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Week 20 Fantasy Hitting Planner

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The Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner is the essential guide to setting your lineup for the upcoming week. Every week, we provide you with news and notes for each team, tracking hot and cold players, injuries and lineup changes.

All statistics are up to date as of Sunday, Aug. 15.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Schedule: CIN3, COL3
Heating Up: Miguel Montero has reemerged as a must-start Fantasy catcher since the Diamondbacks traded Chris Snyder to the Pirates, batting .340 (18 for 53) with six homers over his last 14 games. Adam LaRoche is having his usual second-half surge, batting .382 (21 for 55) with five home runs in August, so you'll want to add him if you're looking for cheap power. Chris B. Young seems to be back on the right side of streaky, batting .364 (12 for 33) with three homers and two steals over his last eight games, but by now, he has pretty much become a must-start.
Cooling Off: Justin Upton was on fire right after the All-Star break, batting .403 (27 or 67) during a 17-game hitting streak, but he has cooled off recently, batting .077 (2 for 26) over his last seven games. Still, you wouldn't sit a five-category performer like him.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Diamondbacks don't face a single left-handed pitcher this week, so Gerardo Parra should get a full week of at-bats. He sometimes sits for Rusty Ryal against lefties.
Lineup Changes: None.

Atlanta Braves
Schedule: LAD1, WAS3, @CHC3
Heating Up: Omar Infante has been about the only good hitter for the Braves lately. He has hit safely in 15 of 16 games since taking over for Martin Prado at second base, batting .362 (25 for 69) during that stretch.
Cooling Off: Jason Heyward's once spectacular rookie season continues to go downhill. He's batting .158 (6 for 38) over his last 11 games and hardly seems worth using in mixed leagues. Rick Ankiel has yet to pay off since coming over from the Royals, batting .083 (2 for 24) over his last eight games. You can leave him for NL-only leagues right now.
Injury Concerns: Prado, who has been out since July 30 with a fractured right pinkie, will begin a rehab assignment Monday and potentially return Tuesday. He comes with some risk this week, but if you've had trouble finding an adequate replacement, you might want to get him active. Heyward has been dealing with a sore right knee that might be contributing to his struggles, giving you even more incentive to sit him in Fantasy.
Platoon Possibilities: The Braves face three left-handers this week, which means Ankiel and Eric Hinske could sit three times each, most likely in favor of Matt Diaz and Melky Cabrera.
Lineup Changes: Chipper Jones tore the ACL in his left knee Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season. Brooks Conrad, who offers some cheap pop, has been starting in his place, but Infante will likely take over at third base once Prado returns. Infante's high batting average gives him some low-end appeal in mixed leagues, especially since he qualifies at shortstop. Troy Glaus has gotten back to playing every day after missing some time to rest his achy body, but he's still not hitting well enough for mixed-league use.

Baltimore Orioles
Schedule: SEA3, TEX4
Heating Up: Hard to find an Oriole who isn't heating up since Buck Showalter came aboard. Luke Scott has been the ringleader, batting .375 (18 for 48) with five homers in August, but Adam Jones has come on lately as well, batting .389 (21 for 54) with two homers over his last 14 games. Both players are worth starting as a sleepers. Ty Wigginton is batting .313 (15 for 48) with a homer during his 11-game hitting streak, making him a worthy stopgap at any of the positions he qualifies.
Cooling Off: The most valuable Oriole in Fantasy, Nick Markakis, is about the only one not hitting of late. He's batting .125 (3 for 24) over his last six games and isn't necessarily a must-start in mixed leagues since he has only eight homers on the season. Matt Wieters still isn't looking like a mixed-league catcher, batting .143 (5 for 35) over his last 10 games.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Orioles face three left-handers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

Boston Red Sox
Schedule: LAA3, TOR3
Heating Up: J.D. Drew is batting .333 (7 for 21) with four home runs over his last five games, perhaps gearing up for his annual hot streak. Unfortunately, the lefty-loaded schedule this week might put an end to that. He has a .556 OPS against lefties compared to a .952 mark against righties.
Cooling Off: Marco Scutaro is set to return to the leadoff spot now that Jacoby Ellsbury is down again, but he's batting just .111 (3 for 27) over his last six games. Still, he's likely the best you can do at the shortstop position.
Injury Concerns: Dustin Pedroia, who has been out since June 25 with a fractured foot, has begun a rehab assignment and will likely return Tuesday. Because he's one of the few elite options at the second base position when healthy, you should probably roll the dice on him. Jed Lowrie left Friday's game with heat exhaustion and hasn't played since, but he probably wouldn't get much playing time anyway with Pedroia set to return.
Platoon Possibilities: The Red Sox face four lefties this week, but they don't have any clear lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: Ellsbury had to go back on the disabled list Saturday with renewed soreness in his ribs, which might effectively end his season, especially if the Red Sox fall further out of the race. The biggest beneficiary is probably Bill Hall, who will now continue to get playing time even after Pedroia returns.

Chicago Cubs
Schedule: SD4, ATL3
Heating Up: Starlin Castro has been on a tear since the All-Star break, batting .397 (48 for 121), and has shown no signs of slowing down over his last six games, batting .429 (12 for 28). With so few Fantasy-viable shortstops available, no way he should be sitting right now.
Cooling Off: Alfonso Soriano is batting just .173 (9 for 52) over his last 16 games and has been sitting more in favor of Kosuke Fukudome. He's too unreliable for mixed-league use right now.
Injury Concerns: Jeff Baker, who has been platooning with Blake DeWitt at second base, was scratched from the lineup Friday and hasn't played since. Because he's just a platoon player, you shouldn't worry about him outside of deeper NL-only leagues.
Platoon Possibilities: The Cubs face two left-handers this week, so if Baker can go, he would start twice in place of DeWitt.
Lineup Changes: Koyie Hill has been getting most of the starts behind the plate with Geovany Soto sidelined by a shoulder injury. Hill doesn't offer enough offensive potential for mixed-league use. Fukudome, who has spent much of the second half on the bench, has started four of the team's last five games, spelling Soriano and Tyler Colvin. He's still less than an everyday player, though.

Chicago White Sox
Schedule: @MIN3, @KC3
Heating Up: Alexei Ramirez has already reestablished himself as a viable mixed-league option and isn't showing any signs of slowing down, batting .314 (11 for 35) during a nine-game hitting streak. Mark Kotsay has a hit streak of his own, batting .393 (11 for 28) with a homer over his last seven games, but he's not as recommendable since he doesn't play every day.
Cooling Off: You wouldn't sit Paul Konerko during one of the best seasons of his career, but he's batting only .222 (6 for 27) over his last eight games.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The White Sox face one left-hander this week. Andruw Jones might replace Kotsay for that game, but the recent return of Mark Teahen from the DL further complicates that situation.
Lineup Changes: Teahen has played right field and DH in his two games since returning from a broken finger, which means he'll likely cut into the at-bats of Jones and Kotsay. It also means Ozzie Guillen plans to stick with Omar Vizquel at third base, at least on a part-time basis. Teahen isn't enough of a power hitter to deserve a look in mixed leagues.

Top sleepers for Week 20
Player Start %
1. Michael Stanton, OF, Marlins 68
2. Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs 65
3. Juan Pierre, OF, White Sox 67
4. Ryan Ludwick, OF, Padres 56
5. Coco Crisp, OF, Athletics 23
6. Scott Podsednik, OF, Dodgers 60
7. Ian Desmond, SS, Nationals 30
8. Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Marlins 43
9. Jerry Hairston, 2B, Padres 31
10. Miguel Tejada, SS, Padres 52
* Sleepers are players started in less than 70 percent of CBSSports.com leagues

Cincinnati Reds
Schedule: @ARI3, @LAD3
Heating Up: Joey Votto is batting .375 (9 for 24) with a homer and a 1.028 OPS over his last six games, but that's pretty much par for the course for him.
Cooling Off: Jonny Gomes is batting just .125 (2 for 16) over his last six games and hasn't homered in 20 games. No wonder the Reds have been mixing up their outfield.
Injury Concerns: Orlando Cabrera, who has been out since Aug. 2 with a strained oblique, is aiming to return when eligible Wednesday. He's just a borderline option even when he gets to play a full week, so you wouldn't want to use him now.
Platoon Possibilities: The Reds face two left-handers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: The Reds acquired Jim Edmonds from the Brewers on Monday, adding to an already crowded outfield picture. Until this situation sorts itself out, you should probably avoid Edmonds, Gomes, Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey, Laynce Nix and even Jay Bruce in mixed leagues.

Cleveland Indians
Schedule: @KC3, @DET3
Heating Up: Asdrubal Cabrera is showing some signs of life after missing two months with a broken forearm, batting .444 (8 for 18) over his last five games. He's still not offering enough power or speed to deserve a look in mixed leagues
Cooling Off: Matt LaPorta is hitless in his last 15 at-bats, showing he's still too inconsistent for mixed-league use.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Indians face one lefty this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

Colorado Rockies
Schedule: @LAD3, @ARI3
Heating Up: Todd Helton has actually hit pretty well since returning from a back injury, batting .310 (9 for 29) with two homers in eight games. You'd have to be pretty desperate to turn to him in a mixed league, though. Troy Tulowitzki is batting .439 (18 for 41) with two homers over his last 10 games, but you'd never sit him.
Cooling Off: Seth Smith is hitless in his last 19 at-bats, pushing him further into the background of a crowded outfield picture. You no longer have any reason to bother with him in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rockies face two left-handers this week. You can expect Dexter Fowler and Ryan Spilborghs to start those games. Fowler, Smith and Brad Hawpe have to compete for two outfield spots against righties.
Lineup Changes: The Rockies recently promoted Eric Young, who could steal some at-bats from Clint Barmes. That's not exactly a lineup change, though.

Detroit Tigers
Schedule: @NYY4, CLE3
Heating Up: Ryan Raburn has made the most of Magglio Ordonez's ankle injury, batting .417 (10 for 24) with two homers in his last six games to regain some low-end sleeper appeal in Fantasy.
Cooling Off: Brennan Boesch has two homers over his last eight games, but he still isn't hitting well enough for mixed-league use, batting .208 (5 for 24) during that stretch and .118 (11 for 93) over his last 26 games. Miguel Cabrera is batting .200 (7 for 35) over his last 12 games, but you should know better than to sit him.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Tigers face one left-hander this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons now that Raburn has pushed Don Kelly to the bench.
Lineup Changes: None.

Florida Marlins
Schedule: @PIT4, HOU3
Heating Up: Michael Stanton still has an embarrassing strikeout rate, but he's certainly living up to his potential as a power hitter, batting .600 (12 for 20) with four homers over his last five games. If your league doesn't penalize strikeouts, he's worth a look. Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla are carrying the Marlins lineup right now, which is fitting since they're about the only stars left. Ramirez is batting .462 (12 for 26) with two homers over his last six games, and Uggla is batting .435 (10 for 23) with three homers over his last six.
Cooling Off: Cody Ross is batting just .156 (5 for 32) over his last seven games and has yet to hit a home run in August. You'd have to be pretty desperate to use him in a mixed league.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Marlins face four left-handers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

Houston Astros
Schedule: NYM4, @FLA3
Heating Up: Hunter Pence continues to pile up multi-hit games, making up for his early-season mediocrity. He's batting .366 (30 for 82) with three homers over his last 19 games and deserves to be starting in all Fantasy leagues.
Cooling Off: Jason Castro appears overmatched at the major-league level. He's batting .071 (1 for 14) over his last six games and .187 (20 for 107) overall. You should probably avoid him even in NL-only leagues right now.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Astros face two left-handers this week, which means rookie Brett Wallace is likely to sit out twice. His platoon partner isn't so clear, but it will likely be one of Pedro Feliz or Jason Michaels.
Lineup Changes: None.

Top 10 Hitters Added
Player % Change
1. Pat Burrell, OF, Giants 15
2. Carlos Ruiz, C, Phillies 12
3. Chris V. Carter, OF, Athletics 12
4. Jerry Hairston, 2B, Padres 11
5. David Murphy, OF, Rangers 11
6. Felix Pie, OF, Orioles 11
7. Jason Kubel, OF, Twins 10
8. Luke Scott, OF, Orioles 9
9. Michael Stanton, OF, Marlins 9
10. Chris Johnson, 3B, Astros 9

Kansas City Royals
Schedule: CLE3, CHW3
Heating Up: Yuniesky Betancourt recently became a father for the first time and has been a nightmare for opposing pitchers ever since -- which is about the last thing you'd expect a player like him to be. He's batting .429 (12 for 28) with three homers over his last eight games but still doesn't offer enough OPS potential for mixed-league use.
Cooling Off: Kila Ka'aihue is doing his best to prove the skeptics right, looking nothing like the OPS masher he was in the minors. He's batting just .154 (6 for 39) so far.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Royals face one left-hander this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: The Royals traded Jose Guillen to the Giants on Friday, opening the door for both Gregor Blanco and Mitch Maier to play every day. Neither has much pop, but Blanco's three-steal game Friday shows why he at least has a little bit of value in AL-only Rotisserie leagues. Manager Ned Yost recently said Brayan Pena will start about one-third of the games behind the plate the rest of the way, which can only hurt Jason Kendall's already minimal mixed-league appeal.

L.A. Angels
Schedule: @BOS3, @MIN3
Heating Up: Bobby Abreu has been on fire since moving to the leadoff spot Aug. 6, batting .400 (12 for 30) with two homers. His season batting average is up to .266. His other numbers never really suffered, so hopefully you've continued to run him out there every week.
Cooling Off: Erick Aybar is batting just .136 (3 for 22) over his last six games. Considering he has little power and only modest speed, he's not worth using except when hot. Peter Bourjos has yet to make much noise at the big-league level, batting .152 (5 for 33). He's not worth owning outside of deeper leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Angels face two left-handers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

L.A. Dodgers
Schedule: @ATL1, COL3, CIN3
Heating Up: Scott Podsednik seems to have adjusted well to the NL, collecting multiple hits in five straight games. He's batting .522 (12 for 23) during that stretch. You'd like to see him steal more bases, of course, but if he keeps hitting this way, they'll come.
Cooling Off: Matt Kemp, whose struggles again put him on the bench for a couple games, is batting just .176 (6 for 34) over his last 11 games. Given the way manager Joe Torre has treated him lately, he's not beyond sitting in mixed leagues, but you'd need to have an awfully good backup to justify it.
Injury Concerns: Manny Ramirez, who has been out since July 16 with a calf injury, could start a rehab assignment later this week. But even if he returns at some point, he won't get enough at-bats to make an impact in Fantasy.
Platoon Possibilities: The Dodgers face one left-handed pitcher this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

Milwaukee Brewers
Schedule: @STL2, SD3
Heating Up: Casey McGehee, who hit only .245 (46 for 188) with five home runs in June and July, is batting .385 (20 for 52) with four homers so far in August, showing he still has plenty to offer Fantasy owners. You might want to get him active again.
Cooling Off: Corey Hart, who was looking like one of this season's biggest breakout sluggers heading into the All-Star break, has only one home run in his last 22 games. He's batting .190 (4 for 21) over his last seven. You can't afford to miss one of his hot streaks, though, so you should probably keep him active.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Brewers face one left-hander this week, which means Chris Dickerson will likely get most of the starts over speedster Lorenzo Cain. The team has yet to clarify the exact distribution of at-bats, though.
Lineup Changes: The Brewers acquired Dickerson from the Reds in the Jim Edmonds deal Monday. Dickerson, who is just returning from a wrist injury, has some pop and speed, but his free-swinging ways don't translate well to full-time duty. You can leave him for NL-only leagues.

Minnesota Twins
Schedule: CHW3, LAA3
Heating Up: Joe Mauer has been a little banged up recently, but it hasn't showed up in his play. In fact, he's hitting better than he has all season, batting .508 (31 for 61) with two homers over his last 16 games. Jason Kubel is batting .319 (15 for 47) with five homers in August, trying his best to approach last year's numbers, but because the Twins face so many left-handers this week, now might not be the best time to take a flier on him.
Cooling Off: Delmon Young has slowed down a bit after his impossibly hot July, batting .143 (4 for 28) over his last seven games. Still, he has proven this year is different from the earlier ones and should remain active in all Fantasy leagues.
Injury Concerns: J.J. Hardy has missed three games with a sore wrist, which is notable since the same injury forced him to the DL twice this year. Because he isn't the slugger he was in his earlier days with the Brewers, you wouldn't want to take any chances with him.
Platoon Possibilities: The Twins face three lefties this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

N.Y. Mets
Schedule: @HOU4, @PIT3
Heating Up: Angel Pagan isn't quite as hot as he was right after the All-Star break, but he has still hit safely in seven of his last eight games. He's batting only .258 (8 for 31) during that stretch, but he does have a homer and four steals. Keep him active.
Cooling Off: David Wright has yet to get anything going in August, batting .098 (4 for 41) with 13 strikeouts and one extra-base hit. You can't afford to sit him, though.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Mets face three left-handers this week, which means rookie Fernando Martinez will likely sit three times for Jeff Francoeur. Mike Hessman might also factor against the lefties, replacing Ike Davis, but that platoon doesn't appear as strict.
Lineup Changes: None.

N.Y. Yankees
Schedule: DET4, SEA3
Heating Up: Derek Jeter, who has never hit below .290 in a season, is aiming to keep that streak alive, playing catch-up by batting .364 (16 for 44) with two steals over his last 10 games. Alex Rodriguez has done nothing but disappoint this season, but Saturday's 4-for-5, three-homer performance is at least some reason for optimism.
Cooling Off: Jorge Posada is batting just .111 (3 for 27) over his last nine games, dropping his season batting average to .252. But even as a slumping 39-year-old, he's one of the more trustworthy catchers in Fantasy.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Yankees face one left-handed pitcher this week, so Lance Berkman and Curtis Granderson should both get nearly a full week of at-bats. They often sit for Marcus Thames and Austin Kearns against lefties.
Lineup Changes: None.

Oakland Athletics
Schedule: TOR3, TB4
Heating Up: Coco Crisp has multiple hits in six of his last nine games, batting .400 (14 for 35) with a homer and two steals during that stretch. If he stays healthy the rest of the way, he has a shot at a 10-homer, 30-steal season -- and that's with him missing nearly half of it with injuries. Time to start taking him seriously again.
Cooling Off: Kevin Kouzmanoff is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Such streakiness is par for the course with him. He's only worth using in mixed leagues when he's hot.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Athletics face two left-handed pitchers this week, but now that Chris V. Carter has arrived, they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: The Athletics promoted Carter on Monday and have made him their everyday left fielder. The 23-year-old slugger has been considered a top prospect for several years, but he's looking a little overmatched right now, going hitless in his first 16 at-bats. You can leave him for AL-only leagues until he starts doing some damage.

Best Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Marlins @PIT4, HOU3
2. Padres @CHC4, @MIL3
3. Mets @HOU4, @PIT3
4. Braves LAD1, WAS3, @CHC3
5. Rangers @TB3, @BAL4

Philadelphia Phillies
Schedule: SF3, WAS3
Heating Up: Placido Polanco has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .345 (19 for 55) during that stretch. He doesn't offer much pop or speed, but his overall production remains useful batting at the top of the Phillies lineup. Jayson Werth has a pretty nice streak going himself, batting .392 (29 for 74) with three homers over his last 20 games.
Cooling Off: Nobody is significantly underachieving right now.
Injury Concerns: Chase Utley (thumb) and Ryan Howard (ankle) are both aiming to return Tuesday and are big enough studs in Fantasy that you might want to give them the benefit of the doubt. Utley is coming back from the more serious injury, but Howard might actually be the bigger risk since he's attempting to avoid a rehab assignment.
Platoon Possibilities: The Phillies face three left-handers this week, but with Shane Victorino back and Howard expected back, the team doesn't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: With Victorino back, top prospect Domonic Brown no longer has a place to play. He'll probably end up back in the minor leagues, but he wasn't performing well enough for mixed-league use anyway.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Schedule: FLA4, NYM3
Heating Up: Neil Walker is batting .318 (7 for 22) over his last six games. He doesn't have a single extra-base hit during that stretch, but he's at least proving consistent enough to factor in mixed leagues.
Cooling Off: Garrett Jones is batting .143 (4 for 28) over his last eight games. He hasn't been a huge power hitter this year anyway, so you have no reason to stick with him in mixed leagues right now.
Injury Concerns: Ronny Cedeno has missed three games with a shoulder injury, but he's such a light hitter that you wouldn't be using him outside of a deeper NL-only league anyway.
Platoon Possibilities: The Pirates face three left-handed pitchers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: Ryan Doumit, who returned from a concussion Aug. 7, has been splitting at-bats with Chris Snyder behind the plate, only once playing a different position. In such a platoon, neither player will have high-end Fantasy appeal. You can treat both as No. 2 options in mixed leagues.

San Diego Padres
Schedule: @CHC4, @MIL3
Heating Up: It took a little while, but Ryan Ludwick seems to have found his stroke with the Padres, batting .400 (8 for 20) with three homers over his last five games. You want to take advantage of him while he's streaking. Jerry Hairston, who has pretty much become the everyday second baseman with David Eckstein sidelined by a calf injury, seems to be comfortable in the role, batting .394 (13 for 33) with three homers over his last nine games. He's a worthy stopgap, especially since he qualifies at shortstop. Chris Denorfia is batting .474 (9 for 19) with two homers and two steals over his last seven games, but as a platoon player, he's a little hard to recommend in Fantasy.
Cooling Off: Yorvit Torrealba has cooled significantly since his July hit streak, batting .059 (1 for 17). He pretty much has to be hitting over .300 to matter in mixed leagues.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Padres face three lefties this week, which means Chris Denorfia and Scott Hairston will likely start three times in place of Tony Gwynn and Will Venable. Denorfia's recent hot hitting may earn him even more playing time than that.
Lineup Changes: None.

Worst Five Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Cardinals MIL2, SF3
2. Giants @PHI3, @STL3
3. Brewers @STL2, SD3
4. Twins CHW3, LAA3
5. Blue Jays @OAK3, @BOS3

San Francisco Giants
Schedule: @PHI3, @STL3
Heating Up: Pat Burrell has gotten his career back on track after falling off the map in Tampa Bay, batting .364 (12 for 33) with three homers over his last nine games to earn everyday at-bats. He's worth a look again in mixed leagues. Pablo Sandoval is showing some rare signs of life during a mostly disappointing season, homering twice in his last three games and batting .379 (11 for 29) over his last eight. If he wasn't playing on the road this week, he'd be a slam dunk to start.
Cooling Off: Buster Posey is batting an unimpressive .189 (7 for 37) over his last 10 games, but he has already established himself as a must-start in Fantasy. Same goes for Aubrey Huff, who's batting .147 (5 for 34) over his last nine games.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Giants face one left-hander this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: The Giants acquired Jose Guillen from the Royals on Friday and have said they'll play him every day. His arrival likely makes Huff the full-time first baseman, with Andres Torres and Pat Burrell seemingly entrenched in the outfield. Guillen will have a slightly better supporting cast in San Francisco than he did in Kansas City, which could give his Fantasy value a small boost. In a less-heralded move, the Giants acquired Mike Fontenot from the Cubs and will likely give him occasional starts around the infield. If he hits well, he could maybe even force a platoon with Freddy Sanchez. With Edgar Renteria (biceps) once again on the DL, Juan Uribe is back playing shortstop every day. He has enough power to make an impact in mixed leagues.

Seattle Mariners
Schedule: @BAL3, @NYY3
Heating Up: Chone Figgins continues to reaffirm his standing in Fantasy, batting .373 (25 for 67) with four stolen bases over his last 17 games. He has gone hitless only three times during that stretch.
Cooling Off: Michael Saunders has demonstrated good power as a rookie, but his batting average leaves something to be desired. He's batting .111 (2 for 18) over his last seven games.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Mariners face one left-hander this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

St. Louis Cardinals
Schedule: MIL2, SF3
Heating Up: Yadier Molina is doing his best to get his batting average back to normal after a debilitating slump that lasted most of May and June, batting .414 (12 for 29) over his last eight games. Jon Jay has yet to cool off, batting .400 (12 for 30) with four doubles over his last seven games, but he has some unfavorable matchups this week. Albert Pujols has been a monster lately, batting .462 (24 for 52) with six homers over his last 12 games, but that's pretty much why you drafted him, isn't it?
Cooling Off: Felipe Lopez, who likely has a starting job the rest of the way now that David Freese is out for the year with an ankle injury, is batting .063 (2 for 32). He can be useful at times in Fantasy, but now isn't one of those times.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Cardinals face three left-handed pitchers this week, so Allen Craig could spell Jay up to three times. The team has yet to reveal just how strict the platoon will be, but you should probably avoid Jay this week just in case.
Lineup Changes: None.

Tampa Bay Rays
Schedule: TEX3, @OAK4
Heating Up: Jason Bartlett is still batting only .248 on the year, but his .409 (9 for 22) batting average over his last six games makes him worth starting at the weak shortstop position.
Cooling Off: Ben Zobrist, who has been a good source of on-base percentage if nothing else this season, isn't offering much of anything right now, batting .043 (1 for 23) over his last seven games. Hard to replace a player of his stature at second base, though.
Injury Concerns: Carlos Pena, who has been out since July 31 with a foot injury, began a rehab assignment Sunday and could return to the lineup as soon as Monday. Because he's streaky anyway, you might want to give him a week to prove his health before activating him.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rays face three left-handed pitchers this week, which means Matt Joyce will likely sit three times for Gabe Kapler. You'll want to avoid him even in AL-only leagues.
Lineup Changes: None.

Texas Rangers
Schedule: @TB3, @BAL4
Heating Up: Josh Hamilton, who hit .437 (90 for 206) with 14 homers in June and July, cooled off a little at the beginning of August, but it didn't last long. He's batting .441 (15 for 34) with three homers over his last eight games and is an obvious must-start in Fantasy.
Cooling Off: Vladimir Guerrero is beginning to play his age again, batting .185 (5 for 27) over his last seven games and .193 (17 for 88) with just one homer over his last 23 games. Based on his performance earlier this season, though, you kind of have to stick with him.
Injury Concerns: Nelson Cruz is again dealing with leg problems, leaving Saturday's game with a tight left hamstring. Another DL stint is certainly possible for the fragile slugger, so if he's looking iffy at the lineup deadline, you should probably avoid him.
Platoon Possibilities: The Rangers face two left-handers this week, which would normally mean Mitch Moreland would sit twice for Jorge Cantu. But if Cruz ends up going on the DL, both could play every day, with Moreland moving to the outfield.
Lineup Changes: None.

Toronto Blue Jays
Schedule: @OAK3, @BOS3
Heating Up: Adam Lind is finally looking like the guy who came up so big for Fantasy owners last year, batting .438 (14 for 32) with two homers over his last eight games. Unfortuantely, he faces four left-handers this week. Considering his impossibly low .365 OPS -- not slugging percentage, but OPS -- against lefties, you should probably avoid him this week.
Cooling Off: Edwin Encarnacion, who has looked brilliant at times and miserable at others, is batting just .118 (2 for 17) over his last five games and has been losing more and more time to Travis Snider (with Jose Bautista moving to third base). Avoid him until he turns it around. Vernon Wells is batting .160 (4 for 25) over his last eight games, but his season totals are too good for you to honestly consider sitting him.
Injury Concerns: None.
Platoon Possibilities: The Blue Jays face four left-handed pitchers this week, but they don't have any lefty-righty platoons.
Lineup Changes: None.

Washington Nationals
Schedule: @ATL3, @PHI3
Heating Up: Ian Desmond is doing his best to enter the NL Rookie of the Year discussion, batting .355 (22 for 62) with three homers and five steals over his last 18 games. If you're looking for a stopgap at the weak shortstop position, look no further. Ivan Rodriguez, who has been feast or famine all season, is hitting well enough for mixed-league use again, batting .391 (9 for 23) over his last six games.
Cooling Off: Josh Willingham is batting just .179 (5 for 28) over his last nine games and has only three multi-hit games since the All-Star break. Given his streaky history, he had to go downhill sooner or later.
Injury Concerns: Nyjer Morgan, who is on the DL with an inflamed right hip, began a rehab assignment Sunday and could return Thursday. He was hitting well right before the injury, but you wouldn't want to activate him for what wouldn't be more than half a week.
Platoon Possibilities: The Nationals face one left-hander this week, which means Adam Kennedy will sit once for Alberto Gonzalez. Roger Bernadina and Mike Morse will likely go back to platooning once Morgan returns.
Lineup Changes: None.

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