My fantasy lineup -- this week's transactions

I'm currently participating in a 12-team mixed league with 11 members of Hardcore Country.

The scoring system is 5x5 roto with one disabled list 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 third place.

1. Added: Paul Maholm, P (PIT)


As I detailed in last week's article, it was just a matter of time until I dropped Billy Butler and added someone else. At the time, I was eyeing Paul Maholm. So essentially after writing this entry last week, I convinced myself to make the move as soon as I submitted.

Maholm's first start: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Thanks buddy.

1. Dropped: Billy Butler, 1B/OF (KC)

Butler has actually been doing pretty well this month. He's hitting .458 in August with five runs and six RBIs. Isn't this the way it always is? I'll stick with my original instinct and keep Maholm.

2. Added: David Murphy, OF (TEX)

This move was short-lived. Murphy has one home runs seven RBIs and three runs in only 20 at-bats in August, which is why I added him. But he injured his knee on Tuesday and is now on the 15-day disabled list. Au revoir.

2. Dropped: Rafael Furcal, SS (LAD)

Rafael Furcal looked like an absolute stud to start the season, but back problems have rendered him useless in all fantasy leagues. In a head-to-head league, I might hold on to him and hope he's back for the playoffs, but in my roto league, I have to cut the dead weight. Moving him allows me to put Erik Bedard on the DL and add another player. Furcal isn't expected to be back before September.

3. Added: Jay Bruce, OF (CIN)

Jay Bruce is starting to heat up and I'm back on the bandwagon. I missed the first ride but I've watched him closely. I've watched him struggle and I think he's ready to have a strong finish. Very quietly, he's pieced together a 10-game hitting streak. He's hitting .361 with four home runs and eight RBIs in that span.

3. Dropped: David Murphy, OF (TEX)

As mentioned above, he's now on the 15-day disabled list.

Current Lineup:

C - Chris Iannetta (COL)

1B - Albert Pujols (STL)

2B - Dustin Pedroia (BOS)

3B - Mike Lowell (BOS)

SS - J.J. Hardy (MIL)

OF - Curtis Granderson (DET)

OF - Carl Crawford (TB)

OF - Brad Hawpe (COL)

UTIL - Jay Bruce (CIN)

BN - Milton Bradley (TEX)

BN - David DeJesus (KC) - DeJesus, Bradley and Crawford all with nagging injuries

SP - Ubaldo Jimenez (COL)

SP - Paul Maholm (PIT)

RP - Francisco Cordero (CIN)

P - Jose Valverde (HOU)

P - Dan Haren (ARZ)

P - Ervin Santana (LAA)

BN - Scott Baker (MIN)

BN - Jonathan Broxton (LAD)

BN - Matt Cain (SF)

BN - Justin Duchscherer (OAK)

DL - Erik Bedard (SEA)

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