One week after struggling to identify even one sleeper hitter, much less 10, I'm going hog wild here in Week 26 (Sept. 20-26).
The schedule allows me to do so. It's like MLB put off every rainout until this week. The White Sox and Cardinals are scheduled for eight games. The Indians are scheduled for nine. Only 12 teams are scheduled for fewer than seven games, with two, the Red Sox and Mets, having just five.
Mostly, though, it's the depleted state of starting pitching around the league that makes for such a hitter-friendly slate. A full week of Coors Field action also helps.
I've tried to narrow the many choices down to the best 10 here, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
CHC Chi. Cubs • #18 • Age: 29
Frankie two-hits continues to live up to his Frank Stampfl-inspired nickname, and at this point, I don't even care that he's on one of the few teams with only six games. The matchups are favorable enough.
Brandon Belt 1B
SF San Francisco • #9 • Age: 33
Only six games for the Giants, too, but three are at Coors Field. Plus, Brandon Belt has been crushing it of late, and with only one lefty on the schedule, he may well start every game.
STL St. Louis • #27 • Age: 26
The matchups could be better for the Cardinals, but eight games are eight games and Tyler O'Neill has hit better than .300 the past two months.
Adam Duvall LF
ATL Atlanta • #14 • Age: 33
For someone with a bad batting average and even worse OBP, Adam Duvall seems like he should be a lot less useful than he is. But he's hit safely in every game this month and is enjoying one of his patented power surges.
COL Colorado • #7 • Age: 25
He actually hasn't performed as well at home as on the road this year, but he's oh so due there, especially after catching fire over the weekend. The floor for him this week with a full slate of games in Colorado is pretty high.
KC Kansas City • #16 • Age: 27
He's been piling up multi-hit games recently, even delivering a five-spot on Wednesday, and has a pretty good chance to keep it going against the seven pitchers on the slate this week.
Nicky Lopez SS
KC Kansas City • #8 • Age: 26
The difference between Nicky Lopez and Benintendi is that Lopez provides virtually no power. But if stolen bases are more along the lines of what you need, he's the better choice.
SF San Francisco • #10 • Age: 36
He isn't playing quite every day but isn't sitting as often as I feared either. The production has been solid enough since his return from a finger issue, so you have to like his chances at Colorado.
BAL Baltimore • #25 • Age: 27
The Rangers series especially should give Anthony Santander a chance to put some balls in the bleachers. I might prefer Austin Hays to him if there weren't so few left-handers on the schedule.
Kyle Farmer SS
CIN Cincinnati • #17 • Age: 31
In a week of great matchups for hitters, the Reds have the second-best. Kyle Farmer should be able to provide some pop against pitchers like Mitch Keller, Wil Crowe, Patrick Corbin and Josh Rogers.