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Who's Hot, Who's Not - Hitting August 31st

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Thirty games on the schedule is still enough time to make a move in your league. Don't give up and start thinking NFL just yet. There is still work to be done over the final five weeks.

Who's Hot

David Ortiz, Boston - Ortiz has come back from his foot injury with bat-a- blazin'. In the six games since his return he's batting .542 with three home runs, seven RBI and an OPS of 1.702 which is 715 points above his season-long OPS. Sure, he couldn't score from second base on a line drive single to left center last night, but that shouldn't keep you from putting him in your starting lineup every day.

Matt Wieters, Baltimore - Wieters is having his best season since arriving in Baltimore three years ago with much fanfare and hype. He was supposed to be the next Joe Mauer. He's definitely not the high average hitting Mauer, but Wieters' power numbers have improved every year (from 9-to-11-to-15 with a month remaining in the season). Over the past two weeks, he's been really pounding the ball, batting .378 with four homers, 12 RBI and an OPS of 1.288. If still available in your league, he's worth a waiver claim.

Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado - Remember when "Gonzo" was struggling at the end of April (batting .228) and his fantasy owners were offering him around the league? You should have made the deal! As we reach the end of August he's batting .300 with 24 HR, 86 RBI and 19 stolen bases. He's hit safely in 16 of the last 17 games, batting .412 with eight homers, 26 RBI and an OPS of 1.340. Now that's why he was drafted No.8 overall.

Alex Gordon, Kansas City - Gordon obvious took last year's demotion to heart and has been very good since returning to the big leagues. For the year, he's batting .305 with 19 HR, 72 RBI and an OPS of 0.883. His most recent two weeks have seen him bat .396 with an OPS of 1.257, including five homers and 13 RBI.

Who's Not

Brett Gardner, New York Yankees - Sure, Gardner gives you stolen bases, but at what cost? After a nice June (OPS 0.868) his bat has been in a downward spiral. Over the past 14 days he's batting just .104 with an OPS of 0.289 and since you can't steal a base from the dugout, he's not helping you in any fantasy category. He should be firmly planted on your bench until he turns in around.

Jay Bruce, Cincinnati - As hot as Bruce was for the first two weeks of August (.341, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 1.193 OPS), he's now headed in the opposite direction with equal gusto. The streakiest player in the league has batted just .148 over the last 14 days with an OPS of 0.524. That's what having Bruce in your lineup is all about - living with the extremes of his hitting cycles.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland - Cabrera was a fantasy darling during the first half of the season, batting .293 with 14 HR, 51 RBI and an OPS of 0.836 at the All-Star break. His numbers have dropped off the map in the second half and in particular over the past two weeks when he's batted .192 with an OPS of 0.534.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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