Fantasy Baseball: Helmuth’s Half Dozen – Week 21

Most are probably thrilled fantasy football is just around the corner. I know we had our draft in the "League of Champions" Sunday evening, which appeared to be fantasy draft night across the country considering most of our league was having to multi-task, doing two at once.

For those of you who were out of the baseball race a long time ago, this article most likely isn't for you — unless you're the type that enjoys going down swinging. You can go back to watching the horror story that is Miley Cyrus. For the teams still in the race, playoffs start either next week or the following week in September. Playoffs considered, along with the mix of football heating up, this will be the last HHD for the season. I want to thank you for reading and putting up with my terrible jokes. Hopefully my advice hasn't been as terrible —  adequate at the very least I hope!

Stay tuned for more fantasy football content this fall and best of luck in all your fantasy endeavors! We all know it's not fun to answer to your wifey when you lose hundreds of dollars in thirteen leagues.

Pick-Up Of The Week!

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

Coco Crisp OF – Oak

Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers

I've never been a huge Crisp fan, but there's no doubt that he can be a player that gets on streaks hotter than Kate Upton running down the beach in a bikini….alright, maybe not quite that hot. Bad jokes aside, I do believe Crisp needs to be owned in all leagues. It seems he's starting a new blazing streak now that he's healthy again; over the last week he's jacked three long balls to the tune of a .368 average. He'll also provide steals. A little ridiculous he's available in 35 percent of leagues.

Helmuth Hail Mary

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

L.J. Hoes OF – Hou: His minor league numbers weren't gaudy so I don't expect him to keep this up for too long, but if you want a hot bat Hoes is your guy. Over the last two weeks he ranks No. 18 on the player rater with a .419 average, one HR, three RBI, a triple and four stolen bases. He's only seven percent owned. I can already see "Where My Hoes At?" as a 2014 fantasy team name, among other bad puns.

Rookie Watch!

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

Xander Bogaerts SS – Bos: My quote from last week (…and not because I'm lazy. Okay, maybe a little bit…) "Three things you need to know: He's the most coveted young shortstop in the game. He just got his call-up and will most likely make his first start Tuesday. He won't be able to buy a beer legally until October 1."

Bogaerts is three-for-nine in his first four games and is here to stay. It's a shallow position and this rookie could fill a big gap for your team as you enter the playoffs.

Khris Davis OF – Mil: Continuing to crush it. Add him in all leagues until he cools off….which may not happen this season with one month to go.

Eulogy of the Week

Dying a slow baseball death, on the field and in our hearts.

Matt Harvey SP – Mets

New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

You've given us one hell of a ride Matty! From little known rookie to starter in the All-Star game and the cover of Sports Illustrated, you've given us quite the show. Now, it's all over. But don't worry! Many great players have bounced back from this before! We'll just have to be patient.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson announced Monday that the ace has a partially torn UCL in his right elbow — ya, not good. Harvey has been pitching through some "tenderness" recently but didn't expect a tear. According to reports, everyone is stunned, me included. From what it sounds he'll most likely need Tommy John surgery; he's definitely shut down for the rest of the season. Since it's past the trade deadline in most leagues you'll have to work the waiver wire for replacements. I would consider:

Roy Halladay (41% unowned) – Only gave up two runs over six innings in his first start back from surgery.

Alex Wood (51% unowned) – Has been borderline dominant with a 1.06 WHIP

Danny Salazar (77% unowned) – The kid hits 100 MPH on the radar gun. He's legit but will have limited innings.

Ryan Vogelsong (70% unowned) – Has a tough stretch coming up but was amazing against the Pirates in his first win since returning from the DL (8 IP, 0 R).

Also rookies Andre Rienzo, Brett Oberholtzer, Chris Rusin and Chris Archer (somehow still available in a lot of leagues) all deserve a solid look.

Eulogy of the Week: Part Deux

Dying a slow baseball death, on the field and in our hearts.

Paul Konerko 1B – CHW

Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox

Oh, Paulie, my favorite player on my favorite team. It's been a great ride for us over these 15 years. Six All-Star games. One World Series title. Countless memories. Now, I'm afraid it's all over buddy.

Konerko has been marred by injuries this year — and most likely age. It's literally been the worst of his career. A .236 batting average; only nine home runs — Paulie has a -1.5 WAR, which would make him one of the worst starting players in baseball. If you haven't done so yet, he needs to be dropped. I would rather have a plethora of rookies that are available, which include L.J. Hoes and Robbie Grossman of the Lastros. Let me remind you I'm saying this in regards to my favorite player on my favorite team.

All signs point that this is his last season a pro. Just remember he was an All-Star for the last three years. Follow him during spring training '14 if he tries to make a comeback and if he starts making noise — only IF — then consider him only in very deep leagues in your draft next year. Crazier things have happened.

Ripe Relievers!

Snatching up saves and holds however you can find them.

Need holds? The following guys have five of them in the last 14 days: Yoervis Medina, Matt Belisle, Tyler Clippard, Brandon Kintzler and Matt Lindstrom.


Hitter of the Week:

Austin Jackson OF – Det: You mean it's not Miggy or Alfonso for once? –  2 HR, 7 RBI, .429 avg.

Hurler of the Week:

Jose Fernandez SP – Mia: Can he even have a beer yet?  – 16 K, 2 W, 0.69 ERA, 0.85 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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