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.
Young backstop has hit the ground sprinting in Kansas City
Salvador Perez (C) Kansas City Royals
Perez is a friend of the POW family, having appeared in this space already on a few occasions. All this guy has done since arriving in Kansas City last season is hit. He's now played 100 games for the Royals and sports a .847 OPS in those contests. Kansas City thinks highly of Perez and didn't hesitate to promote him quickly to the majors. He's currently riding a 17-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .361 with two home runs, 13 RBIs and 12 runs. As stated here before, Perez is one of the brightest rising catcher stars in the league and demands your attention.
- Y! %39%
- LW rank13
- AVG .400
Despite lofty speed numbers, Revere still not getting respect
Ben Revere (OF) Minnesota Twins
Grabbing the attention of the fantasy community has been a fruitless endeavor for Revere, who has appeared in this space a few times already. Since May 17 he's been a top 40 offensive fantasy commodity, hitting .300 with 36 steals (MLB's third-best in that span) in 101 games. For a batting average/steals combo plate, you really can't hope to find better than Revere.
- Y! %38%
- LW rank35
- AVG .300
Belt hasn't buckled at the dish over the past couple months
Brandon Belt (1B/OF) San Francisco Giants
As colleague Scott Pianowski recently pointed out, Belt offers valuable flex appeal (multi-position eligibility). He's also offering valuable production, as he's hit .340 over his past 44 games. Belt doesn't bring classic 1B power to the table, but he's certainly capable of turning that spigot on a little more over the final weeks of the season. And he will steal some bases, which could prove a useful way for an owner to sneak a little extra speed into the lineup without having to sacrifice power completely.
- Y! %20%
- LW rank94
- AVG .250
Beckham rollercoaster bending in the right direction once again
Gordon Beckham (2B) Chicago White Sox
It's been an up-and-down year for Beckham but, considering his two follow-up seasons to his rookie campaign, at least he's had some "ups" this year. Beckham is going well right now, hitting .344 with four home runs and 13 RBIs over his past 20 games, putting him on the cusp of the top 10 2B-eligible players for that span. If a bit more pop is what you need out of your second sacker, you might want to consider Beckham.
- Y! %10%
- LW rank64
- AVG .375
Even with limited playing time, Pads' consistency king making a roto impact
Chris Denorfia (OF) San Diego Padres
Denorfia is scorching hot at the moment (check out his past week's line) but, really, he's been hot for most of the season – batting average of .294 or better in every month save May. The biggest knock against him is that he's not playing every day, but that's not a major quibble when you consider his production over the past month has still been good enough to land him among the top 70 fantasy hitters over that span. In deeper leagues, Denorfia's batting average combined with a little bit of power/speed upside should fit in just fine.
- Y! %5%
- LW rank9
- AVG .529
• LW Rank denotes a player's ranking in the Yahoo! fantasy baseball game for the past week