In September, Nick Markakis hit a wall like Super Dave Osbourne. For the month, he’s currently ranked behind Grady Sizemore (who hasn’t played since September 3rd), Cory Sullivan and Justin Maxwell for value amongst outfielders. If those names don’t sound familiar to you, they shouldn’t. They suck. Hold up, Albright. You’re telling people to grab Edwin Encarnacion and drop Markakis? Yes, it’s a weird time of the year. But if you hold onto guys for name value, you’re going to lose, especially in H2H leagues. The flame has gone out on Sparkakis and it’s time to move on in one year leagues. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:
Edwin Encarnacion – Need a guy that won’t run out a pop up? Looking to fill your team with lollygaggers? No need to look further! For a limited time only, Encarnacion is batting third and hitting .400 over the last week.
Matt Thornton/Octavio Dotel/Scott Linebrink – Octatt Thornbrink, or some combination there within will get Sox saves.
Hank Blalock – Scroll down to morning post. Go ahead, move your mouse.
Martin Prado – Ah… What to say? Seriously, what? He’s been hot recently (over .500 in the last week). You need more?
Jody Gerut – Batting .500 over the last week with 3 homers. His name doesn’t seem so girly now does it? Okay, but not as girly as Suzy.
Every Padres Pitcher – They’re home for the final week. Stock up!
Brian Duensing – Next week, he gets the Tigers and probably (teams’ final pitching schedules are iffy) the Royals. He has an under 1 ERA vs. the Tigers in two games and the Royals’ bats have chlamydia.
Rafael Furcal – About time.
Ronnie Belliard – Hitting for average, light power and speed and playing over Orlando Hudson. Actually, Freddy Sanchez and Orlando Hudson should just start their own team. The Dirty Hudsons. They can play in Weehawken overlooking the grand Hudson River. Instead of The Splash Zone, they can have The Rash Zone.
Ian Kinsler – Yay, he played more than 120 games. Not well, unfortunately. In September, he ran out of gas like OPEC in 2078. (Figures courtesy of Al Gore.)
David Wright – You’d think I didn’t like the Mets the way I’m pushing people to lose Beltran and Wright. Not true. Just this year. Now to go along with Wright’s warning track power, he’s saying he’s scared coming to the plate because of Post-Plunking on the Head Syndrome. Hopefully, he can get over this by next year, but for the final week I’d look elsewhere if there’s other options.
Chipper Jones – Seriously, drop him.
Any Pitcher That Has Pitched Their Last Game – Even if you’re simply putting in a middle reliever. It’s do or die time, fellas (and two girl readers). I’d wish you good luck, but luck’s for beginners and the leprechauns, use your skills!