Pickups of the Week: Hitters

In addition to Monday's eight featured Pickups of the Week, Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert Brandon Funston offers a Friday 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 Fridays, we also do the same drill for pitchers.

Carlos Gomez

The other CarGo has been hanging among the elite for the past couple months

Carlos Gomez (OF) Milwaukee Brewers
Colleague Scott Pianowski has already lobbied for Gomez this week, but he's been so good that another voice in support of "the other CarGo" is warranted. Over the past two months, only Mike Trout, Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols have been more valuable offensive fantasy commodities. That's pretty esteemed company. He has 11 home runs and a league-high 20 steals in that span. There's no way to justify that kind of production sitting free on the wire.

  • Y! %39%
  • LW rank6
  • AVG .292
  • HR2
  • RBI4
  • R6
  • SB4
Pedro Alvarez

The light bulb has turned on for this post-hype Pirate

Pedro Alvarez (3B) Pittsburgh Pirates
If you need power, Alvarez's 26 home runs should be shining at you like a beacon on the waiver wire. Over Alvarez's past 63 games, he's hitting an even .300 with 18 home runs and 45 RBIs, numbers that land him among the top 25 fantasy hitters for that span. And only six players have bested his 18 homers in that window of time. An encouraging development underneath this scorching run is that Alvarez has more walks in August (15) than in any other month of his career.

  • Y! %43%
  • LW rank4
  • AVG.478
  • HR3
  • RBI7
  • R5
  • SB0
Josh Rutledge

Rockies shortstop is healthy again, still looking for some fantasy respect

Josh Rutledge (SS) Colorado Rockies
A quad injury has messed with Rutledge's playing time over the past 10 days, but he's healthy again and has gone 4-for-9 in his first two games back to full-time duty. Rutledge has been criminally ignored by the fantasy community since his mid-July arrival in Colorado. Only Jose Reyes, Derek Jeter and Hanley Ramirez have been more valuable fantasy shortstop commodities since his call-up. He offers nice pop and serviceable speed for the position. And he's actually hitting better on the road than he has at the hitter's paradise that is Coors Field.

  • Y! %33%
  • LW rank35
  • AVG.462
  • HR1
  • RBI4
  • R4
  • SB1
Yasmani Grandal

After a DL stint, Yasmania starting to heat up again

Yasmani Grandal (C) San Diego Padres
After going 0-for-12 in his first four games after coming off a DL stint (oblique), the '10 first-round pick of the Reds has turned things around with a 6-for-17 (.353) run over his past five games. The 23-year-old oozes upside. He has excellent plate discipline and he's shown some power potential (6 HRs in 33 games). If you need backstop help, Grandal offers the kind of pedigree that is easy to get excited about.

  • Y! %9%
  • LW rank30
  • AVG.353
  • HR1
  • RBI6
  • R6
  • SB0
Brett Jackson

Young Cub offers deep leaguers nice power/speed potential

Brett Jackson (OF) Chicago Cubs
Deep leaguers may want to take a closer look at the Cubs' top hitting prospect, who is starting to find a groove after opening his MLB career in a 4-for-28. Since then, he's hit .261 with four home runs and nine runs in his past 15 games, with three home runs coming in the past week. Jackson has struggled with strikeouts throughout his professional career, but he's walked at nearly the same rate that he's whiffed (11:14) over his past 11 games. Jackson has flashed his power upside with the Cubs, but we're still waiting for his speed to translate. That he's getting on base at a steady clip should help get things going on the base paths soon enough.

  • Y! %2%
  • LW rank10
  • AVG.368
  • HR3
  • RBI6
  • R6
  • SB0

LW Rank denotes a player's ranking in the Yahoo! fantasy baseball game for the past week

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