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Fantasy Fix: Diamonds in the rough

A change to the top-20 and players to consider adding to the lineup

Chris Gingrich

Last week, I ranked the top 20 fantasy baseball players. After going over the list one more time, I decided there needed to be a change.

I had Joey Votto, of the Cincinnati Reds, ranked eighth, but after some consideration, I think there is a player that deserved to be on the list: Aaron Hill, of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hill, I think, deserves to be eighth on the list of top 20 fantasy contributors with a red hot bat, 22 RBIs, six home runs and 19 runs scored.

Hill has three more home runs and six more runs scored, but Votto has the slightly better batting average of .363 and just as many RBIs as Hill. Sorry Votto, but this means you’re out of the top 10.

Okay, there are some players out there who are desperately seeking homes on rosters. In the past week, these three guys have been tearing it up in hopes of landing on a roster or two somewhere.

• Mike Fontenot, second base/third base, Chicago Cubs – five runs, four home runs, eight RBI, one stolen base and a .333 batting average in the past week.

• Willie Bloomquist, shortstop, Kansas City Royals – The most notable thing about his last week is the three stolen bases and the .474 batting average.

• Jose Guillen, outfield, Kansas City Royals – Huge week in RBIs for Guillen with 10, and three home runs.

Sure, those guys might stay hot for another week and then cool off, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Guillen is someone whom you might want to hold onto for the long run.

These next players I’m going to recommend you give a look at, and in the case of one Rockies rookie, I’m recommending you pick him up.

• Dexter Fowler, outfield, Colorado Rockies – With his five-steal game last week and the announcement that he will be an everyday outfielder from here on out, it looks like Fowler is going to be something special.

Fowler has a great skill set and he’s a defensive dynamo. I recommend snagging him off the waiver wire if he’s available.

• Russel Branyan, first base/third base, Seattle Mariners – I wouldn’t expect the batting average of higher than .300 to stick all season, but there is a good chance he could continue to produce runs and RBIs as long as he’s given playing time.

Good production for a corner infielder to be had at a bargain basement price.

Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Christopher Gingrich can be reached at hops2008@gmail.com.


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