With three of the four first round playoff series in the books, the World Series is just a few games away. While the fantasy baseball regular season is almost over, it’s not too late to enjoy the last few games with playoff fantasy baseball and its not to early to start preparing for next spring’s draft.
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Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Fresh off a no-hitter in his first career playoff start, Halladay will start game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday against the Giants. Halladay should be used in all fantasy baseball playoff formats and should be considered the #1 SP and a top 10 overall player going into the 2011 season.
Jorge Cantu, 3B, Texas Rangers
Cantu is expected to start at first base for Texas in Game 5 of the ALDS Tuesday in Tampa Bay. The Rangers will face Rays southpaw ace David Price and while Cantu batted just .232 against lefties during the season, Rangers manager Ron Washington said Monday that, “my heart wants to put Cantu in there, I just have a feeling.” Cantu should be activated in all playoff fantasy formats and should be considered a sleeper 3B going into 2011.
Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
Coming off a season in which he hit .359 with 100 RBI, Hamilton revealed Monday that he feels “OK” but not “great” heading into game 5 of the ALDS against the Rays. Hamilton is just 2-14 this postseason as his fractured ribs have clearly caused him discomfort. If Hamilton is in Texas’ lineup, however, he should be in yours as he could go off at any time. Consider Hamilton a top-10 outfielder heading into next season with the upside to be top 5.
Billy Wagner, RP, Atlanta Braves
Billy Wagner confirmed his retirement from baseball on Monday. Coming off one the best season’s in his long career, Wagner was knocked out of the NLDS prematurely because of a left oblique injury. While his stuff is still there, the 39-year-old is tired and reportedly ready to focus on family life. Craig Kimbrel is expected to open the 2011 season as the Braves’ primary closer. A lot can happen between now and the start of next season, however, and the Braves’ closer situation should be monitored closely.
Cody Ross, OF, San Francisco Giants
Ross went 2-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in the Giants NLDS clinching win over Atlanta on Monday. Ross’ home run in the sixth inning was the Giants first hit off starter Derek Lowe and he added a go-ahead single off left-hander Jonny Venters in the seventh. Ross is red hot right now and should be active in all playoff formats despite facing Roy Halladay in game one. Ross’ value for 2011 is definitely on the incline as he is a sleeper top 50-outfielder heading into next season.