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Get ready for final 'week' of 2011

Be very careful when planning lineups for last days of the fantasy season

Updated: September 19, 2011, 9:24 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Fantasy Forecaster updated Sunday, Sept. 18 at 4:19 p.m. ET.

On tap: This is it! The final "week" of the 2011 fantasy baseball season is upon us, and the quotation marks are by design, to remind you that, for the third time this year, we've got an extended week ahead. Week 24 is actually a 10-day scoring period, running from Monday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, Sept. 28, plus any potential playoff tiebreakers necessary on Thursday, Sept. 29. (Don't bank on any this year, however, being that as of the morning of Friday, Sept. 16, no playoff spot had a differential of less than three games between first and second.)

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What that means is -- barring your league's rule set dictating otherwise -- you can't set your lineups again Monday, Sept. 26, so not only are you speculating over a lengthier scoring period, but you have to do so while accounting for the high probability that playoff teams will clinch early, rest veterans, pull their best starters from outings early and shuffle rotations as needed. As of the most recent update on Sunday, Sept. 18, here are how the eight playoff spots stacked up:

The case can be made that the only four teams that will be playing meaningful games through at least the Sept. 24-25 weekend will be the Red Sox, Rays, Rangers and Angels, and three of those four teams will play 10 times in the final week -- all but the Rangers (nine games). The Yankees play 11 times, the Cardinals 10, and the Braves and Brewers nine apiece. If you're looking for motivated teams in need of playing their stars, those are the ones to look to first.

Due to all the early-season postponements, there are five doubleheaders during this 10-day "week," leading to five teams playing a greater number of games than there are days in the scoring period. The Indians have a pair of doubleheaders -- Tuesday, Sept. 20, versus the Chicago White Sox and Saturday, Sept. 24, versus the Minnesota Twins -- and no days off, resulting in a rare 12-game week. In addition to the Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles, Twins and Phillies each play 11 times. Conversely, the Kansas City Royals play only eight times in 10 days.

Reminder: The final week of the season has an early lineup deadline Monday, Sept. 19, with two games scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. ET. Here are this week's other scheduled first pitches by day: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1:05 p.m. ET; Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12:35 p.m. ET; Thursday, Sept. 22, 1:10 p.m. ET; Friday, Sept. 23, 7:05 p.m. ET; Saturday, Sept. 24, 1:05 p.m. ET; Sunday, Sept. 25, 1:05 p.m. ET; Monday, Sept. 26, 7:05 p.m. ET; Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7:05 p.m. ET; Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1:10 p.m. ET.

Quick click by section, if you're seeking advice in a specific area:
Projected starting pitchers | Pitching strategies
Team advantages | Hitting strategies
Weather report | Week 24 pitcher rankings

Projected starting pitchers

The chart below lists each of the 30 MLB teams' schedules and projected starting pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for each day's starter. Pitchers scheduled to start twice this week are in gray/beige boxes.

Tristan's pitching strategies

With it being the final scoring period of the 2011 season and with so many rotations up in the air, let's for this week go team by team and discuss the various risks as well as the upside for each squad in Week 24:

Orioles: They face the worst schedule, pitching-wise, of any team in the final week. The opposing Red Sox and Tigers rank first (5.42) and fourth (4.79), respectively, in runs per game this season, so there wouldn't be much here even if there was rotation clarity. Jeremy Guthrie, who makes two road starts, is an AL-only consideration. There is no indication Zach Britton will be shut down early.

Red Sox: Josh Beckett's Sept. 16 outing restored his usefulness for our purposes, and he'll be lined up for two turns versus the Orioles. Jon Lester is lined up for the regular-season finale, but you can be sure he'd skip that to be available for Game 1 of a division series if the Red Sox advance. Erik Bedard (lat), Kyle Weiland or -- gasp -- Alfredo Aceves could get spot starts as the team aligns its postseason rotation.

White Sox: Mark Buehrle (shoulder) is day-to-day and might not make another start this season. Zach Stewart would stand to make a second start, home versus the Toronto Blue Jays, if Buehrle's season is done.

Indians: Although they play 12 games and have one of the most favorable pitching schedules -- remember that the season-ending series at Detroit would come against a Tigers team that would have long since clinched -- the Indians are likely to have been eliminated from contention before the week even starts. The pair of doubleheaders means two spot starters will be needed; Josh Tomlin (elbow) looks like one, and Zach McAllister looks like the other. Don't overlook this staff as a source of streaming candidates.

Tigers: Justin Verlander is brilliantly aligned to start Game 1 of the division series on five days' rest, but it means he'll start once this week, Saturday, Sept. 24 versus the Orioles. Depending on whether Doug Fister or Max Scherzer is the team's No. 2 playoff starter, the Tigers might shuffle these assignments yet still give each of their four non-Verlander starters two turns this week.

Royals: They play the fewest games and already have shut down Danny Duffy, Jeff Francis and Luke Hochevar for the season. Luis Mendoza (2) and Vin Mazzaro (1) are the leading candidates to take the three open assignments.

Angels: There isn't much of a chance they can overtake the Rangers in the American League West yet still clinch that playoff spot before their season-ending, Sept. 26-28 series versus their division rivals, and the Angels have brilliantly lined up their rotation so Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver will start those three games. This might be the most set-in-stone rotation, and it assures each starter exactly two turns.

Twins: They'll need a spot starter for the Sept. 24 doubleheader, probably Francisco Liriano, and their matchups overall are favorable. It's better news for closer Joe Nathan, who might finally sneak in multiple saves within the same week -- he hasn't done that since the week of Aug. 15-21 -- but there's streaming value here nevertheless.

Yankees: Their six-man rotation addresses the need of an extra starter for the Sept. 21 doubleheader, but it also places CC Sabathia in an awkward spot, pitching again Monday, Sept. 26, at Tampa Bay and therefore leaving him on three days' rest for Game 1 of the division series. The Yankees will shuffle, and it might be that A.J. Burnett's Sept. 24 assignment gets skipped altogether, being that he has been horrendous against the Red Sox this year (7.46 ERA, 4 GS).

Oakland Athletics: Heads up if you play in a daily league, as the Athletics' Week 24 matchups go in increasing order of attractiveness. Rich Harden is the one question mark; Josh Outman could be used to give him some rest.

Seattle Mariners: Michael Pineda will make his final start of the season Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Minnesota. It's a favorable matchup on paper, as the rating shows, but there's a significant downside: He has a 4.40 road ERA (15 GS), 5.17 ERA since the All-Star break (9 GS) and 4.08 ERA on six or more days' rest (6 GS) -- he'll be on 10 days' rest.

Rays: Matt Moore's promotion tells you all you need to know about how serious the Rays are about making a push for the wild card, although their Sept. 15-18 weekend series at Boston will have a lot to say about their standing before this week's lineup deadline. (Moore, incidentally, is unlikely to make any starts this year; he'll strictly relieve.) That Sept. 21 doubleheader at New York doesn't afford the Rays much rotation flexibility, although if the game matters in the standings, David Price might get the final-day assignment over Jeff Niemann.

Rangers: How they align their rotation for the final week and division series has been a fascinating debate, and, as things stand, Alexi Ogando appears set to make only one more start before heading to the bullpen for the postseason. While this rotation now looks set through season's end, don't rule out Scott Feldman making a spot start should the team decide someone needs additional rest. This is a great set of matchups to exploit in daily leagues and is a tad riskier in weekly leagues.

Blue Jays: These games matter so much more to their opponents, and Brandon Morrow and Dustin McGowan have pitched horribly lately. It's Ricky Romero in all formats, Brett Cecil in AL-only and perhaps Henderson Alvarez if you're digging deep for streamers.

Diamondbacks: It's the best set of pitching matchups in the game this week, and the D-backs' have their rotation brilliantly aligned for the division series. Expect minimal change, and with the possible exception of Wade Miley, start 'em all.

Braves: They need to wrap up the wild card quickly in a bad way, because their rotation isn't especially well aligned. Tim Hudson is on track for the regular-season finale, leaving him two days' rest before the division series. There will be some tinkering here, and their 3.87 September ERA, 16th in the majors, shows that there's risk. Brandon Beachy is really their only "automatic."

Chicago Cubs: Yes, Randy Wells at Petco Park is a streaming consideration, but outside of that, the only Cubs you can really trust -- in weekly formats -- are Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.

Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Cueto (lat) might be done for the season, a shame because he's just six innings shy of qualifying for the ERA title (he's second with a 2.31), leaving two open assignments for either Matt Maloney or Travis Wood. With Cueto likely joining Mike Leake on the sidelines, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey are the only two Reds you'll want in the final week.

Colorado Rockies: Aaron Cook, the franchise leader in wins, will make what's expected to be his final Rockies start Wednesday, giving the team a final-week six-man rotation. Any of the youngsters, Jhoulys Chacin, Alex White or Drew Pomeranz, could skip his final-weekend start if rest is needed. This is a good team to consider in a daily league; it's a favorable set of overall matchups even if the day-to-day assignments might change due to the rotation's youth.

Florida Marlins: Their rotation is fairly locked in, although Alex Sanabia is expected to make one more undetermined start.

Houston Astros: No off days means little likelihood of changes, and keep in mind that four of the five Astros starters -- Henry Sosa the one excluded -- rank among the top 70 starters the past 30 days on our Player Rater.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Hiroki Kuroda (neck) is expected to make his two remaining starts in the final week, but in addition to the injury concern, he is chasing two contract incentives for innings pitched. He's the only question mark, but as things stand, he's fine to activate.

Brewers: If they can lock up the division early, they'll have the ability to shuffle their rotation for the division series, and in all likelihood, Yovani Gallardo will not make that start in the finale. He might be skipped entirely, both him and Zack Greinke pitching once this week, so prepare accordingly.

New York Mets: Johan Santana won't pitch for the Mets this season, so Chris Schwinden will have a rotation spot through year's end. The Mets have played poorly lately, and these matchups are treacherous; tread carefully.

Phillies: They've smartly aligned their playoff rotation already, so even with the Sept. 20 doubleheader, the Phillies shouldn't need to deviate from the projected rotation above. Kyle Kendrick, slated to start one of the doubleheader games, could provide rest to one of the starters in the final days.

Pittsburgh Pirates: They're another team utilizing a six-man rotation, and the most appealing fantasy option of the bunch, James McDonald, pitches just once in the final week. These are poor matchups, and Brian Burres could spot in for someone at any time, so look elsewhere if possible.

Cardinals: Their rotation is aligned as detailed above, without the off days to creatively reshuffle, and the matchups overall are favorable.

San Diego Padres: Anthony Bass will make a spot start for Tim Stauffer on Wednesday, but it's a Coors Field start. It's unclear whether Stauffer will be able to return for his final assignment.

Giants: There isn't much wiggle room, being that their most important series comes midway through their nine-game week, Sept. 23-25 at Arizona. Matt Cain could move up a day and get two starts at the expense of Eric Surkamp's second turn, but he probably won't if the team is eliminated before then.

Washington Nationals: The grand question is, will Stephen Strasburg make zero, one or two starts during the final week? The Nationals claim they'll use a straight six-man rotation, in which case he'll pitch just once, Sept. 23 versus the Braves, but it's possible he could get a second start on the final day.

Most favorable: Indians, Twins, Diamondbacks, Cardinals
Most unfavorable: Orioles, Rangers, Mets, Pirates

For more insight into Week 24 pitching matchups, see my rankings for the top 75 starting pitchers, as well as every two-start pitcher, at column's end.

Team advantages

The chart below lists each of the 30 teams' total number of scheduled games, home games and games versus right- and left-handed pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for the week's games in terms of overall offense, offense for left- and right-handed hitters and base stealing. Matchup ratings for each individual game are listed under the corresponding date.

Tristan's hitting strategies

• Injuries are a significant factor at this late stage of the season, and fantasy teams in the championship hunt can scarcely afford the loss of at-bats that come with day-to-day injuries. Here's a quick rundown of Week 24's riskiest players, every one of these a noticeable risk for missing multiple games: Nelson Cruz (hamstring), Matt Holliday (finger), Adam Jones (thumb), Justin Morneau (concussion), Alex Rodriguez (thumb), Troy Tulowitzki (hip), Kevin Youkilis (hip). As always, base your decision upon the strength of your alternatives, but it's a long 10 days to wait for any of these players to return. These players are day-to-day and bear watching, although they are of less concern: Carlos Gonzalez (wrist), Brett Lawrie (knee), Jemile Weeks (leg).

• To help those of you seeking plug-ins, here are some of the hottest hands in September who remain available in at least 80 percent of ESPN leagues: Shelley Duncan (6.8 percent owned), who is receiving regular at-bats and whose Indians play a league-high 12 games; Nick Hundley (12.2), whose Padres play three games at Coors Field; Chris Heisey (1.0), who has four home runs in his past six games and whose Reds face four left-handed starters; Jesus Montero (18.1), whose Yankees play an extra game (11) this week and who is trying to score a postseason roster spot as a possible everyday DH; Mark Ellis (1.7), who is making one final push for his free-agent deal; and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8.3), a righty killer whose Red Sox face seven right-handers.

• These are the hottest hands in September among those who remain available in at least 40 percent of ESPN leagues: Derrek Lee (46.7 owned), whose Pirates face four left-handed starters in their nine games; Omar Infante (42.8), a hot finisher in 2010 who has a .314 batting average in the past seven days; Marco Scutaro (22.9 percent), a .294 hitter whose Red Sox suddenly have a lot of motivation; and Logan Morrison (41.0), a .270/.370/.492 (BA/OBP/SLG) hitter in 17 games since his recall.

• If the Red Sox hang on in the AL wild-card hunt -- or even ascend to the division lead -- they'll do it behind the strength of their offense. Seven games (out of 10) versus the Orioles, plus three at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, is about the best schedule you could ask for, and here are some of the Red Sox's individual numbers both against the Orioles in 2011 and from 2009 to '11 at New York: Carl Crawford (.293/.314/.414 rates, 7 SBs in 23 career games at Yankee Stadium), Jacoby Ellsbury (.468/.519/.787 versus Orioles, .293/.376/.400 in 18 games at Yankee Stadium), Adrian Gonzalez (.457/.519/.652 versus Orioles, .227/.379/.636 in six games at Yankee Stadium), David Ortiz (.355/.459/.581 versus Orioles, .281/.390/.539 in 24 at Yankee Stadium), Dustin Pedroia (.313/.389/.563 versus Orioles), Josh Reddick (.478/.500/.913 versus Orioles).

Most favorable: Twins, Astros, Phillies
Most unfavorable: Athletics, Rangers, Dodgers, Mets

Weather report

Weatherproof games: Rockies at Astros (4, Sept. 22-25); Cardinals at Astros (3, Sept. 26-28); Angels at Blue Jays (4, Sept. 19-22); Marlins at Brewers (3, Sept. 23-25); Pirates at Brewers (3, Sept. 26-28); Pirates at Diamondbacks (3, Sept. 19-21); Giants at Diamondbacks (Sept. 23-25); Dodgers at Diamondbacks (3, Sept. 26-28); Athletics at Mariners (3, Sept. 26-28); Blue Jays at Rays (3, Sept. 23-25); Yankees at Rays (3, Sept. 26-28).

Tristan's Week 24 pitcher rankings: Top 110

Rankings take into account several factors: the pitcher's raw talent, and historical and recent performance; number of starts; strength of opponent(s); and ballpark factors. Be aware that different leagues might emphasize different pitching statistics that could change these rankings slightly. These are based on a fairly standard rotisserie scoring system, such as ESPN's.

This week's rankings encompass my entire 110 recommended starters without AL- or NL-only options or two-start pitchers to avoid, being that the 10-day period assures that the vast majority of starting pitchers will each start twice. Pitchers who fell short of this list wouldn't, except in extremely rare instances, get my endorsement for any of their matchups in Week 24.

1. Cliff Lee (PHI) -- 9/20-WAS, Gm. 2 (Milone), 9/25-@NYM (Pelfrey)
2. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- 9/20-SF (Lincecum), 9/25-@SD (Luebke)
3. Roy Halladay (PHI) -- 9/19-STL (Lohse), 9/24-@NYM (Gee)
4. Ian Kennedy (ARI) -- 9/19-PIT (Karstens), 9/25-SF (Lincecum)
5. Tim Lincecum (SF) -- 9/20-@LAD (Kershaw), 9/25-@ARI (Kennedy)
6. Daniel Hudson (ARI) -- 9/20-PIT (Morton), 9/26-LAD (Eveland)
7. C.J. Wilson (TEX) -- 9/21-@OAK (McCarthy), 9/26-@LAA (Haren)
8. CC Sabathia (NYY) -- 9/21-TB, Gm. 2 (Shields), 9/27-@TB (Shields)
9. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- 9/23-OAK (Gonzalez), 9/28-TEX (Harrison)
10. Jon Lester (BOS) -- 9/23-@NYY (Garcia), 9/28-@BAL (Simon)
11. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- 9/22-@LAD (Kuroda), 9/27-COL (White)
12. Cole Hamels (PHI) -- 9/23-@NYM (Dickey), 9/28-@ATL (Hudson)
13. Dan Haren (LAA) -- 9/21-@TOR (McGowan), 9/26-TEX (Wilson)
14. Chris Carpenter (STL) -- 9/23-CHC (Lopez), 9/28-@HOU (Myers)
15. Justin Verlander (DET) -- 9/24-BAL (Guthrie)
16. Mat Latos (SD) -- 9/20-@COL (Chacin), 9/26-CHC (Wells)
17. Shaun Marcum (MIL) -- 9/20-@CHC (Wells), 9/26-PIT (Karstens)
18. Anibal Sanchez (FLA) -- 9/20-ATL (Delgado), 9/26-WAS (Milone)
19. Doug Fister (DET) -- 9/22-BAL (Britton), 9/27-CLE (Gomez)
20. Ryan Vogelsong (SF) -- 9/21-@LAD (Eveland), 9/26-COL (Chacin)
21. Jeremy Hellickson (TB) -- 9/21-@NYY, Gm. 1 (Nova), 9/26-NYY (Nova)
22. Matt Garza (CHC) -- 9/21-MIL (Wolf), 9/27-@SD (Stauffer)
23. Tim Hudson (ATL) -- 9/23-@WAS (Strasburg), 9/28-PHI (Hamels)
24. James Shields (TB) -- 9/21-@NYY, Gm. 2 (Sabathia), 9/27-NYY (Sabathia)
25. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) -- 9/23-FLA (Volstad), 9/28-PIT (Ohlendorf)
26. Javier Vazquez (FLA) -- 9/21-ATL (Lowe), 9/27-WAS (Lannan)
27. Ted Lilly (LAD) -- 9/23-@SD (LeBlanc), 9/28-@ARI (Collmenter)
28. Ivan Nova (NYY) -- 9/21-TB, Gm. 1 (Hellickson), 9/26-@TB (Hellickson)
29. Gio Gonzalez (OAK) -- 9/23-@LAA (Weaver), 9/28-@SEA (Vasquez)
30. Ricky Romero (TOR) -- 9/19-LAA (Williams), 9/24-@TB (TBD)
31. David Price (TB) -- 9/23-TOR (Morrow)
32. Vance Worley (PHI) -- 9/21-WAS (Lannan), 9/26-@ATL (Delgado)
33. Roy Oswalt (PHI) -- 9/22-WAS (Peacock), 9/27-@ATL (Lowe)
34. Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE) -- 9/21-CHW (Buehrle), 9/26-@DET (Scherzer)
35. Derek Holland (TEX) -- 9/20-@OAK (Harden), 9/25-SEA (Furbush)
36. Brandon McCarthy (OAK) -- 9/21-TEX (Wilson), 9/26-@SEA (Vargas)
37. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- 9/24-@TEX (Ogando)
38. Jhoulys Chacin (COL) -- 9/20-SD (Latos), 9/26-@SF (Vogelsong)
39. Wandy Rodriguez (HOU) -- 9/21-@CIN (Arroyo), 9/26-STL (Garcia)
40. Zack Greinke (MIL) -- 9/24-FLA (Hand)
41. Randy Wolf (MIL) -- 9/21-@CHC (Garza), 9/27-PIT (Morton)
42. Brandon Beachy (ATL) -- 9/24-@WAS (Wang)
43. Josh Beckett (BOS) -- 9/21-BAL (Hunter), 9/27-@BAL (Britton)
44. Gavin Floyd (CHW) -- 9/20-@CLE, Gm. 1 (Carmona), 9/25-KC (Mendoza)
45. Matt Cain (SF) -- 9/24-@ARI (Saunders)
46. Hiroki Kuroda (LAD) -- 9/22-SF (Bumgarner), 9/27-@ARI (Miley)
47. Brett Myers (HOU) -- 9/23-COL (Pomeranz), 9/28-STL (Carpenter)
48. Max Scherzer (DET) -- 9/21-@KC (Paulino), 9/26-CLE (Jimenez)
49. Cory Luebke (SD) -- 9/19-@COL (Millwood), 9/25-LAD (Kershaw)
50. Philip Humber (CHW) -- 9/22-@CLE (Gomez), 9/28-TOR (Morrow)
51. Edwin Jackson (STL) -- 9/20-NYM (Pelfrey), 9/25-CHC (Coleman)
52. Josh Collmenter (ARI) -- 9/23-SF (Surkamp), 9/28-LAD (Lilly)
53. R.A. Dickey (NYM) -- 9/23-PHI (Hamels), 9/28-CIN (Volquez)
54. Colby Lewis (TEX) -- 9/22-@OAK (Cahill), 9/27-@LAA (Santana)
55. Ervin Santana (LAA) -- 9/22-@TOR (Alvarez), 9/27-TEX (Lewis)
56. Stephen Strasburg (WAS) -- 9/23-ATL (Hudson)
57. Homer Bailey (CIN) -- 9/20-HOU (Norris), 9/26-@NYM (Schwinden)
58. Jaime Garcia (STL) -- 9/21-NYM (Schwinden), 9/26-@HOU (Rodriguez)
59. Trevor Cahill (OAK) -- 9/22-TEX (Lewis), 9/27-@SEA (Beavan)
60. Bartolo Colon (NYY) -- 9/22-TB (Niemann), 9/28-@TB (Niemann)
61. Justin Masterson (CLE) -- 9/23-MIN (Pavano), 9/28-@DET (Porcello)
62. Ricky Nolasco (FLA) -- 9/19-ATL (Minor), 9/25-@MIL (Narveson)
63. Jason Vargas (SEA) -- 9/20-@MIN (Hendriks), 9/26-OAK (McCarthy)
64. Phil Hughes (NYY) -- 9/20-TB (Davis), 9/25-BOS (Lackey)
65. Randy Wells (CHC) -- 9/20-MIL (Marcum), 9/26-@SD (Latos)
66. Michael Pineda (SEA) -- 9/21-@MIN (Slowey)
67. Bud Norris (HOU) -- 9/20-@CIN (Bailey), 9/25-COL (Millwood)
68. Alexi Ogando (TEX) -- 9/24-SEA (Hernandez)
69. Matt Harrison (TEX) -- 9/23-SEA (Vasquez), 9/28-@LAA (Weaver)
70. Chris Narveson (MIL) -- 9/19-@CHC (Coleman), 9/25-FLA (Nolasco)
71. Brett Cecil (TOR) -- 9/20-LAA (Pineiro), 9/25-@TB (Davis)
72. Aaron Harang (SD) -- 9/24-LAD (Billingsley)
73. Rick Porcello (DET) -- 9/23-BAL (Simon), 9/28-CLE (Masterson)
74. Derek Lowe (ATL) -- 9/21-@FLA (Vazquez), 9/27-PHI (Oswalt)
75. Guillermo Moscoso (OAK) -- 9/24-@LAA (Williams)
76. Jerome Williams (LAA) -- 9/19-@TOR (Romero), 9/24-OAK (Moscoso)
77. John Danks (CHW) -- 9/24-KC (Teaford)
78. Anthony Swarzak (MIN) -- 9/22-SEA (Beavan), 9/27-KC (Mazzaro)
79. Chad Billingsley (LAD) -- 9/24-@SD (Harang)
80. Wade Davis (TB) -- 9/20-@NYY (Hughes), 9/25-TOR (Cecil)
81. Mark Buehrle (CHW) -- 9/21-@CLE (Jimenez), 9/27-TOR (Alvarez)
82. Ryan Dempster (CHC) -- 9/24-@STL (Lohse)
83. Tim Stauffer (SD) -- 9/27-CHC (Garza)
84. Henderson Alvarez (TOR) -- 9/22-LAA (Santana), 9/27-@CHW (Buehrle)
85. Bronson Arroyo (CIN) -- 9/21-HOU (Rodriguez), 9/27-@NYM (Capuano)
86. Drew Pomeranz (COL) -- 9/23-@HOU (Myers), 9/28-@SF (Surkamp)
87. Jeff Niemann (TB) -- 9/22-@NYY (Colon), 9/28-NYY (Colon)
88. James McDonald (PIT) -- 9/24-CIN (Maloney)
89. Bruce Chen (KC) -- 9/23-@CHW (Stewart), 9/28-@MIN (Pavano)
90. Mike Minor (ATL) -- 9/19-@FLA (Nolasco), 9/25-@WAS (Detwiler)
91. Joe Saunders (ARI) -- 9/24-SF (Cain)
92. Zach Stewart (CHW) -- 9/23-KC (Chen)
93. Kyle Lohse (STL) -- 9/19-@PHI (Halladay), 9/24-CHC (Dempster)
94. Fausto Carmona (CLE) -- 9/20-CHW, Gm. 1 (Floyd), 9/25-MIN (Hendriks)
95. Randall Delgado (ATL) -- 9/20-@FLA (Sanchez), 9/26-PHI (Worley)
96. Kevin Millwood (COL) -- 9/19-SD (Luebke), 9/25-@HOU (Norris)
97. Jake Westbrook (STL) -- 9/22-NYM (Capuano), 9/27-@HOU (Sosa)
98. Felipe Paulino (KC) -- 9/21-DET (Scherzer), 9/26-@MIN (Slowey)
99. Jeremy Guthrie (BAL) -- 9/19-@BOS, Gm. 1 (Weiland), 9/24-@DET (Verlander)
100. Dana Eveland (LAD) -- 9/21-SF (Vogelsong), 9/26-@ARI (Hudson)
101. Rich Harden (OAK) -- 9/20-TEX (Holland), 9/25-@LAA (Pineiro)
102. J.A. Happ (HOU) -- 9/19-@CIN (TBD), 9/24-COL (Rogers)
103. David Huff (CLE) -- 9/19-SEA (Furbush), 9/24-MIN, Gm. 1 (Diamond)
104. Zach Britton (BAL) -- 9/22-@DET (Fister), 9/27-BOS (Beckett)
105. Scott Diamond (MIN) -- 9/19-@NYY (Burnett), 9/24-@CLE, Gm. 1 (Huff)
106. Liam Hendriks (MIN) -- 9/20-SEA (Vargas), 9/25-@CLE (Carmona)
107. Brandon Morrow (TOR) -- 9/23-@TB (Price), 9/28-@CHW (Humber)
108. Tom Milone (WAS) -- 9/20-@PHI, Gm. 2 (Lee), 9/26-@FLA (Sanchez)
109. Edinson Volquez (CIN) -- 9/23-@PIT (Locke), 9/28-@NYM (Dickey)
110. Mike Pelfrey (NYM) -- 9/20-@STL (Jackson), 9/25-PHI (Lee)

Tristan H. Cockcroft is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and a two-time champion of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality experts league. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter @SultanofStat.

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