I want to apologize to all of you who came to the site during the summer months and saw no new information or advice on players during the fantasy baseball season. I have a job, youth ministry, that makes summers very busy. So I now know that the summer months will be difficult for me to be consistent in posting material as you have seen. I could have written some stuff, but I didn’t want to put up information that would be considered decent at best. So since there are only 2 weeks remaining in the baseball season some of you may be looking for that last pickup that can help you win the ship. I will give you one player per category who I think can boost it for the next 13 days!
AVG- Nick Hundley (C-SD) yes a catcher is a guy who can help boost your batting average the last 2 weeks of your season. He has led the majors in AVG since his return from the DL last month. He is batting over .440. So if you have been searching for a C who can just get a hit. Than look no further.
Others who can help: Jon Jay, Marco Scutaro, Derek Lee
R- Delmon Young (OF-Det) Delmon has played really well since joining the Tigers. He plays in a good offense and has first round pedigree. He has been really rough this season, but the last month has hit over .300 and the last two weeks has crossed the plate 12 times. He could be a good asset for someone looking for a couple more runs a week.
Others who can help: Jon Jay, Cody Ross, Rafael Furcal
HR- Brent Morel (3B-CWS) Bent was a highly touted rookie coming into the year, but struggled to get anything going this year. As the season is coming to an end though he is starting to tear the cover off the ball. He has 5 HR in the last 14 days and 3 extra base hits. So if you need someone who might be able to give you 4-6 HR to close out the year he would be a good candidate.
Others who can help: Shelley Duncan, Chris Heisey, David Murphy
RBI- Marco Scutaro (2B/SS-Bos) Marco has been driving in runs left and right the last 3 weeks. He has 23 rbi since August 23. The Red Sox will be putting plenty of people on base so I don’t see why he wouldn’t continue to get rbi opportunities. He would be a great pickup for RBI help and since he is in a weaker position to get those stats you should grab him!
Others who can help: Josh Willingham, Cliff Pennington, Juan Francisco
SB- Dee Gordon (SS-LAD) There are a lot of guys who can give you a quick boost to SB, but I felt Dee was the best to continue to get chances to acquire SB and won’t kill you too much in other categories. He has a decent success rate 18 of 23 (78%), but since he will be starting every game for the Dodgers, and since he is a young talent, I think he will be the best SB option out on the free agent market.
Others who can help:Alcides Escobar, Alajandro de Aza, Angel Pagan
W- Ivan Nova (SP-NYY) He pitches for the Yankees, so that means he will get run support. He is a pitch to contact type pitcher, so he won’t rack up the K’s for you. But if you need 2 or 3 wins to close out the year he is as good of an option as anyone else out there.
Others who can help: Bruce Chen, Derek Holland, Jeremy Guthrie
K’s- Luke Hochevar (SP-KC) If you have never seen this guy’s name don’t feel bad you probably shouldn’t have up until the last month. He has been getting alot of K’s, he has 56 K’s in his last 9 starts so just over 6 a start. He also has first round pedigree (1st rounder in 2006). So he has the talent needed to get lots of strikeouts in the majors.
Others who can help: Cory Luebke, Derek Holland, Javier Vasquez
SV- Jason Motte (RP-StL) Motte has been practically untouchable the last 2 months or so don’t believe me here is a tweet by Buster Olney earlier today, “Jason Motte’s second-half numbers: 28 innings, 1 earned run, and an opponents’ average of .141. No closer controversy to start 2012 for STL.” Go pick him up now if you are in a battle for saves.
Others who can help: Jim Johnson, Kelsey Jansen, Frank Fransisco
ERA- Eric O’Flaherty (RP-Atl) Eric has been nice in ERA the entire year (1.04 for the season). Sometimes the easiest way to win the % categories (ERA, WHIP, AVG, etc) it is just getting guys who are consistent but don’t put up flashy numbers. Eric is one of those guys, he will give you about a K and inning too, but only pitches 4 or 5 innings a week usually.
Others who can help: Santiago Casilla, David Robertson, Dana Eveland
WHIP-Rafael Betancourt (RP-Col) Betancourt has been pitching well the last month. He has always had good stuff just struggled putting it all together. He has posted a 0.18 WHIP he last 30 days (11 innings). So if he can just continue to do that the last two weeks of the season he may be able to drop your WHIP a couple of points leading you to a win in the category.
Others who can help: Stephen Strasburg, Tom Wilhelmsen, Jim Johnson
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P.S. When the season is over I will be doing two posts that summarize the 2011 season. One post I will be comparing my rankings to the actual rankings of players. This is to see how I hold up to the experts, and to hold myself accountable to the good or bad things I said throughout the season. The second post will be looking back at the fantasy baseball mock draft that me and some other fantasy sports writers had. I will enter in all of the teams and see who would have won our league based on the stats of the players we drafted. So those should be fun!