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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!

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So a month of baseball has been played and your fantasy team has gotten enough AB’s and Innings pitched to see a picture of what your team might look like for the year. I know that there are some players who have been horrible that will turn it around some, but you know what those players are probably going to give you. So early May is a good time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses of your fantasy team. A good way to do that is just go look at the stats of your players (sometimes we can let our hearts get in the way of our heads when it comes to our fantasy team). The stats will tell the story of what your team is and is probably going to be. Once you have identified one or two of the key strengths you have and one or two of the weaknesses you must determine if you are going to try and make the weaknesses less of one or completely give up on those categories and make your strengths and other categories stronger. I tend to lean towards “punting” (giving up) the one or two category that I my team is already bad at and imposing my will in the two or three my team is good at.  With all that said here is some players that you should go for, players you should drop, or just players who should be on your radar.

All-In(players that are performing well and need to be added to your fantasy team)

Melky Cabrera (KC-OF)-Cabrera, like the Royals, has been a surprise this season. Melky has always had his moments where he looked like a quality ball player, but he never could put it together for long periods of time. This season he has been very consistent at the plate, he can give you help in every category right now. His numbers so far for the season are 20 r, 3 hr, 20 rbi, 3 sb, .293 avg. I don’t know if Melky can keep it up over the entire season, but sometimes riding someone’s hot streak is the key to building big leads during the season.

Brennan Boesch (Det-OF)-Boesch has been a bright spot in the Tigers offense so far. He is in a good spot in the order (he has been in the 3 or 5 hole for most of the last 10 games) so he will get lots of good opportunities to drive in runs. In the first month he has produced well in every category. He won’t get you a ton of SBs for the season, but might drive in a lot of runs and score a lot of runs too. This is what Boesch has been able to do so far this season, 19 r, 2 hr, 16 rbi, 3 sb, .318 avg.

Josh Tomlin & Justin Masterson (Cle-SP)-These two guys have been one of the main reasons the Indians are tied for the best team in the majors. Neither guy is going to get you high K numbers, but they have the look of Cliff Lee’s breakout season. They both pound the strikezone and trust their above average defense behind them. They both have pitched 40 innings, have 4+ Wins this year, and neither have above a 1.15 WHIP or a 3 ERA. They can really help your team sustain low WHIP numbers.

Fold(players that are underperforming and you need to just let them live on the waivers)

Ryan Dempster (Chi-SP)-Dempster might turn it around, but sometimes you can’t wait if he is literally helping you in no categories. He always puts up decent K numbers but this season he just can’t get people out, and he keeps giving up crooked innings (aka more than 2 runs an inning). This is what Dempster has done this year, 38 IN, 1 W, 34 K, 8.04 ERA, 1.74 WHIP. I would just let him go to the wayside and grab one of the Indian boys.

Derek Jeter (NYY-SS)-The Captain just isn’t getting the job done anymore. Granted I am biased because I have never liked Jeter. So he may not be a drop now candidate, but his numbers may tell you that he is. His season’s numbers have looked like this in 108 ABs so he has a .250 avg, 0 hr, 0 sb, 14 r, 6 rbi. He got a day off yesterday, and if he continues to not hit he will see those days more frequent.

Clay Bucholz (Bos-SP)-Bucholz has been similar to Dempster this year…bad! He also has the pedigree to turn it around during the season, but like I said earlier don’t let your team fall to far behind early in the year. Bucholz’s numbers have been 33.2 IN, 2 W, 17 K, 4.81 ERA, 1.71 WHIP. Clay’s ERA won’t drop much because he was really lucky last year in terms of his ERA. He isn’t a high K guy so he relies on guys hitting the ball for outs. He has had trouble with his command this year. He should also be dropped for an Indian boy.

Check(players that are putting up interesting numbers and need to be on your radar)

Justin Smoak (Sea-1B)-Smoak was always supposed to be a big bat in the pros, but he wasn’t able to reach that potential in his short stints in the majors the last two years. Since he returned from some personal days off he has been drilling everything. His last 14 days his numbers look like this, 4 r, 3 hr, 13 rbi, and a .353 avg. He is young so there will be hiccups, but if you have room on your team than he would be a worthy gamble.

Eric Hosmer (KC-1B)-BIG TIME PROSPECT. If you haven’t heard about Hosmer than you didn’t read any preseason prospect articles. He was a first round pick in 2008 (good pedigree), last year in the minors he hit .338, 20 hr, and 16 sb. He was hitting over .400 in AAA to start the year, so KC couldn’t wait to get another big bat in their already surprising lineup.

Nate McLouth (Atl-OF)-McLouth has been a fantasy darling and a fantasy bum over the last several years. He has the potential to be a 20/20 guy, but he can also fight the mendoza line. He has looked comfortable this season at the plate batting over .275. He scores lots of runs batting at the top of a potent ATL offense (or what will be a potent offense over the entire season) this season he already has 21 r. High r guys are harder to find than you think so get them if you can.

Leave any questions that you might have for your fantasy team and I will address them in my next post. Don’t forget to like the Hombre on facebook. Good luck to all of you this month.