Sometimes the best sleepers are the easy starts, so it’s best not to over think who to play and just go with your gut. So many times we contemplate who to start and sit when the easy choice is right in front of us. Those are my fantasy baseball sleepers this week; allow me to showcase some of the better options.
#1. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Weeks is a great second baseman that deserves a start every week. You won’t find Weeks on the free-agency list because he’s owned in 100% of leagues. For the season he’s batting .277 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI. The last six games, he’s batting .400, 10-25, with seven runs, two doubles, three walks, three home runs and seven RBI. The Brewers finished up a three-game series against the Nationals─ that’s a definite start. Then they have a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros. In six games, Weeks had 10 hits, a double, four runs, a home run and six RBI against the Astros. While you can’t judge a player off just one week, but Weeks has been crushing it all year long.
#2. Vernon Wells, CF, Toronto Blue Jays
Don’t overthink: Wells is a great center fielder and he is having an outstanding season. He’s batting .271 with 19 home runs and 51 RBI. Over his last six he’s batted .346, 9-26, with a run, two doubles and two RBI. The Blue Jays have a three-game series against the Orioles and Indians. Baltimore has the worst team ERA in the AL, 5.07. In nine games, Wells went .265, 9-34, with four runs, three doubles, two home runs and five RBI against Baltimore. The Indians have the third worst team ERA in the AL, 4.48. In seven games, Wells’ batting average was a tad low against the Indians, .192, he did have a run and three RBI however. Wells is too good not to put up great numbers in this series.
#3. Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs
For some reason, Soto is only owned by 71% of leagues when he’s an above average option at the position. He’s batting .295 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI. Four of the home runs come from the past seven games. In that stretch, he batted .391, 9-23, with six runs, three walks, double, four home runs and eight RBI. Let’s not over think this: if he’s available via trade or free agency, I would try to get him in an instant. The Cubs have a three-game series against the Astros and Rockies this week. The Astros are 25th overall in the majors in team ERA, 4.53. In six games, Soto went .450, 9-20, with five runs, two doubles, two home runs and three RBI. Soto only appeared in one game against the Rockies and got one run and three walks. I would dodge the start with Ubaldo Jimenez since he’s been the best pitcher thus far. Other than that, he should be a solid start for the entire week.
#4. Mike Napoli, C/1B, Los Angeles Angels
Napoli is a good flex player to have on your team as he’s eligible at catcher and first base. The last five games have been tremendous for him. He went .500, 8-16, six runs, double, three home runs and six RBI. For the season he’s batting .257 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI. Angels have four games against the Rangers, one on Sunday and three on Friday through Sunday. In between is a three-game series against Boston. All games are great starts. Against the Rangers, Napoli went .313, 5-16, with three runs, double, two home runs and four RBI in five games. Against the Red Sox, he went .417, 5-12, with a run, double, home run and two RBI. Napoli’s fantasy value rises when he starts at catcher. It’s not easy to find a power source at the position.
#5. Alex Rios, CF, Chicago White Sox
White Sox have a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have a good pitching staff but recently traded away Cliff Lee away to the Rangers. Rios against Felix Hernandez is an interesting match up. However, I would keep him in the whole series. In six games, he batted .364, 8-22, with four runs, a double, two home runs and seven RBI. Rios hasn’t played the Athletics this year but he’s been hitting the ball well of late and that could carry over to the next series. In fact he’s been hitting the ball great all season. The past seven games he’s been batting .310, 9-29, with five runs, double, home run and six RBI. For the season he’s batting .306 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI.