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I am going to stop using the ESPN league data for Popular Adds.  Those guys have already been added several weeks ago in reasonably competitive leagues.  Instead I will look at a couple of my own 5x5 12-team mixed leagues.

  • Jordan Zimmermann, SP.  OK, it was me who made this pickup.  Zimmermann's start against the Giants wasn't great, but he did strike out eight.  I like the kid's stuff and strikeout/walk rates.  He might work out as my last starter.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez, SP.  Three good ones in a row for Jimenez, with 15 Ks and only 3 BB in 21 IP.  Those starts were against the Giants and Astros, however.  Not coincidentally, those two teams are the worst in the NL in walks per game.  I still think Ubaldo's a WHIP-killer.
  • Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B/SS/OF.  Over the last seven days Hairston is hitting .458 with 2 HR, 7 RBI, 11 R, and 3 SB.  And the eligibility is huge.  This is a solid, versatile pickup.
  • Casey Blake, 1B/3B.  Blake is this year's fantasy league hooker, everyone gets a turn.  No one, myself included, can decide if he's worth hanging on to.  In the last seven days he's at .409-2-6-5-0, and he's got 7 HR and 22 RBI overall.  My impulsive side wants to cut Derrek Lee for him.  Man do I hate owning Derrek Lee.
  • Barry Zito, SP.  Zito has a 3.89 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 29 Ks, and 1 win in 7 starts.  He is getting more grounders this year, but I'm having a hard time seeing mixed league value in him.
  • Ty Wigginton, 3B/OF.  Wiggy finally started to hit in the last week.  His longer history shows he's probably best used only against lefties.
  • C.J. Wilson, RP.  Rangers closer Frank Francisco is dealing with biceps tendonitis.  He could come back Sunday but the DL is possible too. Despite his iffy peripherals Wilson must be owned.
  • Dave Bush, SP.  Three nice starts in a row for Bush.  Nice control this year but he does owe a lot to a .239 BABIP.  I'm skeptical.
  • Colby Rasmus, OF.  Rasmus is showing some pop over the last few weeks but it'd be nice if he'd attempt a few steals.  He should continue playing regularly with Ryan Ludwick hitting the DL.
  • Nick Johnson, 1B.  Still an OBP machine, which doesn't help much in your standard 5x5.  But a few years ago he did chip in in the typical roto categories, and is worth rostering for now.
  • Mat Gamel, 3B.  Gamel mashed in Triple A, but in a non-keeper mixed league you have to question his playing time.
  • Zach Duke, SP.  Nice control, but a .270 BABIP and a weak K rate will cause me to take a pass.
  • Matt Harrison, SP.  Hard to argue with his last four starts.  Liking the control but again I don't see the Ks for a mixed league pickup.
  • Brett Cecil, SP.  A couple of fine starts to begin his career.  I like the scouting reports but not the idea of owning an AL East rookie.  He did not show acceptable control in his ten career Triple A starts.
  • Justin Masterson, SP/RP.  The walk rate is high at 3.6, but he can't be blamed for the .351 BABIP.  He's not long for the rotation anyway.

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