- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings Monday, winning for the first time in July. Dickey has deserved better; his July peripherals (3.65 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) have been helpful, and the knuckleballer is on pace for 149 strikeouts. He's available in 95 percent of leagues.
Similarly, New York Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia seems a tad underrated; he won his ninth game Monday, allowing three runs over 7 2/3 innings and lowered his season ERA to 3.23. Sure, he beat the struggling Seattle Mariners, but in his last outing he held the Tampa Bay Rays scoreless. Garcia doesn't thrive in strikeouts or WHIP, but he's winning games.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was activated from the disabled list Monday and hit his ninth home run before leaving with a quad injury. He also singled and stole his second base of the season. Jones isn't a fantasy star anymore, but with third base being scarce for fantasy options, he's a borderline own in standard leagues.
Chicago White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle won his eighth game Monday, allowing two unearned runs over six innings to the Detroit Tigers. Buehrle's July ERA sits at 1.60, and after a rough April (5.12 ERA), his season mark is down to 3.22. Buehrle is oft-overlooked, but he's having a good season.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had three hits, including two doubles, and raised his batting average to .412 in 17 at-bats. The speedy Altuve, who hasn't attempted a stolen base, would look better in the No. 2 lineup spot -- he hit seventh Monday -- but Jason Bourgeois, who had two hits, is also worthy.
The mighty Texas Rangers exploded for 20 runs and 27 hits against the beleaguered Minnesota Twins on Monday. Most Rangers hitters were awesome, but of course the Ranger you own is Chris Davis. Called up over the weekend when Adrian Beltre hit the DL, he went 0-for-6 with two of the team's four strikeouts, and two of the team's four errors. He remains free-agent material.