Fantasy Baseball: Weekend Warriors

Jorge Posada – Getting past a .200 BA shouldn’t be a cause for a celebration, but 2011 has been difficult for Posada. With a new full time DH role Posada is slowly adjusting, but in the month of June with rumors of being cut, the veteran backstop is starting to produce. In his last 11 at bats Posada has 7 hits adding to his impressive .462 BA this month. Is this the turning point in Posadas’s miserable season? While, it’s hard to be incredibly optimistic, it’s not farfetched for Posada to be a top 12 CA going forward. He posses 20 HR power while playing in a lineup/stadium that is made for inflating offensive numbers. With the news of Chris Snyder’s season being over and Russell Martin day to day, scoop up Posada and hope he has a David Ortiz surge from the previous two seasons.

R.A. Dickey – Last season the knuckleballer turned his career around as he rejuvenated Mets fans everywhere as Dickey turned in a stellar 2010 campaign. The beginning of 2011 resembled the rest of his career, but Dickey has put a stop the bleeding of late.  Since returning from injury, Dickey has lowered his ERA from 5.08 to 4.04 as he starts to turn his season around.  With 13 K’s in his last two outings and the ability to go deep into games, Dickey makes for a solid option in h2h leagues if you need a win this weekend.  While Dickey may be unpredictable, the Pirates offense doesn’t scream juggernaut, so if a win is what you need, scoop up Dickey who’s owned in 4# of ESPN leagues.

Philip Humber - The White Sox starting staff has been a mess in 2011, but Humber has been the lone bright spot of a veteran group. In seven of his last eight starts Humber has pitched into the seventh inning, help preserving a bullpen which has needed rest with John Danks and Edwin Jackson as part of the rotation. After his last start vs. Seattle, Humber lowered his ERA to 2.87 and his WHIP to 0.98 getting the attention amongst the fantasy circuits jumping to 33% owned in ESPN leagues.

After slicing and dicing the Mariners in his last start, I would say he’s a safe bet with the Athletics on deck. Oakland as a team has a .239 BA and a major league low 35 HR, and have surpassed Seattle as baseball’s worst lineup. I fully endorse Humber on Sunday as he’s a must start in all mixed leagues no matter the size.

Rick Porcello – After holding the Rangers to one run on six hits over six innings pitched, I fully endorse Porcello as a must start unless it’s the Red Sox or Yankees.  If you take away his disaster against Boston two weeks ago, Porcello since the second week of the season has not allowed more than two runs in a game. Porcello has now won six of seven games, and has solidified the Tigers staff giving them a solid 1-3 in the chance for a playoff berth. Like Humber, Porcello has a pedestrian offense in the Mariners coming to Comerica Park, making his matchup even sweeter. Even with his ground ball tendencies, give me an offense that has a .336 SLG% and I will take that starter any day of the week. Continue to watch Porcello bloom into one of baseball’s best young starters and add him to fantasy your squad for Sunday.

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