Just because a player is a no brainier doesn’t mean he’s not a sleeper. Sometimes the easiest decision is the guy already on your roster. We’re at the point of the season where there are few surprises left from players, although, the few surprises that are left could help your team. By now, you should know what each player is capable of on your roster. However, the new players that are coming up from the farm system are the ones to watch.
#1. Dan Uggla , 2B, Florida Marlins
Uggla is going to have a huge week. For the season, he’s batting .283 with 26 home runs and 71 RBI. The Marlins have a four game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and a three game series against the Houston Astros. The last five games have been stellar for Uggla. He batted .353, 6-17, with three runs, double, two home runs and five RBI. This is the biggest no brainier of the week.
#2. Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City Royals
This would be my second no brainier of the week. Butler is having a great year even though he plays for the Royals. He’s batting .310 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI. In five games against the Indians, he had six hits, three runs, four doubles and four RBI. In 12 games against the White Sox, he batted .378, 17-45, with nine runs, two doubles, five walks, two home runs and seven RBI. Even better news, he has been playing great of late. The last six games he had seven hits, three doubles and three RBI. He is a great start for the entire week.
#3. Jason Kubel, RF, Minnesota Twins
I had Kubel as a top sleeper before and I wouldn’t hesitate starting him again. For the season he’s batting .270 with 16 home runs and 70 RBI. The last six games, he batted .421, 8-19, with eight runs, a double, four walks, three home runs, and seven RBI. If you have a better option in the outfield that you feel more comfortable with, that’s fine. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to use the man in Minny.
#4. Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado Rockies
The last six games, he had six hits, two runs, double, a home run and three RBI. Stewart has great match ups and should been in your line up this week. A notoriously streaky guy, owners should jump aboard the Stewart train when he’s producing at his current rate—just be prepared to abandon him once he goes cold.
#5. Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs
Shorts stops rarely have huge power numbers. They hit for average and take advantage when runners are on base. Castro is exactly that kind of player. For the season he’s batting .313 with three home runs and 36 RBI. If you’re in a pinch, I would start Castro. The Braves have a good pitching staff as well but, they just received devastating news that Chipper Jones will be out for the season with an ACL injury, so perhaps Castro will be able to take advantage of some distracted pitchers.