HG - Veterans across the fantasy landscape are having breakout years or have rebounded from slumps and that includes this week Trey Mancini, Andrelton Simmons, Lorenzo Cain and Cameron Maybin. And some young bucks such as Cody Bellinger, Jose Pirela, Jared Hoffman, Jared Faria, Kyle Freeland and Seth Lugo warrant being rostered for this week.
Trey Mancini 1B Orioles - Mancini has had a nice season as a platoon player for the O’s with 10 homers and 34 RBI in 171 at bats, but with Chris Davis on the DL he will get the first chance to play daily. His stats projected over a full season come to 37 long balls and 128 RBI making Mancini a short term asset.
Cody Bellinger 1B/OF Dodgers – Bellinger just a couple of weeks ago was slumping has busted out in a big way with 6 dingers over a five-game stretch for the Dodger rookie. He now sits at 18 for the year in just 48 games which projects out to 61 and 135 runs driven in for a season. The powerful lefty first sacker should be owned if he was dumped earlier this season.
Jose Pirela 2B Padres - Pirela has 15 hits in his first 34 career at bats which includes 6 multi-hit games in his first ten contests. The Friar rookie is also seeing some time in the outfield and, while the sample size is small, anyone that is batting 441 for a two-week span is worth using while he is that locked in.
Andrelton Simmons SS Angels - Simmons is having a career season batting 277 with 10 stolen base, 30 runs knocked in, 30 runs scored and 7 long balls for the Halos. The former Brave is worth adding and using if you need help at either shortstop or a middle infield position.
Lorenzo Cain OF Royals - Cain has rebounded from his early May slump and is currently enjoying a 5-game hitting streak and has 16 hits over his last 39 at bats for a 410 batting average. Cain has hit 7 long balls over his last 10 days and driven in 10 runs while scoring 15 times over this span. For the season Lorenzo stands at 285 with 10 home runs, 26 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 37 runs scored making him well worth owing.
Cameron Maybin OF Angels - Maybin has returned from the DL with 12 hits in 8 games for a 363 average along with 7 runs scored and 7 swiped sacks over this span. Maybin is now batting 265 with 38 runs scored, 3 long balls and 20 stolen bases.
Jared Faria SP Rays - Faria has come up to Tampa and opened eyes across the league with just two earned allowed in 12.2 frames for the Rays. The rookie has given up 9 hits with 13 Ks and two wins making the rookie right hander worth using going forward.
Jared Hoffman SP Rockies - Hoffman continues his outstanding freshman season with just 7 earned runs in 30.2 innings for the Rox. The rookie has punched out 36 batters over 30 innings with a 4-0 record, ERA of 2.25 and WHIP of 0.94 Hoffman is a must own across all leagues and formats.
Kyle Freeland RP/SP Rockies - Another of the Colorado rookies continues his impressive initial season in the bigs with 8 quality starts over his last 10 trips to the mound. The southpaw’s 3.57 ERA, WHIP of 1.39 and a sparkling home earned run average of 3.21 makes the rookie worth using as either a starter or reliever who starts.
Seth Lugo SP/RP Mets - Lugo is two for two in quality starts since coming off the disabled list with 4 runs allowed in 13.2 innings for the depleted New York Mets. The young righty was impressive last season in limited action going 5-2 with an ERA of 2.67 and has almost identical stats to date. Being listed as both a starter and reliever only enhance Lugo’s appeal.