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Best OF Bats Since Josh Hamilton Went Down

It has now been over a month since Texas and fantasy owners all over the country lost their all star outfielder.  The Rangers have suffered and gone 11-17 since the injury, only scoring 5 or more runs eleven times.  How has the injury affected your team?  Who did you pick up to replace him?  We hope if was one of the following guys, as they have been the leagues hottest hitters since April 12th who are under 80% owned in Yahoo leagues.

Melky CabreraIn the last 30 days, Cabrera has scored 18 runs and driven in 19 runs, while batting .260.  He has 15 xbh in that span with 9 2b, 2 3b, and 4 hr.  He is still only 55% owned on Yahoo and understandably so.  Cabrera has never held it together for a full season, but as poor as the outfield has been in 2011 for Fantasy Owners, if you are still struggling in OF position, give Cabrera a shot.
  • 4/21 - Franceour was not the only Royals OF to have a big week.  The Melk man delivered this week with 8 hits, 8 runs, 4 doubles and 4 rbi.  His average actually declined this week from .286 to .275.  I do not think picking up Cabrera is such a smart idea, even if his statistics looks pretty appealing at the moment.

Matt Joyce - Joyce leads the league in hitting with a .360 average.  He has scored 18 times and driven in 15 runs with 5 hr in the last 30 days.  He only has 16 xbh on the season, but picking up Joyce can raise your teams batting average.  Don't expect much more than that though, 

Cameron Maybin - With 11 hits in his last 4 games, Maybin has jumped to the top of this list.  He has raised his average from .230 - .280 and has not recorded a strike out in his last 3 games.  He is only 23% owned and probably is going to stay this way.  He is a huge strike out risk and the Padres team as a whole is extremely offensively challenged.  Unless you are in a super deep league, let someone else pick up Cam.

Jason Kubel - Kubel has been the only member of the last place Twin's team hitting the baseball.  A .336 average looks great on paper, but he has just 14 xbh.  Because noone else is hitting on the team, he has just 20 rbi and 14 r scored.  Kubel much like Joyce is a good candidate if you need to up your teams average.  He is 69% owned.

Adam Jones - For some reason, Jones is still only 72% owned on Yahoo.  He is almost guaranteed to hit 18-20 hr, 20-25 2b and 3-5 3b a year all while hitting .275.  He has 17 rbi in the last 30 days while scoring 12 times himself.  Another positive is that he seems to have cut down on his strikeouts with just 24 this season and only 4 in his last 10 games.  He has never been a big SB guy so do not look for that from him.  If you need to clean up your OF, Jones is a good option.

Right after the injury, we suggest picking up David Murphy or Logan Morrison.  Since that time, Murphy has gotten over 100 ab, but only produced 4 xbh 9 rbi and 8 runs scored.  Morrison has only seen just 30 ab with 9 hits and actually has a hit the last 12 games he played in, although he missed 21 game in between.  He has continued to get xbh with 3 home runs and another 2b, bringing his slugging % to .651 and his OPS to 1.077. Morrison is back from the DL