Wednesday's best and worst of fantasy baseball

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The Good Stuff

Position Players

J.D. Drew - Boston Red Sox (OF)
4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

It's looks like everyone in Bean Town is going to owe this man a serious apology. And don't think we forgot about you fantasy baseball owners either. Stop thinking that Drew is going to tank like he has been known to do, he looks comfortable now and is going to be counted upon heavily with David Ortiz out of the lineup.

Placido Polanco - Detroit Tigers (2B)
4-4, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB

After going through a hideous start to the season, Polanco has been steadily raising his average and is without question the most consistent hitter in the Tigers lineup. It's no coincidence the Tigers revival has coincided with Polanco's resurgence. Hitting second in the order, Polanco is perhaps one of the best contact hitters in the league and will work deep into pitch counts until he connects.

He's a grinder kind of guy and a great fantasy option that gives you high batting average, hits, runs and walks.

Alex Rodriguez - New York Yankees (3B)
3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Took Padres ace Jake Peavy deep and actually managed to steal a base. A-Rod is quickly moving his way up in a plethora of statistical categories and by the All-Star break, could be nipping at the heels of those who are leading them.

He is the greatest fantasy baseball player ever. No question.

Jose Reyes - New York Mets (SS)
3-5, 3 R, 1 SB

There were definitely other guys last night that had better stat lines than Reyes, but we're going to go beyond just the numbers.

The night before, Reyes got into a little spat with manager Jerry Manuel because the coach wanted to remove him from the game. It had appeared Reyes hurt his leg in some way and Manuel - on his first day of the job - didn't want to risk it.

Instead of pouting, Reyes came out last night and was rock solid while showing no ill effects from the night before. He's been off, just like the rest of the Mets team, and hopefully this was a sign of life from a guy that was a top five pick in most drafts.


Jeremy Guthrie - Baltimore Orioles
8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 8 K

Guthrie posted a season-high in strikeouts against a respectable Houston Astros team. The lone run came off the bat of Lance Berkman who connected for his 20th homerun of the season.

Dan Haren - Arizona Diamondbacks
7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 K

This is the guy the Diamondbacks were waiting to see. Haren's performance helped the D-Backs rebound from an awful performance from staff ace Brandon Webb the previous game.

The Bad Stuff

Derek Lee - Chicago Cubs (1B)
0-4, 2 K, 3 LOB

In a time when the Cubbies need Derek Lee to step up with Alfonso Soriano out of the lineup, he came up empty. The Tampa Bay Rays have silenced this Cubs offense and D Lee will need to get over this stinker quickly in today's series finale.

Barry Zito - San Francisco Giants (P)
2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB

Zito's record dropped to 2-11 this season and continually finds new ways to look worse every time he steps out onto the field.


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