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Bits: Brett Jackson an intriguing option

8/6/2012

Chicago Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson singled twice and scored a run in his big league debut Sunday. Jackson, called up from Triple-A Iowa earlier in the day, was hitting .256 with a ton of strikeouts but also 15 home runs and 27 stolen bases. He should play regularly and is worth an addition in deep leagues. Expect modest power and steals, but his contact rate limits his batting average upside.

Texas Rangers struggling infielder Michael Young singled, doubled and knocked in a run Sunday, but fantasy owners will likely be more interested in the fact he played his 10th game of the season at second base, adding key eligibility in ESPN formats. Young is dealing with the worst season of his 13-year career, but his paltry offensive statistics aren't so paltry at middle infield. He's owned in 91.9 percent of ESPN leagues and is worth holding on to.

Oakland Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone seemed a wise play this past week with a pair of home starts pending; his season ERA at home was 0.90. Now it's 2.13 after a second consecutive shellacking Sunday. Milone allowed six runs in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday. With 17 runs (16 earned) allowed over three starts, the magic is wearing off, and fantasy owners should look elsewhere.

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Chris Johnson homered Sunday, his third to go wth 10 RBIs in six games since being acquired from the Houston Astros. Johnson rarely walks and his .285 batting average should slip, but he's also likely to continue producing runs with his new team. Johnson is one of ESPN's most-added players and should be while he's showing off.

Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings Sunday, striking out six. Medlen made two starts this past week and permitted one run in each, likely solidifying his rotation spot while Tommy Hanson is out. Medlen is worth a look in standard leagues.

Washington Nationals right-hander Drew Storen saved Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, his first of the year. Storen, who saved 43 games in 2011 but missed much of this season with elbow woes, hasn't allowed a run in his past seven appearances, while incumbent closer Tyler Clippard has struggled a bit lately. Clippard, who had pitched three consecutive days, should get the next save, but Storen is certainly lurking.