Here's a look at the guys who are burning it up in baseball and should find their way onto your roster:

Rick Ankiel, OF (STL): If you thought Ankiel was the heart-warming story that sparked the St. Louis Cardinals resurgence in the National League Central, you are partially right. His return makes a good plot for a Disney movie, but it has been his big bat in the lineup that has reignited St. Louis. He has nine home runs, 29 runs batted in and is hitting .358 in 23 games this season. If you project his numbers over 370 at-bats, which is how many teammate Chris Duncan has this season, he would have 41 home runs and 132 RBIs.

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Adam Wainwright, P (STL): Sticking with the Red Birds, Wainwright, the Cards' bullpen sensation in the 2006 postseason, has been fantastic since the All-Star break and should be on more than 48 percent of rosters, which is the percentage of ESPN.com fantasy leagues that he is owned in. He is 6-2 since the break with an ERA of 2.43. He has 57 strikeouts and only 19 walks in his 66 2/3 innings pitched, which ranks him among some of the best fantasy starters in baseball right now.

Garret Anderson, OF (LAA): Anderson is chilling on waiver wires, mostly because the general perception is that he is past his prime. In fantasy, disregard gossip and stick to facts. His 10-RBI game was a good sign to pick him up and his nine-game RBI streak (with six home runs in that span) is a definite green light. He has 34 RBIs in his last 20 games.

Alex Gordon, 3B (KC): Gordon, who was drafted high in many drafts, had been a chump for most of the season but has turned it around. He batted .173 in April and .195 in May, which landed him a pink slip from most fantasy owners. But he has 40 runs, 21 doubles, three triples, eight home runs (three in September) and 10 stolen bases since. That's quality production across a number of categories. Since he's a rookie, he should be poised for a strong finish.

Scott Baker, P (MIN): Another player who had an awesome outing in real life is still being neglected in fantasy. Baker, who had a perfect game going into the ninth inning on Aug. 31, is a guy worth keeping your eye on. He did get touched up for 11 hits and three earned runs in his last start, but was stellar in August. Baker posted a 3-2 record with an ERA of 2.59 in August, striking out 26 batters in 41 2/3 innings pitched and holding opposing batters to a .272 average. Although the potential is here, the Twins are tailing off down the stretch, which is why you should take a wait-and-see approach with Baker.

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