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Home  GNUru Lineup Literacy  Lineup Literacy: Week 17
Lineup Literacy: Week 17
Written by The GNUru   
Jul 22, 2007 at 01:33 PM

The first 16 weeks of the 2007 Fantasy Baseball season are just about in the books and now it's time to turn our attention to fantasy week 17.  For those still in contention for post-season fantasy play, this is the time of the year your roster and lineup decisions can make or break your season.   Lucky for you the GNUru is here to help you with your week 17 lineup decisions.  In this week's addition of Lineup Literacy, the GNUru will also preview some new players to keep an eye on.

Billy ButlerWeek 17 - GNUru Batter Banter

With the first half of the season behind us, some players have settled down and have begun to hit their stride while other have faded into oblivion.  Player value at this point should pretty much represent their current level of production - that is those that are playing well have high value and those that aren't, do not (regardless of what name is involved).  At this point in the season you can now safely bench or even drop some of your sluggish sluggers in favor of some the hot hitters.  Below is a list of the hottest hitters the past few weeks to aid your lineup decisions.  While some on the list are no-brainers (Chase Utley, Miguel Cabrera, Chipper Jones, etc.) others are still scratching their way into fantasy lineups (Billy Butler, Matt Kemp, Randy Winn, Ryan Garko.) and warrant lineup consideration. 

Who's Hot

Player
AB
R
H
HR
RBI
SB
BA
Garko, Ryan 1B CLE
28
9
16
3
9
0
0.571
Butler, Billy OF KC
34
6
16
0
12
0
0.471
Upton, B.J. 3B TB
32
9
15
3
10
0
0.469
Kemp, Matt CF LA
30
9
14
3
10
0
0.467
Lugo, Julio SS BOS
43
8
20
2
9
4
0.465
Utley, Chase 2B PHI
46
10
21
2
14
1
0.457
Rowand, Aaron CF PHI
40
7
18
2
9
0
0.450
Jones, Chipper 3B ATL
38
8
17
1
7
3
0.447
Winn, Randy RF SF
33
8
14
1
6
1
0.424
Patterson, Corey CF BAL
41
8
17
2
5
5
0.415
Markakis, Nick RF BAL
39
8
16
1
9
2
0.410
Cabrera, Miguel 3B FLA
32
7
13
5
8
0
0.406
Pujols, Albert 1B STL
35
10
14
5
8
0
0.400
Howard, Ryan 1B PHI
38
13
15
6
14
0
0.395
Ramirez, Hanley SS FLA
44
4
17
2
12
0
0.386
Cano, Robinson 2B NYY
44
8
17
2
10
0
0.386
Rios, Alex RF TOR
44
6
17
2
4
0
0.386
Sheffield, Gary RF DET
40
9
15
3
9
4
0.375
Thome, Jim DH CHW
39
8
14
3
9
0
0.359
Ramirez, Manny LF BOS
38
9
13
3
9
0
0.342
Phillips, Brandon 2B CIN
48
5
16
3
13
3
0.333
Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI
45
10
15
2
7
2
0.333
Wright, David 3B NYM
40
10
13
2
8
3
0.325
Matsui, Hideki LF NYY
50
10
16
6
11
1
0.320
Abreu, Bobby RF NYY
47
10
15
2
13
1
0.319
Jones, Andruw CF ATL
38
11
12
4
11
2
0.316
Konerko, Paul 1B CHW
42
7
13
4
11
0
0.310

This is also the time of year major league teams look to give some fresh faces a chance to play.  Below is a list of hitters recently given a chance and are worth keeping an eye on.

Billy Butler
Andy Phillips
Matt Kemp
Shelley Duncan
Travis Buck

Also of interest are the teams that play a full schedule of games:  Arizona, Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Florida, Houston, Kansas City, L.A. Dodgers, N.Y. Mets, N.Y. Yankees, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Texas and Washington. all play 7 games this week. The White Sox, Tigers, Mariners and Brewers play 8 games this week.

Week 17 - GNUru Rotation Ramblings

With the season well underway, pitchers have built up enough of a track record for owners to put their trust in certain pitcher regardless of the name involved. That said, this is the time of year teams begin calling up some youngsters to make starts.  If they pitch well they'll have a shot to stay in the rotation (especially on teams out of contention).  If not they'll be sent back down to the minors.  While the GNUru doesn't recommend starting unknown players that are double-starting, it's always wise to keep your eyes open.  You never know who the next Brandon Webb may be!

Probable Week 17 Double Starters

Player
Start #1
Start #2
 Aaron Harang CIN
Chris Capuano
Sean Marshall
 Adam Wainwright STL
Ted Lilly
Jeff Suppan
 Andrew Miller DET
Mark Buehrle
Joe Saunders
 Andy Sonnanstine TB
Erik Bedard
Daisuke Matsuzaka
 Bartolo Colon ANA
Chad Gaudin
Jeremy Bonderman
 C.C. Sabathia CLE
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Johan Santana
 Carlos Zambrano CHC
Kip Wells
Matt Belisle
 Chad Billingsley LA
Chris Sampson
Jeff Francis
 Chad Gaudin OAK
Bartolo Colon
Felix Hernandez
 Chien-Ming Wang NYY
Scott Elarton
Brian Burres
 Chris Capuano MIL
Aaron Harang
Mike Maroth
 Chris R. Young SD
Ubaldo Jimenez
Jason Jennings
 Chris Sampson HOU
Chad Billingsley
Greg Maddux
 Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS
C.C. Sabathia
Andy Sonnanstine
 Daniel Cabrera BAL
Scott Kazmir
Mike Mussina
 Derek Lowe LA
Jason Jennings
Ubaldo Jimenez
 Dontrelle Willis FLA
Doug Davis
Matt Cain
 Doug Davis ARI
Dontrelle Willis
John Smoltz
 Greg Maddux SD
Jeff Francis
Chris Sampson
 Horacio Ramirez SEA
Kevin Millwood
Dallas Braden
 Ian Snell PIT
John Maine
Kyle Kendrick
 Jake Westbrook CLE
Julian Tavarez
Matt Garza
 Jason Bergmann WAS
Kyle Kendrick
John Maine
 Jason Jennings HOU
Derek Lowe
Chris R. Young
 Javier Vazquez CHW
Jeremy Bonderman
Roy Halladay
 Jeff Francis COL
Greg Maddux
Chad Billingsley
 Jeff Suppan MIL
Kyle Lohse
Adam Wainwright
 Jeremy Bonderman DET
Javier Vazquez
Bartolo Colon
 Johan Santana MIN
Shaun Marcum
C.C. Sabathia
 John Maine NYM
Ian Snell
Jason Bergmann
 John Smoltz ATL
Matt Cain
Doug Davis
 Jose A. Contreras CHW
Kenny Rogers
Shaun Marcum
 Julian Tavarez BOS
Jake Westbrook
J.P. Howell
 Kevin Millwood TEX
Horacio Ramirez
Scott Elarton
 Kip Wells STL
Carlos Zambrano
Yovani Gallardo
 Kyle Kendrick PHI
Jason Bergmann
Ian Snell
 Lenny DiNardo OAK
Kelvim Escobar
Miguel Batista
 Livan Hernandez ARI
Sergio Mitre
Tim Hudson
 Matt Cain SF
John Smoltz
Dontrelle Willis
 Matt Chico WAS
Cole Hamels
Tom Glavine
 Matt Morris SF
Tim Hudson
Sergio Mitre
 Miguel Batista SEA
Brandon McCarthy
Lenny DiNardo
 Odalis Perez KC
Roger Clemens
Robinson Tejeda
 Roger Clemens NYY
Odalis Perez
Jeremy Guthrie
 Scott Elarton KC
Chien-Ming Wang
Kevin Millwood
 Sergio Mitre FLA
Livan Hernandez
Matt Morris
 Shaun Marcum TOR
Johan Santana
Jose A. Contreras
 Tim Hudson ATL
Matt Morris
Livan Hernandez
 Tom Glavine NYM
Tom Gorzelanny
Matt Chico
 Ubaldo Jimenez COL
Chris R. Young
Derek Lowe
 Yovani Gallardo MIL
Matt Belisle
Kip Wells

This is also the time of year major league teams look to give some fresh faces a chance to play.  Below is a list of pitchers recently given a chance and are worth keeping an eye on.

Jon Lester
Joe Saunders
Billy Traber
Buddy Carlyle
Bobby Livingston

In weekly head-to-head (H2H) leagues, it's often the better strategy to avoid weak double starters and go with pitcher with proven track records (or at least look to be in mid-season form).  Here is a list of which starting pitchers have been impressive of late and warrant rotation consideration regardless of how many starts they will make in week 17. Numbers are compiled during the last 14 days.

Player
GS
QS
W
L
K
BBI
ERA
Gabbard, Kason SP BOS 
2
2
2
0
9
2
0.56
Lincecum, Tim SP SF 
2
2
1
0
16
6
0.63
Bedard, Erik SP BAL 
2
2
2
0
18
5
0.64
Wainwright, Adam SP STL 
2
2
2
0
12
4
0.64
Young, Chris R. SP SD 
2
2
1
0
14
3
0.69
Tomko, Brett RP LA 
2
1
1
0
6
3
0.82
Carmona, Fausto SP CLE 
2
2
2
0
11
5
1.20
Hernandez, Orlando SP NYM 
2
2
2
0
11
5
1.39
Millwood, Kevin SP TEX 
3
3
1
1
15
9
1.42
Zambrano, Carlos SP CHC
3
2
2
1
15
8
1.45
Santana, Johan SP MIN 
2
2
1
1
15
2
1.80
Downs, Scott RP TOR
0
0
0
0
5
1
1.80
Arroyo, Bronson SP CIN  
2
2
1
1
12
3
1.93
Perez, Oliver SP NYM 
2
2
2
0
14
6
2.03
Harang, Aaron SP CIN  
3
3
1
0
24
5
2.49
Kazmir, Scott SP TB 
3
2
2
1
17
8
2.50
Carlyle, Buddy RP ATL 
2
2
2
0
6
1
2.57
Penny, Brad SP LA 
2
2
2
0
13
5
2.70
Wang, Chien-Ming SP NYY  
3
3
2
1
12
2
2.75
Jackson, Edwin RP TB 
2
1
1
0
10
7
2.92
Germano, Justin RP SD 
2
1
1
1
7
6
3.09
Beckett, Josh SP BOS 
2
2
1
1
18
4
3.21

 

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