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Week 3 Fantasy Baseball Tips: Hitter Cheat Sheet

Ian Kinsler fantasy baseball tipsCheck out our in-season fantasy baseball cheat sheet for stats and ownership percentages of the top hitters in fantasy baseball over the past 7 days, 30 days, and full season. Feel free to use this handy resource to optimize your starting lineup for your upcoming weekly matchups.

Ian Kinsler had a monster weekend for his fantasy baseball owners and was last week’s top hitter. I-Kinz hit .556 in the last week with 9 runs scored, 6 RBI, 6 steals and 2 homeruns.

He’s also very likely to be the top second baseman in all of fantasy baseball this season, so we know you’re going to play him. Some other notable performances over the past week include:

  • Andre Ethier (83% owned) and Carlos Pena had 12 RBIs apiece
  • Carlos Quentin smashed 5 homeruns
  • Raul Ibanez batted .550

If you own Ethier, he should probably be starting in your lineup this week. If you find him available on your league’s waiver wire, scoop him up immediately. This guy was a top fantasy baseball sleeper coming into the season, and you should be sleeping on him no more.

Below are three Week 2 fantasy baseball phenoms and advice on how you should handle them heading into Week 3:

  • Orlando Hudson, Los Angeles Dodgers: O-Hud is available in over 30% of fantasy baseball leagues and can contribute speed, run production, and a solid batting average to fantasy owners. Last week, he batted .542 with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 steal, and 5 RBI. Second base is a thin position, but Hudson right now isn’t anything more than a fill in second baseman. If the Dodgers continue this impressive run production over the course of the season, you have to consider him as an everyday starter. Add him if available in your league, but don’t plan on making him a regular starter at this time.
  • Mike Jacobs, Kansas City Royals: Jacobs is a decent source of power and available in around 80% of fantasy baseball leagues. Last week, he batted .364 with 4 homeruns, 9 RBI, and 6 runs scored. Jacobs had a career year last season with the Marlins, hitting 32 homeruns and knocking in 93. He won’t maintain that .364 clip over the course of the season, but the power from Jacobs is no fluke. If he can produce numbers similar to last season in 2009, Jacobs has to garner consideration as a DH or Utility hitter on most mixed league fantasy rosters. Certainly he’s worth a flier if your team lacks power early in the year.
  • Cody Ross, Florida Marlins: Ross is a classic slugger with a high strikeout total and homerun count. Last year in 461 at-bats, Ross hit 22 homeruns and struck out 116 times. Last week, he hit .429 with 3 homeruns, 11 RBI, and 4 runs scored. Over the course of the year, his average will dip to around .250, but 25 or more homeruns is possible if Ross gets over 500 at-bats. If you’re looking for power in the outfield, Ross is a comparable player to Mike Jacobs – worth a flier but not a must add. He’s available in almost 95% of fantasy leagues.
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