It is another wonderful Monday in fantasy baseball as we talk about some hot hitting first baseman, an outfielder I have no faith in, as well as some starting pitchers who are doing well. I tell you two players that are doing well that I have no faith in, as well as two players that aren't doing well that I am sure are going to turn it around. Please don't forget to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service in order to be sure that you always know when your players will be out of the lineup so you never start a benched player again. It is the tool you need to be sure that you win your leagues this season, so visit us today and put yourself in position to win your leagues this season.
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Gaby Sanchez homered for the second consecutive game and has himself on the start of a nice hot streak and needs to be in your lineups at least for the time being. After a four hit game yesterday, Sanchez followed that up with a three hit game on Monday in which he hit his sixth home run of the season today and drove in his sixth run over the past two days. He is now hitting .341 on the year and has 23 RBI. To me Sanchez is playing WAY over his head right now and can't possibly keep this pace up and you need to try to capitalize on his hot streak. If you can't trade him I would certainly hold him through this period but eventually he should be back on your bench. Gaby is a decent hitter that deserves a roster spot, he just doesn't always deserve a spot in your starting lineup.
Victor Martinez has returned in a big way from his injury, culminating with a monster game on Monday. Martinez had three hits, including two doubles and a home run, to go with three RBI, as the Tigers swamped the Blue Jays. If you were waiting for some reason to get Martinez back in your lineups, I hope this was as much notice that you needed to get him back in there that your star catcher is back to hitting and needs to be in your lineup. There should be no reason to ever be without Victor in your lineup again for the rest of your season.
Austin Jackson continues to hit the cover off the ball as he has seven hits in the last three games, and drove in four runs on Monday against Toronto. Even with this hot streak, I don't see the need to put Jackson in your lineups on a daily basis. He is a decent player, but on a fantasy perspective he doesn't have much to offer. Jackson is a nice singles hitter with a little bit of stolen base potential, but he hasn't shown enough to warrant a spot in your everyday lineup. Ignore this hot streak as Jackson isn't good enough to crack your team.
Josh Beckett impressed again on Monday night as he threw seven shutout innings and struck out five. This was another great performance by the Red Sox elder statesman, who certainly seems to have turned around his subpar effort from 2010. Regardless of what you have seen from Beckett in the recent past, he seems to put it together every couple of years to have a great year, and this seems to be what you can expect from Beckett in 2011. As long as he doesn't have any injury problems or blisters that he has had in recent years, you should be looking at a great season from Beckett all the way through.
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Josh Willingham hit his sixth home run of the season, and it is always about this time that fantasy owners seem to like him more than they should. He always hits for a pretty awful average (currently at .235), but always brings some power to the party. I have never been a fan of Willingham, not only because of his horrific average, but he also is a big injury problem. Regardless of how many homers he might hit, I still don't find a need for Willingham as he always finds a way to disappoint you.
Mat Latos fell to 0-5 after another rough performance as he gave up four earned runs over 5.2 innings. He did strikeout four, but overall he still has been very average. Even thought he has been a shell of the guy we saw last season, I still have a ton of confidence in Latos and believe that he will turn it around before too long. I think Latos is an ideal buy low candidate as most fantasy owners really have to be down on him at this point. He is so much better than he has shown and should still pay great dividends before too long ofr your fantasy teams.
Zack Greinke collected his first win of the season against the San Diego Padres as he allowed just two runs over six innings and struck out an impressive nine batters. I told you after his first less than stellar start that he would have a lot of success still in 2011 and I think that this is the start of good things for him. Greinke is an ultra talented pitcher who could really dominate the National League. There is no pitching matchup or team that you should sit him against and hopefully this will be the beginning of a huge season for him.
Chris Capuano has been battling all season long, and although he didn't get the win on Monday, Capuano continued to look good. He allowed just two runs over 6.2 innings, walked three and struck out four. I still have very little faith in Capuano, even if he has been good two of the last three times out. If you get him against some of the weaker National League teams he might be worth a streaming option, but other than that I don't see any reason to roster Capuano at this point.
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