Fantasy owners know whether they are contenders or pretenders at this point, yet it is not too late to make a push to the end. Here is a new crop of names sure not to disappoint.
Starting Pitchers in Focus: Carl Pavano
After posting an ERA over 4.00 in the first two months of the season, he has turned his season around in June. In his last five starts, he is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA. He is holding opponents to a .186 batting average. Opponents have an OPS of .651, and he has a WHIP of 1.03 on the season. With Pavano only owned in 55 percent of ESPN leagues, Fantasy owners should put in a claim for the veteran.
The right-hander has done very well since the start of June. In five starts, he is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.11. Over that span, he is holding opponents to a .212 average and threw a no-hitter against one of his former clubs, the Tampa Bay Rays. Jackson is owned in 51 percent of ESPN leagues, so Fantasy owners looking for immediate help should consider adding him.
Position Players: Infielders
After only having four home runs and 12 RBI in the first two months of the season, 1B Justin Smoak is playing very well in June. He is hitting .291 with four home runs and 22 RBI. His OPS is .904, and he has scored 16 runs in June. He has raised his average to .225 and is on the rise to stardom.
Before his injury, SS Erick Aybar had found his stroke in June. Recently, he has returned to the top of the order and is still producing. This month, he has eight RBI, 11 runs scored and is hitting .359. Currently only owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues, Aybar is a must grab in mixed leagues for Week 14.
Position Players: Outfielders
A native from the great country of the Netherlands, OF Roger Bernadina has secured a starting spot in the outfield with his play in June. He is currently hitting .347 with three home runs and 11 RBI. He has an OPS of .931 and has stolen four out of five bases. In his minor league career, he has stolen as many as 40 bases, and Fantasy owners looking for a hidden gem should take a chance on him.
After having a disappointing 2009 campaign, OF Coco Crisp started 2010 on a sour note. Missing the first two months of the season does not seem to have hurt Crisp's production. In six games, Crisp is hitting .414 with one home run, six RBI and nine runs scored. Owned in only five percent of ESPN leagues and 22 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, Crisp is a recommended pick for Week 14.
Catcher: Alex Avila
After being drafted in the fifth round in 2009 out of the University of Alabama, Avila has risen through the minor leagues very quickly. He only hit .233 in May, yet has turned it around in June. He is hitting .333 with one home run and nine RBI. He has the chance to take over Gerald Laird's job, and Fantasy owners should take notice. Avila is a low-end No. 1 Fantasy catcher in AL-only leagues.
By John Arias, analyst at Fantasy Baseball Maniaxs