Starting Pitchers in Focus: Randy Wells
In four starts in July, Wells is only 2-1, yet has an ERA of 1.26. He is holding opponents in the month of July to a .223 batting average. In his last five starts, he has lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 4.07. Wells is owned in nine percent of ESPN leagues, so Fantasy owners need to add the Cub and reap the benefits.
Gorzelanny has had a terrific month of July. He is 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA. Over that span, he has 19 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched. His next scheduled start comes on the road, where he has an ERA of 2.25 in six starts. With Gorzelanny only owned in five percent of ESPN leagues, Fantasy owners looking for immediate help should consider adding him.
Position Players: Infielders
Searching for a team this offseason, 2B-SS-3B Felipe Lopez found a home in St. Louis. In the month of July, he is batting .284 with two home runs and nine RBI. His OPS in July is .773, and he has scored 15 runs over that stretch. With Lopez owned in 14 percent of ESPN leagues, Fantasy owners should put in a claim.
Struggling for the first half of the season, SS J.J. Hardy is ending July on a high note. He is hitting .333 with six RBI, one stolen base and nine runs scored. Although he has not hit a home run, Bartlett has hit in nine of his last 11 games and is a recommended pickup for Week 18.
Position Players: Catcher
After being injured earlier on in the season, C Matt Wieters has started to play well in July. In 31 at-bats, Wieters is hitting .355 with two home runs and six RBI. His OPS is 1.109, and he should make a second-half push for any Fantasy team. Fantasy owners looking for a reliable catcher should put in a claim on the youngster.
Position Players: Outfielders
OF John Jay has filled in for injured OF Ryan Ludwick and has done a phenomenal job. He is hitting .460 with two home runs, eight RBI and one stolen base. His OPS is a stellar 1.313, and he has scored 12 runs. Currently, Jay is only owned in two percent of ESPN leagues and is a viable mixed league option for Week 18.
After having a subpar April, OF Luke Scott has had a stellar three months. In only eight games in July, Scott is hitting .485 with five home runs and 10 RBI. His OPS is a ridiculous 1.517, and he has scored eight runs. Having hit in 15 of his last 16 games, Scott has raised his batting average to .295 on the season, and Fantasy owners should immediately put in a claim on the veteran.
By John Arias, analyst at Fantasy Baseball Maniaxs