Manny Ramirez undervalued right now 

July, 15, 2010
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez is scheduled to return from the disabled list for Thursday's game in St. Louis, and while it seems like many fantasy owners are skeptical about the future Hall of Famer really helping their teams down the stretch, I say it all depends on what you're asking from him.

If you want the former-MVP version who regularly hit close to 40 home runs and knocked in 120 runs, that's not this Manny. However, he still has a .322 batting average, eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 59 games this season. That's not bad.

Manny Ramirez
AP Photo/Jeff ChiuManny Ramirez has been out since June 29, when he injured his hamstring on an awkward slide.
As such, Ramirez seems undervalued to me. Colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft ranked him as the No. 100 hitter in this week's Hit Parade, and in the second-half staff rankings, Ramirez checked in at No. 131 overall, a drop of 40 points from our May rankings. What really changed with him since May? He's still hitting, and a short (minimum-day) DL stint shouldn't affect his value so much. I ranked Ramirez at No. 108, the best on the staff.

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