The calendar flips to September this week. Are you paying attention to who is hot and who is not? You’ll need to know to set your lineups. Here are a few who fit the two categories.
Matt Kemp – OF – LAD
Matt was 21-59 (.356) with 5 home runs, 14 RBI’s and 3 stolen bases over the past 15 days. His MVP season is something to adore since he has batting .323 with 31 home runs, 100 RBI’s, 33 stolen bases, and 84 runs scored. A 40/40 season is not out of the possibility but take notice of his great 30/30 year as he will easily be a top 5 pick next year.
Ryan Braun – OF – MIL
Ryan has been on a tear lately having gone 11-27 (.407), with 1 home run, 7 RBI’s, 6 doubles, and 6 stolen bases over the past week. Five of his last 7 games have been multi-hit affairs as he’s been able to raise his batting average up to .332. Look for Braun to continue to finish strong as he’s only 5 home runs away from a 30/30 season and his track record shows his production will not decline.
Aramis Ramirez – 3B – CHC
Over the past 15 days, Aramis was 28-55 (.509) with 3 home runs and 12 RBI’s. In the midst of a 16 game hitting streak and until he ran into Zack Grienke on Sunday. He’s a streaky player and quietly raised his average up at .312 on the on the year with 24 home runs and 83 RBI’s. He’s a must start in weekly leagues and enjoy the hot streak leading into the fantasy playoffs.
Alcides Escobar – SS – KC
Alcides was 0-18 over the past week but managed to breakout of his hitting slump on Sunday having gone 2-4. The young, athletic shortshop has been inconsistent since the All-Star break. He has managed 19 stolen bases on the year but Escobar is safe to drop for other more consistent performers for your fantasy playoffs.
Hideki Matsui – OF/DH – OAK
Hideki was 4-27 (.148) with 0 home runs and 3 RBI’s over the past week. While most of the Athletics are batting fairly well, Hideki has managed to be a nice ticker tease with little to barely any production.
Yuniesky Betancourt – SS – MIL
Wow, Yuniesky has quietly cooled off quickly having gone 8-56 (.136) with 2 home runs and 5 RIB’s over the past 15 days. He’s was on fire throughout the end of July and beginning of August. With many other infield options available don’t be afraid to drop him and ride hot streaks of other players in your lineup.