Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Who’s hot, who’s not?

The Seattle Mariners came out even again this week with a 3-3 record. The team played well including a combined No-Hit effort against the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the offense has certainly picked up, they seem to completely overpower their opponents or allow themselves to be the overpowered.

The team was outscored 23 to 36 by the Los Angeles combo of the Dodgers and Angels over the week.

While some didn’t fare so well this week, there was one who truly stood out…for good reasons.

Let’s see who makes the list this week.

Who’s Hot Dustin Ackley – 2B

While Dustin Ackley put up lower numbers than average this week, it doesn’t deter me from dropping him this week. He is going to continue to get plenty of at bats which means a lot more production from the guy.

If the team continues hitting like it has for the past few weeks, this will just be a minor slump that will easily be turned around.

I hope so at least, because Ackley is my starting 2B on one of my fantasy teams.

This week’s stat line: 5 for 19 with 2 Runs, 0 RBI, a double, 3 walks, 7 strike outs

Michael Saunders – OF

Michael Saunders must have heard me last week and really stepped it up a notch or two. He was easily the best offensive player on the team this week and should start to warrant attention from some people.

With Franklin Gutierrez coming back soon, things may get interesting. If Saunders keeps this performance up, though, he isn’t going anywhere.

This week’s stat line: 9 for 23 with 4 Runs, 3 RBI, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 1 stolen base, 3 walks, 5 strike outs

Keep An Eye On Justin Smoak – 1B

Michael Saunders was the hottest hitter of the week for the Mariners (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Justin Smoak cooled off a little bit, but not enough to slow down the team like it did in the past. Smoak has quickly risen to the levels of a semi-productive first baseman.

Yes, his average needs to come up, but if he stays as consistent has he has been recently, it should come with the challenges accomplished.

This week’s stat line: 4 for 24 with 1 Run, 0 RBI, 2 walks, 7 strike outs

Kyle Seager – 3B

Kyle Seager played a little harder this week and wants to stay in this Mariners lineup. While he played third base all week except one day, his value is higher because he plays other positions well, just the way the Mariners like their guys.

While Seager should not be starting at third base for any fantasy team, if you are in a big league with not much on the waiver wire, he might be worthy of a bench/fill-in guy for your team.

This week’s stat line: 5 for 19 with 4 Runs, 7 RBI, 1 double, 2 home runs, 7 walks, 4 strike outs

Jesus Montero – C/DH

Jesus Montero has been nothing but a machine since he joined this Mariners squad. While he started off slow, he has slowly warmed up to getting to play every day. With the versatility of catching and purely DH’ing, he allows himself many more offensive opportunities than a catcher himself would.

Montero should probably be in your lineup unless you have a stacked team.

Whereas at 1 of your Catcher spots or a Utility spot, Montero is valuable to your team with as much as the Mariners will continue to use him.

This week’s stat line: 5 for 22 with 1 Run, 0 RBI, a double, 0 walks, 4 strike outs

Who’s Cold

Mike Carp – Util

Mike Carp hasn’t seemed to find his groove yet since coming back from injury. He has shown some minor flashed but has kept it to a minimum since his return.

While the Mariners seem to want to give Carp opportunities, he isn’t making the best of them.

We’ll see how long that little arrangement lasts.

This week’s stat line: 1 for 15 with 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 1 double, 5 walks, 5 strike outs

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