Weekly Planner: Kolten Wong, Mark Reynolds could heat up slow week

Sunday June 1st, 2014

Mark Reynolds' feast-or-famine approach at the plate could be worth the risk during a light week of action around the league.
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Unlike last week, when two-thirds of the league played seven games, just nine teams take the field every day this week. Most fantasy owners are likely to have incomplete lineups on both Monday and Thursday, and that can create an opportunity for those willing to hustle.

Owners in weekly leagues should know that the nine teams who play every day this week are the Royals, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals and Rays. If you don't already own Oscar Taveras, you've probably missed out on him by now. However, those nine teams boast a few widely available hitters who have been hot at the plate recently. Adding one of them and filling your starting lineup could make a huge difference in this relatively light week of play.

The following players are available in at least 60 percent of either Yahoo or CBS leagues, if not both.

Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals -- Wong has made the most of his recent time in the majors after struggling at the start of the season and being sent down to Triple-A Memphis. In the last two weeks, he's 12-for-40 with three steals, six RBI and a .404 OBP. He has reached base safely in all but one of his 12 games since returning to the big league club and has settled in as the everyday second baseman in St. Louis. Not only is he a great addition for this week with the Cardinals playing a full slate of games, he can be a top-10 player at the position for the rest of the season.

Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Brewers -- Reynolds is a known commodity at this point of his career. He's about as streaky a hitter as there is in the majors, but when he gets going, the homers come in bunches. He's on one of those runs now, hitting four homers, driving in 10 runs and scoring eight of his own in the last two weeks. Of course, he's just 9-for-45 with a .275 OBP in that stretch, so he's still the rate killer that he has always been. If you're looking for help in the power categories this week, however, Reynolds can provide assistance.

Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins -- Ozuna has been a top-70 fantasy player over the last two weeks, going 11-for-40 with three homers, 11 RBI, seven runs and a .341 OBP. The Marlins face some great pitching this week, but that shouldn't steer you away from Ozuna. With seven games ahead of him, he can be a difference maker for fantasy owners in danger of having holes in their lineups.

Roster trends

Most added

Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals -- The Cardinals finally promoted Taveras over the weekend, and he responded by hitting a home run in his major league debut. He's a potential star in the making and should be owned in all leagues.

A.J. Pollock, OF, Diamondbacks -- Pollock keeps on hitting for the Diamondbacks, slashing .316/.366/.554 with six homers and eight steals entering play Sunday. Unfortunately, Pollock broke his hand after getting hit by a pitch on Saturday. The team has yet to determine if he'll need surgery, but the injury is going to cost him significant time.

Khris Davis, OF, Brewers -- Davis has been hot of late, going 14-for-30 with four homers and seven RBI in his last seven games. His power is legitimate and he can occasionally get hot like this, but understand if you pick him up that he's a streaky hitter.

Most dropped

Seth Smith, OF, Padres -- Smith's in a bit of a funk at the plate, going 9-for-38 in his last 11 games. His performance was always going to regress back to something likely resembling his career norms, and that appears to be underway.

Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Marlins -- Jones is mired in a 2-for-22 slump in his last six games that has dropped his slash line to .263/.332/.468 from .281/.351/.509. He's a decent option at first base in deeper mixed leagues, but he shouldn't be owned beyond that.

Travis Wood, SP, Cubs -- Wood got shelled his last time out, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Brewers. It was the second time in May he allowed at least seven runs in a start, and his ERA is now an unsightly 5.15. He should only be owned in deeper mixed leagues.

Two-start pitchers

1. Felix Hernandez

2. Anibal Sanchez

3. James Shields

4. C.J. Wilson

5. Scott Kazmir

6. Alex Cobb

7. Jorge De La Rosa

8. Jose Quintana

9. John Lackey

10. Chris Archer

11. Homer Bailey

12. Drew Hutchison

13. Shelby Miller

14. Yovani Gallardo

15. Matt Garza

16. Collin McHugh

17. Danny Duffy

18. Zack Wheeler

19. Hiroki Kuroda

20. Jake Arrieta

21. Justin Masterson

22. Bud Norris

23. Jaime Garcia

24. Bartolo Colon

25. Kyle Gibson

26. Tim Lincecum

27. Blake Treinen

28. Joe Saunders

29. Charlie Morton

30. David Phelps

31. Tim Stauffer

32. Henderson Alvarez

33. Roberto Hernandez

34. Samuel Deduno

35. Randy Wolf

36. David Buchanan

37. Chase Anderson

Teams playing seven games










Teams playing five games


Weekday day games

(all times Eastern)


Mariners @ Braves, 12:10


Giants @ Reds, 12:35

A's @ Yankees, 1:05

Blue Jays @ Tigers, 1:08

Phillies @ Nationals, 4:05

Marlins @ Rays, 4:10


Marlins @ Cubs, 4:05

Favorable matchups

Braves (vs. Seattle, @ Arizona) -- The Braves only play five games next week, but the matchups bode well for them. They will see Hisashi Iwakuma when the Mariners come to town, but they dodge Felix Hernandez. They also get to spend the weekend in Chase Field, facing Brandon McCarthy, Wade Miley and Chase Anderson.

Reds (vs. San Francisco, vs. Philadelphia) -- Playing the entire week at the Great American Ballpark is a good start for the Reds. They will face Madison Bumgarner and Cole Hamels on back-to-back days, but should otherwise have a comfortable week.

Dodgers (vs. Chicago White Sox, @ Colorado) -- Hector Noesi and John Danks shouldn't intimidate the Dodgers' hitters too much, and they have the good fortune to avoid Chris Sale. They'll be in Coors Field this weekend, taking on the trio of Franklin Morales, Jhoulys Chacin and Jorge De La Rosa.

Rangers (vs. Baltimore, vs. Cleveland) -- Like the Reds, any week in which the Rangers get to stay home is great for their hitters. They also have nice matchups against Ubaldo Jimenez, Miguel Gonzlaez and Josh Tomlin. Bud Norris and Justin Masterson, two other pitchers they'll face, should not be too intimidating, either.

Nationals (vs. Philadelphia, @ San Diego) -- David Buchanan, Kyle Kendrick, Eric Stults and Tim Stauffer is a pretty nice foursome to match up with in one week. The Nationals will face A.J. Burnett and Tyson Ross, and they do spend the weekend at Petco Park, but they should do well with the bats in their six games.

Unfavorable matchups

Red Sox (@ Cleveland, @ Detroit) -- The Red Sox' week begins innocently enough, but things take a turn for the worse on Wednesday. They'll face Corey Kluber on their last day in Cleveland, then go up against Drew Smyly, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez in Detroit. That's bad news for a struggling offense.

White Sox (@ Los Angeles Dodgers, @ Los Angeles Angels) -- Los Angeles is lovely this time of year, but the White Sox are unlikely to have a nice trip out West. They get Clayton Kershaw, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett on one side of town, then wrap up the week with games against Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.

Rockies (vs. Arizona, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers) -- On the plus side, the Rockies are home all week. On the down side, they face the Dodgers' trio of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw over the weekend.

Marlins (vs. Tampa Bay, @ Tampa Bay, @ Chicago Cubs) -- The Marlins have at least four challenging assignments in their seven games this week. They'll see Alex Cobb and David Price in their home-and-home series with the Rays, then are scheduled to go up against Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija on Chicago's North Side.

Yankees (vs. Seattle, vs. Oakland, @ Kansas City) -- The Yankees start the week with a makeup game against the Mariners and Felix Hernandez. They get both Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez when the A's visit and then have to take on Danny Duffy and James Shields in Kansas City.

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