Fantasy Baseball: Helmuth’s Half Dozen – Week 18

A special Tuesday edition of HHD this week because Monday was, although unfortunate, a historic day in baseball that featured many suspensions. Now, it's time to take a deep breath and try to recover; for some of you that will be easier to do than for others. Hopefully I can lend a helping hand…somewhat…

F*&$&*% S&#$ Award!

You're dead to me.

Houston Astros v Texas Rangers

You can add everyone from the Biogenesis suspensions with Ryan Braun to this list. The toughest player to replace will be Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz. If you're like the Padres and were counting on Everth Cabrera to rack up steals for you, these suspensions knocked you in the gut a little bit as well. If you owned both of them you're screwed. Just kidding… kind of. Let's look at who you should pick up…

Pick-Up Of The Week!

Player that should be owned but could still be on the waiver wire in your league.

Kole Calhoun OF – LAA

San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

If you read my column every week you know I love taking a chance on rookies. It should be obvious by now. You should never over-pay for rookies, but at the same time should snatch one up every opportunity you have an empty roster spot. Aside from a 10-day hot streak, we all know what Ryan Raburn is, for example. However with the rookies, it's hard telling what their ceiling is; Calhoun is a prime example (who you see above taking some tips from star teammate Mike Trout).

Calhoun already has two home runs since his July 28 callup and manager Mike Scioscia has batted him leadoff a majority of the time — not bad for a kid who absolutely hammered minor league ball to the tune of .354/.431/.617. Is he special? I'm not sure. Give him another week to see how he does. He most definitely intrigues me and could be a serviceable pickup in replacement of Nelson Cruz for the time being.

Helmuth Hail Mary

It's worth a long shot, but picking up this guy might be your lottery ticket for 2013.

Jonathan Villar SS – Hou: He's going to steal you a lot of bases…and that's about it — similar to Everth Cabrera. The rookie swiped three bases against Boston on Monday and even stole home against the Orioles last week. He's crazy fast; he's also batting .216 on the season. Again — all steals, nothing else.

Rookie Watch!

On the lookout for the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.

Wilmer Flores 2B/3B – NYM: The No. 4 prospect in the Mets organization is essentially replacing David Wright for the next few weeks after getting the call-up once New York put Bobby Parnell on the DL Tuesday. Flores mainly plays second base but started at third base in place of Wright against the Rockies Tuesday night. The kid hit .321 with 15 bombs at Triple-A in 107 games. He could be a spark plug that could help a team in need of suspension replacements.

Jonathan Villar SS – Hou (above)

Kole Calhoun OF – LAA (above)

Pyrite Award!

Who is fake gold.

Brett Oberholtzer SP – Hou: The rookie was the No. 1 starting pitcher on the player rater this past week….it must have been a slow week for two start pitchers. Don't let the numbers fool you; this reliever turned starter had a 4.37 ERA two years a row in the minors. Maybe Houston knows something we don't, but I wouldn't trust this kid until he does it for a full month.

Ripe Relievers!

Snatching up saves and holds however you can find them.

David Aardsma RP – NYM: He might be next in line for saves now that Bobby Parnell is on the DL for a little bit. He has experience closing out games so many think he'll get the first crack at the job.

Josh Fields RP – Hou: Are you feeling lucky? He got the save for the 'Stros Monday but he owns a 6+ ERA. He could be the temporary closer in Houston but he might cost ya some runs — a gamble that might have a return investment.

Hitter of the Week: (Monday-Monday)

Justin Upton OF – Atl: 4 HR, 10 RBI, .452, 1 Steal

Hurler of the Week: (Monday-Monday)

Brett Oberholtzer SP – Hou: 14IP, 2 W, 8 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.64 WHIP

Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuth or subscribe at for the latest in sports on your newsfeed.

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