All stats are updated through Wednesday, June 19.
|Player Name||% change|
|1.||Adam Lind, 1B, Blue Jays||20|
|2.||Mike Carp, OF, Red Sox||18|
|3.||Zack Cozart, SS, Reds||16|
|4.||Josh Rutledge, 2B, Rockies||15|
|5.||Nate Schierholtz, OF, Cubs||15|
|6.||Kyle Blanks, OF, Padres||13|
|7.||Colby Rasmus, OF, Blue Jays||13|
|8.||Matt Joyce, OF, Rays||11|
|9.||Tyler Colvin, OF, Rockies||11|
|10.||Wil Myers, OF, Rays||10|
The Braves placed Evan Gattis on the DL with a strained oblique Tuesday, which theoretically creates more of a need to keep Brian McCann's bat in the lineup. McCann had started only seven of the team's last 12 games at the time of Gattis' injury. Of course, he may still sit more than most catchers to reduce wear and tear surgically repaired shoulder. Considering he's slumping anyway, you shouldn't feel obligated to start McCann for the Braves' five-game week if you have a worthy alternative in a shallower mixed league.
Worth a second look: Yan Gomes, Indians
After putting together a couple of impressive weeks when the Indians were ravaged by injuries in May, Gomes is back to being a forgotten man in Fantasy. But eight games in seven days this week will force the Indians to use their backup catcher more than they have recently, and based on what little we know of Gomes, he makes the most of limited opportunities. He likely won't get more than three or four starts this week, so he shouldn't be your first choice in most leagues, but in leagues that use 20 catchers or more, he'll factor.
Approach with caution: J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
Clearly, you're starting Arencibia over Yan Gomes if you have that option. I'm addressing different formats here, so be aware. In leagues that use 12 catchers or fewer, Arencibia may seem like the hot hand with his three homers in his last five games, but a full week on the road -- where he's hitting .144 with a .450 OPS compared to .289 and .928 at home -- should silence him, especially against the tough Rays and Red Sox pitching staffs.
No-brainers: Carlos Santana, Buster Posey, Joe Mauer, Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters, Mike Napoli
Advisable starts: Salvador Perez, Wilin Rosario, Jason Castro, Jonathan Lucroy, Brian McCann, A.J. Pierzynski, Ryan Doumit
Shaky starts: Russell Martin, J.P. Arencibia, Miguel Montero, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Yasmani Grandal, Mike Zunino, Carlos Ruiz, John Jaso, Yan Gomes
Strictly AL/NL-only: John Buck, Chris Iannetta, Welington Castillo, A.J. Ellis, Tyler Flowers, Devin Mesoraco, Kurt Suzuki, Jose Lobaton, Derek Norris (groin)
Don't bother: Ryan Hanigan, Rob Brantly, Chris Stewart, Geovany Soto, Michael McKenry, Hank Conger, Nick Hundley, Evan Gattis (oblique), Erik Kratz (knee), Wilson Ramos (hamstring), Alex Avila (forearm), Francisco Cervelli (hand), Travis d'Arnaud, Jesus Montero
Note: The few players who qualify only at DH now appear alongside the first basemen so that their owners might have some context for how to approach them this week. If you see an asterisk (*) next to a player's name, it means he's DH-only and not a legitimate first baseman.
Nick Swisher, who hasn't started since June 15 because of sore shoulder, got a cortisone shot Monday and hopes to return to the lineup Saturday. After a good start to the season, he's been ghastly over his last 18 games, batting .134 (9 for 67). Injuries have probably impacted his performance -- in addition to the shoulder, he's also been contending with a sore knee -- and because he again dodged a DL stint, you have to wonder if he's returning at full strength. Unless he lights it up over the weekend, mixed-league owners should probably sit him for the Indians' eight-game week.
Worth a second look: Brandon Belt, Giants
Earlier this season, Belt was sitting about once every five games -- against tougher lefties, basically -- in favor of Brett Pill, but with Pill now in the minors, Belt has reclaimed everyday at-bats, starting 13 of the Giants' last 14 games. It's not like he really needed to sit against lefties. He's batting .340 in 50 at-bats against them this season and has a higher career mark against them (.286) than righties (.251). So even though the Giants have three lefties on tap this week, you can count on Belt to take advantage of their favorable matchups against the Dodgers and Rockies, including three games at Coors Field.
Approach with caution: Mitch Moreland, Rangers
Moreland is set to return to the lineup Friday after missing two weeks with a strained hamstring, but he won't get the warmest of welcomes. With iffy matchups this week against Hiroki Kuroda, Mike Leake and Mat Latos, among others, you might want to give Moreland a chance to rediscover his stroke before activating him in standard mixed leagues. He wasn't exactly at his best leading up to the injury, batting .262 (11 for 42) with 17 strikeouts in his last 13 games.
No-brainers: Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Davis, Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Albert Pujols, Allen Craig, Buster Posey, David Ortiz*, Mark Trumbo, Carlos Santana, Freddie Freeman, Adrian Gonzalez
Advisable starts: Anthony Rizzo, Billy Butler, Joe Mauer, Matt Carpenter, Adam Lind, Michael Cuddyer, Brandon Belt, Adam Dunn, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava
Shaky starts: Mitch Moreland (hamstring), Kyle Blanks, Mark Reynolds, Eric Hosmer, James Loney, Justin Morneau, Adam LaRoche, Kendrys Morales, Brandon Moss, Michael Morse, Ryan Howard, Todd Frazier, Nick Swisher (shoulder), Michael Young, Lance Berkman, Daniel Murphy
Strictly AL/NL-only: Victor Martinez*, Paul Konerko, Yan Gomes, Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner*, Logan Morrison, Chris Carter, Mike Carp (hamstring), Carlos Pena, Garrett Jones, Chris Johnson, Todd Helton, Justin Smoak (oblique), Tyler Colvin
Don't bother: Matt Adams, John Mayberry, Gaby Sanchez, Juan Francisco, Chris Parmelee, Jeff Keppinger, Jordan Pacheco, Nate Freiman, Mark Teixeira (wrist), Kevin Youkilis (back), Yonder Alonso (hand), Corey Hart (knee), Mike Olt, Jonathan Singleton, Ike Davis
Worth a second look: Marco Scutaro, Giants
Though the damage to his mangled left pinkie could become permanent if he's not careful with it, Scutaro has opted to play through the injury for now and has looked good in his first two games back, collecting two hits in each. From now on, you're on pins and needles every time you start him because you never know when the Giants will pull the plug, but you can't argue with the productivity. Against pitchers like Chris Capuano, Stephen Fife, Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Juan Nicasio, Scutaro deserves the benefit of the doubt this week.
Approach with caution: Daniel Murphy, Mets
Murphy has been a fairly steady contributor all season, but he hasn't had too many weeks where he's had to face four left-handed pitchers. The left-handed hitter has never fared well against southpaws, batting .258 with a .583 OPS this year compared to .283 with a .794 OPS against righties, and a couple of this week's lefties -- specifically, Chris Sale and Gio Gonzalez -- are especially tough.
No-brainers: Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Brandon Phillips, Ben Zobrist, Matt Carpenter, Howie Kendrick, Jose Altuve
Advisable starts: Anthony Rendon, Nick Franklin, Marco Scutaro
Shaky starts: Chase Utley (oblique), Jurickson Profar, Jed Lowrie, Jedd Gyorko (groin), Dan Uggla, Daniel Murphy, Martin Prado, Josh Rutledge, Neil Walker, Kelly Johnson, Omar Infante, Rickie Weeks
Strictly AL/NL-only: Mike Aviles, Logan Forsythe, Gordon Beckham, Darwin Barney, Mark Ellis, Emilio Bonifacio, Derek Dietrich, Brian Dozier, DJ LeMahieu, Willie Bloomquist
Don't bother: Daniel Descalso, Elliot Johnson, Jordy Mercer, Jordany Valdespin, Omar Quintanilla, Jeff Keppinger, Scooter Gennett, Nick Punto, Jamey Carroll, Freddy Galvis, Chris Getz, Eric Sogard, Maicer Izturis, Aaron Hill (wrist), Brian Roberts (hamstring), Jemile Weeks, Dustin Ackley, Danny Espinosa, Kolten Wong
Out since June 8 with a strained foot, Pablo Sandoval will begin a rehab assignment Saturday and could come off the DL Monday. As with every quick turnaround from injury, a setback is always possible, but if he gets through the weekend unscathed, Sandoval's favorable matchups this week, which include three games at Colorado, will make him worth activating right out of the gate.
Worth a second look: Mark Reynolds, Indians
After proving to be too good for Triple-A with a .390 batting average and six home runs in 105 at-bats, Lonnie Chisenhall is back as the Indians' starting third baseman, freeing up Reynolds to split his time between first base and DH, as he did to begin the season. You might remember he was a different player then. This season, he's batting .171 with five home runs in 117 at-bats at third base and .286 with nine home runs in 126 at-bats everywhere else. Maybe he just happened to get cold at the wrong time, but the move back across the diamond is even more incentive to gamble on him with the Indians set for eight games against the Orioles and White Sox pitching staffs this week.
Approach with caution: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Arenado hit .396 (19 for 48) during a recent 11-game stretch, perhaps earning some favor from Fantasy owners in the short-term. But he's 1 for 11 in three games since. As up and down as he's been during his rookie season, you have to think he'll keep cooling off against pitchers like Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner this week.
No-brainers: Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria, David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Manny Machado, Matt Carpenter
Advisable starts: Hanley Ramirez, Josh Donaldson, Chase Headley, Kyle Seager, Anthony Rendon, Pedro Alvarez, Mark Reynolds, David Freese
Shaky starts: Pablo Sandoval (foot), Jedd Gyorko (groin), Nolan Arenado, Todd Frazier, Aramis Ramirez, Martin Prado, Michael Young, Will Middlebrooks
Strictly AL/NL-only: Mike Aviles, Trevor Plouffe, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Moustakas, Chris Johnson, Matt Dominguez, Alberto Callaspo, Luis Valbuena, Jayson Nix
Don't bother: Jose Iglesias, Daniel Descalso, Juan Francisco, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Keppinger, Placido Polanco, Nick Punto, Jamey Carroll, Jordan Pacheco, Maicer Izturis, Kevin Youkilis (back), Brett Lawrie (ankle), Alex Rodriguez (hip), Eric Chavez (oblique), Wilson Betemit (knee), Nick Castellanos
Jurickson Profar entered Thursday just one game away from gaining eligibility at shortstop in standard leagues. He has also spent time at second base, third base and DH over the last week and is reportedly learning to play the outfield. The bottom line is the Rangers want him in their lineup by whatever means possible. Just because Ian Kinsler is back doesn't mean you should part with Profar in Fantasy.
Worth a second look: Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers
For some, Ramirez is an obvious start, but others are wary of using him after continued leg problems forced him to sit for about a week immediately after returning from the DL. But even more notable than Ramirez's six hits during Tuesday's doubleheader was the fact he started both games. The Dodgers wouldn't let him do that if they didn't think he was out of the woods. Even if he ends up having to sit a couple games this week, he can afford it. The Dodgers are one of only five teams playing more than six games.
Approach with caution: Jed Lowrie, Athletics
After a brief resurgence early in June, Lowrie has gone quiet again, batting .149 (7 for 47) over his last 12 games. Since April 19, he's batting just .250 with no homers in 200 at-bats. Chances are he has something more in store after a sizzling start to the season, but you shouldn't expect to see it in only a five-game week, especially with Homer Bailey, Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright on tap.
|5.||Rockies||@BOS2, NYM1, SF3|
No-brainers: Jean Segura, Ian Desmond, Ben Zobrist
Advisable starts: Hanley Ramirez, Elvis Andrus, Jimmy Rollins, J.J. Hardy, Starlin Castro, Nick Franklin, Marco Scutaro
Shaky starts: Jhonny Peralta, Erick Aybar, Jed Lowrie, Josh Rutledge, Andrelton Simmons, Alexei Ramirez, Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew, Alcides Escobar, Brandon Crawford (finger), Zack Cozart
Strictly AL/NL-only: Mike Aviles, Yunel Escobar, Derek Dietrich, Brian Dozier, Willie Bloomquist, Pete Kozma, Jayson Nix
Don't bother: Elliot Johnson, Daniel Descalso, Munenori Kawasaki, Pedro Florimon, Jordy Mercer, Adeiny Hechavarria, Omar Quintanilla, Nick Punto, Marwin Gonzalez, Eric Sogard, Maicer Izturis, Troy Tulowitzki (ribs), Everth Cabrera (hamstring), Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps), Danny Espinosa (wrist), Ruben Tejada (quadriceps), Eduardo Nunez (rib), Jose Reyes (ankle), Derek Jeter (ankle), Dee Gordon, Billy Hamilton
Dexter Fowler is still in and out of the lineup after taking a pitch off the right hand Tuesday, starting just two of the team's last four games. The injury mostly limits him from the left side of the plate, so chances are he'll at least get to start the Rockies' three games against lefties this week. Of course, the team could still opt to put him on the DL, so maybe you shouldn't take any chances with him.
Worth a second look: Ben Revere, Phillies and Nate Schierholtz, Cubs
After a miserable start to the season, Revere is back to slapping his way on base, batting .308 (36 for 117) over his last 30 games, which of course means he's back to burning up the base paths, swiping 10 bases during that stretch. Though he's an impatient hitter with no power to speak of, he's perfectly capable of maintaining this pace that has him 32nd among outfielders in Head-to-Head leagues over the last month. The Phillies are one of only five teams playing more than six games this week. They're also facing five lefties, against whom Revere is batting .316 since the start of last season. Schierholtz is probably too low-end for most mixed-league owners, but with so many players limited to five games this week, he could be a sneaky play off the waiver wire. The Cubs face nothing but right-handers in their six games, so you know he'll stay in the lineup, and he's been at his best lately, batting .339 with four homers and a 1.118 OPS over his last 19 games.
Approach with caution: Matt Joyce, Rays and Andre Ethier, Dodgers
Joyce had a nice little run at the end of May and beginning of June in which he hit .319 with eight homers in 25 games, earning him regular at-bats for the Rays and must-start status in Fantasy. But the two kind of go hand-in-hand. With prized prospect Wil Myers up from the minors, the Rays once again have a playing-time crunch in the outfield, and Joyce's poor history against left-handers makes him an easy choice to sit in those matchups, as happened Tuesday. The Rays face only one lefty this week, but considering the righties on tap include R.A. Dickey, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello, maybe now is the time to wean yourself off Joyce. With a .423 (11 for 26) batting average, Andre Ethier has picked up his production enough over his last seven games to earn some looks again in mixed leagues, but any renewed interest in him figures to be short-lived. Not only do the Dodgers have four lefties on tap, against whom Ethier is batting .221 this season and .236 for his career, but Matt Kemp has a chance of returning mid-week, forcing Ethier to the bench on at least a part-time basis.
No-brainers: Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, Chris Davis, Carlos Gonzalez, Adam Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Hunter Pence, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Allen Craig, Jay Bruce, Mark Trumbo, Yasiel Puig, Matt Holliday, Carlos Gomez, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton, Nick Markakis, Alex Rios, Carlos Beltran
Advisable starts: Domonic Brown, Nelson Cruz, Ben Zobrist, Matt Carpenter, Alex Gordon, Michael Bourn, Brett Gardner, Desmond Jennings, Austin Jackson, Jason Heyward, Coco Crisp, Nate McLouth, Dexter Fowler (finger), Michael Cuddyer, Starling Marte, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Hamilton, Norichika Aoki, Gerardo Parra, Daniel Nava, Ben Revere, Melky Cabrera
Shaky starts: Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Kyle Blanks, B.J. Upton, Wil Myers, Alejandro De Aza, Matt Joyce, Martin Prado, Josh Willingham, Brandon Moss, Michael Morse, Alfonso Soriano, Colby Rasmus, Ryan Doumit, Nick Swisher (shoulder), Michael Brantley, Kelly Johnson, Lorenzo Cain, Torii Hunter, Denard Span, Nate Schierholtz, Drew Stubbs, Peter Bourjos, Lucas Duda, Josh Reddick, Vernon Wells
Strictly AL/NL-only: Leonys Martin, David Murphy, Jon Jay, Carlos Quentin (shoulder), Marcell Ozuna, Dayan Viciedo, Will Venable, Marlon Byrd, Logan Morrison, Chris Carter, Oswaldo Arcia, Andre Ethier, A.J. Pollock, Raul Ibanez, Mike Carp (hamstring), Juan Pierre, Ichiro Suzuki, J.D. Martinez, Michael Saunders, Seth Smith, Eric Young, Garrett Jones, Cody Ross, Gregor Blanco, Justin Ruggiano, Justin Maxwell, Tyler Colvin, Travis Snider, Chris Denorfia, Andy Dirks, Emilio Bonifacio, Rajai Davis, Chris Young
Don't bother: Craig Gentry, Jordany Valdespin, Jason Kubel, Delmon Young, John Mayberry, Jason Bay (hamstring), Chris Parmelee, Jonny Gomes, Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), Ryan Braun (thumb), Matt Kemp (hamstring), Bryce Harper (knee), Carl Crawford (hamstring), Curtis Granderson (hand), Evan Gattis (oblique), Angel Pagan (hamstring), Corey Hart (knee), Adam Eaton (elbow), David DeJesus (shoulder), Aaron Hicks (hamstring), Ryan Ludwick (shoulder), Cameron Maybin (knee), Darin Mastroianni (ankle), Nolan Reimold (hamstring), Oscar Taveras, Christian Yelich, Jackie Bradley
The Hit Parade is your guide to setting your lineup for the upcoming scoring period. Looking at matchups for the week ahead and considering other factors such as streaks, injuries and lineup changes, we sort all Fantasy-relevant hitters at each position into five categories: "no-brainers," "advisable starts," "shaky starts," "strictly AL/NL-only" and "don't bother."
These designations rate each player's Fantasy value for the current week only and have no bearing on his value for the season as a whole. Injuries are shown in parentheses.
Any players not appearing on these lists are presumed to be below "don't bother" status and are obvious sits in Fantasy.