September watch list: Good and bad 

August, 30, 2012
8/30/12
4:27
PM ET


Ah, September. It's a wondrous time when way too many fantasy baseball owners turn their attention to fantasy football because they couldn't overcome the performance of underachievers such as Justin Upton, Tim Lincecum and Eric Hosmer, or get past injuries to Matt Kemp, Troy Tulowitzki and Roy Halladay. However, there are plenty of fantasy baseball owners contending for league championships, and it's all going to come down to the season's final month. That's why we're here. To recommend you go running back in Round 1.

OK, seriously, thanks to indispensable Tom McKean from ESPN Stats & Information and the fine statistical providers from Elias Sports Bureau, we have information on the best and worst performers in baseball the past three Septembers. While I do not believe that hitting or pitching in September is a particular skill, certainly we can glean useful analysis from those with excellent or poor numbers, and presume the trends will continue, or not. Perhaps a few of these guys are sitting out there on free agency in your league or trades are still possible.