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Position Players to Start
Shane Victorino continues to produce since his trade to the Dodgers. Victorino holds a .300 or better batting average against four of six of the pitchers he will face this week. He has adjusted well to his new confines and appears comfortable finding different ways to get on base and be productive.
Yonder Alonso is finally showing the production that lead to many owners drafting him as a sleeper this season. Alonso has been on fire in August and comes in to this week with matchups against pitchers he has hit well against in the past. Even though the sampling is small, the success paired with his recent production is enough to convince me that this week will be a good one for the Padres’ first baseman.
Other than hitting for power Jose Altuve has done it all for the Astros this season. Lately, the second baseman has been getting on base regularly and making the most of it by stealing his way in to scoring position. With a .400 or better average against three of the five pitchers that he has faced, this week looks to be another good week for Altuve.
Position Players to Avoid
How can you ever really tell that Adam Dunn is slumping? The White Sox slugger barely hits over .200, so the only indicator as to his effectiveness is his power production. Dunn has pounded Kevin Millwood for six homeruns but other than he does not have any round trippers against the starters he will face this week. With all his production tied to one skill and a history of not producing against his foes this week, I have to suggest looking elsewhere for your lineup this week.
If you take the name away and just consider the numbers that Brian McCann has put up this season, he would find himself owned in far fewer leagues than he actually is owned in. McCann has played with a sore shoulder all season, and perhaps the injury is getting to be more than he can be productive playing through. Given the tough season and unfavorable matchups this week you may want to use another catcher in your lineup this week.
The Braves may be in for a rough week given the track record of both McCann and Dan Uggla against this week’s pitchers. Uggla has been hitting okay lately but figures to struggle this week with a history of little success against the Nats and Giants hurlers he will face off with this week.
Two Start Pitchers
Two favorable matchups:
Can you dare recommend starting Tim Lincecum two consecutive games? I don’t know, but if you have a strong stomach you might want to give it a try. Lincecum has a good record and an earned run average of just around three against this week’s opponents. Don’t expect two shutouts, but he is capable of producing respectable results.
Roy Halladay gets the nod every time out, but with a combined 13-3 record to go with an earned run average of right around 2.50 it bears reminding to make sure you have him in your lineup.
Tim Hudson has been dealing lately with six wins in his last six decisions. The matchups this week favor him and you should find the Braves’ righty useful for you this week.
Clayton Kershaw enters the week with four straight wins and will look to run that number to six with two starts this week. Kershaw has the talent and matchups to make that a reality.
One Start Wonders
Even though these guys get only one start this week, all signs point to them having the opportunity to register good numbers. Make sure to have them active.
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