Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Pickups of the Week: Chris Nelson, Lance Lynn, more

by Tim Heaney on September 21, 2012 @ 15:53:05 PDT


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Logan Forsythe, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres

  • Last 16: .359 BA, 15 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB in 69 PA
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe
Forsythe still relevant

KFFL's Forsythe information has been just as voluminous as Aoki's. He's had a few 0-for-4s and 1-for-4s of late, so he probably won't carry a team on his back anymore. He remains a useful MI piece, though.

Justin Maxwell, OF, Houston Astros

  • Last 13: .273 BA, 8 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB in 51 PA

Maxwell is the latest beneficiary of Houston's rebuilding effort. He's been a toolsy tease heading into this season, and he's landed in a perfect home park to accentuate his right-handed pop.

He strikes out way too much to be relied on for a helpful BA over a full season, but little runs like this displayed under minimal pressure help those in need now. There's power-speed allure, chiefly in single-universe leagues, for next year's drafts, depending on whether he wins a starting gig.

Kevin Correia, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Last 3: 2 W, 1.89 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 9 K in 19 IP

He has an outing Saturday against the Houston Astros, which is the likely predicator for his widespread waiver love. Those solid numbers above came against the Astros, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. Correia squares off at the New York Mets next week and most likely the Atlanta Braves to wrap up his season.

This year has been typical low-K, great-control Correia with more grounders and a heavy side of luck on his opponents' in-play clip (.268). Play the good matchups (preferably not the Bravos), thank him for his service and forget about him for mixed leagues next year.

Travis Wood, SP, Chicago Cubs

  • Last 6: 2 W, 2.77 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 32 K in 39 IP

Another streamer special that's been decent lately. He faces the Cardinals at home Saturday - not a fantastic matchup, definitely not as good as the favorable schedule he's had of late.

Be careful. He visits either Colorado or Arizona next. You may want to wait until Chicago hosts Houston in the final series to deploy him next. The homer problem that plagues him doesn't bode well for those spots.

Even with the .243 BAABIP he's logged, the cutter he's embraced this year has given him more mixed-league credence, and he's netting the first strike in more at-bats this year than in the past. Fly-ball pitchers often give up lower in-play clips anyway. It's been a true growth campaign that might make 2013 look a lot like 2010.

Chris Carpenter, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

  • 9/21: 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB 2 K in 5 IP

That 77-pitch Friday return against the Chicago Cubs reminded people he existed. It was likely enough for St. Louis to roll with him in their rotation. He lines up to visit the Houston Astros and host the Cincinnati Reds. Of course, when Carp is active, the schedule doesn't matter. Play him.

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