Fielder won't match last season's 50-homer breakout, but eight homers in June and another four so far in July suggest that he's heating up for a big finish. Although he has struggled on the road this season, Fielder hit 23 homers away from Miller Park last season, and with five hits and a pair of pair of dingers in a recent three-game set in San Francisco, he's finding his way again. He saved his best for last in 2007, with nine homers in August and another 11 in September, so buy low and enjoy what's to come.
-- Cory Schwartz, Host, "MLB.com Fantasy 411"
Maybe I'm stubborn, but I just can't get my head around the idea of Oswalt struggling all season, especially since his strikeout and walk rates are both improved from last year. The Astros ace is currently on the disabled list with a left abductor strain, and I think he'll return rested and focused and ready to dominate again down the stretch.
-- Tim Ott, Reporter, MLB.com Fantasy
Chalk Cano's disappointing numbers (.260 AVG, 8 HR, .389 SLG) up to a freakishly awful April, during which he batted just .151 -- easily the worst mark in any month of his career. Remember the remarkable second-half performance he put together last year (.343 AVG, 13 HR, 57 RBIs)? Well, considering how sharp he's looked out of the break this time around (10-for-19, 2 HR), look for history to repeat itself. In another couple of weeks, you'll be kicking yourself for not buying Cano earlier.
-- Alex Cushing, Reporter, MLB.com Fantasy
Crawford's season has been a disappointment thus far, as he's batting just .269 with eight homers and 48 RBIs. But before you go pawning off the fleet-footed left fielder for 10 cents on the dollar, know that the writing is on the wall for a big turnaround. The 26-year-old outfielder hit a sensational .358 over 240 second-half at-bats last year and is a lifetime .300 hitter after the midsummer pause. So do not despair, Crawford owners, as a ray of hope is here (did I really just write that?).
-- Dave Feldman, Reporter, MLB.com Fantasy
Deadline deals are often born of one's unwavering faith in a faltering veteran, and a midseason trade for Konerko would be no exception to the rule. The typically reliable slugger struggled mightily before an oblique strain sidelined him in mid-June, and has gone just 9-for-39 (.231) with one homer and five RBIs since returning to the lineup. That said, Konerko's lofty track record forebodes a major second-half turnaround, as he's averaged 37 jacks and 105 RBIs over the past four seasons. At 32 years old, the three-time All-Star still has plenty left in the tank for power-hungry owners.
-- Corey Gottlieb, Reporter, MLB.com Fantasy
After a first-half disaster as epic as the fall of Troy, Tulowitzki is back and primed for a monster second half. In his first game back from his latest trip to the DL, Tulo went a perfect 5-for-5 with a double and an RBI. And considering he caught fire with 15 homers and 61 RBIs after the break last year, he's surely capable of going on another second-half tear. With a batting average on the wrong side of the Mendoza Line and a lower slugging percentage than the ones posted by Julio Lugo and Craig Counsell, Tulowitzki can surely be had for cheap. Take a gamble on last year's National League Rookie of the Year runner-up and you could end up with the steal of the summer.
-- Brian Beer, Reporter, MLB.com Fantasy
Tulo has been hit hard by the dreaded sophomore slump -- that is, when he's been healthy enough to play. The shortstop has missed 61 games due to knee and hand issues, which have prevented him playing for more than a month at a time and compromised his offensive rhythm. A terribly unlucky .205 batting average on balls in play suggests that his .192 overall mark is probably on the rise, and five-hit performance in his first game back from the DL on Monday is a strong indication that Tulo is ready to reclaim the form that saw him bat .291 with 24 homers and 99 RBIs last year.
-- Kyle Stack, Reporter, MLB.com Fantasy