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Fantasy Baseball: Wednesday's Roto Roundup

Troy Tulowitzki continued his extremely hot hitting yesterday, hitting 2 homeruns and driving in 7 in the Rockies' victory over the Padres. Since the All-Star break, he's hitting .343 with 14 homeruns (11 in September), 41 runs batted in, and 3 stolen bases. In 107 games on the season, he's hitting .325 with 23 homeruns, 82 runs batted in, and 10 steals. I don't think I can put him into my top 10 for next year due to the health concerns, but I think he's a lock to be in the top 20 again.

Clay Buchholz won his 16th game of the season last night, allowing just 1 earned run and striking out 6 over 7 innings. He now has a 2.48 ERA on the season, but to me the value with him is probably a bit higher than it should be. He is averaging about 6 strikeouts per 9 innings on the season, and I'm not sold that it will get a lot better than that. Off the top of my head, I'm thinking he's probably going to be somewhere in the 30-40 range of starting pitchers unless that strikeout rate improves.

Tyler Colvin hit his 20th home run of the season yesterday for the Cubs, and I'm thinking that he could potentially be a deep league sleeper next year. The Cubs' outfield situation is a bit murky, with Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano likely to be starters next year and Kosuke Fukudome seeming to be a trade candidate. If Colvin is given a starting job, I think he could approach 30 homers in a season.

Kyle Drabek pitched alright in his major league debut yesterday, striking out 5 over 6 innings of 3 run ball. I am not 100% sure he makes the rotation out of spring training next year, simply because there are so many good pitchers in the Blue Jays system, but he's definitely a candidate, and should be viewed as such.

James Shields had a very nice start yesterday, striking out 8 over 6 1/3 innings and allowing just 1 earned run. His ERA for the season is now at 4.86. His FIP implies that he's been unlucky (4.32), and a .344 BABIP agrees. He could be a nice sleeper next year, but I know I won't be the one taking the chance.

Andy Pettitte will return to the starting rotation on Sunday for the Yankees, and Javier Vazquez will be bumped from the rotation again. Not sure what you should do with Vazquez if you're still holding him, but Pettitte seems like a non-factor for most standard fantasy leagues due to the strength of the schedule of the Yankees for the remainder of the season.

Jenrry Mejia left his start yesterday with an acute shoulder strain, and clearly another shoulder injury is not what the Mets needed at this point. Something to monitor for keeper leagues, as a severe shoulder injury could definitely linger into 2011.

Jose Contreras got the save in the Phillies victory yesterday over the Marlins, after Brad Lidge walked 3 and allowed a hit. You probably knew this was possible if you still owned Lidge, and while I think Lidge will get the next opportunity, I am not sure you can trust him if you're in a tight race at this point.