It’s was an action packed week full of bombs and high scoring games. That translated into fantastic numbers for your fantasy line-up. But if they aren’t on your team these guys put the hurt on your pitching staff.
1) OF Andre Ethier LAD
Ethier is a member of major league baseball’s best outfield today. The Dodgers outfielder is on an unbelievable hot streak. Last week was no different than the first week of baseball for Los Angeles’ late innings hero.
This past week he was 13-for-27 with one home run, eight RBI, one stolen base, and .474 AVG.
Ethier is the best in baseball in RBI and batting average. His numbers are screaming “All-Star”. I think he is a shoe-in for the “Summer Classic”.
There aren’t any signs of his production slowing down. Andre Ethier is a no-trade player right now and should definitely stay on your keeper’s list.
2) DH Vladimir Guerrero Tex
Guerrero tied for the most home runs this week with Mark Teixeira at four bombs. Add that to his thirteen RBI, one stolen base, and .381 AVG.
Guerrero hit a grand slam against the Oakland Athletics on May 4th .
Only two days later he hit two home runs in an offensive explosion with the Kansas City Royals. One of the home runs ended up being the winning run in the tied game.
The Texas designated hitter played some outfield with Nelson Cruz’s injury but that won’t qualify him in fantasy leagues.
3) SS Mike Aviles KC
The Kansas City youngster was on fire this week. He was 10-for-23, two home runs, and .435 AVG for the week.
His recent production has earned him everyday playing time after sitting a few games out during the season. Yuniesky Betancourt might ride the pine more while Aviles rides the wave of his hot streak.
He is projected to end the season with a .275 AVG with only 5 home runs.
This is the best time for fantasy owners to attempt a deal with Aviles.
Aviles has had a slight increase of ownership at 4%, expect that to stay on the rise if his production keeps up.
4) 3B Alex Rodriguez NYY
A-Rod had a nice week after going 8-for-19, one home run, five RBI, seven walks, and a .421 AVG.
Rodriguez is on a five-game hitting streak boiling his batting average. The Boston Red Sox felt his wrath this week despite his recent knee issues.
5) OF Jayson Werth Phi
The Philadelphia outfielder was 8-for-24, three home runs, drove in eight runs, and finished last week with a .313 AVG.
Werth has been worth every dime if you shelled out for him in auction leagues.
His overall batting average of .348 and seven home runs for the season thus far is making fantasy owners jump with glee.
6) OF Alex Rios CWS
The Chicago White Sox outfielder had an impressive week. Rios went 10-for-24, three home runs, eight extra base hits, and finished up with .417 AVG.
Rios is on an 11-game hitting streak and has pushed up his overall batting average to .324.
Some owners can’t resist taking a hot streaking infielder in a trade. Owners could utilize a hot Rios to make some key acquisitions to fill some holes on their fantasy teams.
7) OF Aaron Rowand SF
Rowand was phenomenal this past week going 10-for-28 and hitting three home runs, eleven RBI, and .357 AVG.
The San Francisco outfielder’s ownership jumped 26% with his recent production.
Rowand would be a perfect free agent pick-up for any fantasy owner who needs a short-term injury replacement.
8) OF Fred Lewis Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder was 14-for-34, one home run, seven RBI, and put the cherry on top with a .412 AVG.
Lewis recently had five straight multi-hit games.
Looks like Lewis will make it difficult to put him on the bench when Edwin Encarnacion returns from the DL.
Lewis has a bleak season projection. He is slated to only hit five home runs, 37 RBI, and .260 AVG.
His ownership percentage jumped 8% with his recent hot streak.
9) OF Nick Swisher NYY
Swisher had a great week of baseball in “Bean Town”. He went 7-for-23, three home runs, eight RBI, and finished the week with a .304 AVG.
Swisher is projected to only hit .242 this season.
Fantasy owners should use his recent hot streak to make a favorable trade as it appears that owners are flocking to pick him up. Swisher has rocketed 33% in ownership this past week.
10) 1B Mark Teixeira NYY
The New York Yankees first baseman hit four home runs, ten RBI, and four walks.
His .280 AVG for the week isn’t outstanding but his power pushed him into the hot streak report.
Teixeira did quite a bit of damage against the Boston Red Sox this at Fenway Park.
It would appear that Teixeira’s slump ended with April. The fantasy owners can rest at ease and pat themselves on their backs for weathering the storm.