With seven games against the Orioles and Tigers, the Yankees have the most favorable matchups of any team this week. But which of their hitters -- apart from the automatic starts, of course -- would you be willing to trust with those matchups? Clint Frazier? I would say not.
Meanwhile, the Rockies have seven games against some of the more suspect members of the Giants and Diamondbacks pitching staffs, putting them in the top five for hitter matchups this week. The problem is it's also their first full week away from Coors Field, which is likely to stifle their offense regardless of who's on the mound.
A couple of noteworthy DHs have a couple games in NL parks this week. J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox will visit the Mets, while Jorge Soler's and the Royals travel to Pittsburgh. Both have started a two games in the outfield already, though, so you can trust their teams to keep them in the lineup unless they're just looking to give them a day off. Martinez especially is too valuable to consider sitting in Fantasy.
Here are the top hitter recommendations among those rostered in less than 80 percent in CBS Sports leagues.
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Jed Lowrie DH
OAK Oakland • #8 • Age: 39
Already a top 10 second baseman, he should continue to climb the rankings with this week's matchups, especially since four of the opposing pitchers are left-handed. He's been at his best against lefties.
Nick Solak DH
SEA Seattle • #13 • Age: 29
He's at home for seven games and faces a lefty in three of them, which are pretty optimal conditions for him, judging by the splits. He's also been on a home run binge of late.
Justin Upton DH
SEA Seattle • #8 • Age: 36
The notoriously streaky slugger has sent a few balls out recently -- a possible sign of him heating up. He showed he's far from washed with seven homers in his final 24 games last season and four more this spring.
Joey Wendle SS
NYM N.Y. Mets • #13 • Age: 33
The matchups are middling, but it's hard to bench a player who's been piling up multi-hit games like he has. He makes enough contact that you don't need to fear the floor so much.
DET Detroit • #15 • Age: 29
His barrel and hard-hit rates hint at a possible breakout, as does his plus-plus plate discipline. The Rockies pitching staff doesn't figure to slow him down.
CLE Cleveland • #30 • Age: 29
It's always difficult to recommend Rockies hitters away from Coors Field, but the matchups are so favorable that it might be worth a roll of the dice at a position where impact is hard to find. His slugging percentage continues to climb.
C.J. Cron 1B
LAA L.A. Angels • #25 • Age: 34
Again, it's difficult to recommend a Rockies hitter away from Coors Field -- particularly one who has struggled to get going there. But there have been signs of him coming around lately, and the matchups are particularly favorable.
Paul DeJong SS
CHW Chi. White Sox • #29 • Age: 30
Shortstops with his kind of power aren't available on the waiver wire often, and he's been showing it off of late, rebounding from a rough start to the year.
Austin Riley 3B
ATL Atlanta • #27 • Age: 26
After a quiet first couple weeks, he's hit a couple home runs recently and may be on the verge of breaking through. He's done a better job of putting the bat on the ball this year.
Luis Arraez 2B
MIA Miami • #3 • Age: 26
There's nothing special about the Twins matchups this week, but it's been difficult to recommend Luis Arraez in recent weeks with all the lefties on the schedule. He's maintained a batting average over .300 in spite of it and should see more time in the leadoff spot this week.