This week in fantasy baseball

On the pitching front, deep AL leaguers should want to take a hard look at Todd Williams, who hasn't given up an earned run this calendar year, and who has gained the confidence of manager Lee Mazzilli. If you're into useful middle relievers, Williams' 0.55 WHIP and 0.82 K/IP should be to your liking.

This weekend's matchups

American League

Baltimore at Toronto
Boston at Tampa Bay
Texas at New York Yankees
Minnesota at Detroit
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City
Cleveland at Seattle
Oakland at Los Angeles Angels

National League

Washington at New York Mets
Philadelphia at Atlanta
Cincinnati at Florida
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs
Houston at St. Louis
Milwaukee at San Francisco
Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado
San Diego at Arizona


Fantasy mailbag

Eric, Nashville, Tenn.: I'm in a 10-team, AL only Rotisserie keeper league which is relatively deep. Since I am in eighth place, I will have one of the first picks of guys to pick up. Currently Scott Spieizio is my DH - he was the only guy left for $.10 on auction day. Recently both Reed Johnson and David Newhan have become available. Who is the best pick of Spiezio, Johnson and Newhan if I am looking purely at who would be the most productive player this year? It's a 5x5 league where average, HR, RBI, runs, and stolen bases count.

  • Spiezio is not a guy you want to stick with right now. He's not playing much, and not playing well when he does. With Richie Sexson out with the flu, Spiezio went 0-for-7 in two starts over the weekend. The he went on the DL with a strained oblique muscle. He might hit 8-10 homers this season, but his average will drag you down. As for Newhan, he's a classic example of a player you love to have on your baseball team but doesn't do much for your fantasy team. He'll hit for a little power, steal a little and put up a decent average, but he's not going to play enough to make a difference, especially the way Luis Matos is going right now. So go with Johnson. He's getting regular at-bats, and he won't kill you with an average in the .280-.295 range. If he keeps playing regularly, I like his chances of finishing the season with more HRs than Spiezio, roughly the same number of steals as Newhan, and more RBIs and a better average than both.

    Send your fantasy baseball questions to dalexander@baltimoresun.com. Please include your league format and the city /state where you live. Then check the mailbag section, where each week I'll respond to questions submitted by baltimoresun.com readers.
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