Fantasy baseball: Best and worst of Sunday

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David DeJesus – Kansas City Royals
vs Arizona Diamondbacks
3-5, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

DeJesus added to the frustrations of those who drafted Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings. The first grand slam of DeJesus' career came in this game, and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle against a pitcher many expected to break out in a big way this season.

The Royals slugger has been stepping up his fantasy production in June (3 HR, 11 RBI, 10 R, .345 AVG) and may not be a bad play if you're in need of an outfielder.

Yup, he's good

A-Rod’s stats over the weekend:
4-7, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB

Say what you want, but since coming off the disabled list, A-Rod has been on a tear. He's the greatest player in baseball and without question the greatest player for fantasy baseball purposes. You don't need our advice when determining whether or not A-Rod should be in your lineup because regardless of the competition and regardless of the situation, he is always a must start.

White Sox Sluggers

Time to drop Paul Konerko and Jim Thome, or at least realistically look at using someone else until they prove that what they’re in is only a slump, and not the end of their careers. Konerko is rumored to be heading to the disabled list with a strained oblique that he suffered during batting practice Sunday, and Thome is barely hitting over .200 on the season. They'll both probably rebound a little bit at some point during the season, but these 'slumps' have lasted since the beginning of last year. If you can get something for either, I applaud you and encourage you to do so. But if there's a decent replacement on the waiver wire, it's time to go fishing for your new replacement.

Fine, let’s talk about Carlos Quentin

I'll let Sun-Times writer Toni Ginnetti sum up exactly how bad it's gotten for the young star on the Sox:

Left fielder Carlos Quentin has a good chance to represent the White Sox in the All-Star Game, thanks to his 16 home runs (third in the American League) and 54 RBI (second in the AL).

But he has been without a homer in his last 33 at-bats and has only one hit in his last 14 at-bats (.071). That was part of the reason manager Ozzie Guillen gave Quentin the day off Sunday. Quentin had played in all but two games this season.

There was no way Quentin was going to keep up with the torrid pace he set at the beginning of the season. While it does seem slumps on the South Side tend to last longer than anywhere else, I'm not sure it's a very good idea to give up on a kid who has the potential to be the new star of this team. Granted, you could probably get great value for him in a trade and if the right deal comes along I'd be tempted to pull the trigger myself. But there's alot of baseball left and Carlos Quentin will bounce back eventually. It's just a question of when.

Best of Sunday

C.C. Sabathia - Cleveland Indians
vs. San Diego Padres
8 IP, 3 ER, 10 K, 1 BB

The big boy is starting to regain that Cy Young form he displayed last year, and the very form that's going to be delivering big time money in the offseason when he becomes a free agent. Sabathia is about as dominant as any pitcher in baseball and is a must start every time it's his turn to take the bump.

Josh Beckett - Boston Red Sox
vs. Cincinnati Reds
7 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB

Last week I tell you to start him and he lays an egg. We ignore him and he throws a gem. Thus is the beauty of fantasy baseball.

Joe Saunders - L.A. Angels
vs. Atlanta Braves
7.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB

Saunders picked up his tenth win of the season and is quickly becoming the ace of an Angels pitching staff that is already considered one of baseball's best. Keep plugging this guy into your starting lineup and if you don't have him, wouldn't be a bad idea to swing a deal to get him. He's for real.

Worst of Sunday

Roy Oswalt - Houston Astros
vs. the New York Yankees
5.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 R, 8 H, 4 BB

The little guy that throws gas just doesn't seem to have it so far this year. We've all seen what he's capable over the years but games like this one are hard to ignore. Putting up season highs in walks and pitches (118), Oswalt isn't getting done for the Astros or fantasy players. At this point he's only a situational starter depending on what team he's facing and not a must start like he had always been before.

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I demand the credit for Carlos Q...I pointed this out a week ago on both ur sites Rickey and on this one dareth u give it to Toni Ginnetti..anyway hope you had a pleasant weekend...see you thur for beverages?

No trading Quentin!

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