Justin Upton,OF, Atlanta Braves: Cold Batter
Upton finished 1-for-3 with an RBI in Atlanta's 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks. After exploding in the opening month of the season with 12 dingers and 19 RBI, Upton has just three home runs and 18 RBI in the two months since then, hitting a meager .212 (38-for-179) in that span. Both him and his brother, BJ, are struggling mightily, but the Braves are nestled into first place in the NL East, so it hasn't affected the teams performance much obviously. Upton has always been a streaky hitter, so if you stuck with him long enough to see these two months of struggle, no use in trading him now and watching him get hot for the next two. Hes the type of guy you live and die with in fantasy.
Delmon Young, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Hot Batter
The Phillies scored 16 runs and Delmon Young burst out for six RBI on three hits. He is on a mini-tear in his past three games, going 9-for-14 with a big fly and eight runs batted in, more than doubling his RBI total on the season. After missing most of April and sleeping through May, Young has finally hit his stride (.319 AVG, 3 HR, 15 RBI in June) and could be a hot waiver pickup this week, especially considering he's owned in just three percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets: A Surgeon on the Mound
The phenom put together another great performance, striking out 11 over seven innings. He gave up just three hits and one earned on a solo shot by Ian Desmond. Going against the Mets trend during Harvey's starts, they actually scored four runs for him, but Brandon Lyon gave up a bases clearing double to Ryan Zimmerman in the eighth inning to prevent Harvey, 23, from earning his eighth win of the year. The guy just continues to dominate, his WHIP still sitting under a 1.00 and his ERA at a dazzling 2.00 on the dot. His 132 SO through 17 starts puts him just second in the majors behind Yu Darvish.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: Trade Player
Stanton finished 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Marlins were trounced by San Diego, 9-2. He now has 21 RBI to go along with seven homers on the year, but he hasn't hit a homerun in nine games and considering the transparency of the Miami offense, the only way he's going to drive in runs is by putting the ball over the fence. It's always nice to have sluggers, and Stanton will most likely pick it up in the second half, but in my opinion, he is too much of a headache player this year because of the lack of talent around him and rumors of him being shopped around the league. Both situations are tough, especially with him being such a young guy. If you are stuck with him, try and make a move. Sell people on the fact that Logan Morrison and Marcell Ozuna can help protect (and although they certainly help, it won't be enough to make a real impact) him in the lineup, providing him with better pitches and more RBI chances.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Return from DL
Gomez made his return to action yesterday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored in Milwaukee's loss to Pittsburgh. The 27-year old suffered a shoulder injury after running into a wall in center field last week, but he seemed to show no ill effects of the injury and should be back to normal moving forward. He is in the midst of a career season, hitting 12 HR, stealing 15 bases with a very impressive .567 slugging percentage, good for sixth in the major leagues. A 25/25 season is not out of the picture and if Gomez can keep his average up, there is no reason why he won't be a top 20 fantasy player when the season ends.