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May, 6, 2011
There's plenty to watch for this weekend (and not just how Kansas City Royals first-base call-up Eric Hosmer does in his first foray against major league pitching). Let's get right to it.

Hitters to watch

[+] EnlargeSam Fuld
Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMISam Fuld currently sits 25th among outfielders on the 2011 Player Rater.
&#8226 A few weeks ago, fantasy owners, as well as the Tampa Bay Rays, swore by outfielder Sam Fuld. He wasn't just one of the best stories in the game, he was one of the top players. And now he's slumping, with just four hits over his past 45 at-bats, dropping his batting average from .366 to .261. Fuld is unceremoniously the fifth most-dropped outfielder in ESPN leagues heading into the weekend, though I would try to wait a bit longer before cutting him because his opportunity remains. Friday night's pitching opponent is a difficult one in lefty Zach Britton, but Fuld should do better against right-handers Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen. For those thinking the Rays might pull a Hosmer and bring up their big-time prospect early, in this case Desmond Jennings, I don't see it. Not yet, anyway. Stick with Fuld a bit longer.

&#8226 I'd also keep a close eye on Houston Astros outfielder Jason Bourgeois, Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, Florida Marlins infielder Omar Infante and seemingly half of the Cleveland Indians. (For instance, Grady Sizemore is scheduled to play all weekend with no rest.)