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In one of my leagues, I am sitting in 11th place (out of 12) and decided to pull the trigger on a trade that was offered to me. I am trading Philadelphia 2B Chase Utley for Angels’ OF Torii Hunter and Boston 1B David Ortiz. I have officially broken one of my own rules in fantasy which is to NEVER have any hometown players on my team. If I have a hometown boy on my team, I lose all the fun out of watching Sox games because I start rooting for the wrong reasons. Plus, I get super pissed when they don’t go 4-4 with four home runs. This trade better launch me out of the basement and into the playoffs.
Albert Pujols (1B), St. Louis Cardinals: The best player in fantasy added to his legacy with three more home runs (31) and eight RBI while hitting .429. He not only has power, but Pujols even stole his 10th base of the season last week.
Shin-Soo Choo (LF,RF), Cleveland Indians: The Soo Choo train continued to roll in Week 13 with a 9-22 effort (.409) with three home runs and nine RBI. Choo is already hitting well in July with a .438 avg and two homers.
Justin Morneau (1B), Minnesota Twins: After going 6-36 (.167) in his previous 10 games, Morneau’s bat came alive with 12 hits. Six of his hits were for extra bases (2 doubles, 4 home runs) and he added eight RBI. Morneau should have started the All-Star Game.
Derek Lee (1B), Chicago Cubs: I mentioned him in the Week 11 Wrap-Up and he refuses to slow down. Lee hit four more home runs and drove in a league best 12 RBI. Just don’t play Lee against lefties because 14 of his 15 home runs have come against right-handed pitching.
Prince Fielder (1B), Milwaukee Brewers: He has the best body in baseball and he blasted three more home runs last week to give himself 22 on the year. The good news is that he scored eight runs. The bad news is that all three of his homers were solo shots and he amassed just three RBI last week.
Tim Lincecum (SP), San Francisco Giants: Tiny Tim won both of his starts last week to improve to 9-2. Lincecum struck out 17 batters in 16.0 innings and extended his scoreless innings streak to 23.
Ricky Nolasco (SP), Florida Marlins: I hope everyone kept the faith with Nolasco. Ricky Ticky Tembo blew opponents away in his two starts by going 2-0 and fanning an incredible 20 batters in 16.0 innings. Since he was called up, Nolasco is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA.
Roy Oswalt (SP), Houston Astros: Oswalt also won both of his starts and had a 1.06 ERA in 17.0 innings to go with his second complete game this season. Trade for Oswalt now because last season he was 10-2 with a 2.24 ERA after the break.
Joakim Soria (RP), Kansas City Royals: Soria locked down three saves last week which gives him 12 for the season and he has been perfect in his last four appearances (4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 8 K).
Kevin Gregg (RP), Chicago Cubs: Gregg put together a great week for a closer by saving two games and winning one. He didn’t surrender a single run in his 4.0 innings of work.
Martin Prado (1B,2B,3B), Atlanta Braves: With Kelly Johnson hitting the DL (which is the only thing he could hit), Prado has stepped it up. Last week he led the Majors with 15 hits including a league best eight doubles.
Gordon Beckham (3B,SS), Chicago White Sox: A lot of hype surrounded his call up, but only now is he living up to it. Beckham has 15 hits in his last 10 games with two homers and eight RBI.
Colby Rasmus (CF,RF), St. Louis Cardinals: The rookie launched three homers last week (10 on the season) and raised his average to a respectable .282 with his 10-20 week. He hits 2nd in front of Albert Pujols, so there will be plenty of good pitches to see for the rest of the season.