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Through the Wire: Week 6

RP Rafael Dolis, Chicago Cubs

Dolis has taken the ranks as the primary closer for the Cubs after the demotion of Carlos Marmol and he’s pitched very strong. In his last three appearances he has notched two saves and a win, so he could be a solid source if you are in need for a closer. Dolis is only owned in about 38 percent of fantasy leagues, so chances are he’s available. Keep in mind that Marmol is still lurking, as is Kerry Wood.

3B Will Middlebrooks, Boston

Middlebrooks was called up at the beginning of May and has been on an absolute tear. He’s hitting .323 with three home runs and nine RBI in just seven games. Plus he plays third, which has been a tough position to fill in fantasy this season. Like Dolis, he’s also owned in less than 40 percent of leagues and could provide some nice power numbers with a solid average.

SP James McDonald, Pittsburgh

Perhaps one of the most underrated pitchers in the majors so far this season is McDonald. He’s had a solid start, which has gone unnoticed because he’s on the Pirates and doesn’t get much run support. McDonald is 2-0 in his last three starts, allowing a total of five earned runs with 25 strikeouts. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts and is widely available. Just keep in mind who he plays for.

C Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia

It’s been a quiet year for catchers in fantasy this year, but Ruiz is on pace to have a career year. He’s hitting .319, which is very impressive for his position and already has five home runs and 19 RBI. Ruiz isn’t going to steal any bases, but he’s a durable guy who doesn’t get too many days off. Currently owned in 64 percent of leagues, he’s definitely someone to look at for the long haul.

3B Kyle Seager, Seattle

Seager is another young third basemen who has had a very productive start to the season. He’s played in more games than Middlebrooks and is very similar in power to him. Seager has hit four home runs and driven in a solid 20 runs so far. He’s also hitting just under .300 with three stolen bases and is available in 65 percent of leagues. Seager is probably the one you want to add between him Middlebrooks because of the speed.

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