Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner for Week of September 5th, 2011

So it’s officially September. That means our favorite month of the year, October, is on its way and will be here soon.

Unlike any other sport, baseball is the one where failing 7 out of 10 times can make you a Hall of Fame caliber player.  This is why it is so important to recognize who’s hot, who’s not, and catch guys when it benefits you the most.  And as always, that’s what we are going to point out to you in this week’s hitting planner.


One of the best hitting catchers in the NL this year, Miguel Montero, sees some time at the top of the list once again with a decent hitting streak in the games that he has played recently.

There is no doubt that when it comes to catchers, Carlos Santana has some of the best power at the position.  If the Indians find another catcher sometime soon, he could be playing exclusively 1st base.

For the .4% of owners that have Jason Varitek on their squad, it’s understandable that you get excited over his handful of games, but they come just once every four days and the value just isn’t there, so stay away.

Brian McCann may be back in action but he has not been the same player he was at the start of the year.  With all of the makeup games coming along, it would be better to leave him on the bench.

First Base

It is obvious that you guys should be starting players like Albert Pujols, Alex Gordon, and Ryan Howard but what about the others?  You know, the guys who have the potential but don’t always play up to it?

It is frustrating when Carlos Lee goes off on a 12 game hit-streak with a .457 average when you just wrote him off for the season, but it is better to stick with him and others like James Loney and the up and down Freddie Freeman.  Don’t worry about these players and their low points at random times; 1st basemen are usually big hitters and should rebound from any struggles that come around.

Second Base

Up the middle things are business as usual, but there are a few names who are not used to seeing the top of fantasy ratings.  Jemile Weeks has been seeing a high number of at bats and making the most of them without hitting any homeruns this year.

Same goes for Luke Hughes with the Twins.  As long as he is hot, chances are he will stay in the lineup. 

Jose Altuve doesn’t get much love from fantasy owners but he is doing his job down in lowly Houston.  The season is a wash for the Astros and they want to see what they have with their young guys.

Players to avoid would be Darwin Barney and Danny Espinosa.  The two of them can be serviceable but in these heated times you need a sure thing.

Third Base

Adrian Beltre is back off the DL list and he is already in the starting lineup.  There is no way you can leave him on your bench so get him in there now.

The hero of a late inning win for the Indians, Jack Hannahan, has been hot with a .500 average and a 1.367 OPS.

With only three hits over the last few games (all singles) Placido Polanco is not providing any  help to fantasy owners and should take a back seat so players like Mike Moustakas and Ryan Roberts.

Only eligible at 3rd, Dayan Viciedo doesn’t play the position anymore but he is showing some promising power numbers.  He is going up against some weak pitching this scoring period with eight games on the schedule.  With time like that, there is going to be a plethora of opportunities for him to show that power that all owners are seeking.


Of the top 10 fantasy shortstops for the last week, only three really belong there according to what they have done for the year. A few of the guys on the list would be Cliff Pennington, Dee Gordon and Rafael Furcal.  So where are the more common names?

Believe it or not but there are a few big names that you should look to stay away from for one reason or another.  Due to injury, Asdrubal Cabrera and Troy Tulowitzki are likely going to be getting a day or two of rest, and if they are, don’t waste your time if you aren’t going to get any production out of them.

On the poor play side, J.J. Hardy has been plagued by high at-bat games that lack hits.  0-5, 1-5, 0-2 and 1-4 would only work if those two hits were grand-slams but they just were not.  Same goes for Starlin Castro.  Yes, a five game hit streak sounds good but when the batting average for those games is under .250 with one RBI certainly changes your mind doesn’t it?


Wouldn’t it be nice if the Indians could have their regular starters playing in the outfield?  Injury has been an issue for this team all year and it could easily contribute to their fall out of 1st place.  Unless you believe that Shin-Soo Choo and or Grady Sizemore are going to do much for you this month, it would be best to forget about them for the remainder of the season.

Like you need to hear anymore injury news, but Cameron Maybin is in the same boat as Choo and Sizemore over the coming weeks.

On the positive side of things, let us give you a list of guys who are carrying around some hot bats.  Austin Jackson, Corey Hart, Michael Morse, Alex Gordon, Desmond Jennings and Nick Swisher have been hot over the past few weeks.  Jennings in particular has been batting .408 over his last 71 at-bats which leaves us to wonder, how long will it last?  When a player seeing the ball this well a long time into the year as a young star-to-be, you have to ask yourself, how long could this last?

One “old” vet to pay attention to is Juan Pierre.  Even though he is getting up there in age, his stolen base numbers will still go a long way.



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