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Fantasy Baseball: Thursday's Roto Roundup

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Not a lot of games yesterday (just 6), but still some news out of the baseball world.

Bobby Jenks will be out a few games at least with elbow soreness, and Ozzie Guillen wouldn't comment on who would close in the meantime. Targets for me would have to be Matt Thornton first and J.J. Putz second. If you need saves for that last push, grab them both in that order.

Brandon Phillips went 1 for 4 yesterday against the Rockies, and I'm wondering where he should rank next year. He's been having a quietly good season.  He's hitting .284 with 16 homeruns, 52 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases along with 95 runs. I think he's still going to be a top 5 2B, but I think that he's going to be a bit of a sleeper as he really isn't producing homeruns or stolen bases at elite levels, but is not really killing you in any category.

Colby Lewis finally had a nice start again, striking out 8 batters over 6 1/3 innings. (Which of course means I didn't play him). It's really hard to judge how he should be ranked for next year, as he came out really hot and proceeded to be inconsistent during the middle of the season.

Well, if the Cardinals trade Colby Rasmus, somebody's going to get a pretty solid outfielder. He went 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored, 2 homeruns, and 4 runs batted in against the Braves yesterday. He now has 21 homeruns on the season, and I think that it's a bit unlikely he actually gets traded during the offseason.

Bud Norris had a nice start, striking out 7 over 6 innings and allowed just 1 earned run. The walks still remain an issue for Norris (4 last night), but I think he's a sleeper target for deeper leagues next season. He strikes out a ton of batters, and if he can get his walks just a little more in check, he could really be special.