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Fantasy Baseball Playoffs Week 2: High Risers Catching Fire

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09:  Starting pitcher Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins during Game Three of the ALDS part of the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Matt PiccicutoContributor IOctober 11, 2010

As we approach the second week of the fantasy baseball playoffs and the second round of the playoff games, it’s critical to take note of those players who are white-hot and how they can help your fantasy baseball lineup from here on out.

Phil Hughes, SP NYY: Hughes was simply masterful on Saturday night while putting the Twins out of their misery. Pitching in a pivotal Game Three, Hughes went seven strong innings without allowing a run and struck out six batters. Hughes will certainly get consideration to be the Game Two starter of the ALCS and should continue to produce for his owners.

Ian Kinsler, 2B Tex: Through the first three games of the series with the Rays, Kinsler has batted .364 socked two taters. He remains an elite option at the position so long as his team stays alive.

Curtis Granderson, OF NYY: Through the first three games of the playoff campaign, Granderson leads all of baseball with a gaudy .455 average.  He has chipped in all over the stat sheet with a triple, double, and stolen base to boot.  His three RBI have him tied for the team lead with Mark Teixeira, and it’s clear he’s locked in right now.

Brian McCann, C ATL: Though they are only two games into the playoff schedule, the Braves are in a dogfight with the Giants and if they are to have any chance at moving on McCann will be relied on heavily.  He has racked up three hits in his first seven at-bats of the young postseason and has knocked in a run as well.  He’s one of the best hitters in this year’s postseason and should be considered an elite fantasy baseball option.

Roy Halladay, SP PHI: Pitching only the second no-hitter in playoff history, Halladay baffled a potent Reds lineup and in the process took his place in baseball lore. Simply put, he’s the best pitcher on the planet right now.

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