This week we have some veterans on the list who usually wouldn’t be considered sleepers. Due to injuries and slumps, these players are going to be a little under-the-radar. You should take action immediately and get these guys in your lineups.
#1.Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
This is the perfect time to plug Rollins back into your lineup. Rollins returned form the 15 day DL from a calf injury on June 22nd. Rollins has got some playing time to get the rust out and is going to get a couple more days of rest due to the All-Star break. Somebody has to step up to score some runs due to the injuries to Placido Polanco and Chase Utley. I believe Rollins is the prime candidate.
The last seven games he batted .214, 6-28, with four runs, four doubles, a home run and four RBI. You’re going to see more of these types of weeks from Rollins with a higher batting average after the break. Phillies have a four game series against the Chicago Cubs. In two games, Rollins got two hits, home run and three RBI against the Cubs.
#2. J.D. Drew, RF, Boston Red Sox
With the All-Star game coming up this week, Drew will be a good short term solution for the short week and weeks to come. For the season, he’s batting .279 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI. The last seven games, he batted .368, 7-19, with a double, five runs, two home runs and four RBI. Red Sox have a four game series against the Texas Rangers. In three games, he got two hits, two runs, a home run, four RBI and two walks. You would like to see a couple more hits out of your right fielder but, you can’t complain about the rest of his performance. He will put similar numbers against the Rangers but this time around you will see a couple more hits. He is owned by 49% of leagues.
#3. Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
For the season, Doumit is batting .266 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. The past six games, he’s batting .300, 6-20, with three runs, a double, two RBI and two walks. Catchers are hard to come by. All catchers should be evaluated to ensure you have the best match up. They could be the deference between losing and wining. Pirates have a three game series against the Houston Astros. Both teams are in the bottom of the league for team ERA. There are going to be plenty of runs scored this series and Doumit is going to be the beneficiary. In five games, Doumit batted .533, 8-15, with two runs, two walks, a double and two RBI. Doumit is owned in 59% of leagues. Doumit is your ideal starter for this short week.
#4. Brandon Inge, 3B, Detroit Tigers
The knock on Inge is that he strikes out a ton. Well, that’s true but, Tigers have a three game series against the Cleveland Indians. All wounds heal against bad teams. Indians have a team ERA of 4.65, 26th in the league. In eight games, Inge batted .313, 10-32, with one run, one double, three walks and three RBI against the Indians, although he did have seven strikeouts. In the last six games, he’s batting .500, 12-24, with one run, four doubles, one triple, two walks and nine RBI. He’s in a bit of a groove and could carry over break. He has been suffering from knee injuries last year and is finally healing up. As he gets healthier, his numbers will rise. For the season, Inge is batting .272 with six home runs and 39 RBI. He is only owned in 8% of leagues.
#5. Buster Posey, 1B, San Francisco Giants
If you are in dire need for a long term solution at first base, Posey has come to the rescue. For the season he’s batting .333 with five home runs and 19 RBI. He only appeared in 35 games this season and only has 123 at bats under his belt. However, with the performance he put on last week, the Giants have no choice but to give Posey more playing time. Last seven games, he batted .500. 12-24, with four home runs, nine RBI, three walks and eight runs. Posey is owned by 58% of leagues and there is a good chance he might be available in your free agency class. Giants have a four game series against the NY Mets.