Austin Jackson (DET) –
Although Curtis Granderson is an MVP candidate, Jackson (involved in the 2010 trade which sent Granderson to the Yankees) hasn't exactly been a slouch either, especially in recent days. He has hit a nifty .500 (16-for-32) over the past week with 10 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 SB. He has also been a big part of back-to-back Tigers come-from-behind wins recently, including a 4/4 effort which included 3 R scored and a 3-R triple.
Eric Hosmer (KC)–
Once the talk of the fantasy baseball world when he was called up earlier in 2011 before cooling off, Hosmer has been on a nice run of late. He has hit .400 (10/25) with 7 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI and a stolen base in the last 7 days in which he pummeled Tigers' pitching during a series in Detroit.
Luke Hughes (MIN) –
Subbing for the injured Joe Mauer at first base, the Aussie has displayed some nice power recently. Although he hasn't delivered hits at a scorching rate recently (6-for-23), he has made the most of them by delivering 6 R, 3 HR and 9 RBI in the past 7 days. If he continues to see playing time, he could be a nice fantasy option. His eligibility at multiple positions (1B, 2B, 3B) only enhances his value.
Casper Wells (SEA) –
After showing so much promise by hitting 6 HR after getting called up by the Mariners, Wells has been ice cold recently. A 1-for-22 stretch in the past week dropped his season slash line to .251/.329/.461. Add to that a K rate of 28.6% and it gets pretty ugly.
Yuniesky Betancourt (MIL) –The Brewers shortstop has had a cold bat recently to match his seemingly always cold glove. He followed up a recent 3-for-17 spell by leaving a game against the Astros after getting plunked on his elbow.
John Buck (FLA)–
The Marlins backstop has endured a cold spell of late with a 2-for-17 performance at the dish over the past 7 days. Never one to deliver a high average, if Buck isn't hitting home runs, he doesn't deliver much fantasy value.