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Sunday Afternoon Revelations

Derek Jeter: AP

In the interest of making Clicks bigger and better than ever, we'll spotlight each Sunday's most fantasy-friendly game, NFL Revelations-style. Our choice to cap off Week 13 was a no-brainer -- the day's highest-scoring game, a home-run barrage at new Yankee Stadium, star-studded production and a rare Godzilla sighting:

Yankees 10, Blue Jays 8
What I Liked: Seven regular fantasy contributors (Adam Lind, Alex Rios, Aaron Hill, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano) collected at least two hits on the day, with Jeter (three runs) and Posada (two runs) both going 4-for-5.

What I Liked, Part II: Hill (59 RBIs) and Lind (57) are just a shade off a 120-RBI pace for the season. Amazingly, both players were there for the taking in the first 10-12 rounds of mixed-league drafts back in April.

What I Loved: Speaking of RBIs, just six players (Marco Scutaro, Hill, Lind, Jeter, Matsui, Posada) were responsible for 16 of the 18 total runs on Sunday. In terms of homers, Jeter, Matsui, Hill and Lind launched balls out of wind-tunnel-friendly Yankee Stadium.

What I Loved, Part II: Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves registered five strikeouts in four innings, while earning a hard-fought save -- his first of the season. (Sidebar: Can you imagine Mariano Rivera pitching four innings in one game?)

What I Loathed: Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil was rocked for nine hits and seven runs in just 3.2 innings of shoddy work. Perhaps even worse, he produced an unseemly 4/5 K-BB ratio during that span. Look, I know Toronto's rotation has been ravaged by injuires ... and that Cecil may have been pressed into active MLB duty wayyyyyyyy ahead of schedule. But from the reports I've read, Cecil is the Blue Jays' No. 1 pitching prospect and simply needs to do a better job of acclimating himself to Big League Life and the world's greatest (and most patient) hitters.

What Made Me Cringe: Joba Chamberlain was similarly shaky against the Jays, allowing nine hits and eight runs in 3.2 innings. Fantasy owners would be quick to note his lone strikeout, as well.

What Made Me Cringe, Part II: Sure, David Dellucci is nothing more than a rent-a-cop in left field (and that's being kind for a .154 hitter). But what is stopping Blue Jays GM J.P. Riccardi from promoting hitting prodigy Travis Snider back to the majors? Toronto needs all the help it can get ... not some onetime golden boy patrolling the outfield on a semi-regular basis.

Fantasy 2-Pack: Pitchers

These pitchers are scheduled for two starts in Week 14 (July 6-12). Hence, they're potential gold in weekly leagues:

Josh Johnson, Marlins
Javier Vazquez, Braves
Jered Weaver, Angels
Cole Hamels, Phillies
Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
Josh Beckett, Red Sox
CC Sabathia, Yankees
Matt Cain, Giants
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Jair Jurrjens, Braves
Johnny Cueto, Reds
Kevin Millwood, Rangers
John Lackey, Angels
James Shields, Rays
Mark Buehrle, White Sox
Ryan Dempster, Cubs
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Aaron Harang, Reds
Andy Pettitte, Yankees
John Smoltz, Red Sox
Jason Marquis, Rockies
Scott Baker, Twins
Ricky Romero, Blue Jays
J.A. Happ, Phillies
Randy Wells, Cubs
Mike Pelfrey, Mets
Gil Meche, Royals
Jarrod Washburn, Angels
Brad Bergesen, Orioles
Jordan Zimmerman, Nationals
Doug Davis, Diamondbacks
Armando Galarraga, Tigers
Kevin Correia, Padres
Erik Bedard, Mariners (assuming he's healthy)
Jason Hammel, Rockies
Dallas Braden, Athletics
Barry Zito, Giants
Jon Garland, Diamondbacks
Sean West, Marlins
Mike Hampton, Astros
Todd Wellemeyer, Cardinals
Craig Stammen, Nationals
Brad Mills, Blue Jays
Brett Anderson, Athletics

Tuesday's Hero

Need an emergency starting pitcher off the waiver wire in time for Tuesday's games? Here's one diamond in the rough to consider, as a short-term fix and possible long-term keeper:

Mike Pelfrey, Mets (vs. Dodgers)
**Has yielded 2 or fewer runs in eight of his last 10 outings
**Boasts a strong 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP since June 6
**Has a decent 17/8 K-BB ratio (and two victories) during that span
**For keeper leaguers, he could be the Mets' best under-25 pitching prospect
**Has gone at least 5 innings in nine of his last 10 starts

**Pelfrey will be facing the hot-and-cold Dodgers at Citi Field, who -- just in case you haven't heard -- have Manny Ramirezback in the lineup.

Speaking Of Manny ...

While driving on Sunday, I heard an ESPN radio personality poke fun at the fans for cheering Manny's return to baseball (after a 50-game suspension) while, in turn, condemning other (alleged) notorious performance-enhancing-drug violators like Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGWire, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds. And while it's probably true that most fans live in denial when drug scandals affect their hometown heroes, it's important to make a distinction here: Just because a few myopic ticket-buyers are living in Manny denial ... doesn't mean Ramirez will see his day in Cooperstown in the foreseeable future. Who's to say if the above names will ever earn induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame (as voted on by writers -- not fans), but they'll undoubtedly have to sweat the process out for the next quarter-century, as some kind of penance for their pathetic sins of the past (or present, in Manny's world).

The Road To Wellville

These hitters should fare remarkably well against average-to-subpar pitching throughout Week 14 (July 6-12):

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox (vs. A's, vs. Royals)
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
Jason Bay, Red Sox
David Ortiz, Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
J.D. Drew, Red Sox
Nick Green, Red Sox
Jason Varitek, Red Sox
Ryan Howard, Phillies (vs. Reds, vs. Pirates)
Chase Utley, Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
Shane Victorino, Phillies
Pedro Feliz, Phillies
Jayson Werth, Phillies
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
John Mayberry, Jr., Phillies
Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
Juan Rivera, Angels (vs. Rangers, vs. Yankees)
Torii Hunter, Angels
Chone Figgins, Angels
Bobby Abreu, Angels
Kendry Morales, Angels
Joey Votto, Reds (@ Phillies, @ Mets)
Jay Bruce, Reds
Edwin Encarnacion, Reds
Brandon Phillips, Reds
Ramon Hernandez, Reds
Paul Janish, Reds
Chris Dickerson, Reds
Willy Taveras, Reds

Tough Road Ahead

On the flip side, these hitters are likely headed for a mini-slump in Week 14 (July 6-12), due to poor pitching matchups. I'm not saying "Don't start 'em" ... just be wary of these guys facing at least four top-end hurlers during this period. Note: Hanley Ramirez isn't mentioned with the Marlins, for obvious reasons, given that he's killing every pitcher in his wake right now ... and that I would feel stupid for even suggesting an imminent slump:

Chris Coghlan, Marlins (@ Giants, @ Diamondbacks)
Emilio Bonifacio, Marlins
Jeremy Hermida, Marlins
Dan Uggla, Marlins
Cody Ross, Marlins
John Baker, Marlins
Jorge Cantu, Marlins
Adam Lind, Blue Jays (@ Rays, @ Orioles)
Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays
Vernon Wells, Blue Jays
Alex Rios, Blue Jays
Rod Barajas, Blue Jays
Scott Rolen, Blue Jays
Aaron Hill, Blue Jays
Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays
Pablo Sandoval, Giants (vs. Marlins, vs. Reds)
Fred Lewis, Giants
Aaron Rowand, Giants
Travis Ishikawa, Giants
Bengie Molina, Giants
Nate Schierholtz, Giants
Edgar Renteria, Giants
Randy Winn, Giants

Man-Child Prodigies Update

The hype machine for some of MLB's super prospects hitting the majors reached "ludicrous speed" (thanks, Spaceballs) back in late May ... that is, until a few of them temporarily crashed and burned amid all the pomp and circumstance. Here's a 30-day progress report on the league's most ballyhooed phenoms:

Tommy Hanson, Braves: 23/18 K-BB ratio in 36 innings, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 4 wins
David Price, Rays: 23/23 K-BB ratio in 29 innings, 5.90 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 1 win
Derek Holland, Rangers: 24/9 K-BB ratio in 28.1 innings, 6.04 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 1 win
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 22-for-70 (.314) with 9 runs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 0 steals
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 37-for-122 (.303) with 17 runs, 1 HR, 19 RBIs, 5 steals
Fernando Martinez, Mets: 10-for-61 (.164) with 8 runs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 0 steals

The Great Divide

I glean real joy in obsessing over K/BB ratios in fantasyland baseball -- especially when faced with the daunting task of rebuilding WHIP totals from April/May shambles. To wit, here are the 20 best strikeout-to-walk pitching ratios since June 6:

1. Tim Lincecum, Giants -- 50/9
2. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins -- 45/7
3. Javier Vazquez, Braves -- 44/7
4. Josh Beckett, Red Sox -- 31/4
5. Jon Lester, Red Sox -- 40/6
6. Ted Lilly, Cubs -- 38/5
7. Dan Haren, Diamondbacks -- 35/5
8. Kevin Correia, Padres -- 32/6
9. Zack Greinke, Royals -- 32/7
10. Jose Contreras, White Sox -- 29/5Huroki Kuroda, Dodgers -- 29/5
12. John Danks, White Sox -- 35/10
13. Andrew Miller, Marlins -- 31/9
14. Chad Gaudin, Padres -- 42/14
14a. Felix Hernandez, Mariners -- 42/14
16. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals -- 42/15
17. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays -- 40/14
18. Justin Verlander, Tigers -- 40/15
19. Edwin Jackson, Tigers -- 36/15
20. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers -- 49/22

We Interrupt Fantasy Clicks ...

... To announce the arrival of Sports Illustrated's fantasy football spectacular, available online and at magazine racks nationwide. This 168-page tome is chock-full of rankings, columns (two from yours truly), features, draft-day advice, in-season strategies, booms, busts and an experts' mock draft, enlisting an army of SI's award-winning fantasy and NFL writers (including Peter King). Last but not least, it boasts perhaps the coolest cover of any fantasy magazine you'll ever see!

Am I overselling it a little bit? Perhaps. But the early feedback I've gotten from my fantasy brethren suggests SI's first major foray into fantasy football will be an absolute triumph -- and that it could become an all-time best seller within the genre.

Total Bases Recall

Pablo Sandoval: Christian Peterson/Getty Images

For the loyal Clicks readers of fantasy football, you've heard me prattle on a thousand times about the importance of Targets -- the number of times a receiver is thrown to -- and how it's a fail-safe method for evaluating receivers. Well, I am equally passionate (fanatical?) about Total Bases in fantasy baseball. By my way of thinking, TB is the perfect convergence of coveting power hitters and on-base machines who make a living from doubles. It's also a stellar indicator of future success. Here are the top 30 leaders in total bases (through July 5):

1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals -- 207
2. Justin Morneau, Twins -- 188
3. Prince Fielder, Brewers -- 181
4. Aaron Hill, Blue Jays -- 180
5. Adam Lind, Blue Jays -- 177
6. Ryan Braun, Brewers -- 171
7. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins -- 171
8. Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks -- 171
9. Mark Teixeira, Yankees -- 166
10. Raul Ibanez, Phillies -- 164
11. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers -- 162
12. Ryan Howard, Phillies -- 161
13. Ian Kinsler, Rangers -- 160
14. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- 159
15. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres -- 158
16. Pablo Sandoval, Giants -- 158
17. Johnny Damon, Yankees -- 157
18. Victor Martinez, Indians -- 157
19. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners -- 157
20. Torii Hunter, Angels -- 156
21. Evan Longoria, Rays -- 156
22. Chase Utley, Phillies -- 156
23. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals -- 156
24. Brad Hawpe, Rockies -- 155
25. Carlos Pena, Rays -- 155
26. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks -- 155
27. Michael Young, Rangers -- 155
28. Jason Bay, Red Sox -- 154
29. Russell Branyan, Mariners -- 154
30. Jermaine Dye, White Sox -- 153

Analyze This

Based on their current numbers, the following 2-for-2 swap from one of my AL-only leagues -- Gil Meche/Shin-Soo Choo for Scott Baker/J.D. Drew -- has the appearance of an Even Steven pseudo-blockbuster. But is there a clear winner for the stretch run? As always, I'll let the delicate geniuses at Accuscore make the final call, courtesy of their customized player projections from this point forward (July 6-Oct. 1):

Owner A
Choo: .308 average (.410 OBP), 51.9 runs, 13.3 HRs, 55.3 RBIs, 11 steals
Meche: 4.1 wins, 4.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 80.9 strikeouts

Owner B
Drew: .266 average (.389 OBP), 48.7 runs, 13 HRs, 39.6 RBIs, 1.5 steals

Baker: 5.2 wins, 4.50 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 78.6 strikeouts

Verdict: It comes down to your own personal philosophy: Do you need a slight bump in victories and WHIP with Baker ... or are Choo's impressive projections in average, runs, RBIs and steals just too tantalizing to ignore? If I were making this call ... it'd be Choo/Meche.

Analyze That

Did you hear the Rangers will activate slugger Josh Hamilton on Monday ... while jettisoning former blue-chip prospect Chris Davisback to the minors? On one hand, the news isn't too shocking, given Davis' .201 seasonal average. But then again, manager Ron Washington had been saying for some time the club would not abandon Davis during his prolonged dry spell; after all, we're talking about the same guy who blasted 17 HRs in only 295 at-bats as a rookie last season. Obviously, I understand the Rangers' need to have Hamilton back in the lineup, along with their desire to fortify their pitching as much as possible; so, demoting Davis for a couple weeks (if not longer) makes sense right now. And as long as we have the Accuscore Projectionator 5000 cranking, here are the expected numbers for Hamilton and Davis (pre-demotion) from this point forward:

Davis: .222 average (.277 OBP), 34.1 runs, 16.6 HRs, 37.6 RBIs, 0.2 steals
Hamilton: .291 average (.354 OBP), 45.3 runs, 15.1 HRs, 59.3 RBIs, 5.3 steals

The Untouchables

Gut feelings aside, these stars should NOT be dealt in any garden-variety 1-for-1 or 2-for-2 swap this season: (If you're using them as a means to a blissfully lopsided trade in your favor ... then, by all means, do the deed!)

Ian Kinsler, Rangers
Evan Longoria, Rays
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Ryan Braun, Brewers
Prince Fielder, Brewers
Jason Bay, Red Sox
Torii Hunter, Angels
Carlos Beltran, Mets
Derek Jeter, Yankees
Chone Figgins, Angels
Mark Teixeira, Yankees
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
Adam Jones, Orioles
Brian Roberts, Orioles
Carl Crawford, Rays
Joe Mauer, Twins (a 9th-round steal for risk-taking owners)
Matt Kemp, Dodgers (should be an All-Star shoo-in this week)
Victor Martinez, Indians
David Wright, Mets
Nick Markakis, Orioles
Andre Ethier, Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins (it's a bird, it's a plane ... no, it's Han-Ram!)
Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Justin Morneau, Twins
Matt Wieters, Orioles (don't overthink this ... let him play)
Chase Utley, Phillies

Starting Pitchers
Johan Santana, Mets
Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
Zack Greinke, Royals
CC Sabathia, Yankees
Edwin Jackson, Tigers
Yovani Gallardo, Brewers (I'm finally ready to move heaven/earth to land him)
Matt Cain, Giants
Tim Lincecum, Giants
Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
Josh Johnson, Marlins
Dan Haren, Diamondbacks
Johnny Cueto, Reds
Justin Verlander, Tigers
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

Relief Pitchers
Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
Joe Nathan, Twins
Trevor Hoffman, Brewers
Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
Matt Capps, Pirates (getting better all the time)
Francisco Cordero, Reds
Mariano Rivera, Yankees
Heath Bell, Padres
Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers
Joakim Soria, Royals

Positional Assumptions

In most leagues, a player becomes eligible for a new position once he's played five games at that spot in the current season. Here's a list of players who have either earned new-position eligibility ... or are on the cusp of accomplishing this often-overlooked and underappreciated status:

3B Chris Davis, Rangers (now 1B-eligible)
2B Clint Barmes, Rockies (now SS-eligible)
SS Gordon Beckham, White Sox (now 3B-eligible)
SS Jhonny Peralta, Indians (now 3B-eligible)
3B Hank Blalock, Rangers (now 1B-eligible)
C Ramon Hernandez, Reds (now 1B-eligible)
3B/OF Chris Coghlan, Marlins (should be 2B-eligible by mid-June)
2B Jose Lopez, Mariners (now 1B-eligible)
2B Emilio Bonifacio, Marlins (now 3B-eligible)
DH Jason Giambi, Athletics (now 1B-eligible)
2B Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians (now SS-eligible)
3B Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks (now 1B-eligible)
3B/1B Carlos Guillen, Tigers (now OF-eligible)
1B Conor Jackson, Diamondbacks (now 1B-eligible)
1B Pablo Sandoval, Giants (now 3B-eligible)
2B Mark DeRosa, Cardinals (now 1B/3B- and OF-eligible)
OF Felipe Lopez, Diamondbacks (now 2B-eligible)
OF Skip Schumaker, Cardinals (now 2B-eligible)
3B Garrett Atkins, Rockies (now 1B-eligible)
OF Adam Dunn, Nationals (now 1B-eligible)
OF/2B Mark Teahen, Royals (now 3B-eligible, thanks to Alex Gordon's injury)
SS Michael Young, Rangers (now 3B-eligible)
3B Jorge Cantu, Marlins (now 1B-eligible)
2B Alexei Ramirez, White Sox (now SS-eligible)
C Victor Martinez, Indians (now 1B-eligible)
OF Kendry Morales, Angels (now 1B-eligible)
SS Ben Zobrist, Rays (now 2B- and OF-eligible)
OF Nick Swisher, Yankees (now 1B-eligible)
3B/SS Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays (now 2B-eligible)
3B Ian Stewart, Rockies (now 2B- and OF-eligible)
2B/OF Jerry Hairston, Jr., Reds (now 3B- and SS-eligible)
SS/OF Ben Zobrist, Rays (now 2B-eligible)

Running Hot

If you had a chance to snare Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez for anything less than top dollar wayyyyy back in May -- but failed to pull the trigger for whatever reason -- I bet you're kicking yourself right now, eh? For the love of Peter, Paul & Mary, Han-Ram has been the hottest hitter on the planet since June 20 (12 runs, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs, 3 HRs, .451 average) ... and it looks like he'll be fighting tooth and nail with Albert Pujols for Fantasy MVP honors all the way to October. With that said, there's always a chance Hanley could be available via trade; after all, if he's just killing time on an also-ran's roster ... now may be the time to strike a blockbuster deal, even if you have to surrender two studs and one No. 2 pitcher. Here are some creatively realistic scenarios for such a deal:

**Hanley for Chone Figgins/B.J. Upton
**Hanley for Ichiro Suzuki/Brian Fuentes
**Hanley for Kevin Youkilis/Brandon Phillips
**Hanley for Brian Roberts/Justin Verlander
**Hanley for Javier Vazquez/Matt Capps/Adam LaRoche
**Hanley/Jason Hammel for Aaron Hill/Nick Markakis/Max Scherzer
**Hanley/Yovani Gallardo for Chase Utley/Jonathan Broxton/Johnny Damon
**Hanley/Mark Reynolds for Prince Fielder/Torii Hunter/Kerry Wood
**Hanley/Ricky Nolasco for Johan Santana/Francisco Cordero/Adam Dunn
**Hanley/Ian Kinsler for Carlos Lee/Carlos Zambrano/Alfonso Soriano/Jose Reyes

The Missing Links

Need a helping hand with your fantasy baseball research? Well, here are the Web sites that I check every morning (and night) -- all in the name of 24/7 roster improvements:

**Baseball America
**Baseball America's 2009 Top Prospects
**Rotowire Player Search Database (great for targeting prospects)
**'s Stats page
**'s Fantasy Page
**Baseball Prospectus
**The Hardball Times
**Dallas Morning News' Rangers blog (co-writers Richard Durrett, Jeff Wilson)
**Seattle Times' Mariners blog (Geoff Baker, author)

Postscript: It goes without saying, you MUST become a regular subscriber (or at least make it a "Favorite" on your desktop) to your players' team blogs in respective newspapers (like San Diego Union-Tribune writer Bill Center's engaging insight on Padres Adrian Gonzalez, Jake Peavy, Heath Bell, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Chase Headley, Kyle Blanks, etc.). These sites should be your daily lifeline when conducting research. And for those playing in AL- or NL-only leagues, your absolute best friend from April to September should be the ever-changing depth charts running on's team pages.

Stock Report

In case you care, here's an update for the much-talked-about AND highly volatile & Friends fantasy league. It's your typical 14-team, 5x5, roto-style setup:

1. This Week's TWIB Notes (Jay Clemons) -- 93.5 points (should I keep Chris Davis ... or cut bait?)
1a. Being Kenny Powers (Bobby Kight) -- 93.5 points (sucking wind in average, his one weakness)
3. Pete Rose's Best Bet (Tim Dwyer) -- 88 points (going nowhere fast in saves and HRs)
4. Prestige Worldwide (Charlie Kight) -- 86.5 points (never showed interest in my Miggy auction)
5. Packham Mortuary (Drew Packham) --84 points (once-indomitable pitching now starting to lag)
6. Teixeira's Slow Start (Jon Machota) -- 82.5 points (compiling solid numbers across the board)
7. Downtown Killer B's (Mike Bernaiche) -- 80.5 points (welcome to the 80-Point Club, Downtown!
8. The Farmer John Family (Scott Wraight) -- 77.5 points (gasp! Sir Tradealot has gone into hiding)
9. Krasmanian Devils (Lonny Krasnow) -- 74 points (refuses to part with Lincecum or Oswalt)
10. The Funcookers (Jeff Ritter) -- 64 points (how was your Michigan vacation, Mr. Freefall?)
11. Hackensack Bulls (Cory McCartney) -- 59 points (it's hard to win without a strong outfield)
12. Hoboken Highlanders (David Katz) -- 57.5 points (time to trade Hanley in a blockbuster)
13. Joker Marchants (Josh Wymer) -- 57 points (dead-last in three categories -- sacre bleu!)
14. Brandon & Jason Show (Marcus/Schwartz) -- 54.5 points (tanking it until the All-Star Break -- class act!)

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