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Wondering who has the most favorable matchups this week? How about the most unfavorable? Each Monday, we'll take a look at every position on the field and give you a guy who looks to be in line for big-time numbers, as well as a guy who could be in line for big-time disappointment.

Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, run through Saturday's games

Make sure you play ... David Ross, Cincinnati Reds

Ross is still sharing time behind the plate with Paul Bako, but lately he's been making the most of the action he receives, batting .353 with a pair of dingers over the last two weeks. The Reds are at home all week.

Honorable Mention: John Buck, Kansas City Royals (.303-3-8 over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from ... Chris Coste, Philadelphia Phillies

Coste got off to a great start this year, but the 35-year-old has come back down to earth this month, hitting just .129. He's still splitting time behind the dish with the equally useless Carlos Ruiz.

Honorable Mention: A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox (.111 over the last two weeks

Make sure you play ... Carlos Delgado, New York Mets

Well, it took him a while, but Delgado is finally showing signs of life. The veteran is batting .397-4-10 this month, and the Mets will square off against five righties this week.

Honorable Mention: Conor Jackson, Arizona Diamondbacks (3 games vs. LHP)

Don't expect much from ... Jason Giambi, New York Yankees

The man with the moustache hasn't exactly been lighting it up at the plate lately, hitting just .171 this month and .130 over the last two weeks. The Yanks will face a couple southpaws this week.

Honorable Mention: Rich Aurilia, San Francisco Giants (.185 over the last two weeks)

Make sure you play ... Jeff Kent, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kent is nearing the end of his career, but don't bet against this guy at Coors Field, where he boasts a career 1.122 OPS. The Dodgers also face a trio of lefties this week.

Honorable Mention: Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox (.410 over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from... Felipe Lopez, Washington Nationals

Not only has Lopez been worthless at the plate lately (.184 average this month), but he'll now be fighting for playing time. Ryan Zimmerman is slated to come off the DL, which will move Ronnie Belliard back to second base and Lopez likely to the bench most of the time.

Honorable Mention: Kelly Johnson, Atlanta Braves (.185 over the last two weeks)

Make sure you play ... Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals

Aviles hasn't cooled down at the plate since earning the starting job at short, as he's batting .315 on the year and .372 with nine RBI over the last two weeks. He's batting .342 at home, where they Royals are all week.

Honorable Mention: Nick Punto, Minnesota Twins (.423 over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from... Khalil Green, San Diego Padres

The Padres are away from PETCO all week, which is a good thing for Greene, but we're not sure he's ready to take advantage, considering he's hitting only .088 over the last two weeks.

Honorable Mention: Edgar Renteria, Detroit Tigers (.172 over the last two weeks)

Make sure you play ... Edwin Encarnacion, Cincinnati Reds

A very streaky hitter, Edwin has been on a tear of late, batting .429 with three bombs over the last two weeks. With Cincy at home all week, we like him to keep mashing.

Honorable Mention: MelvinMora, Baltimore Orioles (.368-4-15 over the last two weeks)

Don't expect much from ... Scott Rolen, Toronto Blue Jays

Rolen can still pick it at the hot corner, but he's not the player he once was at the dish. In July, he's hitting only .149 with no homers and two RBI. The Jays face five righties this week.

Honorable Mention: Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox (.184 over the last two weeks)

Make sure you play ... Josh Willingham, Florida Marlins

Hammer loves swinging the stick at Wrigley, where the Fish are for four games this week. It may be a small sample size, but it's hard to ignore the fact that Willingham holds a career 1.406 OPS in six games at the friendly confines.

Honorable Mention: Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta Braves (.317 career BA at Dolphin Stadium, .304 career BA at Citizen's Bank Park)

Don't expect much from ... Carlos Gomez, Minnesota Twins

Gomez provides for fantasy owners with his legs, but lately he simply hasn't gotten on base enough to be of any use. In 44 at-bats this week, he's managed just three hits (.114 average), and he didn't swipe a single bag over that time.

Honorable Mention: Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago Cubs (.152 over the last two weeks)

Make sure you play ... Dana Eveland, Oakland A's

Eveland faces the Rays and Rangers this week, and in his starts against those clubs this year, he boasts a 2.40 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. Play the southpaw with confidence this week.

Honorable Mention: Andy Sonnanstine, Tampa Bay Rays (vs. OAK, @ KC)

Don't expect much from ... Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies

Blanton will surely be amped up for his new team, but he doesn't look to be in line for success this week, as he has to face Johan Santana and the Mets on the road and then the Braves at Citizen's Bank.

Honorable Mention: Jeff Suppan, Milwaukee Brewers (@ STL, vs. HOU)

Ryan Boyer is a Senior Editor for Owners Edge and His work can be found weekly exclusively at the home of fantasy baseball: