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Second Half Sleepers - Houston Astros

And the Roto Authority is back with some second half sleepers to aid your fantasy baseball team.  So who should be targeted from the Houston Astros?

After a careful review of his minor league record, The Roto Authority has decided to endorse Willy Taveras.  In his rookie season, Taveras is hitting .291-3-20 with 27 steals.  He can clearly only help in batting average, steals, and runs.  His basestealing should only get better - he's got a 71% success rate this season but he was around 83% in the minors.  He also took many more walks in the minors.  As Taveras learns the league and starts to approach his minor league rates, his value will surpass Juan Pierre's. 

In 221 at-bats this year, Chris Burke hasn't done much of anything.  That's why he's an excellent sleeper for 2006 at second base.  He's played more outfield this year, but his 15 games at second should qualify him there in most leagues.  Burke is a player who has shown the ability to get on base and hit with power in the minors.  If the Astros show patience, Burke can easily be a 20/20 player while hitting .280.  How many second basemen can do that?

If you're scrounging the bottom of the barrel for next-in-line closers, consider Dan Wheeler.  Check out The Inside Pitch for an excellent and timely closer report, by the way.  Anyway, Wheeler has come into his own this year, bumping up his strikeout rate and posting a 1.65 ERA in the process.  He'll help you in several categories, and Brad Lidge has a history of arm problems.  Lidge could easily go the way of Eric Gagne in 2006, and Wheeler could be a very valuable player for your fantasy baseball team.

Rock N' Roto:  Do you enjoy The Police?  Then you absolutely have to check out Policia!: A Tribute to the Police.  Even my father, someone who grew up with The Police, loves these covers.  Brandtson's "King of Pain" is spectacular, and Maxeen has created a vicious new take on "Murder By Numbers."  Bands like Fall Out Boy and Motion City Soundtrack were heavily influenced by The Police, and unlike with most tributes, these songs are worthy of the originals. 

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