Here we are again. The fantasy baseball playoffs have crept back up on us like a ninja and just like in years past, variables abound. There are always a handful of fantasy owners who shift their attention to fantasy football around this time and tend to neglect their baseball squads for a couple days. Those are the types of advantages that one needs to exploit in order to rip through their playoff bracket and grab the bragging rights waiting on the other side. I’ve got a couple unheralded players that are available in a majority of leagues who can help you bolster your roster and secure that title.Drew Stubbs, OF (CIN)
All Stubbs has done in the past two weeks is hit .333 while getting on base at an impressive .413 clip. Stubbs has knocked in 11 runs and scored 10 for himself in the past two weeks and won’t be losing his starting job anytime soon. His four longballs during that time certainly won’t hurt your fantasy baseball squad either. Hitting at the bottom of the Reds lineup doesn’t help his RBI potential, but he is capable of swiping multiple bases in a game at any given moment, go get him.
Chris Johnson, 3B (HOU)
Since taking over as the Astros everyday 3B a few months back, Johnson has solidified himself as a productive member of a time that is wallowing away outside of playoff contention, once again. While he strikes out a little too much for my liking and as a result his OBP takes a hit, he is very productive in the power department. Much like Drew Stubbs, he has four home runs and 11 RBI for himself over the past two weeks and has done a decent job of getting on base. I like him as a injury replacement or an off-day fill in.
Jim Thome, DH (MIN)
The old man can still rake. Seemingly left for dead earlier in the season, Thome has experienced a resurgence as of late and especially in these last couple of weeks. You have to temper expectations since he is not immune to a day off here or there, but that Twins lineup is firing on all cylinders right now and Thome has found himself right in the thick of it. In limited time (30 at bats) Thome has compiled an impressive .345 batting average and an obscene .500 OBP. He is hitting for power again too with four home runs and nine RBI over that stretch. You could certainly do worse if your fantasy lineup has a power void created by an injured regular.
Derek Lowe, SP (ATL)
A massive disappointment earlier in the season, Lowe has found a way to turn it around in a hurry while the Braves chase the NL East crown. Lowe has won each of his three starts and has given up just three earned runs over his last 20 innings. Couple those excellent numbers with a 15/1 K to BB ratio and he makes for a great late season spot starter. His next start will come against the Nationals so you can safely plug him in with confidence.
Miguel Tejada, (SDP)
Over the last seven games, against the Rockies and Cardinals, Tejada has 10 hits, two home runs, seven RBI and has scored six runs. With the Padres battling for a playoff spot I can see Tejada coming up huge down the stretch. Get him into your lineups and feel confident that he will continue to produce.
As always, these guys won’t be available in all your leagues, but more often than not you can scoop them up with ease. Close the season out strong and get to thinking about next year….with prizes and accolades in tow.