Fantasy Baseball: Week 17 Rundown

Matthew BeckCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2009

Week 17 Rundown

With the trade deadline set for July 31, it is looking like Roy Halladay will be dealt to a contender.  The front-runners as of Sunday are the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

The Phillies have fallen out of the running for Halladay after rejecting a trade from the Blue Jays that would send their three top prospects to the Blue Jays.

This week is also full of good two-start pitchers like aces Tim Lincecum and Felix Hernandez.  There are also a handful of players that have been placed on the disabled list that could make serious impact on someone’s fantasy roster, like Gary Sheffield or Ted Lilly.


Players to pickup for week 17

Tommy Hunter, SP (TEX):  This young stud pitched in his first major league game last Tuesday against the Red Sox and was able to record a victory.  He pitched six innings and allowed only one run and four hits over that span. 

His next start is Monday July 27 against the Tigers, which will be another great offense to step up against.  If he is able to come through, he could make a great addition in deep fantasy leagues.

Luke Hochevar, SP (KC):  After starting the season out slow, Hochevar has been great in the month of July.  He has four of his six wins this month and also has 32 of his 48 strikeouts in the same span. 

In his last start, he was able to fan 13 Rangers batters in a victory last Saturday.  It looks like he is finally settled into his role as a starter and should be picked up as soon as possible.

Josh Willingham, OF (WAS):  Willingham has been one of the best outfielders over the last month of the season.  He is batting .341 this month to go along with four home runs and 14 RBI for the Nationals.

He keeps being overlooked in most leagues, but he can’t be ignored for much longer.  His bat is hot now, so ride it out with him and he won’t let you down.

Maicer Izturis, IF (LAA):  Izturis has been on fire for the month of July, with a .375 BA and 18 runs scored.  He has been able to help out the offense in a big way with the absence of Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guererro.

It looks like Izturis will be able to continue his hot streak for a little while longer, but he can’t keep his batting average so high.  If you are looking for a solid middle infielder, he is the man for the job.

American league injury updates

Vladimir Guererro was able to play catch July 20 and is slated for a return to the Angels lineup in August.

After being placed on the disabled list two weeks ago, Torii Hunter is still unable to do any baseball activities for the Angels.

The Angels have listed Juan Rivera as day-to-day after feeling tightness in his right leg, and hasn’t played since July 19.

The Athletics pitcher Justin Duchscherer is slated for a Class A rehab start July 26, and is expected back sometime in early August.

Shaun Marcum made his second Double-A start on July 21 and is expected to return to the Blue Jays in August.

The Mariners have placed pitcher Erik Bedard on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

Mariners’ third basemen Adrian Beltre is expected to hit off of the tee July 30-31 with a possible return in mid-August.

Chris Ray of the Orioles has now joined their Double-A affiliate for a rehab stint, with a target return to the major leagues around mid-August.

The Rangers have placed Frank Francisco on the disabled list, but it is retroactive to July 11 so he should be back sometime this week.

Kevin Millwood is listed as day-to-day after having tightness in his glute, but should make his next start July 31 for the Rangers.

The Rangers have listed Vicente Padilla as day-to-day after he was diagnosed with the Swine flu.

Tim Wakefield is set to throw again on Monday, after the Red Sox placed him on disabled list with lower back pain.

After partially tearing a knee ligament, the Royals have placed Jose Guillen on the disabled list, but he is still waiting on a second opinion about surgery.

Gil Meche of the Royals was able to throw a successful bullpen session July 24, which means he could possible return sometime this week.

Twins starting pitcher Kevin Slowey was unable to play catch July 24, and is waiting to see a doctor about his right wrist.

The White Sox have listed John Danks as day-to-day after being aggravated by blisters on his left index finger.

The Yankees have said that Chien-Ming Wang is expected to visit Dr. James Andrews July 27 to discuss his shoulder strain.

National league injury updates

The Astros have placed Lance Berkman of the disabled list with a left calf strain.

An MRI revealed that there was inflammation in David Bush’s elbow, which may require surgery according to the Brewers.

Ryan Dempster is now set to return to the Cubs July 31 after X-rays showed improvement in his fractured big toe.

The Cubs have listed Derrek Lee as day-to-day after suffering neck spasms during the Cubs July 25 game.

The Cubs have placed Ted Lilly on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, and will likely have arthroscopic procedure July 27.

Manny Ramirez is listed as day-to-day with a sore left hand but is able to pinch-hit if needed for the Dodgers.

After bruising his left forearm, the Giants have listed Aaron Rowand as day-to-day and will have an MRI July 27.

The Marlins' closer, Matt Lindstrom, threw a scoreless inning in his rehab start July 25 and is expected back in early August.

Anibal Sanchez was able to throw 50 pitches in his July 26 rehab start at the Marlins training facility.

The Mets have placed outfielder Gary Sheffield on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, but is retroactive to July 17.

The Nationals have placed Jordan Zimmermann on the disabled list, and he is expected to rest for at least three weeks before starting his rehab assignment.

Pedro Martinez has his first rehab game cut short due to rain, but was able to pitch indoors to get his workout in and should start again later this week for a Phillies affiliate.

Reds ace Edinson Volquez was able to throw 65 pitches in his July 24 bullpen session and is slated for a return early in August.

The Rockies have listed Jason Marquis as day-to-day after a blister formed on his right finger, but should make his next scheduled start on July 28.

Two-start pitchers

Great options

Tim Lincecum (SF):  PIT (Maholm), PHI (Moyer)

Felix Hernandez (SEA):  TOR (Romero), @TEX (Hunter)

Josh Beckett (BOS):  OAK (Cahill), @BAL (Hill)

Roy Oswalt (HOU):  @CHC (Zambrano), @STL (Wainwright)

Mark Buehrle (CWS):  @MIN (Baker), NYY (Sabathia)


Good Options

Adam Wainwright (STL):  LAD (Billingsley), HOU (Oswalt)

Wandy Rodriguez (HOU):  @CHC (Harden), @STL (Carpenter)

Jair Jurrjens (ATL):  @FLA (Nolasco), LAD (Billingsley)

Jason Marquis (COL):  @NYM (Pelfrey), @CIN (Arroyo)

Chad Billingsley (LAD):  @STL (Wainwright), @ATL (Jurrjens)

C.C. Sabathia (NYY):  @TB (Kazmir), @CWS (Burhrle)

Chris Carpenter (STL):  LAD (Wolf), HOU (Rodriguez)

James Shields (TB):  NYY (Burnett), KC (Bannister)

Jered Weaver (SEA):  CLE (Huff), @MIN (Perkins)

Ubaldo Jimenez (COL):  @NYM (Perez), @CIN (Bailey)

A.J. Burnett (NYY):  @TB (Shields), @CWS (Danks)

Jarrod Washburn (SEA):  TOR (Rzepczynski), @TEX (Padilla)


OK options

Randy Wolf (LAD):  @STL (Carpenter), @ATL (Lowe)

Carlos Zambrano (CHC):  HOU (Oswalt), @FLA (Nolasco)

Ricky Nolasco (FLA):  ATL (Jurrjens), CHC (Zambrano)

John Danks (CWS):  @MIN (Perkins), NYY (Burnett)

Paul Maholm (PIT):  @SF (Lincecum), WAS (Balester)

Cole Hamels (PHI):  @ARI (Haren), @SF (Zito)

Bronson Arroyo (CIN):  SD (Correia), COL (Marquis)

Kevin Correia (SD):  @CIN (Arroyo), MIL (Suppan)

Ricky Romero (TOR):  @SEA (Hernandez), @OAK (Mazzaro)

Joe Saunders (LAA):  CLE (Pavano), @MIN (Swarzak)

Braden Looper (MIL):  Was (Stammen), @SD (Geer)


Other notable two-start pitchers

Brian Bannister (KC), Barry Zito (SF), Jamie Moyer (PHI), Mike Pelfrey (NYM), Rich Harden (CHC), Gil Meche (KC), Vicente Padilla (TEX), Jon Garland (ARI), Clay Buchholz (BOS), Armando Galarraga (DET), Jeff Suppan (MIL), Craig Stammen(WAS), Carl Pavano (CLE), Trevor Cahill (OAK), Vin Mazzaro (OAK), David Huff (CLE), Glen Perkins (MIN), Josh Geer (SD), Tommy Hunter (TEX), Rich Hill (BAL), Jason Berken (BAL), Oliver Perez (NYM), Homer Bailey (CIN), Colin Balester (WAS).

Good luck to all this week, and check back next week for the weekly rundown!

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