Originally written on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 5/13/12


Here is a look at the latest news and notes from around major league baseball to help you set your fantasy baseball lineup for week 7 (May 14 – May 20)  of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.

American League:

7 games: all teams

Hitters:

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings sat out his sixth consecutive game with an injured knee and there is still no timetable for his return although it does not sound he will need a trip to the disabled list. Unless some new breaks early Monday morning, it is best to reserve him for next week if you have other alternatives.

The Baltimore Orioles promoted outfielder Xavier Avery from Triple-A where he was hitting .273 with five home runs, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases.  With Nolan Reimold and Endy Chavez both out of action, Avery should get at bats next week if you need a player in an AL-only format. Avery led off for the Orioles on Sunday and went 0-for-4 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Oakland Athletics placed Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list with a strained hand and recalled third basemen Josh Donaldson from Triple-A where he was hitting .447 in 47 at bats with five home runs and 14 RBI. Donaldson’s value though is at the catcher position and I would wait to see if shows he can hit at the major league level before activating him again.

Pitchers:

Starting pitcher Jason Hammel of the Baltimore Orioles missed this week’s start on Thursday against Texas, so he will now start on Monday against the New York Yankees making him a two start pitcher in week 7.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte returned to the major leagues in his first start since 2010, allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. I would be okay with activating him in AL-only formats, but I would wait to see a couple of more starts from him before putting him in your starting lineup in mixed league formats.

Brian Fuentes was named the new closer for the Oakland Athletics and should be activated for all formats next week. His ERA tends to run higher than what you would like to see from a closer, currently at 3.86 this season, but if you need saves he is worth owning.

Zach McAllister replaced the injured Josh Tomlin in the Cleveland Indians rotation and gets a start next Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. McAllister has struck out 13 in 13 innings in his two major league starts this season and is worth playing in AL-only leagues if you are trying to gain a couple of spots in the strikeout category.

To see all of the two start pitchers in week 7, click here.

National League:

7 games: all teams

Hitters:

First basemen Lance Berkman was activated from the disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals and returned to the lineup on Sunday hitting fifth and playing first base. Berkman went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts and he should be activated in all formats for games next week.

Second basemen Rickie Weeks of the Milwaukee Brewers was out of the lineup again on Sunday with a sore hand and the team has not announced when he will return to action despite X-rays showing no breaks. I would leave him reserved for games next week if you have other players on reserve to insert for him in your lineup.

The San Francisco Giants demoted third basemen Conor Gillaspie after he batted just .150 and the team will now turn to Joaquin Arias at the hot corner. Arias has no value in any type of format and is not worth a pickup at this time.

Catcher Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals was placed on the disabled list with a torn ACL and is likely done for the season so he should be dropped in all annual leagues. Jesus Flores takes over as the lead catcher and should be owned in NL-only formats.

Third basemen Scott Rolen of the St. Louis Cardinals was placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder and will be replaced in the lineup by Todd Frazier. Frazier is batting .310 on the season with a home run and three RBI and should be active in NL-only formats.

Pitchers:

Former closer Carlos Marmol was placed on the disabled list by the Chicago Cubs with an injured hamstring. While he should have already been reserved in all formats, now the call is whether to drop him or keep him if you have a small reserve squad. Given the volatility of the closer position in fantasy baseball this season, I don’t see a reason to hold on to him if you need to use that roster space for a healthy player.

To see all of the two start pitchers in week 7, click here.

2012 Fantasy Baseball Lineup Planner – Week 7 is a post from: Fantasy Baseball Tools

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