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Welcome back to our weekly fantasy baseball article.  All statistics are taken from the last two weeks of play.  Here are my favorite pickups for the week:

Hideki Okajima 0.00 – He has been dominating and there are whispers about Papelbon’s health, he could be a top 5 closer if given the chance.
Damien Easley .400 5 Hrs – He has produced and if you need to fill a middle spot for 2 weeks he is your guy.
Andrew Miller – The 6th pick of the draft last year is up and has the stuff to be successful.
Jon Rauch 3Svs – He has been great as the closer in the last week and I can see a Cordero trade coming up as the Nationals need offensive prospects.
Kiki Calero – Duchscherer should be the choice but with his arthritic hip this job could fall to Calero.
Justin Germano 1-0 0.69 – He will now have a spot every turn and will be successfull in Petco Park.
Mark Reynolds .333 – He will play everyday for Chad Tracy and hit 23 Hr’s in 270 AB’s last year in the minors.
Carlos Gomez .417 – He will play almost every day for the next couple of weeks and if you need SB’s this is the guy to get.
Chad Billingsley 12K’s 0.00- He is about to go into the Dodger rotation.  This could finally be the time he breaks out.

Who’s Hot
Al Reyes/Jose Valverde – Basically the same guys and the real reason you do not draft for saves early.
Jack Cust .270 7-15 – Ride the Cust wave as long as you can.  He will play LF everyday over the next few weeks.
Reggie Willits .333 5 SB’s – He is a machince he can hit and run.
Carlos Lee .420-4-14 – Despite what you read on http://JetNation.com size does matter.  He can hit as well.
Hunter Pence .383. 4-13 – This spring training sensation is doing it for real now.
Tim Linecum 21K’s – Living up to the hype in Barry’s shadow.  And Barry’s head does cast a rather large shadow.
Jorge Sosa 3-0 2.25 - Rick Peterson works his magic once again.
Fausto Carmona 3-0 1.17-No hype but all production.
Cole Hamels 3-0 27K’s – I can’t imagine what he would do in a pitchers park.  He is the real deal.

Who’s Not
Chone Figgins .116 – Further proof that hitting with broken fingers is never a good thing.
Jimmy Rollins .200 0-5 – I wonder if the Mets are still worried.
Pudge Rodriquez .190 – This was due to happen.  He isn’t the same player that he used to be.  Playing at 130 pounds has impacted his game.  He is done.
Albert Pujols .160 – If there ever was a buy low time, here it is.
Barry Bonds .160 2-2 – How does that head stay on that body?
Adam Wainright 6.75 – It was long ago it is far away (last October).
Ervin Santana 5.58 – Another sophomore slump.
Mike Mussina 5.60 – There are kids in high school who throw harder than him.

On the injury front; BJ Ryan is out for the year but who knows who the closer is since they cannot win a game.  Roy Halladay is out for 4-6 weeks as well for the Blue Jays.  Dave Roberts is also out for 4-6 weeks. 

Have a great week and thanks for reading!

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