Kyle Kendrick was a reliable Razzball pitcher since 2010 but his recent run of success has owners in â€œnormalâ€ fantasy leagues looking his way.Â Some saves are also available for those paying close attention.Â Many top performers in August are cooling off in the seasonâ€™s final month.
Kyle Kendrick:Â He made six consecutive quality starts between August 14 and September 10.Â He has a 37/7 K/BB in his last seven outings.Â This year his K/9 improved from 4.63 to 6.58.Â The key is more frequent changeup use, he gets his highest whiff rates with that pitch.Â He is throwing it better than ever, generating swings and misses 23.15% of the time against a 14.95% career mark.Â Still, his xFIP only improved from 4.42 to 4.39, so do not go overboard.
Drop for him:Â Lance Lynn, James McDonald, Shaun Marcum
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Phil Hughes, Mike Fiers, Matt Harvey
Luke Gergerson:Â He converted San Diegoâ€™s last eight saves, supplanting Dale Thayer.Â His K/9 rebounded to 9.00 after plummeting last year.Â Huston Street is pitching some simulated games but he has no firm plan to return to the roster.Â Gergerson could close for the rest of the year.
Drop for him:Â Jon Broxton, Frank Francisco, Addison Reed
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Glen Perkins, Kenley Jansen, Andrew Bailey
Logan Forsythe:Â He is hitting .378/.440/.600 in September, part of a spunky Padre offense that is ninth in runs since the All Star Break.Â He improved his BB/K from 0.36 to 0.52.Â He does not generate home runs or steals but he is a decent option if a teamâ€™s current second baseman is hurting the lineup.
Drop for him:Â Dustin Ackley, Neil Walker, Mike Aviles
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Ryan Roberts, Chris Nelson, Daniel Murphy
Mike Minor:Â He has a 2.35 ERA and 4.15 K/BB since the All Star Break, although the improved skills are not reflected in his 3-4 record.Â He is getting some overdue fortune, his BABIP against was over .350 in 2010 and 2011, this year it is .259.Â Entering Sundayâ€™s start he pitched 161 innings.Â Since he exceeded 180 last year fatigue should not be an issue.
Drop for him:Â Josh Beckett, Tommy Hanson, Chris Capuano
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Anibal Sanchez, Brett Anderson, Brandon Morrow
Mark Teixeira:Â He aggravated a calf injury on September 8 and is projected to miss ten to fourteen days.Â That leaves him available for only the last week or so, but with New York in the playoff hunt he is not in danger of being shut down.Â He finished second in the MVP voting in 2009, in the three years since his wRC+ is under 130.Â He should see his fantasy value drop entering next season.
Drop him for:Â Anthony Rizzo, Ike Davis, Brandon Belt
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Mitch Moreland, Carlos Pena, Lance Berkman
Ryan Ludwick:Â Saturdayâ€™s home run was his first in almost a month and his September line is .250/.340/.375.Â It is no surprise that his power is better in Cincinnati, but the Reds have six home games left and nine on the road.Â Ludwick is an inconsistent player, it is reasonable to drop him for a boost in the closing days.
Drop him for:Â David Murphy, Justin Ruggiano, Jon Jay
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Michael Brantley, Matt Joyce, Jeff Francoeur
Carlos Gomez:Â He left Wednesdayâ€™s game with a quad bruise but played in every game since.Â He is hitting only .191/.264/.340 in September, tailing off after a hot July and August.Â Even with the recent slump he is 33rd among fantasy outfielders.Â He has earned some slack.
Drop him for:Â Josh Reddick, Desmond Jennings, Ben Revere
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Delmon Young, Carlos Lee, Ichiro
Josh Rutledge:Â We warned that his batting average was tenuous and it has dropped 60 points in September.Â He stole three bases in his first fifteen games and only three more in his last 40.Â He has one home run since August 5.Â In the past month he is 23rd among fantasy shortstops.
Drop him for:Â Trevor Plouffe, Manny Machado, Jhonny Peralta
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Stephen Drew, Ruben Tejada, Sean Rodriguez