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Start and sit hitters for Week 13

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All stats are updated through Thursday, June 19.

Manny Machado, who was suspended five games for his tirade against the Athletics (and specifically Josh Donaldson) earlier this month, should have his appeal heard this weekend, which means he'll serve the suspension, provided it isn't reduced to nothing (ha!), in Fantasy Week 13 (June 23-29). Outside of leagues so deep that he's your only viable option at third base, you'll want to sit him.

Scott's sleepers for Week 13
Player Own/Start %
1. Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants 93/71
2. Adam LaRoche, 1B, Nationals 88/68
3. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers 83/66
4. Eugenio Suarez, SS, Tigers 36/24
5. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies 83/59
6. Marlon Byrd, OF, Phillies 68/54
7. Corey Dickerson, OF, Rockies 66/50
8. Wilin Rosario, C, Rockies 86/69
9. Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins 81/67
10. Tommy La Stella, 2B, Braves 28/19

Neil Walker, meanwhile, is expected to rejoin the Pirates Tuesday after having an appendectomy two weeks ago. He'll reclaim his starting job at second base, where he was off to a good start but not so good that you should feel like you have to activate him right away. As for his replacement, Josh Harrison, he apparently isn't going anywhere. Manager Clint Hurdle recently said he has to find playing time for the utility man, which could mean shifting him over to shortstop.

And with that, on to the position-by-position breakdown ...

Catcher

Too obvious: Jonathan Lucroy, Evan Gattis, Buster Posey, Yadier Molina, Joe Mauer, Carlos Santana, Miguel Montero, Salvador Perez, Brian McCann

Start: Wilin Rosario, Rockies
Considered a Fantasy mainstay coming into the season, Rosario has offered little reason for optimism through the approximate halfway point and isn't especially hot right now. But in leagues where you have to look beyond the nine "too obvious" options at catcher, his power potential still distinguishes him from the rest of the lot. He at least has a chance for a big week, especially when he's playing seven games at hitter's parks, including three at Coors Field, where he's batting .276 compared to .167 on the road, and Miller Park, where he's batting .364 (8 for 22) for his career.
Instead of: Devin Mesoraco, Jason Castro

Sit: Derek Norris, Athletics
Norris has picked it up at the plate after a late-June swoon, but he still doesn't play every day. And he may not play more than every other day this week with the Athletics traveling to Citi Field and Marlins Park, where they won't have use of the DH. Norris himself doesn't DH often, but fellow catcher John Jaso does. Even a 50-50 split wouldn't leave many at-bats for Norris in a five-game week.
Instead of: Rosario, Yan Gomes

First base

Too obvious: Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Abreu, Albert Pujols, Anthony Rizzo, Freddie Freeman, Chris Davis, Victor Martinez, Brandon Moss, Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, Jonathan Lucroy, Adrian Gonzalez, Allen Craig, Michael Morse, Carlos Santana

Start: Ryan Howard, Phillies
With three home runs in his last four games, Howard is now on a 32-homer, 113-RBI pace that suggests he's not getting the appreciation he deserves in standard Rotisserie leagues. He has his faults, of course, but when he's streaking like he is now, they're easy to overlook. The Phillies have the rare fortune of playing eight games this week, including six against right-handers, and all are at home, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the majors, where Howard hit .311 with 1.011 OPS last year.
Instead of: Matt Adams, Jon Singleton, Mark Teixeira

Sit: Mike Napoli, Red Sox
Napoli has hit a modest .273 (12 for 44) with a .765 OPS in 12 games since returning from a sprained finger -- nothing you'd miss at a deep position like first base -- and isn't exactly a hot streak waiting to happen with aces Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka on tap for the Red Sox this week. He's also on the road all week, where he's batting .202 with a .685 OPS compared to .307 and .879 OPS at home.
Instead of: Eric Hosmer, Adam LaRoche, Howard

Second base

Too obvious: Robinson Cano, Brian Dozier, Jose Altuve, Matt Carpenter, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Anthony Rendon, Chase Utley, Daniel Murphy, Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, Ben Zobrist

Five Best Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Braves @HOU3, @PHI4
2. Rays PIT3, @BAL4
3. Marlins @PHI4, OAK3
4. Tigers @TEX3, @HOU3
5. Phillies MIA4, ATL4

Start: Tommy La Stella, Braves
If anyone's going to take advantage of the Braves' matchups this week against questionable righties Scott Feldman, Collin McHugh, Jarred Cosart, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, David Buchanan and whoever the Phillies get to start the second game of their doubleheader Saturday, it's ... OK, it's Jason Heyward. But since he's "too obvious," La Stella, another left-handed batter with better numbers against righties than lefties, will have to do. He recently moved to the leadoff spot, where his on-base ability should translate to a high number of runs scored, and he's only a week removed from a 24-point showing in standard Head-to-Head leagues.
Instead of: Aaron Hill, Yangervis Solarte, Rougned Odor

Sit: Scooter Gennett, Brewers
Gennett hasn't exactly become a household name in Fantasy, but for the few with a genuine need at second base -- those who might actually take my recommendation of Tommy La Stella to heart -- he may look like a sleeper with a .417 (25 for 60) batting average and 1.120 OPS in his last 16 games. But the Brewers will face at least three left-handers this week and possibly four. Rickie Weeks starts against lefties, not Gennett. Half a week from a player with minimal power and speed simply won't cut it.
Instead of: La Stella, Josh Harrison, Omar Infante

Third base

Too obvious: Miguel Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre, David Wright, Matt Carpenter, Todd Frazier, Evan Longoria, Anthony Rendon, Kyle Seager, Carlos Santana, Martin Prado, Lonnie Chisenhall, Ryan Zimmerman, Pedro Alvarez

Start: Pablo Sandoval, Giants
After slowing down a little at the beginning of June, Sandoval has picked it up again, giving him altogether a .353 batting average, seven home runs and a .946 OPS in his last 36 games. He may not quite have achieved "too obvious" status at third base, but in a week when he's facing nothing but righties in seven home games, you have to find a way to play him. He's batting about 100 points higher against righties than lefties and about 65 points higher at home than on the road.
Instead of: Brett Lawrie, Casey McGehee, Brock Holt

Sit: Yangervis Solarte, Yankees
Solarte has maintained his high contact rate throughout his slump, but the Yankees are losing patience regardless, sitting him in two of their last three games. Even if he does play every game this week, his matchups against Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison, Jon Lester and John Lackey won't help him out of his 20-for-103 (.194) slump. He's still worth rostering in most leagues because of his versatility, but you can do better as your starter.
Instead of: Sandoval, Aramis Ramirez, Josh Harrison

Shortstop

Too obvious: Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez, Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes, Alexei Ramirez, Elvis Andrus, Dee Gordon, Starlin Castro, Ben Zobrist

Five Worst Hitting Schedules
Team Schedule
1. Reds @CHC3, @SF4
2. Astros ATL3, DET3
3. Cubs CIN3, WAS4
4. Red Sox @SEA3, @NYY3
5. Dodgers @KC3, STL4

Start: Eugenio Suarez, Tigers
Yeah, he's played only 13 games, but at the thinnest position in Fantasy, Suarez's three home runs and 1.004 OPS in those 13 games should have earned him more than a 36 percent ownership rate. At least you know you're not too late if you're one of the many lacking at shortstop. Suarez hit for power at both Double- and Triple-A prior to his promotion, taking a big step forward from previous seasons, so this early surge may have some legitimacy to it. If nothing else, he should remain productive against pitchers like Colby Lewis, Nick Tepesch, Joe Saunders, Brad Peacock and Scott Feldman this week.
Instead of: Erick Aybar, Jed Lowrie, Danny Santana

Sit: Jean Segura, Brewers
After declaring him "too obvious" at shortstop each of the first two weeks, I'm finally advising you to sit Segura, though for reasons beyond just his .244 batting average and .593 OPS. As I mentioned for Scooter Gennett, the Brewers will face at least three and possibly four left-handed pitchers in their seven games this week. Segura, a right-handed batter, has hit a stunning .161 (9 for 56) against lefties this season. Oh, and he's hitting just .138 (8 for 58) in his last 15 games.
Instead of: Jimmy Rollins, Xander Bogaerts, Eugenio Suarez

Outfield

Too obvious: Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig, Carlos Gomez, Adam Jones, Michael Brantley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brandon Moss, Justin Upton, Matt Holliday, Hunter Pence, Nelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo, Alex Rios, Melky Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Jayson Werth, Jason Heyward, Josh Hamilton, Alex Gordon, Allen Craig, Michael Morse, Charlie Blackmon, Khris Davis, Jay Bruce, Martin Prado, Matt Kemp, George Springer, Ryan Zimmerman, Gregory Polanco, Billy Hamilton, Starling Marte

Start: Marlon Byrd, Phillies
Though his power has been fairly consistent this year following a breakout 2013, Byrd has been getting hits of all kinds in his last seven games, batting .345 (10 for 29). That's a good sign with the Phillies set to play eight games this week, especially since all eight of those games are at Citizens Bank Park, where routine fly balls have been known to become more. Byrd has hit seven of his 11 home runs there so far this season.
Instead of: Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson, Josh Willingham

Sit: Dexter Fowler, Astros
Though in most weeks, I'd argue Fowler is under-owned and under-started at 76 and 63 percent, respectively (he is the 23rd-ranked outfielder in Head-to-Head leagues and the 34th-ranked outfielder in Rotisserie, after all), this week probably isn't the time to sing his praises, not with Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Max Scherzer and Drew Smyly on tap for the Astros. Justin Verlander is on tap, too, but that might not be such a bad thing. Still, there's enough bad there that not even Fowler's high walk rate can save him.
Instead of: Byrd, Corey Dickerson, Marcell Ozuna

Though normally in Fantasy Baseball, you'd start your best players every week regardless of matchups, in those weeks when you do need a fill-in, whether because of injuries or the total collapse of a trusted starter, Scott White is here to help.

At each position, he'll list the players who are "too obvious" for the upcoming week, meaning the ones you wouldn't consider sitting for anyone off the list, and then suggest a start and a sit based on a variety of short-term factors.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us on Twitter @CBSFantasyBB or Scott at @CBSScottWhite . You can also e-mail us at fantasybaseball@cbsinteractive.com .

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