Remember that rosters expand on the first of September so a lot of the demotions that you may see are likely to be very temporary. Most players will be back by 9/1. This is also the last week for waiver deals like those that sent Sterling Hitchcock to St. Louis and Garrett Stephenson.
Our two start pitching picks for the week:
Roger Clemens (CHA, @BOS)
Aaron Harang (MIL, STL)
Rich Harden (BAL, TB)
Livan Hernandez (PHI, @FLA)
Randy Johnson (SD, SF)
Estaban Loaiza (@NYA, @DET)
Gil Meche (@BOS, BAL)
Jamie Moyer (TB, BAL) - great match-ups.
Vincente Padilla (@MON, @NYN)
Andy Pettitte (BAL, @BOS)
Mark Prior (@STL, MIL)
Brad Radke (@ANA, @TEX)
Mark Redman (@PIT, MON)
Shane Reynolds (NYN, @PIT)
Jason Schmidt (@COL, @ARI) - both hitters’ parks but he is just so good.
Garrett Stephenson (CHN, @CIN)
Tim Wakefield (SEA, NYA)
Randy Wolf (@Mon, @NYN)
Ratchet them up!
Jose Contreras (SP-RP, Yankees): Has officially stolen the fifth spot in the rotation from Jeff Weaver. If he pitches like he did on Sunday he should get a nice surge in stats the last five weeks.
Todd Zeile (3B-1B, Expos): Should get to play almost everyday - not bad for a guy who spent most of his time warming the bench in the Bronx and was just released outright.
Keith Ginter (2B, Brewers): Should take over the everyday second base role since Eric Young got shipped to SF.
Curtis Leskanic (RP, Royals): As we suspected he would, Curtis is now stealing saves in KC and he should become their go-to guy since Mike MacDougal has been having lousy outings since the All-Star break.
Josh Towers (SP, Blue Jays): While not a overwhelming pitcher Josh proved he could be very successful a few years ago in Baltimore – that was before he broke his hand punching a wall. He seems to have that magic back and is very capable of overmatching most 3-4-5 starters.
Matt Morris (SP, Cardinals): Was very effective in his return to the rotation this weekend. The Cardinals (and many fantasy owners) really need him to produce.
Rich Aurilia (SS, Giants): Is back from the DL and looking good.
Tony Womack (SS, Cubs): Was traded from Arizona to Chicago where he will probably get a chance to play more. Not sure what he has left to offer though.
Rick Helling (SP, Marlins): Rick who has not been a dominant pitcher the last few seasons will in fact get another chance to shine. The Marlins might be a better team for him than an offensively (and defensively) challenged Baltimore team was. He might be a decent pickup with the right match-ups in deeper leagues.
David Riske (RP, Indians): Seems to have locked up the closing job in Cleveland for what few saves remain.
Matt Lawton (OF, Indians): Came off the DL. If he can stay healthy he is a decent pickup who is better than a lot of players on the waiver wire these days.
Felix Rodriguez (RP, Giants): Was activated from the DL - he’s only useful for holds.
Randall Simon (1B, Cubs): was traded to the Cubs from the Pirates. The heat of a pennant race might heat him up, but I wouldn’t bet on it. He should get RBI chances though.
Mark Bellhorn (1B-2B-3B): was called up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and looks like he will take over at 3rd base.
Mike DeJean (RP, Cardinals): was acquired from the Brewers and could steal a save or two but is likely to get some holds.
Ratchet them down!
Barry Bonds (OF, Giants): Will miss some time due to the death of his father Bobby. We all mourn the loss and wish Barry the best - some of us will always remember Bobby fondly. What effect this will have on Barry the rest of the season is up in the air.
Rick Reed (SP, Twins): Will likely miss the rest of the season with a bulging disk in the back.
Eric Young (2B, Giants): Was traded to the contending SF Giants but will only be a player until the team is healthy again. Then he will end up warming the bench. He might get some steals and rack up some runs though.
Danys Baez (RP, Indians): Is no longer the closer.
Jeff Weaver (SP-RP, Yankees): Is no longer in the rotation. He has no value as a long reliever.
Mark Mulder (SP, Athletics): Has a break in his femur and will almost certainly miss 4 weeks minimum. Its unlikely he’ll throw another pitch before the playoffs - if Oakland can get there without him.
David Bell (3B, Phillies): His season is more than likely over due to a bulging disk in his back. Though considering how he has played this season there was no reason to consider him as a fantasy option anyway.
Jesse Foppert (SP, Giants): Was placed on the 15 day DL with elbow tendonitis. As long as the division is not in jeopardy they will probably be overly cautious in rushing him back.
Troy Glaus (3B, Angels): Is now officially gone for the season with a partially torn rotator cuff. Surgery is not required.
James Baldwin (SP, Free Agent): Chose to become a free agent rather than accept assignment.
Shawn Chacon (SP, Rockies): Is done for the season.
Runelvys Hernandez (SP, Royals): Was demoted to the minors and may need to show he is capable of bouncing back before seeing the big show again.
J.T. Snow (1B, Giants): Was placed on the 15 day DL.
Adam Dunn (OF, Reds): was placed on the 15 day DL.
J.D. Drew (OF, Cardinals): Went on the 15 day DL - again.