MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 29

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Players of the Night


Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox
vs. Minnesota Twins
7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 4 BB, W

It looks like Josh Beckett is starting to turn the corner and head straight back to becoming one the game's elite fantasy pitchers. After back to back starts at the end of April in which he gave up a combined 15 earned runs in only 9.2 innings of work, Beckett has now produced five quality starts with only nine earned runs allowed.

He's as dominant as they come and for those of you who were patient are reaping the benefits. For those of you who scooped him up at the right time from a panicky owner, we congratulate you.


Luke Scott, Baltimore Orioles
vs. Detroit Tigers
2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI


Don't feel bad because we barely had this guy on our radar up until a couple weeks ago. But it might be time for you to keep Scott in mind if you're looking for a little extra pop in your lineup.

Despite recently returning from a shoulder injury, Scott has been straight raking in his last five games played going 10-for-16 with four home runs. Not too shabby Mr. Scott.

More to come after the jump...

Last Night's Top Performers


Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox
vs. Minnesota Twins
2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
vs. Atlanta Braves
3-4, 1 R, 1 SB


Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks
vs. Atlanta Braves
8 IP, 8 K, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, W

Randy Wolf, Los Angeles Dodgers
vs. Chicago Cubs
7 IP, 7 K, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, W

Bust of the Night

Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox
vs. Minnesota Twins

Slim pickings from last night's barren MLB schedule so we won't be too harsh on this 35-year-old defensive stalwart. Lowell seemingly deceives fantasy owners each year into thinking this is the season in which his production falls off the cliff.

Instead he just does what he does, hitting around .300 with an occasional outburst of power that serves only as a reminder of what he's capable of. Last night's performance was in no way indicative of his overall body of work so far in this young season so I wouldn't fret too much over it.

Daily Leaders


4 - Scott, Orioles
2 - Varitek, Red Sox
2 - Mark Reynolds, D-Backs
2 - Victor Martinez, Indians

Pitching - K's

8 - Beckett, Red Sox
8 - Haren, D-Backs
7 - Wolf, Dodgers
7 - Randy Wells, Cubs
4 - Jeff Niemann, Rays
4 - Armando Galarraga, Tigers

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