When it comes to head-to-head fantasy baseball league scoring, as the week ends you notice the categories in which you need a boost. What I intend to provide is a list of fantasy free agents to assist you in a victory come Sunday night.
Neil Walker (PIT) - Batting .448 (13-29) in the last week is enough to be signed on any fantasy baseball roster, but scoring six runs in seven days will get you on this list. Now, his Pirates host the Reds, a team Walker is 6-13 (.462) against. Shockingly, he is available in over half of FOXSports.com leagues. Did I mention Walker has three home runs in his last six games? Homers are a great way to cross the plate, too.
Other notables: Jason Castro (HOU), James Loney (TB), and Seth Smith (OAK)
Matt Dominguez (HOU) - If you can stomach the .238 batting average, Dominguez's home run total could give your team the edge this weekend. In the past seven days, he has five hits...four of them are homers. Though his career still produces small sample sizes, Dominguez is still batting .333 (6-18) against the Angels. HR ability + solid batting history = free agent steal.
Other notables: Eric Kratz (PHI), Neil Walker (PIT), and Dioner Navarro (CHC)
Ryan Doumit (MIN) - When I'm looking for players on a hot streak for RBI totals there's normally that one-game-anomaly that boosts the stats in their favor. That isn't the case for Doumit. In his last four games, Doumit has batted in Twins, as in two teammates, in four-straight games. On the road, the Mariners pitching staff has allowed the most RBI (136) this season and Minnesota has recorded the eighth-most RBI (34) this week.
Other notables: Pedro Alvarez (PIT), Nate Freiman (OAK), Yunel Escobar (TB)
Jayson Nix (NYY) - Despite Jacoby Ellsbury's five stolen bases Thursday night against Philadelphia, the second-most bags have been swiped under Boston's not-so-watchful eye. This May, the Yankees own the sixth-highest (21) stolen base total. In his last five games, Nix has pilfered three bases and is a perfect 5-0 on attempts.
Other notables: Matt Joyce (TB), Michael Brantley (CLE), and Chris Getz (KC)
Bartolo Colon (OAK) - After back-to-back road wins, Colon returns home where he has yet to lose this season. His opponent, Chicago White Sox, is a team in which he is very familiar. In 22 starts against the Pale Hose, Colon is 10-8 with a 4.06 ERA. Chicago is 11-16 when playing on the road, while Oakland is 15-10 at home in 2013.
Other notables: Jerome Williams (LAA), Jorge De La Rosa (COL), and Dan Straily (OAK)
Shaun Marcum (NYM) - He may be winless this season, but Marcum is fresh off of a 12 K performance against Atlanta and will now face the pitcher-friendly Miami Marlins. This year, the Marlins own the worst team batting average (.220) in baseball. Currently, he is owned in 26 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.
Other notables: Rick Porcello (DET), Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE), and Corey Kluber (CLE)