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Fantasy Baseball: Wednesday's Roto Roundup

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Something I missed from Tuesday's news has to be the fact that Josh Johnson will miss his start on Friday, and has the potential to be shut down for the rest of the season. With the Marlins as far out of the race as they are, there's really no reason to push him to get back even remotely quickly, so he could very well become droppable by the end of the week.

Coco Crisp stands out to me as someone who could be a very good player for next season. He stole his 24th base of the year last night, and also hit his 8th homerun. His line, over a 162 game pace: .271, 108 runs, 19 homeruns, 91 runs batted in, 58 stolen bases. Clearly, you can't assume health with someone as injury prone as Crisp, but it's something to remember when looking at deeper plays and late round players.

Where should Brett Myers rank for next year? He threw 7 shutout inning last night and struck out 8 to get the victory. He now has a 2.91 ERA on the year, and while wins are going to remain hard to come by, the rest of his numbers look very good and similar to previous years he has had.

Ryan Howard hit his 28th homerun of the season and drove in 6 runs last night against the Marlins. He now has 95 RBI on the season, and he's going to be underrated for next year in my opinion. He's not hitting for the power he usually does, and is unlikely to get past 35 this year, but he's hitting for a better average and is still driving in runs. I think he probably belongs in the top 20 overall, but near the bottom of that group.

Jamie Garcia didn't exactly have the start he was looking for yesterday as he allowed 7 earned runs over 4 innings. He did still strike out 4, but he has been a bit up and down of late, and I would be concerned that when the Cardinals concede the race, they'll shut him down for the season.


Cory Luebke had a great start against the Dodgers last night, striking out 7 and allowing just 3 base runners and no runs en route to the victory for the Padres. If you need pitching, keep an eye on him and his matchups for the rest of the season.

Phil Hughes will also be skipped for his next start, but that appears to be the result of his innings limit for the season. Hopefully you didn't need that start in your weekly leagues, but you knew this was a possibility.