Again manning the charge alone, fantasy expert, Rob Shaw takes a look at some of the best Outfielders in baseball that still might be hanging around your league’s fantasy wire.
Nick Swisher, Yankees
The Yankees bats seem to be waking up, and while he won’t make the All-Star game, Swisher can very much still fix this season. His average is just .245 right now, but consider that he is actually batting .316 this month with a stellar six home runs and 18 RBI. To put that in perspective, in last year’s All-Star season, the most home runs Swisher belted in a month was seven and the most RBI was 19. So he could actually outperform last year’s figures in the few days remaining in June.
Vernon Wells, Angels
Blue Jays fans are very much familiar with the streaky nature of Vernon Wells, but this is the first time that the Angels fan base sees it in person. After a dismal start to the season, Wells is heating up with three home runs and 7 RBI over the last seven games. Wells still has some power, he has nine blasts so far after swatting 31 dingers last season.
Nick Markakis, Orioles
Despite the .296 career average and solid arm in the outfield, Nick Markakis is often considered a disappointment because the power never developed. However, at 27 years old, this Long Island native still has some time on his side. This month Markakis is batting .337 with 13 RBI, which marks a season high. He also has six steals on the season, so keep the Orioles outfielder on your watch list.
BJ Upton, Rays
Dropped in a lot of fantasy leagues thanks to the .219 average as of June 22, BJ Upton is making a case to be a great pickup. He has at least one RBI in each of the last four games and has gone deep in the last three games. On the season, Upton has 20 steals with 11 home runs while racking up 40-plus in runs and RBI. While he will hurt you in average, Upton has the rare ability to help in every other statistic. You have to pick him up if he’s available in your fantasy league’s waiver wire.
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