I'm currently participating in a 12-team mixed league with 11 members of Hardcore Country.
The scoring system is 5x5 roto with one DL spot. Each week I'll list my rosters, the moves I made and a brief update on what I'm thinking with some of the players.
Currently, I'm in sixth place.
1. Added: Ryan Spilborghs, OF (COL)
The Colorado Rockies lost Brad Hawpe and Matt Holliday to injuries, which opened up a spot for Ryan Spilborghs. Spilborghs stepped into the lineup and started tearing it up and I was quickly on him. I'm always looking for hot Rockies or Texas Rangers to get into my lineup because of the hitter's ballparks.
1. Dropped: Jose Guillen, OF (KC)
An outstanding stretch of play ended with Jose Guillen unleashing a profanity-laced tirade on the radio. The fact of the matter is that he's just cooled off, along with the rest of his team. He's 10 for his last 39 entering Thursday with one home run and three RBIs in that span.
2. Added Randy Winn, OF (SF)
Randy Winn has been the most valuable outfielder in my fantasy league over the last month. Over that span he's batting .333 with five home runs, 11 RBIs, 24 runs and four stolen bases. Those are phenomenal numbers, but I have virtually no faith in him to keep this up long term. I'll ride it out, though.
2. Dropped: Ryan Spilborghs, OF (COL)
Spilborghs is only getting some moderate playing time while Holliday is taking a brief siesta on the DL, which means Spilborghs' value is short term. I dropped Spilborghs when he left a game late with a knee injury. I just figured it would keep him out a few games and essentially diminish his value. But admittedly, that may have been a mistake. He is hitting .354 with three home runs and six RBIs during the Rockies current road trip (10 games).
3. Added: Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B, SS, 3B, OF (CIN)
Jerry Hairston Jr. was an interesting pickup for two reasons: the Cincinnati Reds don't really have a lead-off hitter and Hairston is batting in front of Jay Bruce. Hairston's history indicates that his current stretch is just a hot flash, but maybe he's found a home at the top of the Reds order and some confidence can go a long way. Over the last month, he has 15 runs, nine stolen bases and eight runs while batting .313. He's also fairly versatile, which will allow you to plug him in at several places.
3. Dropped: Dan Wheeler, RP (TB)
I was very excited about adding Dan Wheeler when Troy Percival hit the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but the move just hasn't panned out for me. Percival's injury is not serious and furthermore, the Rays are struggling, which will limit Wheeler's save opportunities. And I had been playing without a shortstop since Wheeler's potential was worth the risk of going without a shortstop until Rafael Furcal returned from the disabled list.
4. Added: David Murphy, OF (TEX)
I was foaming at the mouth when David Murphy hit the waiver wire in my league. I'm not exactly sure why, or how, but I'll take him. He's hitting .319 with four home runs, 21 RBIs, 18 runs and two stolen bases - what else could you want from a waiver-wire pickup? Being a young prospect, I have confidence that he can keep this up - relatively speaking - and be a solid swing outfielder on my team.
4. Dropped: Dioner Navarro, C (TB)
Jorge Posada is back off of the disabled list, which makes Dioner Navarro expendable. He's still hitting for a solid average, but the Rays are struggling and look like they are about to start a real slump.
C - Jorge Posada (NYY)
1B - Albert Pujols (STL)
2B - Dustin Pedroia (BOS) - Only seven hits in his last 49 at-bats entering Thursday
3B - Alex Gordon (KC)
SS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (CIN)
OF - Curtis Granderson (DET)
OF - Randy Winn (SF)
OF - Milton Bradley (TEX)
UTIL - Conor Jackson (ARI)
BN - Carl Crawford (TB) - I do start him, but his knee problems are more serious that everyone is letting on; I considered trading him
BN - David Murphy (TEX)
DL - Rafael Furcal (LAD)
SP - Erik Bedard (SEA)
SP - Matt Garza (TB)
RP - Francisco Cordero (CIN)
P - Jose Valverde (HOU)
P - Dan Haren (ARZ)
P - Ervin Santana (LAA)
BN - Brett Myers (PHI)
BN - Joe Borowski (CLE)
BN - Matt Cain (SF) - 0-1, 16 ER, 6 HR over last four starts (25 IP)
BN - Justin Duchscherer (OAK)