In addition to Monday's eight featured Pickups of the Week, Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert Brandon Funston offers a Wednesday update on five hitters on the rise that weren't profiled in Monday's POW. The same criteria applies - players must be available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues. On Friday, we'll offer the same drill for pitchers.
Padre offers premium power for a pittance
Carlos Quentin (OF) San Diego Padres
If you need power, a healthy Quentin will, without question, provide it. Avoiding injury has been an issue for most of his career, but piling up extra-base hits hasn't. Among those with 200 plate appearances this season, Quentin ranks 21st in OPS (.912). And of those 20 players that sit ahead of him, 19 are owned in 80 percent of leagues or more, and the other (Carlos Ruiz) is out 4-6 weeks with a foot injury.
- Y! %36%
- LW rank67
- AVG .300
Pagan offering a little bit of everything, and a lot of speed
Angel Pagan (OF) San Francisco Giants
Pagan is the highest-ranked offensive player in the Yahoo! game not owned in more than half of leagues. And he's been a top five fantasy value for the past week thanks to his past five games – .455, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs, 2 SBs. The Giants leadoff hitter is a proven speed-need (BA, Runs, SB) add that offers a bit more pop than the typical speed help you usually find off the wire.
- Y! %46%
- LW rank5
Forget about fading into the sunset, Jones going out with guns a' blazing
Chipper Jones (3B) Atlanta Braves
Nominated as a POW a couple weeks ago, Jones still clocks in under the 50 percent ownership threshold despite hitting .382 in his past 32 games, including 5 HRS, 22 RBIs and 20 Runs. That's pushing top 40 offensive fantasy production for that span. In fact, since June 26, only seven hitters (McCutchen, Trout, Zimmerman, Miggy Cabrera, Pujols, Posey and Holliday) can boast a higher OPS than Jones' 1.093 mark. Jones now has less than two months remaining in the final regular season of his career. I'd suggest you hitch your wagon to what looks to be a memorable ride.
- Y! %48%
- LW rank109
Right in line with his past, Drew's bat coming online in August
Stephen Drew (SS) Arizona Diamondbacks
The usual caveat applies here: If you are in the market for a shortstop, Colorado's Josh Rutledge is the under 50-percent owned player to look for first. But if that option is a no-go in your league, take a look to see if Drew is available. He's struggled for most of the six weeks he's been active for Arizona this season, but August offers a glimmer of hope that things are starting to come around. He has a home run in each of his past two games and is hitting .389 through the first seven games of this month. Drew, who's still only 28, has struggled with injuries the past two seasons. But, before that, he finished top four among shortstops in extra-base hits three consecutive seasons ('08-'10). And though looking at monthly splits is a dubious exercise, it may be encouraging to note that Drew's best two months of his career are August and September (.834-plus OPS mark in both).
- Y! %20%
- LW rank104
Chavez showing that he has the "right" stuff for the Yanks
Eric Chavez (3B) New York Yankees
No doubt, Chavez is a shadow of his early aughts self. But owners that have some bench flexibility and a hot corner issue might be able to mine some quality production from the biggest benefactor of Alex Rodriguez's broken hand. Chavez sits against lefties, but he's been crushing righties – 11 HRs, .915 OPS in 170 ABs. A-Rod is out until early September, most likely, so Chavez has about a month left of fairly steady playing time.
- Y! %3%
- LW rank58
• LW Rank denotes a player's ranking in the Yahoo! fantasy baseball game for the past week