Hot Hitter RundownTuesday, July 01, 2014
Past owners of Jose Reyes know all about his hot streaks. He hit .364-1-4 with seven runs and one steal last week … Hey, who said Derek Jeter was old? He hit .389 last week and is on a five-game hitting streak. Maybe a short-term pickup in mixed leagues is a possibility … Eugenio Suarez has really run with Detroit’s starting shortstop job, with a .297 batting average after hitting .400 last week. He showed more pop in the minors, and is becoming a potential pickup in mixed leagues … Brad Miller still wasn’t very good last week, but he hit a homer and found his way onto the list after a slow week from shortstops. He remains just an AL-only play.
Ryan Braun had a strong week as he tries to regain his elite fantasy status. He hit .400-1-7 with six runs and one stolen base … Patient Kole Calhoun owners are really starting to be rewarded. He’s turning into a catalyst in the Angels lineup, hitting .391-1-5 with eight runs last week and .346 for the month … You can’t find a hitter much streakier than Matt Joyce, and hopefully this is the start of something big. He parlayed a huge Sunday performance into a .350-2-6 week, and is hitting a very respectable .292 in June … As always, Lorenzo Cain has been a quiet performer and is back on the fantasy radar after hitting .407 last week … J.D. Martinez’s major league history suggests his hot streak won’t last for long, but let’s ride it out while we can. He had another terrific week, hitting .346-2-5 … Chris Young is just one week removed from a rumored DFA, but he had a big two games against his former Oakland A’s last week. He still hit just .200 for the week but had three homers. It’s much too early to go running for the waiver wire in mixed leagues … No one plays never-die horror movie character these days better than Endy Chavez, who has emerged in the majors again. He’s seen regular playing time recently and hit .400 last week. Still, with mediocre speed these days, he’s not a fantasy helper … Ender Inciarte profiles as a fourth outfielder long-term with absolutely no power, but Arizona’s outfield injuries continue to give him playing time. He hit .391 with two stolen bases last week … A few starts are usually all Jarrod Dyson needs to help fantasy owners in a given week, with two steals last week … Gregory Polanco is on a three-game hitless streak and hit just .160 last week, but that didn’t stop him from making the top 20 due to three steals. The growing pains have already started, but he’s in a very favorable situation for fantasy owners as a leadoff hitter.