Josh Donaldson (3B, Athletics): After fizzling out after a hot start and dropping down to 6th in the batting order, Donaldson appears to be back on track after hitting well in five games in a row this week. His home run on Friday against the Red Sox was his first in what seems like an eternity, and while he’s not out the woods yet, now is your time to buy low before he heats back up.
Carlos Santana (C, Indians): You wouldn’t think it by looking at his sub-Mendoza line batting average, but since May 22nd he’s been on fire with a whopping 1.137 OPS. He brings premium power at a weak position, and he might even hit 30 HR this season. Santana has fantastic plate discipline and as long he can stay healthy he’ll reward patient owners with a fantastic second half.
Ryan Howard (1B, Phillies): He won’t be winning batting titles anytime soon, but with three homeruns and nine RBIs this week his owner won’t care. Week 13 Howard will be playing in EIGHT games in hitter-friendly parks, so for those in head-to-head leagues in need of some power, look no further than Philadelphia’s own.
Wilin Rosario (C, Rockies): Big on hype but low on follow through, Rosario hasn’t even been startable this season. A seven-game road swing through Miller Park and Coors Field should help to turn his fortunes around. If he’s still on the waiver wire or you can snag him on the cheap from a despondent owner, do yourself a favor and add him to your roster.
Eugenio Suarez (SS, Tigers): I wouldn’t call it a slump since he hasn’t been up for very long, but he hasn’t hit much this week. Suarez hit for a lot of power in the minors, and there should be a few dingers to follow his initial power surge. In deeper or AL-only leagues he’s definitely worth a flier.
Yangervis Solarte (3B, Yankees): Solarte is still hitting the ball, it’s just ending up in the first basemen’s club far too often. He may have a lot of potential, but with Derek Jeter already stinking up that side of the infield, the Bronx Bombers might have a low tolerance for a prolonged slump. Facing studs like Jon Lester and Mark Buehrle this week won’t help matters, so it might be time to find yourself a new shortstop.
Rubby De La Rosa (SP, Red Sox): De La Rosa has really made a case to stay in the rotation, having only given up one run in the past 14 innings. He may get booted in the short term, but in deeper leagues he’s worth stashing for when the Sox inevitably put him back into the rotation.
Alex Wood (SP, Braves): Wood has finally returned to the ration after being forced into the bullpen to limit his innings. He’s only owned in 24.4% of ESPN leagues– bottom line you should add him to your team ASAP. He was utterly dominant at times as a starter, and his outing Wednesday is against the Astros which bodes well for fantasy owners everywhere.