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Who's Hot, Who's Not - Hitting September 8th

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Today's edition features a couple of 24- year-olds with a bright fantasy future and a 39-year-old who's trying to give you one more good month before he disappears from the fantasy radar screen altogether.

Who's Hot

Austin Jackson, Detroit - The young Tigers' center fielder is starting to play up to his potential. While his season-long numbers are just average, over the past few weeks, the 24-year-old is batting .365 with 10 extra base hits, three stolen bases and an OPS of 1.081. He's owned in barely over half of all leagues.

Wilson Ramos, Washington - Another 24-year-old finding his way in the majors. Ramos is batting .407 with an OPS of 1.243 over the past two weeks and the best news - he's a catcher! How many times have fantasy owners complained about the lack of talent at that position? Here's your chance to improve at the position for the price of a waiver claim as he's owned in less than 10% of all leagues.

Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia - Ibanez got off to a slow start, batting just .241 before the All-Star break, but he's been much improved since. His average and power numbers are up and over the past two weeks he's been a force for the Phillies and his fantasy owners, batting .423 with an OPS of 1.195. Though he's almost the age of the other two "Who's Hot" entrants combined (just kidding Raul), he could help your fantasy team down the stretch and is owned in less than 40% of all leagues.

Who's Not

Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota - Cuddyer was having a very good season until the calendar turned to August. From April to the end of July he batted .298 with 16 HR and 55 RBI, but after he's batting just .203 with two homers and nine RBI. With little help surrounding him in the Twins lineup, he should be sitting on your bench, not playing.

Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay - Zobrist is having an very nice season and could easily be a 20-20 guy by the end of the year, but he's slowed down dramatically over the past few weeks. Since August 24th he's batting just .135 with an OPS of 0.340. Despite all the good he's done for you this season, playing at three positions (1B, 2B and OF), you've got to sit him until he turns it around.

Ty Wigginton, Colorado - Wigginton is another multi-position player who was doing a great job for you at four different spot (1B, 2B, 3B, OF), but when you aren't hitting the only spot you can play him is on the bench. Over the past two weeks he's batting .143 with an OPS of 0.393. That kind of production is a one-way ticket to the bench or worse the waiver list.

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

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