Last night San Diego Padres OF/1B Kyle Blanks bombed a ball 411 feet. It was his sixth home run of the season. Of course, the note you Chinstrap Ninjas might be missing is that all six – the only ones of his career – have come in the last 14 games.
He appears to have figured something out, so it’s time fantasy players take notice. He’s available in 96% of Yahoo leagues, and even if you’re only going to pick him up for this hot streak, get on it.
In the last week, he’s hitting .304 with 3 homers, 6 runs and 6 RBIs. Get on the bus now, before he homers again tonight and the other owners in your league finally take notice.
He’s 6-6, 285 pounds and just 22 years old. If nothing else, dynasty and keeper leaguers should memorize his name for 2010 drafts.
A good Ninja is an observant and knowledged (Shut up spell check, it’s a word!) Ninja, so let’s take a look at some other dirt I dug up this morning:
Brandon Webb – No tears in his labrum, the surgery was a success and he’ll begin throwing again in about 10 weeks. He’s not going home in the offseason and instead is going to stay in Phoenix and work out. This bodes well for a return to All-Star form in 2010.
Lastings Milledge – The Pirates are ecstatic with Milledge. I’m not so impressed, yet. He’s 5 for his last 17, with one extra-base hit (a double), 4 RBI and no runs scored. He’s got to show me more before I waste a roster spot on him.
Will Venable – For instance, take Padres outfielder Will Venable. He’s only owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues, was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI yesterday. He’s 7-for-his last 14 with 8 RBI and hit 3 of his 4 home runs this season in consecutive games to close July/begin August.
Brett Anderson – I was shocked to find Anderson available in one of my deep leagues. Then I saw he was owned in only 28% of leagues overall. He’s got 41 Ks in 41.1 IP with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in the last month. He suffered a no-decision last night after striking out eight and giving up two runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Rangers. The NDs will continue, but he’ll help you in every other category.
Rajai Davis – In related news, Davis won the game for the A’s with a 2-run walkoff triple to right field. He’s available to 97% of teams in Yahoo leagues and is 37-110 in his last 43 games. He also has 16 RBIs since the All-Star break, putting him among the league leaders.
Nelson Cruz – More related news: Cruz sprained his ankle on the Davis triple. One report said it was iced down and very swollen after the game. He’s not terribly available in leagues, but if the injury lingers it could derail some fantasy seasons. He also could be easy trade bait. I’d think about trading him at his value in a redraft, but try to undercut a fellow dynasty league owner to get injured goods. He has 25 homers, 17 stolen bases, 56 runs and 58 RBIs.
C.J. Wilson – In his third blown save in 16 tries this season, Wilson gave up 3 ER and 4 H in just 1/3 of an inning. Blech. Help is on the way…
Neftali Feliz – In his Major League debut, the man who should become Rangers closer threw two perfect innings, striking out four and touched 100 mph on the radar gun six times. If your prospecting for a future stud pitcher at the bottom of your dynasty league, Neftali’s a good choice.
Mike Hampton – He’s been popping out a decent game off and on all season. Monday he struck out six in six innings and allowed one earned run in a 4-3 win over San Francisco. Further proof that spot starters with good matchups will help your fantasy team.
Everth Cabrera – If you need steals, Ninja, the Padres SS will provide them. He’s hitting .385 with a 1.006 OPS and four stolen bases in the last week. He’s available in 96% of fantasy leagues and in recent games he’s upped his season batting average 30 points and his OPS nearly 100 points.
Randy Wells – The Cubs pitcher is still available in almost half of all Yahoo leagues (45%). Last night he earned win No. 8 – he’s got wins in eight of his last nine outings – with 5 Ks, 2 BB and 1 ER in 7.1 IP.
Jose Lopez – How a guy who’s 12-for-21 with four runs, 3 homers and 8 RBIs in the his last five games – and was such a well-known sleeper in the presason – is available in 57% of Yahoo leagues is surprising to me. There just aren’t enough Ninjas out there.
Mat Latos – Allowed 2 runs and 6 hits against the Braves, but also retired 15 of 16 batters in one stretch. In the last month, the Padres righty has a 2.66 ERA, an 0.89 WHIP, 16 Ks, 3 wins and 23.2 IP.
Miguel Montero – Somehow still only owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues. Montero’s 5 for his last 10 with 2 runs, a dobule, a homer and an RBI. He’s the starter in Arizona and probably better than your catcher.
Luke Scott – Has 23 RBI in 12 games against Detroit pitchers. He’ll try to spoil Jarrod Washburn’s debut today.
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