This week, the sports world has seen some incredible and sad occurrences. With everything happening in the NFL with Junior Seau and the Saints' bounty program, and the playoffs for the NBA and NHL, this week has been one to remember. The baseball world hasn't been excluded from the news, with Jered Weaver pitching a no-hitter and now the latest news regarding Mariano Rivera and a torn ACL.
While the sports world is in total chaos, the fantasy baseball world has seen some players finally break out of slumps to perform well for fantasy GM's. Who are the top fantasy stars for the fifth week of the season?
While Albert Pujols may still be without a home run this season, Kendrick and Hunter have both gotten into the action. In three games this week, Kendrick has gone 7-for-14 with two home runs and four RBIs. To go with his .500 average, he also has a 1.692 OPS, finally coming around for the under-performing Angels.
Hunter started the season off slow, but like Kendrick, has turned it. He has gone 6-for-13 this week with two home runs, five RBIs and a stolen base. His OPS is 1.456 and he has raised his season average to .315.
Ichiro, Seattle Mariners
A lot has been said about the demise of Ichiro as a 200-hit threat in Major League Baseball. 2011 was the first time he failed to reach that mark during his time in the United States, but I was still optimistic about his return to greatness this season. He had a nice week earlier in April, but has been a disappointment since. This week, he has returned to form, going 8-for-17 with two doubles and an OPS of 1.088.
Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Andrus has slowly been coming around in the past couple of weeks and is off to a great start this week. He is 7-for-14 with three RBIs in three games and has seen his average rise 62 points in the past 10 games.
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Hobson Lopes has been playing fantasy baseball for more than 10 years and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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