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July 1, 2013 posted by Dan Stack

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 14)

2013 Fantasy Baseball: Players to Watch (Week 14)
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We are officially approaching the dog days of summer with the calendar flipping to July.

The All-Star game is just two weeks away and baseball will be at the forefront of the sports scene for the next 2-3 months or so.

It’s not just the weather that’s heating up (seriously have you seen the temperatures out west?). Some slumbering bats are heating up as well and we’ll start this column off with a player on one heck of a streak.

Michael Cuddyer: Colorado Rockies

Riding a 27-game hitting streak (longest in Rockies’ history), Cuddyer has carried many fantasy teams in the month of June.

During this torrid stretch, Cuddyer is batting .372 with six home runs and 19 RBI’s. It should be interesting to see if Cuddyer can keep this up in July.

Cuddyer will look to continue his streak with matchups at home against the Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano) and on the road against the Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley and Pat Corbin).

David Price: Tampa Bay Rays

After spending nearly a month and a half on the sidelines with a triceps injury, Price is finally set to rejoin the Rays’ rotation this week.

For owners who spent a high pick or significant dollars on him, Price’s return couldn’t come quick enough. His return will be an instant boon to his owners, as he’ll be lined up for two winnable starts (@Houston, vs. Chicago White Sox).

Jason Kipnis: Cleveland Indians

While he doesn’t have the hitting streak Cuddyer owns (although he does have a 12-game streak going for him), Kipnis has been as equally impressive in the month of June.

Kipnis is batting .500 with three dingers and 17 RBI’s during his hitting streak. With his sizzling play of late, Kipnis has to be viewed as a must-start.

This week Kipnis and the Indians will face off against the Royals (Luis Mendoza, Jeremy Guthrie and James Shields) on the road and then come back home to face the Tigers (Rick Porcello, Jose Alvarez and Doug Fister).

 

Scott Kazmir, P,  Cleveland Indians

Scott Kazmir, P, Cleveland Indians

Scott Kazmir: Cleveland Indians

After missing all of last year and most of 2011 (only appearing in one game), Kazmir has had a lot of catching up to do to earn back the trust of fantasy players.

Kazmir has done an admirable job coming back from injury and is doing a quasi-good job as a back-end rotation filler.

Thus far on the season Kazmir is 4-4 with a 4.83 ERA while striking out 66 batters in 69 innings pitched.

With Kazmir pitching better of late (3.76 ERA in last seven starts) and two starts (@Kansas City, vs. Detroit) to work with, Kazmir is a decent, deep mixed-league start this week.

Rickie Weeks: Milwaukee Brewers

There is no other way to say it. Weeks was pathetic to start the 2013 season and he started the 2012 season in similar fashion.

Whether it be the warm weather or simple statistical variance, Weeks is starting to get it in gear. Weeks is 18-47 with four home runs and seven RBI’s in his last 15 games.

Weeks will look to keep it going with a full slate of games against the Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler and Jordan Taylor) on the road and the Mets (Zack Wheeler, Shaun Marcum and Jeremy Hefner) at home.

Cole Hamels: Philadelphia Phillies

At 2-11 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, Hamels is certainly not living up to his lofty early-round status. Hamels’ peripherals (K and BB rates) are solid, yet he is not getting results.

Hamels’ owners are at a crossroads with the struggling ace. With two starts (@Pittsburgh, vs. Atlanta) this week fantasy GMs have to trot Hamels out there in the hopes he will rebound sooner rather than later.

Asdrubal Cabrera: Cleveland Indians

Cabrera is making up for lost time after quickly coming back from a quad injury,.

Since his activation on June 26, Cabrera is 8-19 with a home run and seven runs scored. Considering this streak and the fact that he plays at a shallow position, Cabrera has to be reinserted into lineups without hesitation. (See Kipnis above for matchups).

 

Lance Lynn, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Lance Lynn, P, St. Louis Cardinals

Lance Lynn: St. Louis Cardinals

After a breakout campaign in 2012, some people had doubts about Lynn repeating his success.

Lynn has put those doubts to rest this year, as he is even having a better run of it this year. So far, Lynn is 10-2 with a respectable 3.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP to go along with 98 strikeouts in 99.2 innings pitched.

Lynn could be in for a good week with two winnable starts (@Los Angeles Angels and home against the Marlins).

Eric Hosmer: Kansas City Royals

Another player rising from the ashes has been Hosmer.

In the month of June, Hosmer hit .302 to go along with six home runs and 17 RBI’s. As such, Hosmer is making for a good play at first base or corner infield again.

Hosmer, who has as much raw ability as any player in the game, will look to continue his hot ways with six home games against Cleveland (Corey Kluber, Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez) and Oakland (Tommy Milone, TBA and A.J. Griffin).

Stephen Strasburg: Washington Nationals

There were some concerns when Strasburg suffered a lat injury in late May that he may be out a while. However, Strasburg only served the minimum amount of time on the DL.

Strasburg has been effective upon his return, tossing 19 innings while giving up just four earned runs on 12 hits and six walks.

With two great starts (vs. Milwaukee and San Diego) at home, Strasburg can carry his owners this week.

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 FantasyPros911.com, BleacherReport.com, Mets360.com, GiantsFootballBlog.com and WeAreDePaul.com. 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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