Young is 16-44 (.364) over his first ten June contests with four doubles, two homers, 10 runs scored, and 10 RBI. For the season, he has a fabulous .324/7/39 yet continually gets overlooked as quality option at a thin 3B position year-after-year. All the guy does is hit, so fantasy owners certainly shouldn’t be surprised. He deserves to be active in all fantasy formats.

5.Jose Reyes, SS NYM: Reyes has been a bit up and down since returning in early May, but now seems to be one of those times he’s on the up. After a brutal start to the month (1-19), Reyes is 6-12 over his last three games and looks to be getting up to full speed as the warm summer months arrive. The Mets play Baltimore and Cleveland before heading out to Yankee Stadium at the end of the week, and Reyes can certainly take advantage of those two struggling teams. He should be active in every format as his steals usually come in bunches at a time.

Pitchers

1.Jonathon Niese, SP NYM: Niese was placed on the 15-Day DL as a precaution but since returning has been absolutely dominant. Over his last two starts, Niese is 2-0 and has pitched 16 IP giving up only one ER, seven hits, one BB, and 12 K’s. With increased command over his curveball and cutter, Niese heads into this week with a very favorable matchup against Cleveland on Wednesday. If he’s available in your league, add him immediately because you won’t want to miss out on his production as the season rolls on.

2.Adam Wainwright, SP STL: Somehow, Wainwright hasn’t garnered the attention he deserves in the year of the pitcher, so allow me to show him off. Wainwright is a ridiculous 8-4 (including three CG already) with a microscopic ERA of 2.30 and 1.02 WHIP. Additionally, his 91 K’s in 94 IP of work already add to his massive fantasy appeal. Although he’s coming off of a rough start, Wainwright definitely has bounce back ability and should enjoy easy matchups this week against Seattle’s Ian Snell & Oakland’s Dallas Braden. Try to pry him away from a short-minded owner and you won’t be disappointed.

3.Freddy Garcia, SP CHW: Garcia might be the waiver-wire steal of the week. Fat Freddy has posted QS in six of his last seven starts, and is 6-0 over that span of time. He doesn’t have a ton of strikeout potential and may not help your team’s WHIP too much, but his ability to chalk up W’s and QS make him a more-than-serviceable option in most leagues this week. He’s a two-start pitcher with matchups against Pittsburgh and Washington, so he’ll look to keep it rolling.

4.Tommy Hunter, SP TEX: If you’re unfamiliar with Hunter, you may not be alone, so here’s your chance to learn. Hunter was called up by the Rangers just a short time ago and has really impressed since getting his opportunity. Over his first two outings, Hunter is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 3:1 K/BB ratio. He’s filling in for the injured Derek Holland, but if he continues to pitch this well the Rangers will have trouble sending him back down. He has an interleague matchup against the Marlins Wednesday and has a career 2.84 ERA in interleague play. You could certainly do a lot worse for the week.

5.Jake Arrieta, SP BAL: You’ve gotta be the real deal if FBS recommends you and you pitch for the lowly Orioles, and that’s exactly what Arrieta is. Arguably Baltimore’s most prized prospect, Arrieta made his debut against the Yankees with a bang, going 6 IP, limiting the potent offense to just three runs and struck out six batters. If he can continue to locate his power fastball and pound the zone, his breaking stuff is just good enough to keep the hitters off balance. He’s definitely worth a look for his next matchup against SF because they’re 25th in the league in RBI. Run to the waiver wire to add him for someone you’ve been considering cutting.

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