'Alex Rodriguez' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ On Monday each week I take a look at the fantasy baseball game breaking down players who have produced noteworthy performances of late – not just positive outings mind you, but I'll also delve into some of the players that have been sucking wind of late. Can you use this information to your benefit over at DailyJoust? To get your daily fantasy baseball fix make sure you head over to DailyJoust.com to set your salary cap club.

GAINERS OF THE WEEK

Cole DeVries (+78, $246K in DailyJoust Salary) Though six appearances, and five starts, Cole has compiled a 3.00 ERA and 1.10 WHIP for the Twins. He's also allowed just three runs in his last three appearances while striking out 12 and walking just two. Like seemingly ever Twins hurler, he just doesn't beat himself with the free passes (eight in 30 innings).

Marco Estrada (+68, $291K) In six games as a starter for the Brewers he has a 4.50 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Not exactly numbers that appear to go together. So which arm has he been? Try the 1.02 WHIP guy. In those 42 innings as a starter this year eh has an impressive 45 Ks and thanks to just six walks his K/BB ratio is a HOF worthy 7.50. Well worth a look if available (even if no one has noticed. See Fleaflicker).

Zach McAllister (+70, $135K) Through seven starts he's 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.28 WHIP for the Indians. Though he's allowed only three earned runs his last two starts he's remarkably also permitted six other unearned runs or that ERA would look pretty bad. He does have 41 Ks an a 4.10 K/BB ratio in 42.1 innings though so it's not like he's bereft of skill.

Alex Rodriguez (+30, $105K) He has seven hits in his last five games, but he's still batting just .269 with a .793 OPS. Unfortunately the average is about what was expected – he hit .270 and .276 the past two years – and his OPS was under .850 each of the past two years as well. He's also on pace for about 25 homers and 75 RBIs. Put that all together and we'd be talking about the worst full season of his career – by a substantial amount.

Will Venable (+28, $83K) He's always lurking on the edge of relevance in a 12 team league that starts five outfielders. He's got a little bit of pop (six homers) and some speed (eight steals though he's been caught six times). Still, he's a .249 career hitter with a .320 OBP, and guess what, he's hitting .248 with a .318 OBP this year. Only an injury fill in for mixed leaguers.

LOSERS OF THE WEEK

Alejandro De Aza (-16, $89K) Hitting .283 with a pace for 25+ steals and 100 runs (including 11 in his last 10 games), there is nothing to complain about with De Aza. Sure he only has two homers in 61 games, and he's swiped just four bases in his last 32 games, but that's just nitpicking.

Eric Hosmer (-13, $77K) Hosmer lifted his average up to .237 on July 2nd, the highest it had been since April 9th. Yeah, it's been a rough year. Hosmer has scored seven times in his last eight games, and I'm still thinking a rebound is coming. His line drive rate, HR/F are the same as last year. He's also walking more and striking out less. Sooner or later that will result in increased offensive production. Trust me.

Jed Lowrie (-13, $55K) Once more into the breach...

Haven't we been here before? You know, the point were I tell you that Jed Lowrie isn't as good as everyone thinks he is? The point where I mention that he's never going to help you out in the batting average category (.254 this year, .253 in career). Or how about his merely average ability to get on base (.343 OBP this year, .329 for his career). Or how about his streaky as all hell nature? Anyone notice that he's hit .191 with one homer the past three weeks? Even worse, the guy has hit .211 over his last 34 games. You can't say I didn't warn you.

Anibal Sanchez (-68, $188K) He's had a rough go of it, but in his final start before the break he stopped the bleeding allowing two runs, without walking a batter, in six innings. He ends the first half with a 1.25 WHIP, 0.03 better than last season, and his 7.99 K/9 and 3.06 K/BB ratios point to a guy who has pitched pretty well this season. I know it's hard to trust him given his recent downturn in production, but he's a nice buy low option considering his perceived lack of value.

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CONTEST - KING FOR A DAY; Win $12,000

Here's the deal. Every Friday through September 7th, 12 qualifiers will be given a shot to win $12,000 in the final contest on September 14th. Here's how it works from the official web page of the tournament.

Each weekly qualifier is a $10 entry multiple-entry tournament with the winner earning a seat in the Sept 14th $12,000 King’s Crown tournament. In the event of a tie for first place, normal Daily Joust tie-breaker rules apply. If a tie still persists, a playoff will occur to determine the winner.

That's right. Be a weekly winner and you'll get your shot to view for the $12,000 in prizes ($5,000 to the winner)... for the cost of $10.

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By Ray Flowers




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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.

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