The Heat Index: Second baseman rankings
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Sticking with the Runs Created theme, this week, the column will look at the second baseman who have created the most runs over the past seven days. RC is a hard stat to utilize on fantasy teams. What can utilized are a few stats that do along with RC. If a player has a high number of RC, they usually have a good batting average, walk rate and either runs scored or RBIs. Most of these players were on some sort of hot streak over the last week and had high fantasy values. Let’s dive in.
1. Dan Uggla – Braves
Dan Uggla just finished a 33-game hit streak. That in itself should make him number one on this list. He has created 7.4 runs over the last week with a .333 batting average. Uggla is regaining the form that made the Braves trade for him. His hot streak will continue, and if there is an owner in your league willing to deal him, jump on it. Uggla may still be going cheap due to his overall numbers this year.
2. Darwin Barney – Cubs
Barney hit .458 in the last seven days! He may be the one bright spot in the Cubs lineup this year and gives them something to look forward to. Barney has created 5.6 runs this week with six runs scored. He hits mostly singles but has the ability to score tons of runs if the Cubs lineup can drive him in. He is owned in 39.6% of ESPN leagues and may not be worth a pickup this year, but keep your eye out for him next year if the Cubs put together a lineup that can hit.
3. Robinson Cano – Yankees
Even though Cano is having a great year, he has still been somewhat of a letdown for fantasy owners who were looking for a repeat of last year’s production. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you have Cano on your fantasy team, you are probably a happy camper. But compared to last year, he has definitely cooled down a bit. Having said that, Cano hit .346 the past week while driving in five runs and scoring six runs on his way to creating 5.4 runs. He is only 28 years old and will continue to be a big bat in the heart of the Yankees lineup.
4. Jemile Weeks – Athletics
Weeks is the second rookie in in the top five of this list. That should show you how week the second base position was coming into this year. He has 5.3 RC in the last seven days with 10 hits in his 30 ABs. Weeks is having a breakout rookie season and still has a ton more potential. He has not hit a single home run this year but has eight triples and 14 doubles. The power will develop eventually so grab this kid and stash him if you can. He is owned in 49% of ESPN leagues.
5. Orlando Hudson – Padres
The fact that Orlando Hudson is the Padres number-three hitter brings to light how terrible they are offensively. And yet Hudson still managed to create 4.4 runs the past week. He is owned in 9.9% of fantasy leagues and is probably on his way down. Don’t expect anything special from Hudson the rest of his career but he may be a good injury replacement if you are desperate.
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