June 18, 2013 posted by Dan Stack

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 12)

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 12)
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It will be another week where the talk of rookies will dominate the baseball landscape as super-prospects Wil Myers and Zack Wheeler are set to make their debuts this week.

That along with the return of some stars and players making their mark has been the talk in baseball in the last week or so.

Wil Myers: Tampa Bay Rays

Finally! The long-awaited arrival of Myers will occur this week when he is expected to join the Rays for their doubleheader against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Obviously, Myers had nothing left to prove in the minors. His promotion probably had more to do with avoiding the Super-2 cutoff.

Already owned in the majority of leagues, Myers could be inserted into lineups right away. The potential this kid possesses is limitless. Myers and the Rays will have a difficult schedule ahead of them, though, as they will be on the road for seven games against the Red Sox (Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster) and Yankees (Andy Pettitte, David Phelps, CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes).

Max Scherzer: Detroit Tigers

It is Scherzer, not Justin Verlander, who is making all the noise in Detroit with his pitching this year.

Scherzer has put it all together and is finally having his breakout season. His nine victories is tops in the AL and his 106 strikeouts ranks him third in the league.

Scherzer will make for an excellent play this week with two starts (vs. Baltimore, vs. Boston) at home on the docket.

Ian Kinsler: Texas Rangers

After being sidelined a month with an intercostal strain, Kinsler has returned to the lineup and is leading off for the Rangers.

Being that he is a staple at the second base position, you should have no reservations about plugging Kinsler back into your lineups.

This week Kinsler and the Rangers will have a full slate of games, with four at home against the A’s (Dan Straily, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin) and three on the road against the Cardinals (Tyler Lyons, Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright).



Zack Wheeler, P, New York Mets

Zack Wheeler, P, New York Mets

Zack Wheeler: New York Mets

Also making his debut this week’s is the Mets’ latest prized-pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler. Wheeler, along with Matt Harvey, represent the future of the Mets, and wouldn’t you know it, they are pitching on the same day in a doubleheader against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday. Wheeler is set to oppose Paul Maholm.

For now, the Mets are going with a six-man rotation until they decide what they want to do with their young arms.

Kyle Blanks: San Diego Padres

One of the hotter names off the waiver wire has been a once-forgotten man in Kyle Blanks.

With injuries to Cameron Maybin and Yonder Alonso, Blanks has seized his opportunity and there is a chance he can become a fixture for both the Padres’ lineup as well as  fantasy players’ lineups. In 135 at bats this year, Blanks has slugged eight home runs and driven in 26 runs while also sporting an impressive 281/.365/.511 slash line.

This week Blanks and the Padres will have a full slate of games with three road games against the Giants (Barry Zito, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner) and four games at home vs. the Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Stephen Fife and Hyun-Jin Ryu).

Dillon Gee: New York Mets

If the Mets eventually return to a five-man rotation after they see what they got in Wheeler, Gee maybe one of the safer bets to stay on the staff after the way he has been pitching of late.

Gee is 3-0 in his last three starts while completing 21 innings and only allowing three earned runs on 19 hits and three walks while also recording 26 strikeouts.

With numbers like this, Gee is worth a pickup in deep leagues, as he is showing his spot in the rotation is likely safe.

This week, Gee will be in line for two tough road starts (@Atlanta, @Philadelphia), though.

Mike Carp: Boston Red Sox

Carp showed a lot of promise after a solid year in 2011 with the Mariners. Carp then slumped badly in 2012 and became a forgotten man.

After landing with the Red Sox in the offseason, most fantasy GMs thought Carp would be nothing more than a serviceable backup outfielder/first basemen.

Well, Carp is starting to make a name for himself again. Through 105 at-bats this season, Carp has slugged eight home runs and is sporting an eye-opening .324/.379/.686 slash line. While Carp injured his hamstring in Sunday’s game, the injury is said to be minor.

This week Carp and the Red Sox will be in line for three games at home against the Rays (Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer and Jeremy Hellickson)  before ending the week with four games in Detroit (Jose Alvarez, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander).

Mike Leake: Cincinnati Reds

Coming into the season there was not much hope for Leake, as he was viewed as nothing more than a meddling, ordinary pitcher with little-to-no upside. Credit Leake, though, for honing his craft while overcoming his past struggles.

While he won’t strike out a ton of batters, Leake is a competitor who gets the most out of his abilities. The results are in the pudding, as he is 6-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

With two starts this week (vs. Pittsburgh, @Arizona), Leake is a recommended starter to roll with.


Adam Dunn, 1B/DH, Chicago White Sox

Adam Dunn, 1B/DH, Chicago White Sox

Adam Dunn: Chicago White Sox

By now you know Dunn is an all-or-nothing type of slugger who can get you home runs in bunches.

With five dingers in his last seven games—while also going 10-25 with nine RBI’s in the process—Dunn maybe a player worth trusting this week.

With games against the nondescript pitching staffs of Houston (Bud Norris), Minnesota (Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia and Scott Diamond) and Kansas City (Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and James Shields), Dunn could continue his tear.

Jason Vargas: Los Angeles Angels

Much like Leake, Vargas doesn’t strike out many batters, but gets results while compiling quality start after quality start.

Thus far on the season, Vargas is 5-4 with a respectable 3.74 ERA. Obviously Vargas is a mix-and-match starter for fantasy purposes and with two reasonable starts (vs. Seattle, vs. Pittsburgh) at home this week, this is a time when you can count on Vargas.

My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at,,, and I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.

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