Fantasy Baseball Pickups: Preseason

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IApril 1, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 8: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Detroit Tigers delivesr the pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium April 8, 2007 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

Fantasy Baseball Weekly Pickups: Preseason Edition

1.  Brad Ziegler - RP, Oakland A's

Many fantasy baseball pundits and experts have one rule that comes before all the others, which is to never pay for saves.  This week's pickups show you why. 

The A's planned to use Joey Devine as their primary closer, but he has a visit scheduled with Dr. James Andrews. That is never a good thing, and there is no telling how long Devine will be out. Ziegler will be getting the majority of the opportunities in Oakland for the time being, so grab him if he is still available.

2. Fernando Rodney - RP, Detroit Tigers

In Detroit, Jim Leyland named Rodney as the closer for opening day. It seems he went with the lesser of two evils, as Brandon Lyon's spring was horrendous. There is no telling what will go on when Joel Zumaya returns from the disabled list, but until then Rodney is worth a roster spot.

3.  Josh Anderson - OF, Detroit Tigers

Anderson was traded from the Braves to the Tigers after losing out on the starting CF job to fellow prospect Jordan Schafer. However, with the release of Gary Sheffield, it means that Carlos Guillen, who was planning to move to the OF, will be moved to DH more often, opening up some playing time for Anderson.

He stole 82 bases in his past two minor league seasons, so if you are looking for cheap steals, take a flyer on Anderson.



Jayson Werth - OF, Philadelphia Phillies

If the Phillies sign Gary Sheffield, Werth's value sinks back to where it was before they released Geoff Jenkins. But until that happens, Werth's value rises now that he has an everyday starting spot in the Phillies' outfield. Werth had a sneaky good season last year, with 24 homers and 20 steals in just 134 games, and is definitely worthy of a starting spot in all league formats.


Nick Adenhart - SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Adenhart looked like the front-runner to win the No. 5 starting spot for the Angels, and was then pretty much guaranteed one with injuries to John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Kelvim Escobar. He was mediocre in his three appearances last year, but at just 23-years-old seems prime for a breakout season.