Today, we look at the best available options in fantasy baseball in regards to batters to pick up for the long term or to stream. These are the hottest and more likely to be available in leagues with the potential to continue their success.
Aaron Hicks (OF) – New York Yankees
Aaron Kicks was ranked second in fantasy last week with a stat line of eight runs, three home runs, six RBIs, two stolen bases, and a batting average of .421, going 8-for-19. If he continues to play like that on the team with the best offense in the MLB, he will get more and more playing time.
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This may be a sign of things to come, as his season stats are very unimpressive. He’s hit just .238 and hit half of his home runs this past week. He is a threat to steal, so even if he isn’t hot, that’s still an option and value added to your fantasy team. The Yankees play the Cincinnati Reds for three games, so it will be much easier to continue his hot stretch and turn it into a trend. Rostered in 15 percent of leagues, you should always consider adding someone who did that well the week prior.
Carlos Santana (1B) – Seattle Mariners
Carlos Santana is a part of the Seattle Mariners that have won eight in a row and 11 of their past 12 games. They may not be hammering in a ton of runs per game, but he has at least been able to get on base or drive himself in via the home run. He’s hit three home runs in the past two games and the team just swept two strong teams in the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Over this past week, Santana has gone 8-for-20 (.400 batting average) and recorded eight runs, three home runs, and six RBIs. Just like Hicks, Santana’s average isn’t ideal for the season. But as he ranked sixth last week and hit significantly better on a hot team as well, he’s worth a look.
Josh Rojas (2B, 3B, SS, OF) – Arizona Diamondbacks
The third player who covers most of the positions is Josh Rojas who was ranked third last week in fantasy baseball. He was just behind Hicks due to his two fewer home runs, but he has been consistently hitting the ball for more than just this past week. He has a .288 batting average on the season and isn’t known to be a long-ball hitter.
This past week he went 11-for-23 (.478 BA) with six runs, one home run, eight RBIs, and two stolen bases as well. He pretty much covers all the bases and can play almost all of the positions which makes him valuable. Though he’s the most consistent of the three batters here, he will have the toughest time over the next little stretch as he plays the San Francisco Giants and Padres.
Roster percentages courtesy of Yahoo.
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