Dexter Fowler continues recent surge

&#8226 Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler tripled in two runs and was credited with a steal of home Thursday, and he's scored a run in all seven games since his recall from the minors a week ago. Fowler is hitting .304 in that span, with eight runs, five RBIs, four extra-base hits and three steals. He can be a valuable option, and if hurting Carlos Gonzalez misses time, Fowler could bat leadoff, helping his value.

&#8226 Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero allowed four runs in 7&frac13; innings Thursday, and hasn't won since June 26. Of course, looks can be deceiving; Romero tossed seven strong innings of one-run ball until things blew up in the eighth. Don't sell low on Romero, he fanned nine and deserved a better fate.

&#8226 Florida Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez is one of the most-added players in ESPN leagues over the past week, as he entered Thursday having spun a 1.68 ERA in his previous six outings. Then on Thursday he allowed eight hits, three walks and five runs in 4&frac13; innings. Vazquez has a 5.35 ERA. Investing remains risky, if not ill-conceived.

&#8226 St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese went hitless in four at-bats at Citi Field on Thursday, dropping his batting average to .301. When the team's road trip began six games ago, he was hitting .333. On July 2, he was hitting .375! Freese, owned in 61.9 percent of leagues, doesn't appear to have the power to make up for the slump. Look elsewhere for your third baseman.

&#8226 Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer singled twice Thursday, his sixth multihit game in a week. Mauer's batting average has gone from .243 to its current .303. He's owned in all leagues, but now that he's hitting -- and hopefully some power is pending -- fantasy owners can feel better about trading for him. Also, Mauer has played five games at first base; it's OK in standard leagues with decent catching depth to consider Mauer at corner infield when he plays his 10th game there and qualifies.