Fantasy Swap Meet

by Ryan Dodson on August 22, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT


Welcome to's post-trading deadline installment of the Fantasy Swap Meet. The Fantasy Swap Meet brings you the latest players to key in on for your fantasy squad. Which players can make an impact in the dog days of the regular season? Which September callups do you need to add to your watch list or acquire now?

When looking at this segment, please understand that this is a "Buy Low, Sell High" article. Good luck and, as always, keep in mind your team's needs, as there are numerous scoring systems and leagues. This is a general information article that cannot apply to every type of league and every team's needs, which is also why we include stats on all of the players listed.



OF Willy Taveras, Houston Astros

  • Categories: SB, BA
  • Season: .276, 1 HR, 29 RBI, 65 R, 24 SB
  • Last month: .327, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 16 R, 11 SB

Analysis: Taveras has new life after a very slow start, which saw him hit .253 with 13 steals in the first half. Taveras is still available in a lot of leagues to possibly provide instant support in batting average and stolen base categories. With Houston likely to fall out of the race, they will want to see what they have in the 24-year-old, so pick him up.

C Mike Lieberthal, Philadelphia Phillies

  • Categories: HR
  • Season: .268, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 16 R
  • Last month: .338, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 11 R

Analysis: He has never been able to repeat his 31-homer season in 1999, and staying healthy has been an issue, but Lieberthal appears to have struck a fire within himself after much talk of the Phillies looking to replace him. After coming back from the disabled list, he has been on fire, hitting all five of his homers since returning. We don't expect the average to continue climbing, but his reincarnated power can help you down the stretch. He's available in nearly all leagues.

Digging Deeper...

SP Ricky Nolasco, Florida Marlins

  • Categories: W, ERA
  • Season: 11 W, 77 Ks, 4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
  • Last month: 4 W, 22 Ks, 2.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

SP Ian Snell, Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Categories: K
  • Season: 11 W, 77 Ks, 4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
  • Last month: 3 W, 36 Ks, 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

RP Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Categories: K, ERA
  • Season: 2 W, 2 SV, 68 Ks, 2.72 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
  • Last month: 1 W, 2 SV, 18 Ks, 0.61 ERA, 0.82 WHIP


SS Jason Bartlett, Minnesota Twins

  • Categories: BA, R
  • Season: .350, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 32 R, 3 SB
  • Last month: .406, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 18 R, 2 SB

Analysis: Bartlett has been on KFFL's watch list for a couple of seasons, and he has hit one of those hot streaks that propel a player's confidence. The rejuvenated Twins have a spark plug at the bottom of the order in Bartlett with no end in sight. He's hitting everything thrown his way and is available in most leagues. If you need help in average or runs, he's a good option.

SP James Shields, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

  • Categories: ERA, K
  • Season: 5 W, 76 Ks, 4.75 ERA, 1.48 WHIP
  • Last month: 1 W, 32 Ks, 3.03 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

Analysis: Shields has been the victim of little run support in his last two losses, as the team scored a combined two runs in the two games. He has struck out six batters or more in his last five starts and has allowed more than two earned runs just once. He has walked just six batters in 32 2/3 innings. Shields isn't owned in many leagues, so grab him and ride his hot streak.

Digging Deeper...

OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles

  • Categories: BA, RBI
  • Season: .301, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 53 R
  • Last month: .375, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 19 R

OF Emil Brown, Kansas City Royals

  • Categories: BA, HR, RBI
  • Season: .286, 12 HR, 67 RBI, 6 SB
  • Last month: .315, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 14 R, 2 SB

RP Dennys Reyes, Minnesota Twins

  • Categories: ERA, WHIP, K
  • Season: 4 W, 35 Ks, 0.98 ERA, 0.85 WHIP
  • Last month: 2 W, 15 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.53 WHIP

September Callups

Players to Acquire

OF Delmon Young, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

  • Categories: BA, SB, R, RBI
  • Season: .315, 8 HR, 55 RBI, 47 R, 22 SB

Analysis: The enigmatic Young's career only has two footnotes: No. 1 overall pick and 50-game suspension for hitting an umpire with a bat. However, he has put together a great season in 314 at-bats. He has only walked 14 times while striking out 60 times, but this is typical for a developing power hitter who needs to see more pitches. Young should be called up and could instantly produce. Grab him if you can.

SP Hayden Penn, Baltimore Orioles

  • Categories: WHIP, K
  • Season: 5 W, 67 Ks, 2.55 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

Analysis: Penn came up last year and got off to a hot start. He eventually hit the rookie wall and has been ineffective at the major league level since then. He has struck out 67 batters in 74 innings and should be called up soon. His strikeouts didn't translate in the majors in his earlier stints, but in September, when a lot of teams have prospects playing, he could see a rise in strikeouts. Penn is likely to be in the rotation very soon, so give him a look.

RP Chad Orvella, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

  • Categories: SV, K
  • Season: 4 W, 1 SV, 55 Ks, 1.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP

Analysis: Orvella has returned to the big league club after a shoulder problem really messed up his mechanics and allowed him to be pummeled at the major league level. He was dominant at Triple-A, and he should be given every chance to close out ballgames. The team needs to find out if he has the makeup to be the anchor of the pen, but donít count out Edwin Jackson, who may also be groomed if Orvella fails. Acquire him if you have a roster spot, as he could start closing games at any time, and then it's unlikely he'll be available.

Watch List

3B Josh Fields, Chicago White Sox

  • Season: .311, 18 HR, 66 RBI, 78 R, 25 SB

OF Chris Young, Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Season: .276, 21 HR, 77 RBI, 78 R, 17 SB

OF Jason Dubois, Cleveland Indians

  • Season: .271, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 60 R

RP Edwin Jackson, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

  • Season: 2 W, 3 SV, 59 Ks, 5.82 ERA, 1.69 WHIP

SP Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals

  • Season: 8 W, 87 Ks, 4.22 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

Digging Deeper...

OF Norris Hopper, Cincinnati Reds

  • Season: .349, 0 HR, 25 RBI, 39 R, 24 SB

OF Laynce Nix, Milwaukee Brewers

  • Season: .297, 17 HR, 68 RBI, 55 R, 4 SB
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