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It’s the final week of Fantasy Baseball in all Yahoo! leagues, and for those lucky people in the Championship Round, it’s time to pick up the players who are going to surge as the regular season comes to a close. Make reckless moves! Stream your pitching! Drop those players you once never thought were droppable (well be careful that your opponent doesn’t cash in).
Here’s the headlines impacting your fantasy roster in the final week of the season.
Hideki Matsui has decided not to travel to Toronto with his team, instead opting for season-ending knee surgery. With the Yankees virtually eliminated from the playoffs, Matsui decided to start his treatment early.
Indians SP Fausto Carmona was suspended for six games (basically one start) and Detroit OF Gary Sheffield was suspended four games after a brawl last week. Sheffield expects to serve the suspension before the end of the season, but Carmona may appeal. Stay tuned.
The final game at Yankee Stadium was played this past Sunday, with the Yankees prevailing over the Orioles. For the first time in almost 15 years, the Yankees played their final game of the season at Yankee Stadium during the regular season (and not the playoffs).
Now to the Stars of Week 25:
Stephen Drew (SS), Arizona Diamondbacks: J.D.’s brother was on a tear last week, going 14/31 with 5 doubles and 3 HRs. He also scored 10 runs.
Prince Fielder (1B), Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers are fighting for their playoff lives, and Prince Fielder is doing all he can to get them there. The big guy went 12-26 with 6 doubles, 3 HRs, and 11 RBI over the last week.
Jose Reyes (SS), New York Mets: The Mets are on the brink of blowing it again, but Reyes is not the reason. Jose has gone 9-30 with 2 doubles, 2 HRs, and 2 SBs over the past week.
Jorge Cantu (1B, 3B), Florida Marlins: Cantu makes his second-straight appearance on the Wrap-Up, and for good reason. He went 10-27 with 3 doubles, 3 HRs, and 10 RBI.
Joey Votto (1B, LF), Cincinnati Reds: Votto is making a late surge for NL Rookie of the Year after going 8-26 with 3 doubles, 3 HRs and 1 SB.
Dan Haren (SP), Arizona Diamondbacks: Haren was back to his dominant ways, going 2-0 with 16 Ks and a complete game in 15 innings of work.
Aaron Harang (SP), Cincinnati Reds: Harang has had an up-and-down season, but his play of late has been outstanding. Harang went 2-0 this past week with 10 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings.
Kerry Wood (RP), Chicago Cubs: The starter-turned-closer has put together a pretty good season, helped recently by 1 win, 3 saves, and 7 strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Brad Lidge (RP), Philadelphia Phillies: Lidge is making a strong case for Comeback Player of the Year, and added to that resume with 4 saves, 8 Ks, and no runs allowed in 4 innings of work.
Derek Lowe (SP), Los Angeles Dodgers: Lowe is pitching like it’s October already, as he allowed just one run in 14 innings of work, earning one win while compiling 10 Ks.
Alfredo Amezaga (2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF), Florida Marlins: If you need him, grab him right away. He’s got great position eligibility, and he’s on fire. He hit .391 last week with one double, triple, home run, and stolen base each.
Cameron Maybin (LF, CF), Florida Marlins: The Marlins may be out of it, but they are not quitting. Maybin did not provide much power, but gave a boost to your team’s batting average with a .440 week (11-25) with 2 SBs and 7 runs scored.
Odalis Perez (SP), Washington Nationals: He’s still in the majors? Yes! He was great last week in 13.1 innings. He went 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 17 strikeouts (good for a 11.48 K/9).