Be aware that these recommendations don't apply if your first scoring period after the All-Star break is of the extra long 10-day variety. The matchup information is incomplete, and besides, your lineup has locked already.
- Week 17: |
But if your first scoring period after the All-Star break consisted only of that spare weekend and you're preparing to set your lineup anew Monday, then let's have at it.
As always, my selection is limited to players rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. All information is up to date as of Sunday evening.
Jake Fraley RF
CIN Cincinnati • #27 • Age: 28
Since returning from an IL stint for a wrist injury June 18, Fraley is batting .295 (18 for 61) with four homers, five steals and a .944 OPS, making him the 17th-best outfielder in points leagues during that stretch. Sure, he sits against left-handers, but the Reds are facing only one of those this week while boasting the fifth-best hitter matchups.
TJ Friedl CF
CIN Cincinnati • #29 • Age: 28
During the same month-long stretch that Jake Fraley is the 12th-best outfielder in points leagues, TJ Friedl is the 12th-best, mostly on the strength of walks and stolen bases. He may have a lower ceiling from week to week than Fraley, but he's more reliable and should also thrive with a full week of home games.
Riley Greene CF
DET Detroit • #31 • Age: 23
Greene returned from a lengthy absence for a fractured fibula just before the break and immediately picked up where he left off with a couple multi-hit games. It's surprising he's as available in as many leagues as he is, but you should take advantage by picking him up for a week of favorable matchups, beginning with four games against the Royals pitching staff.
Joey Votto 1B
CIN Cincinnati • #19 • Age: 40
The Reds have some of the most favorable hitter matchups of any team in Week 17 thanks in large part to them having a full seven games at their homer-friendly home park. Lately, it hasn't mattered where Votto is playing. The 39-year-old has provided plenty of power and should continue the trend against some of the worst the Giants and Diamondbacks can throw at him.
Seiya Suzuki RF
CHC Chi. Cubs • #27 • Age: 29
Suzuki continues to make high-quality contact even though the results haven't been there, but he's produced against left-handers at least, batting .297. The Cubs have four of those on tap in a week when they also have the fourth-best hitter matchups.
MIA Miami • #14 • Age: 26
De La Cruz has become a fixture in this space whenever the Marlins have favorable matchups, which is certainly true this week with three games against the Cardinals and three against the Rockies. He entered the break batting .313 (25 for 80) in his past 20 games.
SD San Diego • #24 • Age: 32
The story for Cooper is that he generally produced when healthy, but he's only recently come alive, batting .354 (23 for 65) with four homers in his past 17 games. Still, that's just in time for a week of favorable matchups that include Miles Mikolas, Connor Seabold and Chase Anderson.
Jarren Duran CF
BOS Boston • #16 • Age: 27
A series of multi-hit games just before the break brought Duran's batting average up to .320 and began earning him looks in the leadoff spot again. You have to like that he begins Week 17 with three games against the Athletics pitching staff.
HOU Houston • #14 • Age: 29
Dubon doesn't offer much in the way of power or speed, but he's a good bet to maximize his output out of the leadoff spot while filling in for Jose Altuve this week. Not only do the Astros have the best matchups, playing two games at Colorado and four at Oakland, but they're also facing three lefties, against whom Dubon is batting .364.
Dane Myers CF
MIA Miami • #54 • Age: 27
The converted pitcher has looked great as a fill-in for Jazz Chisholm in center field, batting .406 (13 for 32) in nine games, and you won't find too many faults in his performance at Triple-A prior to getting the call. He's available in virtually all leagues and has the matchups to make an impact, if only in five-outfielder leagues.