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Thursday, June 09, 2011




AL ONLY

Jemile Weeks 2B, Athletics (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 1.3 percent)

Weeks was dropped from leadoff to ninth in his second major league game Wednesday night against the Orioles, but collected his first two hits (including a double) and also scored two runs. The 24-year-old will get a chance at regular playing time over the next couple of weeks while Mark Ellis is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Weeks doesn't hit for as much power as his brother Rickie, but has good on-base skills and stole 10 bases over his first 45 games with Triple-A Sacramento this season. He's someone I would keep around even after Ellis returns, as he's clearly the future as long as he can stay healthy.

Scott Sizemore 2B, Athletics (Yahoo: 0 percent, ESPN: 0.4 percent)

It sounds like the newly-acquired Sizemore will share playing time with Adam Rosales at third base now that Kevin Kouzmanoff is in the minor leagues. It's somewhat of a tricky platoon since both players are right-handed, but I still like Sizemore's power-speed combo and his pending eligibility at third base.

Mike Carp 1B, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The offense-starved Mariners simply couldn't ignore this guy any longer. Carp was called up to the majors late Tuesday night after batting .348 with 19 homers and 58 RBI over his first 57 games with Triple-A Tacoma. Of course, Carp is 25 years old and these numbers were accomplished in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast league, so there's reason to be skeptical about him suddenly evolving into a legitimate power bat. Still, most in AL-only leagues should be able to find some room.

Cord Phelps 2B, Indians (Yahoo: N/A, ESPN: 0 percent)

Frustrated with Orlando Cabrera's lack of production at second base, the Indians called up Phelps on Wednesday. The 24-year-old is expected to get most of the playing time at second base against right-handed pitching in the short-term. Phelps has some power and modest speed, but he is best known for his patient approach at the plate. He's worth a flier in AL-only leagues, but keep in mind that Jason Kipnis is a more highly-regarded prospect and could eventually replace him.

Ben Revere OF, Twins (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

There haven't been many positives for the Twins this season, but Revere is making a strong case to stick in the starting lineup. The 23-year-old went 3-for-5 with a go-ahead single on Wednesday and is now batting .302 with one double, four RBI, seven runs scored and four stolen bases over his first 63 at-bats with the big club this season. He's not going to hit for any power, but his plus-speed should be very helpful while Denard Span is sidelined and Jason Kubel and Jim Thome are on the disabled list. He should have an everyday role once the Twins start making deals.

Casey Janssen RP, Blue Jays (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN:

It wasn't pretty, but Janssen picked up his first save since 2009 in Wednesday's win over the Royals. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said after the game that he went with Janssen in the ninth inning because Jon Rauch was dealing with "a little bit of a lat issue." Janssen isn't a lock to get another opportunity in Farrell's closer-by-committee, but his 2.08 ERA and 21/6 K/BB ratio aren't going to hurt you in the short-term.

NL ONLY

Charlie Blackmon OF, Rockies (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.4 percent)

With Dexter Fowler sidelined due to an abdominal injury, the Rockies promoted Blackmon from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier this week. The 24-year-old is expected to see most of his time in left field while Carlos Gonzalez will slide over to center. Blackmon, a left-handed hitter, was batting .337 with 10 homers and 12 stolen bases over his first 58 games at the Triple-A level this season. He isn't one of the higher-profile prospects in the game, but fantasy owners should use that to their advantage.

Rubby De La Rosa RP, Dodgers (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 1.4 percent)

De La Rosa walked five of the first 11 batters he faced Tuesday night against the Phillies, but bounced back to allow just one run over five innings. All in all, not bad for his first major league start. The 22-year-old right-hander was still throwing in the mid-90s in his final inning, so he didn't lose much velocity at all with the move from the bullpen. Jon Garland is still sidelined indefinitely with a shoulder injury, so De La Rosa is absolutely worth filing away in NL-only and even some deeper mixed formats.

Xavier Paul OF, Pirates (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

Paul, who was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers in late April, is quietly finding his way into semi-regular playing time. The 26-year-old outfielder is batting .286 with a pair of triples and six RBI over his first 63 at-bats with the Pirates. The most interesting thing from a fantasy perspective is that he has stolen six bases in eight attempts. And while he has just one home run over 230 major league plate appearances, he has shown at least modest pop in the minors. I'm not convinced that he belongs as a major league regular, as his patience is severely lacking, but he could easily end up with 15-20 stolen bases before the season is through.

Ronny Paulino C, Mets (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

After going 4-for-4 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the Brewers, Paulino is now batting .344 over his first 64 at-bat this season. The 30-year-old backstop was brought in to play primarily against left-handed pitching, but he could see more playing time with Josh Thole struggling and the Mets hurting desperately for offense.


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D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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