John Buck, C, Florida Marlins (34% owned Yahoo, 6.5% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .234/38/16/52/0
Buck has been quite hot the last two weeks, collecting 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and a .294 average. He is quietly on pace for 20/65 and, while the average sucks, you expect that from your backstop. Power is in short supply this year across the board, and Buck could prove to be a positive addition down the stretch if you are hurting for a catcher with some pop.
My Projection (all rest of season): .250/12/5/17/0
Logan Morrison, OF, Florida Marlins (29% Yahoo, 42.7% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .248/42/18/61/2
Mr. Immature is back! While I think the Marlins overreacted to Morrison’s shenanigan’s, maybe the send down will light a fire under him for the rest of the season, as he was not the same player the last few months that he was in April and May. He is only 3 for 16 since his return, but he does have a HR among those three hits; for him to be owned in less than 30% of leagues (a product of the demotion no doubt) is just plain wrong. Really, yahoo players, you own Pedro Alvarez (31%), Ty Wigginton (34%), and out for the season Stephen Drew (41%) more than this guy? Even accounting for those who have abandoned their teams, Mr. Morrison’s number should be higher.
My Projection: .270/15/5/17/2
James Loney, 1b, LA Dodgers (20% Yahoo, 20.1% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .274/36/8/44/3
Talk about coming out of the woodwork of irrelevance. Loney has channeled 2007 the last two weeks, going 18/40, with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and 9 runs. Jump on him while he’s hot if you are banged up at 1b, or need some utility help. It probably won’t last long, but his prowess could make your fantasy season next week if you are on the bubble for the playoffs.
My Projection: .285/15/4/18/1
Orlando Hudson, 2b, San Diego Padres (17% Yahoo, 33.1% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .257/42/4/37/17
Huddy has had his best stolen base production of his career with the run and gun Pods this year, and should break 20 fairly easily going forward. He also has been hitting for some serious average of late (.349 the last two weeks). I know, he is on the offensively challenges Friars, but if you are desperate for middle infield help and steals, I think he is a better option than Yuniesky Betancourt (33%), Rafael Furcal (35%), and Aaron Hill (47%)*
*Really, I don’t get the continued love for Hill. If you think he is going to return to his power charged 2009 ways in Arizona as compared to Toronto, I got an official Hurricane Irene ‘Go’ bag to sell ya – and you thought you were going to read something not referencing the storm this weekend.
My Projection: .270/15/1/12/5
J.D. Martinez, OF, Houston Astros (11% Yahoo, 18.1% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .296/14/5/24/0
Mining another woeful offense, Martinez has been prolific with the bat of late: 17/51 with a HR and ten RBIs in the last two weeks. Martinez is young and unpolished, but he will get plenty of chances to impress down the stretch for the historically bad ‘Stros. Deep league OF help, thy name is J.D.
My projection: .275/12/3/15/1