Top 5 Fantasy Matchups (August 2nd)

Joe Mauer 2.0, or even better?

You may have one of this week’s most valuable assets riding your pine. It’s time to check out the Top 5 Fantasy Matchups at FBS so you can make sure to take advantage of the upcoming favorable matchups for the guys on your squad.

Hitters

1.Buster Posey, C SF: .355/8/34/29

I absolutely love this kid. Posey has really lived up to the hype that surrounded him throughout his minor league career, already delivering 70 hits on the season in just 53 games. Perhaps what’s most impressive is his strikeout rate: just 25 in 197 ABs, quite stellar for a rookie. Posey will continue to grow into a fantasy force behind the plate and it may not be long before he takes over as fantasy’s number one rated catcher. Posey is especially hot as he batted over .400 for the entire month of July and enters August in the thin air at Coors Field.

2.Carlos Gonzalez, OF COL: .314/20/66/65

It’s hard to imagine that a guy this good actually got traded twice. Gonzalez has really tapped into his potential this season and blossomed into a fantasy star. He’s among the league leaders in runs scored, total hits, and even has 14 steals. Owners that took a chance draft day on his potential are being handsomely rewarded and should continue to play him every week as a borderline number one/two fantasy OF in every format. He hit .382 with nine bombs and 24 RBI in July alone and the sky is truly the limit for the young star.

3.Miguel Montero, C ARI: .311/4/22/15

Despite Montero missing a significant chunk of time due to a knee injury earlier this season, it appears as if he’s ready to be plugged back into fantasy lineups. Owners that are looking for a plug-in at the catcher position should run to the wire to insure that Montero is not available. With his knee woes behind him, fantasy owners should really take the opportunity to buy cheap on Montero as he was shaping up to be one of the more reliable options at the position prior to his injury. He does hit out of the clean up spot, after all.

Bautista is always going, going, gone.

4.Jose Bautista, OF TOR: .262/31/79/67

Not even in Mr. Bautista’s wildest dreams could he have predicted this type of season for himself. At age 29, Jose has turned into the world’s best homerun hitter and already has a remarkable 31 for the season. Bautista wasn’t even guaranteed regular playing time out of spring training and has put together a season for the record books. At his current pace, the outfielder could very well hit 50 home runs this season which would be unprecedented considering his previous career high was only 16. Owners who scooped him off of the waiver wire at the beginning of the season and didn’t sell-high look like the smartest in the game right now.

5.David Wright, 3B NYM: .305/17/74/57

Wright has successfully put last year’s miserable campaign behind him and returned to the fantasy stud that owners know and love. Wright is especially valuable in rotisserie leagues where owners can use is rare power/speed combo at the 3B position. Wright is second in the NL in RBI and among the top hit getters in the league. He’s on pace for a season with 27 homers and 24 steals, but I think Mr. Wright can be a member of the 25/25 club by season’s end. Owners should continue to use him especially while he’s as hot as he is currently.

Pitchers

1.CJ Wilson, SP TEX: 10-5, 3.11 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 100 K

Wilson has been remarkable in his transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation this season. He hasn’t allowed more than three ER in a start in over a month and has really established himself as a capable number three starter on a contending fantasy team. This week, Wilson takes on the lowly Mariners who can’t seem to score runs against anybody, so this could be a very friendly week for the “other” lefty in Texas.

2.Anibal Sanchez, SP FLA: 8-6, 3.33 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 90 K

Sanchez’s season has been a bit up and down but he seems to have really turned it up a notch over his last few starts. Despite being just 1-0 over that span, Sanchez has gone at least six innings in each outing against tough teams (COL, ATL, SF) and has really displayed flashes of dominance. He’s scheduled to face the Phillies this week which should be a good matchup for Sanchez as he carries a 3.65 ERA against the team this season.

3.RA Dickey, SP NYM: 7-4, 2.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 62 K

The most fascinating thing about Dickey is that he has no ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, yet is completely uninhibited by the problem. He possesses a lights out knuckle ball that ranges anywhere from 73 to 80 mph and even throws the occasional fastball and slider. Dickey’s prolonged success at the major league level wasn’t anticipated by anyone but is welcomed by everyone in the Mets organization. He had a sparkling 1.51 July ERA and appears to be the real deal this time around. He has very important start against the Braves this week that will help in determining his fantasy value for the remainder of the year.

4.Tim Hudson, SP ATL: 11-5, 2.40 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 74 K

Hudson has really been fantastic for Atlanta this season and is a big reason why the Braves are currently in first place. The forgotten ace is proving that he still has plenty left in the tank after Tommy John surgery and that he’s still mowing hitters down at 35. One alarming stat about Hudson is his K:BB ratio of 74:49, but the righty does a great job of limiting the hits he gives up and rarely allows runs to score. Hudson is a must-start option this week as he’s scheduled to make two starts.

5.Mat Latos, SD SP: 11-4, 2.45 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 113 K

Latos returned from the DL and lasted just five innings, his shortest outing in eight starts. However, even in a bad outing, Latos looks good as he threw up seven strikeouts on the afternoon despite taking the no decision. The young phenom is scheduled to take the hill twice this week with the first coming against the Dodgers once again. Owners should really try and Latos if it’s not too late as this kid is the real deal and is going to be very good for a very long time, making him plenty valuable in every fantasy format.

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