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Must or Bust? Mike Stanton, Jeremy Hellickson & More


Mike Stanton, FLA,  46% owned
5 R / 4 HR / 8 RBI / .583
A big week from a big guy. We’ve been waiting to see exactly what kind of damage Stanton can do in the majors and owners have tasted blood. Back to back to back games with homers and a six game hitting streak, should bump Stanton over 50% ownership by mid-week.

Michael Brantley, CLE, 8% owned
7 R / 2 HR / 6 RBI / 2 SB / .375
Third times the charm. After struggling the first two call-ups, Brantley seems to have gotten it right. He’s raised his average 33 points since the August 6th call-up. The talent has always been there and with even less pressure towards the end of the season for the Indians, Brantley should be here to stay.

J.D. Drew, BOS, 41% owned
5 R / 4 HR / 6 RBI / 1 SB / .333
It’s been a relatively slow season for Drew, partially due to the fact that half the Red Sox offense has been injured at one point or another. This week though, has awakened the giant and Drew has homered in three games. He’s got a six game hitting streak too.

Ryan Raburn, DET, 6% owned
4 R / 3 HR / 5 RBI / 1 SB / .400
Utility man out the Wazoo, Detroit is realizing how valuable Raburn can be. He has homered in three of the last four and had five multi-hits in the seven. From Jackson to Boesch and now to Raburn, Detroit has a bright future.

Jeremy Hellickson, TB, 40% owned
13 IP, 2 W, 12 K, 0.69 ERA, 0.54 WHIP
We knew he was going to be good, but wow! The Tampa Bay rookie is the first in team history to win his first three and it looks like more good things are to come. Three earned runs in 20 innings is sweet but even more impressive is Hellickson’s .60 WHIP and .136 BAA.

R.A. Dickey, NYM, 37% owned
9 IP, 1 W, 7 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.22 WHIP
The knuckleballer is having a season to remember. Friday’s game against Philadelphia was utter dominance, bouncing back from poor outing against Philly as well and throwing a complete game one-hitter. Dickey has never looked anywhere this good in his eight year career and I can’t imagine it carrying into next year, but ride it while you can.

Mike Rzepczynski, TOR, 1% owned
7 IP, 1 W, 6 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.29 WHIP
Rzepczynski is a spell checker’s worst nightmare. Filling in for Brandon Morrow to give him a little extra rest, Mike apparently thought he had to pitch just as well as him too. Seven innings of two-hit ball against Los Angeles proved he belongs with the already strong Toronto rotation. He pitches again this Wed against Oakland and should be a solid start.

Written by Evan Marx exclusively for Evan will be sexting himself while his girlfriend is away on business. Is that weird?

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