As mentioned in the Major Slump Report, this week’s Hot Streak list is a prime example of why you should never be too quick to completely give up on your fantasy players.
B.J. Upton was mired in a huge slump about 2 weeks ago but bounced back and had 3 homeruns week. Jake Peavy had been equally terrible for an even longer period of time but has turned it around and has two nice starts behind him. Alex Gordon was a prospect many had begun to give up on, but has turned in a very productive year so far.
The moral of the story: if a guy has big-time potential or a history of consistent success, rushing to drop him is probably not the smartest course of action. We’re offering up some more fantasy help this week with a few guys that are killing it:
B.J. Upton, OF Tampa Bay Rays
Upton was in the midst of a pretty substantial slump for several weeks, but finally came out of it this past week, albeit with most of the damage coming against the Astros. With 3 bombs and 10 RBI’s to go along with 2 stolen bases, it’s probably time to get Upton back in your fantasy lineup.
Evan Longoria, 3B Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria had a monster week, crushing 4 homers and amassing a total of 14 RBI’s.
Jake Peavy, SP Chicago White Sox
Peavy has been riddled with injuries for much of the past 2 years, but finally started to show signs of his old self this week, garnering two wins during that span.
Michael Young, SS Texas Rangers- Young caught fire this week, blasting four home runs and hitting an impressive .481.
Clayton Kershaw, SP Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw has been absolutely lights out as of late. With two complete games this week and 11 strikeouts in each, Kershaw is not a pitcher opposing teams are eager to face right now.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Boston Red Sox
Gonzalez has been arguably the most valuable player in all of baseball up to this point this season. As of Wednesday he was hitting a ridiculous .447 in the month of June.
Justin Verlander, SP Detroit Tigers
Verlander has now allowed just two earned runs in his last 34 innings of work, striking out 41 and earning the victory in all four of those starts. He is easily one of the most valuable pitchers in the league right now.
Nelson Cruz, OF Texas Rangers
Cruz has started to get himself pulled together after having a bit of a rough stretch. Cruz had three homers this week, leading to five RBI’s.
Alex Gordon, OF Kansas City Royals
Gordon hit .455 this week with a bomb to go along with it. He was also moved to the cleanup spot in the Royal’s order, a move that could see his RBI numbers increase.
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