Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Pickups of the Week: Brett Anderson, Pedro Ciriaco, more

by Tim Heaney on August 31, 2012 @ 14:15:25 PDT

 

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Ronald Belisario, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • August: 1 SV, 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 14 K in 13 IP
Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy
The force is strong with Lucroy

Don Mattingly said Belisario and Brandon League will share closer duties while docs tend to Kenley Jansen's irregular heartbeat, which may end his campaign. Belisario posted a 1.53 ERA in the first half but was stumbling at the end of July. Since the calendar flipped, he's allowed just two earned runs in 11 appearances and looks like Mattingly's preference to stand in for Jansen.

Substance abuse problems halted Belisario's 2010, and visa issues erased his 2011 opportunity. He was suspended 25 games to start this season because of a positive test for cocaine. The 29-year-old has rediscovered his closer-like fastball and K/9 while also inducing plenty of ground balls.

He probably won't come on for every opp, but it'll be the majority. Hop aboard.

Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

  • Last 18: .290 BA, 14 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 SB in 66 PA

Some have been lucky enough to jump on the Go-Go express nearly a month after he first rose to featured territory here. As predicted, he slowed a bit this month, but he's recovered and kept up the power-speed combination that's emerged this year. Changing his stance has brought him to the next level. The fact he'll still try to take second frequently gives him cushion to remain on rosters even if his streakiness swings back in the negative direction.

Casey Kelly, SP, San Diego Padres

  • 8/27: 1 W, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K in 6 IP

In his MLB debut at Petco Park against the Atlanta Braves, the 22-year-old gave fantasy owners a glimpse of the hype many have chased over the last few years. Kelly looks to have the power back in his formerly strained elbow, and you know what they say about Pads pitchers.

His next start? At Colorado - dangerous park, shaky lineup. He has the talent to overcome those surroundings. How much risk can you take on there? Stream away, and don't ignore the possibility for more over the last month.

Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee Brewers

  • Last 27: .309 BA, 13 R, 4 HR, 19 RBI in 171 PA

Lucroy was rolling before a fractured hand halted his breakout. Well, since returning from the DL, he's still smashing. A seven-RBI effort Thursday probably brought on a late-week surge of waiver grabs, but it's good that many are rediscovering the preseason sleeper, who has the goods to keep this up.

Andrew Bailey, RP, Boston Red Sox

  • Last 7: 1 SV, 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 4 K in 5 1/3 IP

The Boston Red Sox's new closer should be owned everywhere. What are you waiting for?

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