Always fun to put this together. Check out the names you need to know and how they have fared of late as you look to set your lineups for this week!
Nationals (@ Tor, vs. NYY) â€“ Washington continues to win with pitching. This is a team that is hitting only .241 in total. Bryce Harper is hitting .353 over the last four games and Jesus Flores is at .308. Michael Morse is on his way back and should be a hit. Otherwise, look to ditch your Nationals as they do not have easy pitching to face.
Blue Jays (vs. Was, vs. Phi) â€“ David Cooper has hit .366 since joining the Blue Jays. Good guy to hit in AL-only leagues. Colby Rasmus is on fire with hits in 12 of his last 15 games, raising his average 31 points in that stretch. J.P. Arencibia is struggling again at just three for his last 17. Ditch him.
Red Sox (@ Mia, @ CHC) â€“ Be wary of the outfield situation in Boston. Someone is being sent down Saturday. Daniel Nava is hitting .381 in his last six games, so the hope would be it is not him. Ditch Kevin Youkilis as he is only three for his last 18. Spiky playing time is making it hard for him to get in rhythm. Ryan Sweeney has struggled since coming back from a concussion. Ditch him too.
Marlins (vs. Bos, vs. TB) â€“ Ditch Logan Morrison. He has just three hits in his last 20 at-bats and has hit only .227 at home this season. No concerns for the rest of the Marlins who largely are hitting well at home. Worth noting that Hanley Ramirez is only four for his last 21, but all four hits are home runs.
Yankees (@ Atl, @ Was) â€“ Problems for Alex Rodriguez. Hitting just .238 on the road and .211 in his last 19 at-bats overall. Ditch Raul Ibanez as he is one for his last 14. Like the idea of hitting Russell Martin this week. On a roll right now. Daily league owners should watch as it is likely Brett Gardner is back. If he is healthy, start him.
Braves (vs. NYY, vs. Bal) â€“ Injury or not, Freddie Freeman should be a ditch. Struggles over his last four games with just three hits in 15 at-bats. For all the crap he is getting lately, Jason Heyward is five for his last 15. Rest of the Braves are hitting well of late and at home. No concerns.
Angels (@ LAD, vs. Ari) â€“ Likely see less of Kendrys Morales in the early portion of the week. Ditch Torii Hunter who is two for his last 17 and Erick Aybar who is four for his last 21. Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols should be good to go even playing in the National League parks.
Dodgers (vs. LAA, vs. CWS) â€“ Jerry Hairston is hitting .300 in his last 20 at-bats and Elian Herrera is at .333 over his last 24. Hit both of them. James Loney has been solid as well. Andre Ethier has really struggled of late, going three for his last 29. Dee Gordon is hitting better with a .259 average in his last seven games, but still ditching him.
Astros (@ SF, @ Tex) â€“ Ditch J.D. Martinez. His .228 average at home this season is enough to scare anyone away. Only two home runs makes it a slam dunk. Jed Lowrie should be in lineups. He is hitting .301 at home with seven home runs in 93 at-bats. Brett Wallace is six for his last 14 and should be looked at in deeper leagues. Ditch Jordan Schafer.
Giants (vs. Hou, @ Sea) â€“ Pablo Sandoval is targeting a Tuesday return. Daily leagues can watch and still hit him. Tough call in weekly formats, but I would take the chance. Hit Ryan Theriot. Yes, he is 14 for his last 28. Other than that, do not reach here. Play your normal Giants.
Pirates (@ Bal, @ Cle) â€“ Neil Walker is hitting .370 in his last six games while Garrett Jones has been able to put together a six for 18 streak. Keep Pedro Alvarez on the bench. He just cannot get out of his own way. Jose Tabata has hit just .200 on the road. Keep him down as well.
Orioles (vs. Pit, @ Atl) â€“ Mark Reynolds has been hitting well for anyone, let alone Mark Reynolds. He has hit .300 over his last 20 at-bats. Chris Davis is slowing down and is one to look at to ditch this week. With just two hits in his last 15 at-bats, there are better options available. Hit J.J. Hardy for certain as well.
Mets (@ TB, vs. Cin) â€“ Do I need to keep saying to ditch Ike Davis each week? You have to be in rough shape to start him, but know that he is, again, just two for his last 21. Andres Torres and Dan Murphy are both struggling of late. Look for better options. Like Josh Thole if you need some help behind the plate.
Rays (vs. NYM, @ Mia) â€“ A lot of problems in Tampa of late. Faced some tough lefties and the lineup has not been able to handle it. I would still hit Carlos Pena because there are not enough of those in the two matchups next week to deter. Ditch Ben Zobrist, who is just 4-for-31 in his last eight games. Hit Desmond Jennings. He is back.
Diamondbacks (@ Tex, @ LAA) â€“ Hard to ditch Justin Upton, but he is in the doghouse and just not hitting well. If you have another option, do it. Not a fan of Chris Young either. Just has not hit well since coming back. Hit Paul Goldschmidt as he is hitting .450 in his last 20 at-bats over five games. Like Gerardo Parra as well.
Rangers (vs. Ari, vs. Hou) â€“ Not likely you own a better option, but Mike Napoli has struggled at home, hitting only .224 in 67 at-bats. Good news he has hit better of late and is eight for his last 19 overall. Ditch David Murphy and Mitch Moreland, but look to the rest of the Rangers. They have really enjoyed hitting at home.
Brewers (@ KC, @ Min) â€“ Keep on ditching Rickie Weeks. He has been bad all season and is hitting only .151 on the road. Corey Hart and Nyjer Morgan are both hitting below .210 on the road as well. Hit Norichika Aoki. Showing some power in the last couple games and hitting .310 away from home. Call it a hunch play.
Royals (vs. Mil, @ STL) â€“ If you gave up on Eric Hosmer, come on back. He is hitting .368 in his last six games. The Royals overall have hit the ball well in a six-game stretch. Hit Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson.
Phillies (@ Min, @ Tor) â€“ Freddy Galvis and Shane Victorino should be on the bench. Galvis has struggled with the bat and is only hitting .200 in his last six games. Victorino is barely better at .238 in his last seven. Hit Ty Wigginton who is on a .333 roll in his last 21 at-bats.
Twins (vs. Phi, vs. Mil) â€“ With all games at home this week, I like Josh Willingham (.354, 7HR) and Denard Span (.351) to lead the way. Look to ditch Justin Morneau and Trevor Plouffe as both are having problems in their home park.
Padres (@ Sea, @ Oak) â€“ With Carlos Quentin back, you should definitely hit him. He has a .300 average in the last four games with two home runs. Otherwise, tough to trust what is coming out of San Diego. Yonder Alonso has been hit or miss. With a couple big parks, ditch him this week.
Mariners (vs. SD, vs. SF) â€“ If I am hitting a Seattle outfielder this week, I am going with Michael Saunders. He has a .480 average in his last 25 at-bats over six games. Go with Jesus Montero as well. There are better options than Ichiro and Dustin Ackley available. Ditch both as they have struggled this week.
Indians (@ Cin, vs. Pit) â€“ Cleveland is starting to come around. You were hitting Shin-Soo Choo anyway, but go with Michael Brantley as well. Might look to ditch Carlos Santana coming off the concussion and Casey Kotchman as well.
Reds (vs. Cle, @ NYM) â€“ Zack Cozart struggled much of May but has entered June strong. He has eight hits in his last 25 at-bats. Hit him. Ditch Chris Heisey. Two hits in his last 22 at-bats will make you think that way.
Tigers (@ CHC, vs. Col) â€“ Austin Jackson should be back this week and is worth getting in your lineup when he does. Jhonny Peralta has been on fire with nine hits in his last 19 at-bats. Hit him. I would ditch Brennan Boesch. Just blows too hot and cold and a .130 mark in his last six games earns him a bench nod.
Cubs (vs. Det, vs. Bos) â€“ Ian Stewart and Reed Johnson have had no luck at home. Ditch them both. Like David DeJesus, as he is hitting .309 at home, and go with Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney. The latter two are both better than .291. Hit Bryan LaHair as well. Has strong numbers at home and a .333 mark in the last six games to go with two home runs.
White Sox (@ STL, @ LAD) â€“ I like Adam Dunn, but two hits in 22 at-bats (even when they are home runs) has me looking to ditch him. With road games and no DH, he and Paul Konerko and others will be sharing time. Dayan Viciedo is struggling along with Alexei Ramirez. Ditch them both. Hit Alex Rios and Alejandro De Aza.
Cardinals (vs. CWS, vs. KC) â€“ Allen Craig and David Freese are running up solid numbers. I would look to ditch Daniel Descalso. Just note that Carlos Beltran is only four for his last 26 and Matt Holliday is hitting .227 in his last six games. No better options for owners in most cases, but both are worth ditching if you have another strong option in shallow leagues.
Athletics (@ Col, vs. SD) â€“ Yoenis Cespedes has been hitting well at .400 in his last 25 at-bats, but the hamstring injury is concerning. Watch it this weekend and ditch if you are in a weekly league. Like Jemile Weeks and Josh Reddick. Otherwise, this is a bad hitting teamâ€¦even in Colorado.
Rockies (vs. Oak, @ Det) â€“ Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler are the guys to start here. Rosario is 7-for-20 over a six game stretch while Fowler is 7-for-22. Ditch Michael Cuddyer as he continues to sputter after a weak finish to May.