It may be hard to believe, but teams will be wrapping up their sixth week of play this week. There have been some impressive individual performances so far. Paul Konerko leads baseball with 13 home runs. Juan Pierre has stolen 17 bases. And some clown threw a perfect game. Anyway, this week we will look at some players who have been playing well for the last week or so and some who have cooled off.

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Who’s Hot??

#1 Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees: After having an abysmal April(.136/.300/.269), Teix is enjoying the month of May(19 for 57, 5 HRs). During the last week, he has crushed five home runs and drove in thirteen runs. His batting average still sits at .217, but owners have to like the power Teixeira has been displaying the last week. With Alex Rodriguez beginning to heat up, expect Teixeira to see even more pitches to hit.

#2 Hunter Pence, OF, Astros: Pence is a tough player to figure out. Going into Saturday, Pence had homered in five of his last six contests while hitting .440. However, Pence has struck out 14 times this season. This becomes an alarming stat when he has only three walks in 125 at-bats. Pence hit 25 home runs in each of the last two seasons. He’ll give owners roughly a .275 batting average. Pence is worth an add, as long as you can deal with his streaky hitting.

#3 Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers: Yankee fans had the privilege agony of watching Mr. Verlander bedazzle the Yankees on Thursday. He threw seven scoreless innings while striking out only four. In his other start, Verlander struck out nine Indians in six innings to pick up the win. The guy is one of the ten best arms in the game. If you have him, enjoy it.

Who’s Not?

#1 Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees: I feel a little, dirty? putting Jeter in this category, but the numbers are the only things that matter in fantasy. Jeter had an awful road trip, going 3 for 29. Jeter is way too good not to hit. Hopefully, he is saving his best stuff for this coming week when the Yankees square off against Boston, Tampa Bay, and that other New York team.

#2 Tyler Clippard, RP, Nationals: Going into the week, Mr. Clippard was sporting a perfect 6-0 record with a razor thin 0.46 ERA. Well, Tyler faced reality again when he blew four straight saves opportunities and watched his ERA climb to 1.88. Clippard got the win in Wednesday’s finale against the Mets, improving his record to 7-1. If you have Clippard on your team, don’t expect 15+ wins this season. Clippard may finish with Alfredo Aceves type numbers.

#3 Olivier Perez, SP, Mets: Well, looks like Ollie won’t make his next start. Kenny’s recap from Friday night pretty much sums it up. Perez stinks.

Good luck and check back in next week for more fun fantasy advice.