Fantasy Baseball: Pickups for Week Two of the Playoffs

Matthew BeckCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2009

SEATTLE  - MAY 24:  Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the game against the Seattle Mariners on May 24, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

If you are reading this article, then you are still in the hunt for fantasy immortality.  I have compiled a list of players that either have good matchups this week, or have been streaking of late and should be used this week to help you get to the promise land. 



Casey McGehee, 2B, 3B (MIL):  McGehee has been playing well for the Brewers since his promotion earlier in the season.  Last week, McGehee smashed two home runs and knocked in seven RBI to go along with a .389 BA.  He can sure up any holes in your infield if you have into some injury problems this season.

Julio Borbon, OF (TEX):  Borbon has been on an absolute tear since being called up by the Rangers, a little more than a month ago.  He is a speed demon on the base path, which makes him even more of an asset to your fantasy team. 

Over the last month, Borbon is batting .351, has four home runs, 13 RBI and 13 stolen bases at the top of the Rangers batting lineup.  Pick him up if you need help in batting average and stolen bases.

Juan Uribe, 2B, 3B, SS (SF):  I never thought I would be talking about Uribe having fantasy value, but it’s true; he needs to be picked up.  Over the last month, Uribe have been a consistent source of power in the lackluster offense of the Giants, with eight home runs and 16 RBI.  Use him as a utility player if needed.

Billy Butler, 1B (KC):    The fantasy world is still waiting for this over-hyped prospect to put a full season together, but he did put up a great week last week.  Last week, Butler knocked in two home runs and 12 RBI on a .419 BA.  I’m not saying these numbers will last forever, but Butler could be of great help to get you to the next round of the playoffs.

Chris Young, OF (ARI):  After being sent down to triple-A earlier in the year, Young has seemed to find a groove at the plate once again.  With three home runs and six RBI last week, it makes Young a target to fill gaps in your outfield this week. Young has never hit for average, so just pick him up if you need help with your power numbers.



Robinson Tejeda, SP, RP (KC):  Tejeda has given up no runs and only four hits in 11-1/3 innings pitched, since being moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation.  He is not a high strikeout pitcher, but should be able to manage the game good enough to put him in position to get a win. 

This is strictly for short-term purposes so keep an extremely close eye on him after this week.

Ross Ohlendorf, SP (PIT):  Ohlendorf has won three of his last five decisions to go along with a 2.94 ERA over the last month of the season.  Since the all-star break, Ohlendorf has been the most consistent pitcher in the Pirates starting rotation.  He should be solid here on out and could be used for long-term situations.

Vincente Padilla, SP (LAD):  Since being picked up Dodgers, he has been brilliant, as a back-of-the-rotation starter.  He has three wins over the last month of the season, and should continue to record wins if the Dodgers high powered offense can continue to pile on runs.  Padilla is nothing flashy, but can get the job done and can help keep your ERA low.

Barry Zito, SP (SF):  Zito has been able to salvage his season as of late, with a sub-two ERA over his last 29-1/3 innings pitched.  He is matched up with the Rockies on Tuesday, and has had his way with them this season.  In three starts against the Rockies this season, he has a 0.42 ERA.  If you need a spot starter, Zito is the way to go this week.