Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Wednesday October 3rd

Daily Fantasy BaseballThe Atlanta Falcons may be excited about Matty Ice these days, but the defending world series champions (and fantasy owners) will be riding the coat tails of Matty Nice tonight.

Value plays:

New York Yankees – Are we there yet? That seems to be the mantra of the Red Sox, as this miserable season nears conclusion. The Yankees beat up on them pretty good on Monday, and if the past is any indication of the future, they should have plenty of success against DiceK tonight. The team owns a .280 batting average and a .463 slugging percentage against the Boston starter, with all of their big bats getting into the action. Derek Jeter is the only player with multiple homers, but five of his teammates have rounded the bases once against Matsuzaka. The patient nature of the Yankees lineup figures to frusterate the Red Sox tonight, giving them plenty of opportunities to score runs, and provide fantasy baseball owners with plenty of confidence.

Matt Holliday – While Homer Bailey is fresh off of a no hitter, he has very little chance at repeating that success tonight against the playoff bound Cardinals. St. Louis is batting .329 as a team against Bailey, with Holliday’s consistent bat leading the way. He has a .440 career batting average against the Reds righty while leading the Cards in doubles, triples, and HR’s against Bailey. His .840 slugging percentage is testament to his tremendous upside, and the Cardinals will be trying to play themselves into a rhythm as they approach the one game playoff on Friday. Many studs aren’t worht rostering this late in the season, but Holliday is a player you can trust to produce for in daily fantasy baseball games until the regular season expires. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Tuesday October 2nd

Avoid star middle infielders today. It is that simple if you want to have a chance tonight in the final week of the regular season.

Value plays:

San Francisco Giants – This roster may not be loaded with talent, but it is packed with players who hit Chris Capuano well. As a team, the Ginats are batting .281 against the Dodgers lefty, but more impressive is their .445 slugging percentage. An amazing 39% of their hits have gone for extra base hits, with four players having multiple such hits. The Giants as a team may not have anything to play for, but Buster Posey has an NL MVP in his sights, and could be in for a big performance tonight. Less heralded options like Freddy Sanchez (.360batting average / .440slugging percentage) and Marco Scutaro (.500/.700) are also good bets to far outproduce their asking price.

David DeJesus – As long as you don’t have to watch this game, there is a chance you could enjoy it. The Astros and Cubs are the clear cut bottom feeders in not only the NL Central, but also the entire league, and have been dead zones for fantasy glory this season. That being said, DeJesus has crushed Bud Norris over his career, and if you’re looking to the Cubs for fantasy players, that is about all you can ask for. He has 5 hits in 9 at bats (.556 batting average) against the Stros righty, smashing 2 homers in the process. Norris has given up 6 homers in 16.1 innings pitched against the Cubs this year, giving DeJesus even more upside. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Sunday September 30th

Daily Fantasy BaseballYoung and sexy names are NOT the way to go tonight. Potential helps in season long games, but if you’re only worried about tonight’s production, stick with the guys who have a proven 2012 track record against their opponent.

Value plays:

Alex Rios – Rios is having by far his best season as a member of the White Sox, providing me with confidence in him when Chicago needs him the most. David Price takes the bump tonight, a pitcher whom very few batters have had any success against, but Rios has dominated him. How good has he been? How does a .500 batting average and 1.214 slugging percentage sound? Add the fact that he is sandwiched between two hitters in Paul Konerko and Kevin Youkilis that have combined for a .385 batting average against the Rays ace. Give me the offense that needs a game over a pitcher who has nothing left to prove this season, especially when the past has been this encouraging.

Edwin Encarnacion – The surprise slugger of 2012 has increased him home run total in 3 of 4 months thus far, and on the final day of the month, is one long ball short of making it 4 of 5. He’s got a good chance to make it happen as he opposes Phil Hughes, a pitcher who the Blue Jays infielder has a .360 career batting average and a .640 slugging percentage against. Hughes has given up a HR in 8 of his last 10 starts, a concerning stat for Yankee fans considering the Blue Jays hit for power, and lots of it. Odd stat to watch: Hughes has recorded a decision in 13 straight contests, giving up 14 home runs in the process. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Saturday September 29th

Daily fantasy baseballWe’ve got proven veterans and young studs to help your fantasy baseball team as we approach the home stretch.

Value plays:

Michael Young – It has been a disappointing season by his lofty standards (batting 25 points lower than his career average), but Ervin Santana isn’t exactly having a banner year either. I trust Young more so than Santana, and his career numbers against the erratic righty proves my logic accurate. Young nears the top of the Rangers lineup in HR’s, extra base hits, RBI and batting average against Santana, giving him far more upside than his price in daily fantasy baseball leagues reflects. Due to the stacked Texas lineup, Young has equally high potential to score and knock in runs. September has been Young’s best month since April by quite a bit, and I expect the month to end with a nice streak for the Rangers utility man as they approach the postseason.

Pittsburgh Pirates – It has been a disappointing second half of the season for the Bucco’s, but I don’t expect them to throw in the towel quite yet. They’ve got some nice pieces, and all members involved have tormented Mike Leake. The Reds righty has surrendered a .289 team batting average to the Pirates and, more concerning, a .535 slugging percentage. Seven different Pirates have taken Leake yard, directly resulting in the fact that nearly 46% of the teams hits have gone for extra bases. Neil Walker leads the team in RBI against Leake (9) with Alex Presley leading the charge in both batting average (.500) and HR’s (2). Andrew McCutchen is a good play if you’re looking for a top option, and the roster is loaded with sleepers if you are looking to fill out your fantasy baseball lineup.

Mike Trout – The remarkable season figures to continue, as he has had success against Derek Holland this season. Part of what makes Trout so special is his ability to make adjusts, to not be beat on the same pitch twice. So when a pitcher has yet to beat him, his potential is as high as anybody in the league. He’s got a .417 batting average and a .917 slugging percentage, which is reason enough to make him my top player tonight. But when you add the fact that this game is being played in hitter friendly Texas, he is as close to a can’t miss as you possibly get. Albert Pujols owns very similar numbers against Holland, so the Rangers starter will not be able to pitch around the phenom. Good luck Mr. Holland, you’re going to need it. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Tuesday September 25th

Daily Fantasy BaseballThere are plenty of MVP candidates in action today, but the lower priced players deserve some of your attention for today’s action.

Value plays:

Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona’s first basemen has made vast improvements this season, a trend that figures to continue against Tim Lincecum. Goldschmidt holds an impressive .538 batting average, but it is his slugging ability that gives him a chance to be among the games elite tonight. He has taken Linceum deep 4 times, the primary reason why he holds a 1.538 slugging percentage against the Giants baby faced assassin. After a difficult August, Goldschmidt is rolling right now, and should be considered a baragin at his current asking price in daily fantasy baseball games.

Dodgers not named Hanley Ramirez – All other Dodgers are getting a hit once every three at bats against Edinson Volquez, working more walks than strikeouts. Andre Ethier leads the team in extra base hits and RBI against the righty while Matt Lemp leads the squad in batting average. With their big guns producing, cheaper options like Mark Ellis (.400 batting average versus Volquez) and Juan Rivera (.455) have more value their a typical night. Don’t hesitate to use every Dodger you can get your hands on tonight, as they are a good bet to produce big fantasy baseball numbers in a game they absolutely need to win.

Jason Bay – Remember when Bay was a must start in any format of daily fantasy baseball format? Those days are long gone (.155 batting average this season) but he figures to get a chance to shine tonight, as he has hit Wandy Rodriguez as well as any player in the league. He boasts a .455 batting average with more RBI than hits, leading a Mets team that owns a .290 average against Rodriguez. Stat to consider: Jason Bay is batting .305 in September over his last 3 seasons, by far his best month. Bay is the best combination of risk/reward as the regular season winds down.

Players to avoid:

Ben Zobrist – The Red Sox disarray isn’t going to affect the pitching style of Clay Buchholz, bad news for the Rays utility man. He is currently batting .103 against Boston’s righty, with nothing but singles. Tampa Bay is hitting .222 against Buchholz, making the run production potential for any Rays hitters relatively low. Buccholz has been quietly dominant in his past 2 starts (14 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run), with two thirds of his outs coming either via K or ground ball. The signs are pointing downward for Zobrist and upward for Buccholz, making tonight a tough matchup for the Rays second basemen.

Aramis Ramirez – Mike Leake is better than his numbers show, and tonight could be a confidence builder heading into the postseason. ARam is had a Leake in his approach against  the Reds righty, as he has recorded only 2 hits in 21 career at bats. Ramirez’s batting average is 27 points lower on the road, and is likely to dip after tonights game.

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Friday September 21st

Daily Fantasy BaseballThe Brewers have a strong matchup, but their stud should be avoided while their banged up outfielder should find his way onto your roster is he is in Milwaukee’s tonight.

Value plays:

Michael Bourn – Kyle Kendrick was on a roll until the Houston Astros (!) recorded 7 hits and 4 earned runs against the righty in only 5 innings. It may only be one poor start after a streak of 6 straight quality starts, but this is more in line with Kendrick’s career numbers (4.32 ERA and 1.37 WHIP). On top of Kendrick possibly falling upon rough times sooner rather than later, Bourn has abused the righty in 14 career at bats. The Braves leadoff hitter has 7 hits in those 14 at bats and is slugging an uncharacteristic .929. A top of the order hitter with a history of a power stroke against a specific pitcher is impossible to avoid, and you won’t have to break the bank to roster Bourn in daily fantasy baseball games.

Corey Hart (assuming health) – Few players have had success against Edwin Jackson like Hart, which is why his nagging foot injury isn’t enough to scare me away. Hart has yet to get cheated on a single at bat against righty, recording 6 hits in 11 bats on his wildly aggressive swing. Half of his hits have gone for extra bases, giving him an other worldly1.182 slugging percentage. He leads a team that is batting .376 against Jackson, giving him more run producing potential than any other player you could roster. Read more…

Fantasy baseball must starts: Tuesday September 18th



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What two all stars must be avoided while a forgotten all star should be rostered.

Value plays:

Pittsburgh Pirates – They still consider themselves alive in the race for the final playoff spot in the NL, and a date with Yovani Gallardo should improve their chances. If you subtract 4 reserves and Pedro Alvarez, the current Bucco’s are batting .403 against the Brewers ace, having drawn a walk just as often as they have been struck out. Gallardo relies on the K to wriggle his way out of trouble, but the Pirates have not chased pitches in the past, a trend that should continue. Andrew McCutchen is the big name to roster in daily fantasy baseball games, but Gaby Sanchez (.625 slugging percentage) and Garrett Jones (.565 OBP) have also had their fair share of success against the righty.

Elvis Andrus – The power hitters in Texas get most of the attention, but the crafty SS is quietly having himself a very nice season. He has shown up in a big way against Angel ace Jered Weaver, batting .407 and slugging .630 (which leads all Ranger starters). Oddly enough, Andrus has 2 home runs in 54 at bats against Weaver and 3 home runs in 568 at bats this season. It would be irresponsible of me to suggest Andrus is going to homer tonight, but the odds are in his favor to register a multi hit performance, with plenty of RBI and run scoring potential. He will come at a much more reasonable price than the his Ranger teammates, but should provide the most value from a fantasy perspective.

Bryan LaHair – The Cubs all star has struggled since representing his team in the mid summer classic (1 home run in 90 at bats) but he has hit Homer Bailey well in the past. With a team leading .625 batting average and 1.125 slugging percentage, LaHair is an interesting low priced player with a strong power upside. Bailey has surrendered 24 long balls this season and at least one in nearly 60% of his starts. It is very rare that a Cub makes this list, and if you’re searching from cheap power, LaHair is as good an option as any one.

Players to avoid:

Curtis Granderson – You’ve probably done pretty well over the last 3 months if you have simply started every player on the team opposing Ricky Romero, but Granderson should be the exception to that rule for daily fantasy baseball games today. The Grandy Man has twice as many K’s as hits (.190 batting average) and despite vast improvements versus lefties, his batting average is still 30 points lower against southpaws. If Romero struggles to find the strikezone, Granderson could still struggle, as he has only drawn one walk against the Blue Jays pitcher. The Yankees could hang a crooked number on Toronto last night, but the odds of Granderson doing damage against Romero are poor.

Nelson Cruz – The Angels need to get hot, and there is no pitcher they trust more than Jered Weaver. Their ace has pitched well in September (12.1 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, 12 strikeouts) and has dominated Cruz over the course of his career. The Rangers outfielder holds a lifetime .214 batting average against the righty, striking out 3 times for every 2 hits. September has been Cruz’s worst month of the season (batting under .215) and a showdown with Weaver is going to doom his loyal fantasy baseball owners. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must Starts: Monday September 17th

There are a handful a hitters that are begging for your attention on this slow day in the majors.

Value plays:

Carlos Gonzalez – There are only 7 games tonight, making it important to choose wisely when it comes to which all stars you chose for you daily fantasy baseball lineup. The Rockies best hitter owns a lifetime .364 average against Madison Bumgarner with an extraordinary .773 slugging percentage. CarGo leads the team in home runs and doubles and is the only Colorado player to have a walk to strikeout ratio over 1. If you’re going to spend big money on a player today in a daily fantasy baseball game, give the Rockies outfielder a long hard look, as he has the best career numbers of any of the big bats in action tonight.

Nate Schierholtz – Hitting a knuckleball requires a rare blend of patience and aggression, anticipation and guessing. Schierholtz has guessed right against RA Dickey is his limited experience, batting .429 with an eye popping 1.286 slugging percentage. The right fielder has more home runs (2) against Dickey than the rest of his team, and that figures to earn him a spot in the lineup. Don’t rule out the fact that the Phillies need every game, a mindset that could lead to Schierholtz swinging for the fences. He may not be a common player to roster, but we know what pitch Dickey is going to throw, and Schierholtz has been able to handle it.

Pablo Sandoval – While Jhoulys Chacin’s name may stump most people in a game of hangman, he has done anything but baffle the Kung Fu Panda of San Francisco. Sandoval has 7 hits in 16 career at bats (.438 batting average) with a 1.000 slugging percentage against the often erratic righty. He leads all Giants in doubles, triples (!), and home runs, and has gotten on base in every other at bat over his career against Chacin. Sandoval could easily be tonight’s top third basemen, and is a sure bet to provide the greatest value. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Sunday September 2nd

Daily Fantasy BaseballThe Atlanta Braves will continue to make noise in the NL playoff picture while two other players come into action with very little risk and plenty of reward potential.

Value plays:

Brian McCann and Chipper Jones – Cole Hamels has been battling a stomach virus, and a trip to Atlanta isn’t going to make the 28 year old stud feel a whole lot better. The power packed middle of the Braves order owns a .299 career average against Hamels with 59% of their hits going for extra bases. Both McCann and Jones have a slugging percentage over .540 with 22 RBI on 29 hits, providing me with confidence that they can produce in fantasy baseball leagues. The Braves 3-4 hitters have hit half of Atlanta’s homers against Hamels, and with a proven batting eye (14 walks compared to 17 strikeouts) their ceiling is a high one.

Kelly Shoppach – The Mets catcher is actually have a solid season (batting 33 points higher than his career average) and has had great career numbers against Mark Buehrle. Shoppach is batting .444 against the crafty lefty, with an other worldly 1.222 slugging percentage. Half of his hits have left the ballpark, a big reason why he has more RBI (10) than hits (8). Catcher is a tough position to get consistent production, so I’ll take a player who has dominated the projected starter as my backstop tonight. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Monday August 27th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsThere are plenty of solid options on a slower day in the MLB, but can you really justify not rostering Nelson Cruz these days?

Value plays:

Miguel Montero – The Diamondbacks catcher is quietly on pace for his best season of his career, and with a matchup against Bronson Arroyo, I like that trend to continue. He has 8 hits (4 for extra bases) in 15 career at bats (.533 batting average) against the Reds righty, leading Arizona in HR’s, hits, and RBI. He is slugging 1.200, a number that is impossible to ignore on a slow Monday in the majors. Montero averages a little more than 1 walk every 3 games, making this free swinging catcher a player with a high ceiling against the Reds.

Nelson Cruz – Nobody on planet Earth is hotter than Cruz, and not even the great David Price has a good chance to slow him down. Cruz owns a .500 batting average against the Rays ace with a .800 slugging percentage. The Rangers lineup should benefit from pitchers wanting to face Cruz with the bases empty, leading me to believe that the top of this order will come out swinging and provide Cruz with run producing opportunities. The past numbers are great and he simply cannot be retired these days; you’ve got to ride out this remarkable fantasy baseball streak as long as it lasts.

Carlos Beltran – Can I make it any more clear? The Cardinals offense is rounding into form, and Beltran should lead the charge tonight against A.J. Burnett. The St. Louis outfielder has a .333 batting average against the Pirates ace with more RBI (10) than hits (9). The Cardinals as a team are batting .322 against Burnett, and I trust this veteran team to piece together quality at bats tonight. Burnett has given up 28 hits and 14 earned runs over his last 3 games, providing Pirates fans with a glimpse of what Yankee fans saw last season. This is a HUGE series for the NL playoff picture, and for daily fantasy baseball games, I like the Cardinals (specifically Beltran) to steal the show today. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Friday August 24th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsTwo teams chasing a playoff berth are good bets to produce great fantasy days, as is one of the best hitters in the MLB.

Value plays:

St. Louis Cardinals – Those who don’t learn from the past are destined to repeat it. If you missed out on the Cardinals run last year, don’t compound the error this year, as they are positioning themselves nicely to slip into the playoffs once again. Tonight the offense figures to steal the show, as the current Red Birds are batting .368 against Mat Latos and slugging .563. Carlos Beltran has 3 hits (all home runs) in 5 at bats against the righty, while Rafael Furcal (.400 batting average against Latos) and John Jay (.545) figure to get one base early and often. Matt Holliday is the lone regular who has struggled against Latos (.182 batting average), but he has managed a team high 5 RBI thanks in large part to his teammates getting on base ahead of him. I’m not betting against the Cardinals for the rest of the season, and daily fantasy baseball owners should at least consider rostering a few St. Louis players on a regular basis.

Torii Hunter and Maicer Izturis – What? You were expecting a different Angels tandem? The big names may garner most of the fantasy attention most days, but don’t be surprised if it is these two that set the stage for a big night against the Tigers Rick Porcello. The duo is batting .545 with half of their hits going for extra bases. Hunter has as many RBI as hits, and his position in the lineup is ideal for run production. Izturis has been a different hitter since the beginning of July, raising his batting average by 30 points. He isn’t likely to be on many radars tonight, but for the price, there might not be a better bargain. Read more…

Daily Fantasy Baseball must starts: Sunday August 19th

Daily Fantasy Baseball Must StartsTonight figures to be a solid night for two of the games elite, making them more than worth the lofty price tag that they fetch in daily fantasy baseball games.

Value plays:

Robinson Cano – Everyone knows that he is an elite 2B, but why should you spend top dollar on him tonight? Consider that he had hit 64% of his home runs at home and that he is batting 99 points higher against right handed pitchers. That’s a pretty convincing argument, and that doesn’t even include his success against Josh Beckett over his career. Cano holds a .329 career batting average against the Boston righty, with an amazing 54.2% of his hits going for extra bases (leading to a .589 slugging percentage in 73 career at bats). He leads all Yankees in doubles, home runs, and RBI versus Beckett, and there is no reason to think he won’t add to that total tonight, proving himself worth every penny it takes to roster him in daily fantasy baseball games.

Philadelphia Phillies – This offense has underachieved all season long, but that shouldn’t bother daily fantasy baseball owners, as you play in a 1 game season. The Phillies hold a .330 team batting average against Randy Wolf, with Placido Polanco (.500 batting average) and Juan Pierre (.389) leading the way. The two pesky hitters atop the order figure to give the power hitters (6 differnet players have taken Wolf deep on the Phillies roster) plenty of RBI opportunities. Jimmy Rollins has seen his power pick up in the seasons second half, so don’t let his low batting average prevent you from rostering him against the Brewers. Wolf has surrendered 65% of his home runs at home this season, giving me even more confidence in Philly connecting for at least one round tripper. Read more here…

Fantasy Baseball sleeper team for the remainder of 2012

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With all of the trading, promotions, demotions, players being place on waivers, and whatever else has been going on to shake up MLB lineup cards, we’ve decided to put together the All-Sleeper Fantasy Baseball Team for the remainder of the season.

This lineup doesn’t feature players that we all know, but rather the players that you should know! Use these players as you need, but just know, they will be producing and at very low costs.

Starting Pitcher – Matt Harvey – New York Mets

Since making his Major League debut on July 26, Harvey has been nothing less than brilliant. After breaking the Mets record for strikeouts in a debut, Harvey has since pitched 6.0 innings and has struck out 7 more. His current totals are at 11.1 IP, 18 Ks, and just two earned, giving the phenom a 1.59 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

According to ESPN, Harvey is on an innings limit (duh) and has about 50 innings left. He should be good for about 8-10 more starts, thus giving fantasy owners plenty to be excited about in 2012.

Closer – Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals

Since the trade of Jonathan Broxton to the Reds, Holland has taken over the closer role. He’s only had one save opportunity but he nailed it down. The new closer has lowered his ERA in his last five appearances (0 runs) and I think that trend will continue.

Catcher – Ryan Lavarnway – Boston Red Sox

Lavarnway made his season debut yesterday and while it wasn’t all that impressive, he did bat sixth and was walked once. I know, so what? Well, in 2011 the catcher hit two home runs and drove in four in his season debut. This young backstop has plenty of upside and for next to nothing.

First Base – Gaby Sanchez – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sanchez was acquired by the Pirates (from the Marlins) back at the trade deadline and the new change of scenery could help the 2011 All-Star get back on track. He didn’t have a great debut for the Pirates, per say, but he did bat cleanup for the bucs. Read the rest of the team here…


Fantasy Baseball: Week 17 waiver wire pickups

For those of you fighting for position in your leagues, you still have seven weeks left in the Fantasy Baseball regular season with which to do so. It is important to ensure that you make all the moves and/or trades you can in order to assure yourself a playoff spot in your leagues, otherwise you would have wasted an entire season fruitlessly maintaining your team (s). Here are this week’s waiver wire pickups, all widely available, for you to consider:

Marco Estrada-SP,RP-Brewers- Now a permanent part of the Brewers depth chart, Estrada has started nine games so far this season and like most things in fantasy, there is good news and bad. The good news is that the right-hander can help you in two of the remaining four Pitching categories (we’re taking away the saves category as he isn’t a closer); strike outs and WHIP. In his 9 games Estrada had 59 K’s and only 7 BBs while posting a barely visible 1.04 WHIP. The bad news is that the Brewers have given the former Washington National almost no run support which would account for his 0-4 record. In those four loses his team scored 1 run, 3 runs, 1 run, and 3 runs and it’s hard to post victories while your team is averaging 2 runs a game in your loses. Take a flier on Estrada and if you’re in need of K’s, grab him as he’s owned in just 10% of leagues.

Jared Burton/Glen Perkins-RP-Twins- What did manager Ron Gardenhire do when his ace closer Matt Capps was shut down with rotator cuff strain? Yep! He went to Jared! Well, not exclusively…The closing duties are shared between Burton and Glen Perkins. Together they have saved 7 of 8 games while Burton, since the possibility of save opportunities arose, is 1-0 with three saves 0.00 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and 7 K’s in 10.2 innings pitched. Perkins has done equally as well garnering 5 saves and 1 BS over the same period. they are both widely available as both of these closers are owned only in about 15% of leagues. If you’re desperate for saves and are in deeper leagues, run to the waiver wire and pick one up! (Note: Perkins has gotten more save opps.)

Fantasy Baseball: Week 15 waiver wire pickups

As we get set to approach the final third of the fantasy regular season, as well as the All-Star break 7/9 through 7/12, there is a virtual plethora of adds that are certain to help your leagues in several areas. Team owners should consider picking up the ones below before the break on Monday. Lets get right to them…

1. Alexi Amarista-2B-Padres- Since taking over the 2B duties from Logan Forsythe who had been struggling at the plate, the 23 year old who was picked up from the Angels earlier in the season, has given the usually anemic Padres offense a real boost. Amarista has started the last seven games at second base and has gone 11-30 (.366) with 3 home runs, 9 RBI, 7 runs scored, and 1 SB. What’s more impressive is that four of those seven games have been multi-hit ones! Take a flier out on the little guy (5’8″ 150 lbs.) in 12+ leagues. In N.L. only leagues he’s a must add. Amarista is available in 90% of leagues.

2. Tyler Colvin-1B/OF-Rockies- This 26 year old former 1st round pick of the Chicago Cubs is probably one of the best kept secrets in all of ‘fantasyland’. Colvin is just 2 years removed from hitting 20 homers with the Cubs in just 358 AB’s. If he continues to play regularly he’ll be on pace to reach a career high 30 HR. In just 180 AB so far this season, he is batting .311 with 26 runs scored, 13 HR, 40 RBI to go along with a SLG % of .644 which rivals Albert Pujols’ career SLG % mark of .609! Colvin has also hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games; (he was used as a pinch hitter in the lone hitless game). And oh, he also is the only player in MLB to hit two home runs off of fireballer Steven Strassburg…in one game! The mind boggles as he is only owned in 30% of leagues. We recommend him as a ‘Must Add’ in all leagues. Read more here…