The shortstop position has seen its superstars take control of the top of the rankings throughout the 2014 season. One shortstop back on the rise after a little bit of a stumble is Atlanta Braves player Andrelton Simmons. While we are just one week into July, Simmons is heating up at the right time.
Simmons was ranked as the 10th-best shortstop during the preseason and was playing well. He hit .289 in the first month of the season. He then hit .229 in May and June combined. In five July games, Simmons is hitting .526 with seven RBI. Simmons posted similar numbers last year around this time, which makes picking up Simmons an nice move.
In 2013, Simmons hit .240 from April to June. He hit .287 with 17 RBI in July and upped his season average to .252. Simmons hits in the top of the Braves lineup, between B.J. Upton and Freddie Freeman, which is why he has scored 25 runs.
Simmons is owned in 58.7 percent of ESPN.com leagues and is seeing his ownership rise. With many batters going down with injury, Simmons’ recent production at the plate will garner a lot of interest. He began July with two hits in five straight games. He takes a 10-game hit streak into a matchup with the New York Mets.
Simmons should be owned in deeper and NL-only leagues. There should be an increase in ownership in standard leagues, too. Owners are looking to drop their struggling players and Simmons would be a nice replacement for now.
If he continues to play well, you should be able to trade him for greater value and boost your lineup for the rest of the season.