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Fantasy Baseball Week 14 (7/2-7/8)

7/8 - The Miami Marlins All-Star OF Giancarlo Stanton is set to have knee surgery and could miss at least 6 weeks.  The good news is that with the All-Star break this week fantasy owners will have plenty of time to pick through their options.  Justin Ruggiano (14% owned Yahoo) and Tyler Colvin (39%) have been the hottest hitters over the past week, outside of Mike Trout.

7/6 - Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, who returned this season after suffering a concussion, has been diagnosed with a right hip labral tear.  If this requires surgery, it would probably be wise for Roberts to just retire.  Story

Ryan Howard is expected to return to the Philadelphia Phillies lineup tonight.  If you need to add Howard, just remember that like Chase Utley, he will not be playing everyday.  ADD TO YOUR ROSTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

The Boston Red Sox have placed 2B Dusint Pedroia on the 15-Day DL with a torn adductor muscle in his thumb.  He played on Tuesday July 3, so Pedroia is not eligible to return until July 19th.  In the mean time, there are plenty of valuable options that most likely available in your league.  These are the 9 hottest hitters 2B eligible over the last 7 days:

Player% OwnedR1B2B3BHRRBISBBBFan Pts
Alexi Amarista (SD - 2B) 9%8720391052
Trevor Plouffe (Min - 2B,3B,SS,OF) 76%8320480350
Neil Walker (Pit - 2B) 52%7730160546
Daniel Murphy (NYM - 1B,2B,3B) 52%35411110046
Allen Craig (StL - 1B,2B,OF) 76%5110490140
Yuniesky Betancourt (KC - 2B,SS) 5%5520160235
Rickie Weeks (Mil - 2B) 60%8340020334
Ruben Tejada (NYM - 2B,SS) 10%71020020234
Aaron Hill (Ari - 2B) 73%4441141034

7/5 - The Miami Marlins have acquired "El Caballo", 1B Carlos Lee from the Astros.  He should help a struggling Marlins offense that has A TON of offensive potential with Reyes, Bonifacio, Hanley and Logan Morrison.

Travis Hafner returned to the Indians lineup yesterday going 1 for 3 with 2 walks.  It was his first game since May 23.  He is just 6% owned in Yahoo leagues so if you are desperate for some power, give Hafner a chance.

7/3 - It is time to take Boston Red Sox 3B rookie sensation Will Middlebrooks out of your lineups for the time being.  He injured his hammy on Sunday and sat out Monday's game.  It is VERY likely that he is placed on teh 15-Day DL.  If you are one of the 66% of Yahoo owners, and would like to replace him for the time being, pick up Pedro Alvarez (35%) or Trevor Plouffe (72%).    STORY

Division Leaders to Start the Week
AL East - New York Yankees
AL Central - Chicago White Sox
AL West - Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard - Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles

NL East - Washington Nationals
NL Central - Cincinnati Reds
NL West - San Francisco Giants
NL Wildcard - Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets/Pittsburgh Pirates

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Teams Playing 7 Games This Week:
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster


  • The Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals play all 7 games at home
    • The Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals play all 6 games at home  

  • The Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, and New York Yankees play all 7 games on the road
    • The San Francisco Giants play all 6 games on the road

Two Start Pitchers
For a breakdown of each starter, check out Fantasy Alarm's Post
Starting PitcherFirst StartSecond Start
Bailey, Homer SP CIN @ LAD@ SD
Bauer, Trevor SP ARI vs. SDvs. LAD
Billingsley, Chad SP LAD vs. CIN@ ARI
Blackburn, Nick SP MIN @ DET@ TEX
Burnett, A.J. SP PIT vs. HOUvs. SF
Cahill, Trevor SP ARI vs. SDvs. LAD
Capuano, Chris SP LAD vs. CIN@ ARI
Cashner, Andrew RP SD @ ARIvs. CIN
Cecil, Brett SP TORvs. KC@ CHW
Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL @ SEA@ LAA
Cueto, Johnny SP CIN @ LAD@ SD
Estrada, Marco SP MIL vs. MIA@ HOU
Fister, Doug SP DET vs. MINvs. KC
Francis, Jeff SP COL @ STL@ WAS
Friedrich, Christian SP COL @ STL@ WAS
Garcia, Freddy SP NYY @ TB@ BOS
Greinke, Zack SP MIL vs. MIA@ HOU
Hammel, Jason SP BAL @ SEA@ LAA
Hanson, Tommy SP ATL vs. CHC@ PHI
Haren, Dan SP LAA @ CLEvs. BAL
Jimenez, Ubaldo SP CLE vs. LAAvs. TB
Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL vs. CHC@ PHI
Kelly, Joe SP STL vs. COLvs. MIA
Lester, Jon SP BOS @ OAKvs. NYY
Lincecum, Tim SP SF @ WAS@ PIT
Lohse, Kyle SP STL vs. COLvs. MIA
Lyles, Jordan SP HOU @ PITvs. MIL
Matsuzaka, Daisuke SP BOS @ OAKvs. NYY
McAllister, Zach SP CLE vs. LAAvs. TB
McDonald, James SP PIT vs. HOUvs. SF
Millwood, Kevin SP SEA vs. BAL@ OAK
Moore, Matt RP TB vs. NYY@ CLE
Niese, Jonathon SP NYM vs. PHIvs. CHC
Nova, Ivan SP NYY @ TB@ BOS
Oswalt, Roy SP TEX @ CHWvs. MIN
Outman, Josh SP COL @ STL@ WAS
Parker, Jarrod SP OAK vs. BOSvs. SEA
Richard, Clayton SP SD @ ARIvs. CIN
Romero, Ricky SP TOR vs. KC@ CHW
Sale, Chris RP CHW vs. TEXvs. TOR
Samardzija, Jeff RP CHC @ ATL@ NYM
Sanchez, Anibal SP MIA @ MIL@ STL
Scherzer, Max SP DET vs. MINvs. KC
Shields, James SP TB vs. NYY@ CLE
Teaford, Everett RP KC @ TOR@ DET
Weaver, Jered SP LAA @ CLEvs. BAL
Worley, Vance SP PHI @ NYMvs. ATL
Zambrano, Carlos SP MIA @ MIL@ STL
Zimmermann, Jordan SP WAS vs. SFvs. COL