It’s almost time for fantasy football, and that means that your fantasy baseball playoffs are coming real soon. Are you in? Did your team hold up against the DL fest that was the 2010 season?
Hopefully, I’ve got a few tips to let you make a good playoff run this season:
Guys to pick up :
Mike Stanton – OF – Florida Marlins : This guy has been on fire. He’s 20 years old, batting .333 with 19 RBIs and 9 HRs in the past 30 days.
Luke Scott – 1B, OF – Baltimore Orioles : Another recent rising star, he’s been batting a consistent .293 all year, but with the comeback of Mr. Buck (stops here) Showalter, I except his recent stint of 10 HRs and 23 RBIs this past month to continue or get better.
Pat Burrell – OF – San Francisco Giants : PAT BURRELL!! That’s right… Pat THE BAT Burrell. Since being traded to the Giants this summer, he’s been batting .285 with 10 HRs, 30 RBIs. The Giants are making a serious wild-card run, so expect Pat to have plenty chances at bat (no pun.)
Andres Torres – OF – San Francisco Giants – Another OF having an a very nice season, and he might not be available in your league, but he’s still only owned by 66% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, so somebody is sleeping on him. 18 RBIs this month, but what really stands out is his 6 stolen bases, and 21 Runs, which always come in handy.
Guys to drop :
Torii Hunter – OF – Los Angeles Angels – 18 HRs and 70 RBIs sounds great right? Guess what he’s done the past 30 days though… 3 HR and 8 RBI. Aside from getting suspended 4 days for fighting with an umpire and throwing a hissy fit, the Angles have fallen out of playoff contention, and so has Hunter’s batting game.
David Wright – 3B – New York Mets – Since the All-Star Break, Wright’s numbers have been pretty much atrocious. 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, and a .211 batting average just doesn’t cut it. I take a lot of joy in writing this as well, simply because I’m a Phillies fan.
Victor Martinez – C, 1B – Boston Red Sox – Since July 26th, Martinez has been putting up very meager numbers. A .244 average with 1 HR and 6 RBIs has been quite a drop off from his typical performance, but yet he still has a 97% owner rating. Time to move on.
Ben Zobrist – 1B, 2B, SS, OF – Tamba Bay Rays – Although he’s a great positon player to have on your roster, he’s stopped putting up numbers like the first half of the season. Batting .141, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, he’s not living up to the 94% owner rating.
Another thing to note that is that I won’t go as far to say you should drop him, but Vladimir Guerrero has basically been stagnant since the All-Star Break. Batting .196 (which isn’t much of a surprise for someone who strikes out often and swings at everything) but he’s put up just 1 HR and 11 RBIs. His season total is 21 HR and 87 RBI, so do the math. He’s not having the stellar first half anymore.
I say all this with a 1 game below .500 record in my fantasy league, and in 5th place, but I’m making a hot play off run baby! Best believe it. Just keep your eyes open and your rosters full. There’s almost always somebody better. Good luck to everyone except the people in my league…
This post was written by Randy Neil