Who's Hot, Who's Not - Hitting August 17

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - With about six weeks left in the baseball season and less before your fantasy playoffs begin, you got to know when to hold them and when to fold them. While Troy Tulowitzki and Robinson Cano are finishing the season with their annual "rush," some supposedly quality hitters aren't doing their fair share and you can no longer wait for them to turn it around. Check the waiver wire for assistance or trade for what you need if it's not past the deadline for deals.

Who's Hot

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado - With the All-Star game behind us, its time for the annual Tulowitzki hitting display. His career OPS after the break is 0.948 and the Rockies' shortstop isn't disappointing. In the month since the break, he's hit eight homers, knocked in 28 runs and posted an OPS of 1.174, 253 points above his 2011 season-long OPS. Although his Colorado team isn't going anywhere, "Tulo" is probably leading your fantasy team into the playoffs.

Torii Hunter, Anaheim - His 2011 statistics may not be up to his usual level, but Hunter has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .442 in the month of August with an OPS of 1.145. And the best news is - there is a one-in-three chance that he's still a free agent in your league. If your outfield just lost Carlos Beltran (hand), Michael Cuddyer (neck) or Logan Morrison (minors), Hunter is the perfect replacement.

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees - Dustin Pedroia has been getting more media attention after a hot July, but Cano is still the best fantasy second baseman in the league. Without much fanfare, Cano is batting .306 with 21 HR, 85 RBI and an OPS of 0.886 versus .305/16/62/0.869 for the Red Sox second baseman.

Who's Not

Gaby Sanchez, Florida - Sanchez got off to a blazing start and fantasy owners expected big things from the Marlins' first baseman. Unfortunately, after posting an OPS of 0.921 from April through the end of May, Sanchez has "lost his swing." From June 1 on, he's batting .224 with an OPS of 0.669. At this point in time he should not be in your starting lineup.

Mark Reynolds, Baltimore - Mr. All-Or-Nothing is currently in a "nothing phase." Over the past two weeks, Reynolds is batting .118 (6-for-51) with an OPS of 0.465. When he hit 44 homers and stole 24 bases in 2009, he was a solid fantasy option, but over the past two seasons he's stopped running and his home run totals have dipped to the point where he only has borderline fantasy value.

Chris Young, Arizona - Coming out of last season, both Diamondbacks outfielders Justin Upton and Young posted similar numbers, but fantasy owners favored Upton on Draft Day. Upton was a fourth-round choice (ADP 33) while Young was going four rounds later (ADP 75). Fantasy owners got it right as Upton has blossomed while Young is struggling to match last year's totals. The last two weeks aren't helping reach those goals, batting .143 with an OPS of 0.483. Young has hit just one home run since July 2, so if you are looking for power, it won't be found here. He should be firmly planted on your bench.



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