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Diamond Stocks: Sam Fuld Back in the Fold

July 14, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments Comments Off on Diamond Stocks: Sam Fuld Back in the Fold
Sam Fuld is getting it done for the Minnesota Twins.
Sam Fuld is doing a bit of everything for the Twins these days. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Each week in Diamond Stocks, we look at five players whose Fantasy stock is soaring and five players on the downward slope.

FIVE UP

Sam Fuld, CF, Minnesota Twins: “Super Sam” is making a comeback in Minneapolis. The former Ray who struggled in Tampa Bay early last season, has shined lately for the Twinkies, tearing through July at a .450 (18-for-40) clip, with a homer, six RBI, four stolen bases and a 1037 OPS. He’s even been playing in pain (see video below). If somehow your league also gives bonus points for human-highlight-reel catches, The Legendary Sam Fuld deserves your attention.

Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals: We featured Wong in our Wire Troll back in May, but he is anything but a troll in July for the Redbirds. ESPN owners are taking notice, with Wong experiencing a 34.8 percentage point increase to 38.9. That number still dwarfs his 55 per cent ownership in CBS leagues, but his popularity spike is justified. Wong has hit in seven of eight games this month at a .321 clip, tattooing five long balls while driving in eight and also stealing three bases.

Eric Campbell, 2B, New York Mets: Campbell’s ESPN ownership went down 0.1 percentage point to 0.4, but it hasn’t stopped him from hitting — when he’s on the field. The Mets’ Mr. Versatility doesn’t play every day, yet he’s carrying a 10-game hitting streak into the All-Star break and is 9-for-20 (.450) in July with an OPS of 1141. His .340 average and .386 on-base percentage mean Campbell may be worth an every day shot on your team if you are seeking infield depth.

Chris Heisey, LF, Cincinnati Reds: Think of Heisey as a cross in this segment between Fuld and Campbell. An overachiever with a knack for the big defensive play that doesn’t get into the lineup every day. Although, Heisey is making a strong case despite being unowned in ESPN leagues (1 per cent CBS), going 8-for-23 (.348) with a homer in July. His 3-for-5, two-RBI output on Sunday only strengthened his case for more playing time over Ryan Ludwick.

Scott Carroll, SP, Chicago White Sox: They’ve been singing Christmas carols in Chicago over this guy in July. Carroll (0.4 per cent ESPN, 2 per cent CBS) has posted back-to-back goose eggs over a combined 11 2/3 innings, notching wins over Boston and Cleveland. He has allowed only three hits, walking three and striking out eight in that span, which followed a rotten outing (seven ER, six IP) against the Angels. Carroll is worth a look in AL-only leagues as he’s 4-5 with a 4.19 ERA for the season.

FIVE DOWN

Phil Hughes, SP, Minnesota Twins: Hughes is looking over-owned in CBS leagues (89 per cent) after giving up at least five earned runs for the fourth time in five starts Sunday. Though he picked up a win, he was tagged for five earned runs and 10 hits by the Rockies, raising his ERA to 6.32 ERA over his last five starts. Hughes (43.7 per cent owned in ESPN) is still racking up the Ks (108 in 121 2/3 IP) but is reverting to some old bad habits.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves: The universally-owned Freeman is just 4-for-20 (.200) in his last five games, and despite a solid all-around July (nine RBI), Freeman hasn’t homered since hitting his 13th of the season on June 27.

Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta Braves: While we’re on the subject of slumping Braves, how about the once-invincible Teheran (100 per cent ESPN, 98 per cent CBS)? His season numbers still look dazzling, but his last two starts have been anything but, as he has allowed nine earned runs and three homers in 10 1/3 IP.

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers: Gonzalez is owned across the board, but is not really paying dividends to his owners lately. He is just 3-for-18 (.167) in his last five games and has just one long ball since June 23 despite a season total of 14. Once considered elite at the position, Gonzalez, a .291 career hitter, is batting just .250 this season.

Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Miami Marlins: Stanton is universally owned, but none of his owners is happy about his recent lag in production. He went 1-for-19 (.053) last week, and has not left the yard since June 26 after he racked up 21 in a hurry. Stanton has only driven in three runs since his last big fly.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who you see rising and who is falling.

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Diamond Stocks: Jeff Locke Shutting Them Down

July 7, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments (0)
It’s not often we showcase a player hitting below the Mendoza Line, but the Moose appears to have loosened up lately. In the ESPN world, Moustakas gets no respect (5.8 per cent ownership), although CBS owners have been more loyal (34 per cent). He’s 7-for-17 (.412) in his last five games with a pair of homers of and six RBI, and though he’s only batting .195 overall, that’s 50 points higher than where he was at exactly one month ago. Moustakas has 10 homers and 35 RBI on the season.
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Diamond Stocks: Matt Joyce Giving Rays Glimmer of Joy

June 30, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments Comments Off on Diamond Stocks: Matt Joyce Giving Rays Glimmer of Joy
Zunino’s ESPN ownership has spiked 5.4 percentage points up to 7.4 per cent, but he has a long way to go to catch his 45 per cent mark in CBS leagues. They are more in tune with his four-homer, five-RBI surge since June 20. Zunino won’t get you average, but he’s got 11 dingers on the season. Wake up, ESPN Fantasy world!
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Diamond Stocks: Kole Calhoun Kicking into Gear

June 23, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments Comments Off on Diamond Stocks: Kole Calhoun Kicking into Gear
Calhoun hit his sixth home run of the season (third this month) Sunday against Texas, and rapped four hits in an Angels rout in Cleveland Wednesday.
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Diamond Stocks: Bobby Abreu Turns Back the Clock

June 16, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments (1)
Clearly, Ludwick did not take kindly to being designated to a part-time role. That could change given his torrid June, in which he has gone 11-for-28 (.393) with two homers, including a 4-for-5 showing Sunday. Keep an eye on the proud veteran’s playing time because if Ludwick gets back to playing every day, his numbers could sneak up on you — or at least the 0.3 per cent of people that own him in ESPN leagues and eight per cent that have him in CBS leagues.
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