When in a bind fantasy players will often try to find a possible hidden gem. Here at FBS we list some possibilities for you and tell you why, saving you time and effort with conducting research. There are still plenty of bats on most leagues waivers or on your opponent’s bench. The time to act is now, before it is too late to recover.
#1. Carlos Quentin, RF, Chicago White Sox
Quentin is batting just .221 with nine home runs and 40 RBI to date. Eventually, his game is going to pick up and you’re going to see a rise in his overall stats. The last six games, he’s batting .391 (9-23) with three runs, three doubles, a home run and seven RBI. His game is picking up and it’s going to stay that way. The White Sox have a three-game series wi both the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The White Sox dodge Zack Greinke against the Royals. With him, the Royals still have one of the worst ERA’s in baseball, 4.86. In five games against the Rangers, Quentin batted .313, 5-16, with four runs, a double, three home runs and seven RBI. Quentin could have another monster week and he could be available in free agency. He is owned by 57% of leagues.
#2. Jonny Gomes, LF, Cincinnati Reds
If you need a full time replacement in left field, Gomes is your guy. For the season, he’s batting .290 with nine home runs and 50 RBI. Gomes is tied for 12th place in all of baseball when it comes to RBI. Better yet, he is only owned by 66% of leagues and could be available in yours. The Reds have a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. Gomes hasn’t played the Phillies this year but he has done well against the Cubs. In five games, he batted .389, 7-18, with three runs, two doubles and seven RBI. Gomes should get a strong consideration in starting the entire week. For his career, he bats around .247. This year has been different and I don’t see him tailing off anytime soon.
#3. Ty Wigginton, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
For the season, Wigginton is batting .272 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI. The last six games were not that impressive however. He batted .263, 5-19, with three runs, two doubles and an RBI. The Orioles have a three-game series against Oakland and Boston. If you’re in a pinch for a second baseman, Wigginton is your man, especially against the Red Sox. In nine games against the Red Sox, Wigginton batted .345, (10-29) with a double, three homeruns, four runs and four RBI. In seven games against the A’s, he batted only .150, 3-20, with six runs, a double, two home runs and eight RBI. He won’t hit for average but he will hit for power. Wigginton is owned by 86% of leagues. Your best bet to snatch him would be via trade.
#4. Cody Ross, RF, Florida Marlins
The last six games, Ross is batting .348 (8-23) with five runs, two doubles and five RBI. For the season, he’s batting .287 with six home runs and 41 RBI. Marlins have a three-game series against the N.Y. Mets and Atlanta Braves. Both of them are in the top-10 in ERA in the league. However, Ross has played fairly well against them. In 10 games against the Mets, Ross is batting .385 (15-39) with eight runs, three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBI. This means he should be in the line up against the Mets. If you’re struggling in with a right fielder, you could play him against the Braves. In three games, he got three hits, two runs, a double and two RBI.
#5. Jose Guillen, DH. Kansas City Royals
For the season, Guillen is batting .272 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI. Over the last seven games, he’s batting .357, 10-28, with two runs and two RBI. This week could be even better for Jose. The Royals have a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox and L.A. Angels. In six games against the White Sox, he batted .292 (7-24) with four runs, a double, a home run and six RBI. This is the series you definitely want to take advantage with Guillen. Against the Angels, he only batted .154, 2-13, with two runs, a homerun and only one RBI. Start Guillen against the White Sox but he should be taken out for the Angels series.