Pitcher of the Week:
NL: John Thomson (SP--BRAVES)
This guy really isn't too bad. His earned run average thus far in 2006 has been pretty good, as he has posted a 3.04 mark, and he will pitch at home for his two starts this week. Thomson is always an injury concern and can be inconsistent at times, but when healthy and on his game, he can be a very serviceable starter. His two starts this week will be against the Dodgers and the D-Backs.
AL: Dan Haren (SP-- A's)
Haren is another quality young pitcher that the A's have produced. Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Mark Mulder trade, Haren has quietly put together a solid start to 2006. He is also a 2-start pitcher for the upcoming scoring period, and both match ups can be considered favorable ones, as he faces the lowly Royals and the "offensive juggernaut" (yes, I'm being sarcastic) Minnesota Twins.
Hitter of the Week:
NL: Dan Uggla (2B-- MARLINS)
Making a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors in the National League, Uggla is hitting over .300 and is showing some power (6 HR) from his second base position. Surprisingly, he can still be had off the waiver wire in a lot of mixed leagues. Uggla will be home to start the week against the San Francisco Giants, but then will travel to the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. I would love to sit here and say guys like Brad Hawpe will have a great week too, but by now you already know what he is capable of.
AL: Jose Lopez (2B-- MARINERS)
Okay, I know I am promoting another second baseman, but by my estimation, two-bagger is one of the weakest fantasy positions out there. With that said, Lopez is a guy that no one has heard of, but yet, continues to produce for the Mariners as suggested by his average approaching .300 and a pretty surprising 7 home runs. Also, this week he will be facing that stellar pitching staff in Kansas City, and on the road in Arlington-- a hitter's paradise. You could do a lot worse.
Pickup of the Week:
Jered Weaver (SP-- ANGELS)
Well folks, it has finally happened. Jered (younger brother of Jeff) has been called up by the Angels. Young pitchers can never be counted on too heavily, but why not take a chance on a promising phenom? This guy would have been the #1 overall pick in 2004's pitcher crazed draft if not for his "signability" issues. He has pretty much dominated Minor League opponents and now will be pitching for a legit contender down the stretch. If you have a roster spot, scoop him up quickly!
Scott Seabury is a multiple year Fantasy Baseball champion, and will field your questions if needed. You can email him at CBaz02@aol.com, but please realize he can only answer so many.