Fantasy Corner – Baseball Edition

Doug Hendry, Sports Editor

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Who’s Hot:

Buster Posey, C/1B (SF): Posey, helping his team fight for a playoff spot, has seven multi-hit performances in his last 11 games. With five homers, 12 runs, and 15 RBI over that span, the former National League MVP is proving to be a key to any fantasy team. Keep him in your starting lineup.

Victor Martinez, DH/1B (DET): Since Aug. 20, Martinez has knocked in 16 runs and scored 15 times over that time period. His 28 home runs, including most recently against lefty ace Chris Sale, prove that his power stroke is as strong as ever.

Erick Aybar, SS (LAA): If you need a high batting average, look no further than Aybar. The shortstop has had a hit in every game since Aug. 15, including a 14-hit outburst over six games towards the end of last month. There is limited power and adequate speed, but he is a must-start for shortstops.

Jordan Schafer, OF (MIN): Schafer has revived his career in Minnesota after leaving Atlanta. Available in 80 percent of leagues, he is definitely worth a pickup. His speed alone makes him valuable (five steals since Aug. 22), but his 35 combined runs and RBI during the season will help you in several categories.

Who’s Not:

David Wright, 3B (NYM): With only five RBI in the month of August, Wright has slowed down from the trusty slugger he once was. Injuries have hampered him, and he should be sitting on your bench until he is able to bring the power stroke back in a season that doesn’t matter for New York. If he can, that is.

Koji Uehara, RP (BOS): Uehara’s last four outings have included seven earned runs, 10 hits, two losses, and two blown saves. Manager John Farrell said he’s going to be rested more often in this last month, so he may be worth a drop in a shallow league with replacements on the waiver wire.

Tim Lincecum, SP/RP (SF): Even with having thrown a no-hitter earlier in the season, Lincecum has been relegated to the bullpen, where he has allowed six earned runs in his last two appearances. With a season ERA of 4.70 and WHIP of 1.41, Lincecum should not be on your roster.

Wily Peralta, SP (MIL): Peralta has been having himself a quietly strong season with 15 wins and a 3.82 ERA. However, he has allowed 13 earned runs and 16 hits over his past two starts, and the stretches of a long season may be getting to him. Just make sure to look for his matchups in his last few starts of the season.

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