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Jhonny Peralta, SS (CLE): The story is always the same with Jhonny Peralta: he has an average that deters owners from picking him up, but his power numbers are very solid. Peralta has hit roughly .275 over the last three seasons but has topped 82 runs each year. He's also averaged 19 home runs and 72 RBIs. He's already cranked five this year, which puts him in a tie for the second-most in the American League and second-most among shortstops overall. Keep in mind he's only played in 21 games, and most shortstops have played 24 or 25 games this season.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B/C (TEX): Wondering why I'm suggesting you look at a guy that has had only three at-bats this season? Jarrod Saltalamacchia was recently called up and is touted to be a solid major league hitter. More importantly, he is eligible as a catcher in fantasy leagues. In May & June 2007, Salty had four home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs in 84 at-bats. Considering the dearth of talent at the catcher position, he's worth adding based on potential alone. For the time being, he will split time with Gerald Laird , but Laird got the first kick at the can and blew it.

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Jeff Mathis, C (LAA): In the same category, Jeff Mathis is becoming a hot commodity right now. Mathis is hitting .325 with three home runs, seven RBIs and 10 runs. He's splitting time with Mike Napoli, who leads all catchers with five home runs, but Mathis could be seeing more time shortly. Napoli is only hitting .229, which should eventually curtail his playing time. Keep in mind that Mathis was once a top prospect in the Angels organization, and his recent play might convince some people that he still is.

Placido Polanco, 2B (DET): Placido Polanco has been as steady as they come at the second base position in fantasy baseball. He's typically an excellent source of runs as evidenced by his 105 plate-crossings last year. People have shied away from him early in the season, but he is 4-for-11 over the last three games with four runs and two RBIs. As the Detroit Tigers warm up, expect Polanco to start rounding the bases regularly.

Eric Hinske, 1B/OF (TB): Eric Hinske, who joined us on THE Hardcore Fantasy Show last Saturday, has been smoking hot this season. His fantasy football knowledge is impeccable, and apparently so are his hitting skills. While he's being moved from position to position in the field, Hinske is still hitting .292 with five home runs, 13 RBIs and 12 runs. You are lying if you say you expected this from a guy who was the 2002 Rookie of the Year, then was reduced to a bench role ever since. He merits consideration in deep leagues.

Jayson Werth, OF (PHI): If I told you a Philadelphia Phillie is hitting .343 with four home runs, seven RBIs and 10 runs over his last seven games and asked you to guess who it was, you'd probably say Tom Gordon sooner than you'd say Jayson Werth. Werth has scored at least one run in each of his last seven games and the other sick stats speak for themselves. With Shane Victorino on the disabled list, Werth is competing with So Taguchi and Geoff Jenkins for playing time, so expect him to keep earning at-bats as long as he's hot.

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