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TGIF: 2009 Fantasy Baseball Playoff Help

Chris Davis

Playoffs are here and you need all the help you can get. Every stat counts during these crucial weeks. Your lineup may have gotten you to the big show, but now they may be showing signs of fatigue. The free agent pool is full of overlooked, late-season talent and it is up to you to search through it and find those diamonds in the rough that will bring home a championship.

Now, obviously we aren’t going to find big-name sluggers sitting in free agency, however, there are players in there who have been know to turn it on in the last month of the season. So, I give to you a list of several players who are widely available and can come up big for your team when it counts.

September Saviors

David DeJesus (LF, CF, RF), Kansas City Royals

He has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games and is riding a 10-game hitting streak. He is hitting .306 since the break and he really turned it on last season in the final month by hitting .388 in September.

Carlos Gonzalez (LF, CF, RF), Colorado Rockies

The man has been on fire since the start of August. Gonzalez hit a blistering .371 in August with six home runs and he has carried it over to September with a .314 avg and three home runs in nine games.

Cameron Maybin (CF), Florida Marlins

After hitting .202 through 26 games to start the season, Maybin was sent packing to the minors. Now, he is back and is hitting .333 with three doubles, a triple, and a home run since being called up on September 1st.

Rajai Davis (CF), Oakland A’s

Davis is still getting no love from potential owners. With 16 hits in his last 10 games, Davis has raised his average to .307. Davis covers you with stolen bases seeing as he has 23 swipes since the break.

Garrett Jones (1B, LF), Pittsburgh Pirates

I woudn’t be mentioning Jones, but he is less than 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues. Come on people! Jones was called up in July and is murdering the ball to the tune of 19 home runs and a .301 avg in just 61 games.

Seth Smith (LF, CF, RF), Colorado Rockies

Apparently there is something in the water in the Rocky Mountains. Smith is another player enjoying a huge surge in a potent lineup. 10 of Smith’s last 17 hits have gone for extra bases (six doubles, four home runs) and he is hammering the ball this month with a ridiculous .417 batting average.

Kyle Davies (SP), Kansas City Royals

No, I am not crazy. Just look at the facts for a moment. In September of last season, Davies made opponents look foolish with a 4-1 record and a 2.77 ERA. He is at it again this year because Davies has a 1.64 ERA in two starts in September.

Bronson Arroyo (SP), Cincinnati Reds

Arroyo has nine straight quality starts and has a 2.17 ERA in his last 12 outings. He only has four wins in that time, but you can blame the Reds’ offense and not Arroyo’s arm.

Brad Penny (SP), San Francisco Giants

The Boston reject has hit his stride back in the N.L. with the Giants. In his two starts since leaving the Red Sox, Penny has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA. With San Fran in a playoff push, expect Penny to pitch his ass off.

Chris Davis (1B, 3B), Texas Rangers

Yes, the same Chris Davis who was hitting .202 before he was booted out of Texas has been recalled to help inject some power into the Rangers’ playoff hopes. Since his return, he is hitting .276 with three home runs in 15 games. Remember, this is the same guy who blew everyone away last season with his second half power that included a .325 September.

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