October 1, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Added and Dropped – Final Days

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With three games left speculating anyone reading a fantasy baseball column has some very specific team needs.  Transactions that would be laughable in the year’s first half are all of a sudden perfectly understandable.  Even more so because any player dropped on Monday would be tied up on most waivers through the season’s end.  In a good narrative superstars would lead the way to a championship but that is rarely the case.  How many leagues were swung by Chris Tillman’s dominant start Friday?  In shallower mixed leagues even Homer Bailey was available.


Shutdown Watch


These teams have either locked up a playoff spot or are on the verge.  Some regulars may be rested.  All info taken prior to the start of games Sunday.


Washington:  Magic number of one to clinch the NL East, one game up on Cincinnati for the best overall record.  Watch the status of Michael Morse (wrist).  Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson could have abbreviated starts in preparation for the playoffs.


Atlanta:  Clinched first Wild Card spot.  Brian McCann (shoulder), Micheal Bourn (wrist), and Chipper Jones (everything) are dealing with ailments.  Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson’s starts could be truncated.


Cincinnati:  Clinched NL Central.  Ryan Ludwick (groin), Joey Votto (knee), and Brandon Phillips (leg/slump) could receive time off.  Mat Latos and Homer Bailey could work on pitch counts.


San Francisco:  Clinched NL West.  Buster Posey could rest, or could sit out to preserve his lead in the batting race.


Good Matchups for Hitters


White Sox at home vs. Cleveland

Players to add (available in at least half of ESPN leagues):  Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham – his .849 OPS in September is a season high.


Tigers at home vs. Kansas City

Players to add:  Andy Dirks – .274/.295/.440 this month


Toronto at home vs. Minnesota

Players to add:  Rajai Davis – 34 steals, Adam Lind – 11.6 wRC in September


Arizona at home vs. Colorado

Players to add:  Chris Johnson – 1.106 OPS in September, but a hand injury


Milwaukee at home vs. San Diego

Players to add:  Jean Segura – .358/.434/.478 this month with four steals


Poor Matchups for Hitters


Los Angeles Angels at Seattle

Players to cut:  Mark Trumbo, Howie Kendrick


Boston at New York Yankees

Cut if needed:  Jacoby Ellsbury, Cody Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia


Baltimore at Tampa Bay

Cut if needed:  Mark Reynolds, J.J. Hardy, Nate McLouth


Pittsburgh at home vs. Atlanta

Cut if needed:  everyone except Andrew McCutchen


Cincinnati at St. Louis

Cut if needed:  Zack Cozart, Drew Stubbs, Scott Rolen, Todd Frazier


Best Matchups for Base Stealers


Atlanta at Pittsburgh (Micheal Bourn, Jason Heywartd, Martin Prado)

Milwaukee at San Diego (Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Norichika Aoki, Rickie Weeks)

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland (Alejandro de Aza, Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez)

Chicago Cubs at Houston (Starlin Castro)

Los Angeles Angels at Seattle (Mike Trout, Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis)


Streamer Picks

All under 50% owned in ESPN leagues


Monday:  Bronson Arroyo @ St. Louis, Jarrod Parker vs. Texas

Hail Mary Special:  Rick Porcello vs. Kansas City


Tuesday:  Miguel Gonzalez @ Tampa Bay, Wily Peralta vs. San Diego, Hisashi Iwakuma vs. LA Angels

Hail Mary Special:  Tyler Cloyd @ Washington


Wednesday:  Chris Tillman @ Tampa Bay, Gavin Floyd vs. Cleveland

Hail Mary Special:  Bud Norris @ Chicago Cubs






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