The Mariners have the best hitter matchups in Week 9 (May 24-30), in case you were giving some thought to sitting Jarred Kelenic or Kyle Lewis, neither of whom has been particularly useful so far. The Athletics and Indians are also among the teams with the most favorable hitter matchups, but like the Mariners, their hitters are all either too high-end or too low-end to crack this list of sleepers.
For most of this season, I've been able to look to Coors Field for some easy sleeper picks, but it turns no team is playing there this week as the Rockies' home-heavy schedule begins to even out. As you'll see below, I do think one of their hitters (beyond the obvious Trevor Story, Ryan McMahon and Charlie Blackmon) may still be worth using, but only because he's under-rostered in the first place.
Here are the top hitter recommendations among those rostered in less than 80 percent in CBS Sports leagues.
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PIT Pittsburgh • #10 • Age: 26
Speaking of under-rostered, Bryan Reynolds has recaptured his line-drive stroke from his rookie season and has been a doubles machine so far. The matchups are great, but even if they weren't, just start him already.
TEX Texas • #5 • Age: 26
It's true his numbers have slipped a little over the past couple weeks, but with as much contact as he makes, I'll bet on him more weeks than not. He should be able to beat up on the Mariners staff.
Miguel Sano 1B
MIN Minnesota • #22 • Age: 28
Between a three-homer game Tuesday, a grand slam Thursday and another home run Saturday, the premier slugger is heating up and has primo matchups this week.
Ian Happ CF
CHC Chi. Cubs • #8 • Age: 26
He's on a power surge of his own since coming back from an IL stint for bruised ribs and faces some hittable pitchers in that Pirates series especially.
C.J. Cron 1B
COL Colorado • #25 • Age: 31
A pesky back injury kept him from getting picked up when he was at his hottest, but he's off the IL now and flashing a studly stat line. Though he won't be at Coors Field, the matchups are pretty favorable.
Nico Hoerner 2B
CHC Chi. Cubs • #2 • Age: 24
Mostly, I think the hit tool is too good for him to remain available much longer, and I think he'd be rostered most everywhere already if he hadn't missed time with a forearm injury. He's back now and piling up hits again.
CHW Chi. White Sox • #25 • Age: 23
The rookie can't seem to get in a groove but has been playing more regularly lately and should be able to take advantage of the White Sox's favorable matchups (third-best by my rakings) given that three of the pitchers on tap are lefties. Check out his splits, and you'll see what I mean.
Tyler Naquin CF
CIN Cincinnati • #12 • Age: 30
More fun with splits: Every pitcher on the Reds' schedule this week throws right-handed. It's been a winning formula so far for the left-handed-hitting Tyler Naquin.
Adam Frazier 2B
PIT Pittsburgh • #26 • Age: 29
I've been skeptical of Adam Frazier, given his track record, but he has maintained a batting average well over .300 thanks to an elite line-drive rate. The Pirates have the fourth-best matchups this week.
MIA Miami • #15 • Age: 28
He'll come out ahead on volume with the Marlins scheduled for seven games, and some of the pitchers on tap like Chase Anderson, Martin Perez, Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez have been giving up bunches of hits lately. Just seems like he's due.