Mark Reynolds (1B - WAS) Reynolds continued to be on fire since being brought in by Washington to fill in for Ryan Zimmerman at first base in the Nats 3-2 win over the Orioles Tuesday. Reynolds was 2 for 4 at the plate, with a homer and two runs scored in the win. In his 12 games with the team, the veteran is slashing a whopping .417/.462/.944 with six homers, eight RBI and ten runs scored. The most impressive part? He is striking out just 13.2% of the time, which is less than half of his career mark of 14.3%. It remains to be seen what will happen with Reynolds, Matt Adams and Zimmerman once the team is up to full strength. The Nats have a few trade chips to play down the stretch if they need to add a bullpen piece for the stretch run. In the meantime, ride the hot streak!!
Ben Zobrist (2B - CHC) Zobrist went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored, as the Cubs topped the Pirates 8-4 Tuesday. Overall, the veteran utility man is slashing an impressive .283/.377/.417 on the season with three home runs, 15 RBI, and 23 runs scored. Zobrist has been a useful waiver addition in most formats, and based on his career numbers, he's much more this year's version than the player we saw last season. He is one of Joe Maddon's favorites since their days together in Tampa Bay, and will get opportunities in the Cubs lineup. If he's producing, he belongs on teams in most formats.
Harrison Bader (OF - STL) Bader was 3 for 4 with a homer in the Cardinals 6-1 win over the Brewers Tuesday. Since his call up, the rookie is slashing .274/.358/.440 and joins Tyler O'Neill as the latest two Cardinals outfield call ups to see success. The problem with owning is there are a lot of capable bats in the St. Louis outfield. It would help owners greatly if one was moved out of town, both to open time for who remains, but also to move on to a better spot on another roster. In daily leagues he is worth it but is a tough start in weekly leagues.
Austin Meadows (OF - PIT) The rook clubbed his fourth homer since his callup, and was 3 for 5 overall, in the Pirates 8-6 loss to the Cubs Tuesday. Overall in his 11 games, Meadows has impressed by slashing .425/.415/.850 with the four bombs, seven RBI, nine runs and three steals. Owners couldn't be happier with his performance, especially the unexpected power surge. It remains to be seen what happens once the outfield is at full strength, but Meadows is making a case to stay. If he's up, he needs to be in your lineup, but he has yet to take a walk, and his .375 BABIP doesn't seem to be sustainable. However, he is one of the most talented prospects in the minors and is showing that the hype is real.
Asdrubal Cabrera (2B - NYM) The veteran went 2 for 4 with two homers and three RBI in the Mets' 7-6 loss to the Braves Tuesday. Cabrera is using his time machine to go back to his days in Cleveland, as he is slashing .315/.353/.550 with 10 homers and 34 RBI. If you spent a late round pick on him, or were able to add him off waivers, hats off to you. Nobody saw this coming, and his numbers are outpacing career output, however, his .373 wOBA and .349 BABIP figure to come down a bit. Even if they do, he remains a fantasy MVP up to this point, and is one of those adds that could make an average team a champ.
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