Gary Gramling

Fantasy Fix: More Mauer Power

Since the first day he played in the majors, all the way back in 2004, Twins C Joe Mauer ($6,700,000). He's a threat to win the batting title every year.

But there was always one problem with Mauer: no power! Coming into 2009, Mauer had only hit double-digit home runs in a season once, when he hit 13 in 2006. Apparently, that's no longer an issue.

Mauer missed the first month of the season, but has been crushing everything since. Through just 24 games, he already has 11 home runs, two shy of his career high! And, of course, he's hitting for average as usual... .429!

Now, Mauer obviously won't finish the season with a .429 average and 70 home runs. But, assuming his power surge is for real (remember, he's only 26 years old), Mauer is now one of the absolute elite players in fantasy baseball.

Click MORE to see who earned the latest a Wizzy of the Week Award, as well as the Smelly Human Being of the Week...



The Wizzy of the Week goes to a Minnesota Twin, but it's not Mauer. Instead, it's Twins RF Michael Cuddyer ($3,500,000). His week was highlighted by hitting for the cycle last Friday against the Brewers. On the week, "Cuddy" (as I like to call him) ripped it to the tune of a .448 average, four homers, three doubles, a triple, 12 RBIs, and 10 runs. So please give Michael (or "Cuddy") a big round of applause as we award him the highest honor in professional sports, the Wizzy of the Week Award.



I like Brewers 3B Bill Hall ($5,000,000), but man did he stink it up last week. Hall went to the plate 22 times and struck out 11 of those times. He finished with a mere one hit on the week (though he also scored a run!). If you're scoring at home, that's two fantasy points over seven games. So please give Bill no applause as we give him the lowest honor in professional sports, the Smelly Human Being of the Week Award.



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