The MLB fantasy action is heating up as the action rolls into the first weekend of September as a pair of Scott’s headline the list of fantasy plays. In Washington, Scott Hairston looks to lead his Nationals past Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hairston isn’t your typical name found on fantasy lists to start but this could be a nice cheap play for fantasy owners. In his career Hairston has 18 hits in 46 career at bats with 10 extra base hits including five home runs. The Nationals have used the veteran sparingly this season but has nine at bats verse Hamels with three hits.
The other Scott to play is Scott Van Slyke of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers outfielder has had a ton of success against Wade Miley and will get a chance to face him on Sunday September 7th. In his career Slyke has eight hits in 18 career at bats including five home runs. The other key fantasy stat is all eight of his hits have gone for extra bases.
Here are the rest of the top fantasy plays for the weekend of September 5th – 7th:
Adam Jones, Outfielder: The Baltimore Orioles outfielder is working on his third straight season with at least 30 home runs and at least 80 runs batted in. Jones will have a chance on Sunday against Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays. Jones has a career .364 average against the Rays starter with four home runs in 44 career at bats.
Miguel Cabrera, First Baseman: Cabrera has put together another solid season but has seen a big drop in home runs from 44 last season to only 19 this season with less than a month to go in the season. On Friday, Cabrera will get to face off against Jake Peavy as the San Francisco Giants come to town. In his career Cabrera has 15 career hits including three home runs and 11 runs batted in against the right hander.
Drew Smyly, Starting Pitcher: The Tampa Bay Rays host the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend with Smyly taking the ball on Saturday. The former Tigers starter has dominated the Orioles hitters in his young career allowing only nine hits in 75 career at bats. Smyly is not only keeping the Orioles out of the hit column he is striking them out nearly 32 percent of the time. On August 27th, Smyly allowed one run in 7 innings verse the Orioles striking out six.
Ben Zobrist, Second Baseman: Zobrist seems to produce when he faces the Orioles and has a favorable matchup on Friday Night against Wei-Yin Chen. In his career Zobrist has 12 hits in 32 career at bats including one home run. In his career Zobrist has 15 career home runs and 60 runs batted in against the Orioles in 116 games played.
Hector Noesi, Starting Pitcher: Noesi could be a value play on Sunday as he has had some success against the Cleveland Indians. The Chicago White Sox starter is holding the Indians hitters to a .203 career average in 79 career at bats. In his last outing against the Indians, Noesi allowed two earned runs over seven innings earning the win.