I’m going to spare you all a long intro and get right to the point this week.
Some of these guys I mentioned in the first couple weeks of this column, but at their ownership levels are probably still on your wire unless you grabbed them. We are almost to point where trends can be banked upon, so check these guys out.
(The number in parenthesis is the percentage a guy is owned in a standard Yahoo Sports league. Only guys owned in less than 50% of leagues will appear in the column.)
Jason Kubel, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (44%)
Kubel is absolutely tearing up the ball the last two weeks with a .396 average, three homers and 10 RBIs. He has no competition for playing time with Chris Young DLed. Use him.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies (48%)
He’s not a flashy star, but he’s a solid all-around provider. If nothing else make sure to play him at home where he has four homers, nine runs and nine RBIs in just 12 games.
Allen Craig, 2B, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (26%)
It’s last call time on Craig. After he hits the majors and starts putting up stats he won’t last long on the wire. He will inevitably be back on the DL at some point this season, which is terrible for the Cardinals, but ruthlessly irrelevant in our game.
Chris Davis, 1B, 3B, Baltimore Orioles (32%)
I’ve mentioned Davis before in this space and it’s fair if you took a wait-and-see approach, but it’s time to jump on the train. A proven minor leaguer and still just 26, Davis might finally be putting it together as he’s hit three homers, knocked in eight and batted .302 over the last two weeks.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Boston Red Sox (20%)
Another guy I’ve mentioned before and is streaky, but anybody with catcher eligibility that has some pop has to be kept in mind. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s in a loaded offense, but he’s accumulated three homers, five runs and seven RBIs in the last two weeks. He has just as much if not more potential than guys like Russell Martin, Ramon Hernandez and J.P. Arencibia.
Scott Downs, RP, Los Angeles Angels (43%)
Sure it’s only temporary, but Downs has a closer role right now. All saves count the same.
Gavin Floyd, SP, Chicago White Sox (32%)
After recommending Jake Peavy three weeks ago, I will give it another run at a White Sox starter in Floyd. A perennial tease into the truly ownable starter category, Floyd can be very effective when he is on. He has put together three strong months before and might be due. He has 22 Ks in the last 20 innings with an ERA around 3.00 and a WHIP under 1.00. A strong matchup play at worst.
A.J. Burnett, SP, Pittsburg Pirates (27%)
I just don’t think Burnett ever got comfortable in NYC. So far in two starts with zero pressure comparatively Burnett has shown his old dominant self.
Chris Capuano, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (20%)
I hate to keep repeating names, but at 20 percent Capuano is available almost everywhere. He is in a great pitching environment for a good team and strikes people out. All of those factors make him ownable.