July 16, 2009
Fantasy Clicks
By David Sabino
Shop Talk
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Summer usually involves being dragged to some vacation area outlet mall, so why not think about fantasy football while your significant other is trying things on? Here are the All Shopping Teams for the upcoming draft.

All Retail: Worth buying at full price

QB Drew Brees, Saints
RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
WR Andre Johnson, Texans
WR Randy Moss, Vikings
TE Antonio Gates, Chargers
K Jason Elam, Falcons
D/ST Steelers

All Irregular: Awesome quality with an underlying blemish

QB Tom Brady, Patriots
RB DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
RB Michael Turner, Falcons
WR Anquan Boldin, Cardinals
WR Marques Colston, Saints
WR Steve Smith, Panthers
TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
K Robbie Gould, Bears
D/ST Chargers

All Fashion Forward: Staying on the cutting edge

QB Matt Ryan, Falcons
RB Steve Slaton, Texans
RB Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
WR Eddie Royal, Broncos
WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
WR Anthony Gonzalez, Colts
TE Anthony Fasano, Dolphins
K Garrett Hartley, Saints
D/ST Jets

All Clearance Rack: Perhaps wearable, but last season's look

QB Brett Favre, Vikings (?)
RB Brian Westbrook, Eagles
RB Joseph Addai, Colts
WR Hines Ward, Steelers
WR Chad Ochocinco, Bengals
WR Donald Driver, Packers
TE Kellen Winslow, Buccaneers
K Nick Folk, Cowboys
D/ST Ravens

All No Longer in Stock: nobody's buying anymore

QB Daunte Culpepper, Lions
RB Ricky Williams, Dolphins
RB Willis McGahee, Ravens
WR Torry Holt, Jaguars
WR Isaac Bruce, 49ers
WR Javon Walker, Raiders
TE Todd Heap, Ravens
K Adam Vinateri, Colts
D/ST Buccaneers

All Save For Next Season: Better for 2010 than 2009

QB Matthew Stafford, Lions
RB Donald Brown, Colts
RB Glen Coffee, 49ers
WR Austin Collie, Colts
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
WR Hakeem Nicks, Giants
TE Shawn Nelson, Bills
K Steven Hauschka, Ravens
D/ST Browns

All Bargain Basement: Deals Galore

QB Kyle Orton, Broncos
RB Ray Rice, Ravens
RB Felix Jones, Cowboys
WR Steve Breaston, Cardinals
WR Nate Washington, Titans
WR Earl Bennett, Bears
TE Brent Celek, Eagles
K Lawrence Tynes, Giants
D/ST Redskins

All Return Team: Let someone else worry about it

QB Matt Cassel, Chiefs
RB LenDale White
RB Larry Johnson, Chiefs
WR Brandon Marshall, Broncos
WR Roy Williams, Cowboys
WR Braylon Edwards, Browns
TE Vernon Davis, 49ers
K Matt Bryant, Buccaneers
D/ST Panthers

Welcome Back

  In 5 mins. ago Out
Texas All-Star hero Nelson Cruz Josh Hamilton Michael Young
X-Factor veteran Pedro Martinez Mark DeRosa John Smoltz
Hot Blue Jay rookie Mark Rzepczinski Ricky Romero Brett Cecil
Top trade target Roy Halladay Cliff Lee Jake Peavy
NL closer Brian Wilson Heath Bell Jonathan Broxton
Making Moves

Trade season is in full swing in fantasy baseball leagues and I've been busy myself, especially in the AL-only Roto-style, weekly moves, 4X4, keeper Sports Illustrated Baseball League. Dealing with many grizzled veteran players, most of whom I've been in the league with for a decade-and-a-half, is never easy. But using some simple principles I was able to transform a team, languishing deep in the standings, into a clear-cut contender. Here's what happened:

1. Trade B.J. Upton for Nick Blackbun, Jarrod Washburn and Jesus Montero

I had steals to burn and a pitching staff with astronomical WHIP and ERAs which since the deal has become one of the league's best with the 'Burns on fire since I picked them up. And Montero is shooting up the Yankees system.

2. Trade Joakim Soria and Kevin Youkilis for David Price and Carlos Quentin

Always in the market to deal away a closer, especially one that can't be kept, I swung a trade for two of the league's best keepers. But this doesn't mean I'm done for the year.

3. Trade Price, Quentin, Scott Kazmir and Kelvim Escobar for Ichiro, Joe Nathan, Jason Varitek

I wasn't ready to throw in the towel so just one week later I was able to secure the league's top hitter, top closer and one of the few productive catchers for basically future considerations.

4. Trade Nelson Cruz, Andrew Bailey, Melky Cabrera and Taylor Teagarden for Chone Figgins, Carlos Pena and Mike Napoli.

In position to contend for the title, it's time to go for broke, dealing a $1 closer (Bailey) and $4 stud (Cruz) for lots of average, speed, and RBIs. In just two weeks my catchers went from Taylor Teagarden and Francisco Cervelli to Varitek and Napoli, both of who were throw ins.

Early Fantasy Hockey Scouting

For those of you who play fantasy hockey, remember the name Colton Poulin. Check him out as he beats Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas like a rented mule.

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If you want more updates like these, especially once fantasy football season kicks off, follow me on Twitter at @SI_DavidSabino.

Vacation Time

I'm outta here next week, so tune back in on July 30 for my Clicks and July 28 for my Diamond Digits column found at SI.com/mlb.

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