This is it, kids—the final week in the regular season and of course, the final week in fantasy baseball. For those of you playing for your league championship this week, good luck.
Here were the fantasy studs and the potential pickups from the fantasy week that was September 21-27.
Ryan Howard: .375/2/14. It seems that the big man always heats up down the stretch. A hot Howard spells trouble for opposing teams in the playoffs.
Marlon Byrd: .320/3/11/.433. Byrd is having the best year of his career and is a free agent at the end of this season — convenient.
David Ortiz: .280/3/10/.419. Despite everything Ortiz has been through this season, he still has 27 home runs and 94 RBI on the season.
Alex Rodriguez: .350/3/8 with three SB’s. Rodriguez and Ortiz on the same list. It’s like a PED festival here at The Ghost of Moonlight Graham.
Joey Votto: .560/1/8. Votto had 11 runs scored and 10 doubles last week. In five years he will be on the ballot for entry into the Paul Molitor Hall of Fame for players who, if they played in New York, Boston, or Los Angeles, would be superstars.
Adrian Gonzalez: .321/2/8/.441. Six months into the season and still haven’t figured out why opposing teams pitch to him.
Zack Greinke: 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 13 K’s in 13 IP. Hasn’t Greinke been on this list every week? If you have a vote and don’t vote for him for the Cy Young, you should have your voting privileges revoked.
Joe Blanton: 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA and 13 K’s in 12.2 IP. Blanton has quietly been the Philadelphia Phillies most consistent pitcher this year.
Tom Gorzelanny: 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 16 K’s in 12 IP. Gorzelanny is going his best to win a spot in the Chicago Cubs’ rotation in 2010. Remember, he did win 14 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007.
Gorzelanny could be a nice sleeper in 2010.
Rafael Soriano: Three saves with a 0.00 ERA and six K’s in 3.1 IP. Soriano had 16 career saves coming into 2009. In 2009, Soriano has 27 saves and has the highest K/9 rate of his career (11.9/9).
Paul Bako: Need a catcher for the last week? Take a look at Paul Bako (something I never thought I would write). He hit .381/1/3 last week in 21 AB’s.
Ronnie Belliard: Belliard is getting regular playing time in Los Angeles. Last week, he hit .409/1/3 with seven runs scored.
Jay Bruce: For those of you who dropped Bruce after his injury—shame on you. Bruce has keeper potential and has turned it on as of late.
Bruce hit .500/2/7/.611 last week in 14 AB’s.
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