Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
I know most of you are already thinking about your NFL fantasy draft and the upcoming season which is just a couple of weeks away, but don't ignore your baseball team just yet.
Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs - Ramirez has been a fantasy monster since the All-Star break, batting .343 with nine homers, 32 RBI and an OPS of 0.990. He's coming off a five-hit game on Tuesday night, though it produced just six total bases and one run scored, illustrating the weakness which surrounds him in the Cubs lineup. We hope you enjoyed the ride because while August is historically his best month (career OPS 0.916), September is not.
Peter Bourjos, Anaheim - The 24-year-old Bourjos is normally a borderline value, but over the past two weeks he's posted solid fantasy numbers, batting .404 with four homers, nine RBI, two steals and an OPS of 1.216. He's available in most leagues (under 40% owned) and after finishing up their series with the White Sox on Wednesday heads to Arlington where most guys love to hit.
Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees - The favorite for the 2011 American League MVP Award leads the league in runs (115), triples (10), RBI (98) and is second in homers with 35. Granderson carried the Yankees in April and May, slowed in June and July and has picked it up again in August, batting .329 for the month with seven home runs, 20 RBI and an OPS of 1.169.
Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers - Ethier has been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the past four seasons. In 2008 and 2009 he had much better second halves than first halves. However, in the last two years he's completely reversed that trend and has collapsed in the second half in 2010 (first half OPS 0.932 vs. second half OPS 0.773) and this season (first half OPS 0.846 vs. second half OPS 0.591). Over the past two weeks he's batting .073 (3-for-41) with an OPS of 0.313. He should be sitting on your bench until he finds his swing... which may not be until April 2012.
Matt Holliday, St. Louis - Holliday has career statistics that indicate August is his worst hitting month (lowest batting average .305, second lowest OPS 0.899) and he's proving it again this month. Since August 10th he's batting .205 without hitting a home run and has an ugly OPS of 0.589. There is good news - just eight days remain in the month and September is traditionally one of his best hitting months (career OPS 0.997).
Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox - In keeping with his history of being one of the streakiest hitters in the game, Quentin is batting just .156 without a long ball over the past two weeks after batting .314 with four homers and an OPS of 1.039 the previous 14 days. Because he can turn it around so quickly, you are pretty much forced to keep him in your lineup throughout the cold spells.