Toeing the line during rebound
Grant Balfour, RP, Oakland Athletics
- Last 36: 1 W, 5 SV, 1.45 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 33 K in 37 1/3 IP
Guess more people read last week's report, and leftover owners finally realized he's the new Oakland stopper, a title he's primed to keep as long as he keeps them rolling along.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, Kansas City Royals
- August: 2 W, 0.94 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 23 K in 28 2/3 IP
Nicholas Minnix did the heavy lifting on this one last week. Tread carefully, but Guthrie's previous AL experience at least means he should continue offering competent innings.
Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- August: .406 BA, 15 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 SB in 66 PA
Aybar has endeared himself to shallow leaguers that forgot he existed. In fact, he's typically a better hitter once May ends. Mike Scioscia and former hitting coach Mickey Hatcher weaned Aybar off a toe tap he used to time his left-handed hacks, and it seems to have squashed his early-2012 struggles.
Even hitting near the bottom of the order in this lineup can pay off. Middle-infield seekers that find him on their wires at this stage will receive a gift, especially if thefts elude them.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland Athletics
- Last 38: .299 BA, 27 R, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 12 SB in 171 PA
Pick him up for the speed and ride the rest out. He's actually taking more walks than he did last season, otherwise remaining the same peripheral-wise. It's chiefly been about health with him, and now that he's on the field, he's a difference maker in helping your steals climb.
Tyler Colvin, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies
- August: .362 BA, 12 R, 1 HR, 11 RBI in 74 PA
Twice a featured entry in July, Colvin's playing time is now freed up by Michael Cuddyer's potentially season-ending right oblique strain. Though his power has dipped of late, Colvin has grown as a hitter in all facets this year and is worth owning in even the most basic of setups, even if it's just to see if he can rediscover his early-year pop display.
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