A More Powerful Weeks

If available, Rickie Weeks should be picked up immediately.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While Chase Utley (3-for-23) and Ian Kinsler (6-for-25, no homers) have stumbled over the last seven days, the second baseman on the rise is Rickie Weeks of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Weeks, who is only owned in about 70% of all leagues, is doing it all. Over the past week, Weeks is 8-for-24 (.333) with six runs scored, three home runs, five runs batted in and a stolen base. For the season he has shown more power than in any of his previous five MLB seasons, knocking nine out of the yard in just 142 at-bats (1/15.7 AB) versus a career average of one home run every 29.2 at- bats.

Among second baseman, he is fourth in runs, 10th in hits, second in HRs, fourth in RBIs, fifth in slugging percentage and seventh in OPS. Not bad for a player who's Average Draft Position (ADP) was 183 or a 16th-round selection in your 12-team league.

Week's best season was in 2007 when he posted 87 runs, 16 HRs, 36 RBIs, 25 SB all while hitting just .235. He's putting up better numbers across the board this season and as the Brewers' leadoff hitter should get nearly 600 at-bats this year. That should provide him with the opportunity to have his best statistics ever.

Those 30% of leagues where he is a free agent, should pick him up immediately.

Second Baseman Statistics
Chase Utley PHI 1082330102320.2780.5740.988
Rickie Weeks MLW 142284092420.2820.5350.885
Ian Kinsler TEX 145264592880.3100.5790.945
Aaron Hill TOR 163275593020.3370.5400.917
Robinson Cano NYY 143224561910.3150.5030.847
Brandon Phillips CIN 117183262640.2740.4870.835
Mike Fontenot CHC 101122251710.2180.4060.725
Brian Roberts BAL 142304251550.2960.4720.841
Felipe Lopez ARZ 13516434940.3190.4890.869
Dan Uggla FLA 117112242000.1880.3500.649

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