If You're Hardcore: Shelley Duncan and more


Are you tired of columns telling you that the smart "pickups" each week are players who are already owned in your league and more often than not sold for real money at auction? If you're hardcore, then this column is for you: real-world pickups for deep AL- or NL-only leagues.


Shelley Duncan, 1B, NYY: Since Duncan's recall a week ago, Chris Duncan's older brother has only five hits in 20 at-bats, but three of those hits have left the yard! He truly does have tremendous raw power, but that's his only skill. Duncan has a long swing that leads to a lot of strikeouts, and his plate discipline is not good either. In a full season against major league pitching, Duncan would probably hit 25 home runs, but might struggle to keep his average much higher than .200. He doesn't profile as a major league regular, but a timely hot streak could earn him playing time over Andy Phillips and give him some short-term value. Duncan is really not a prospect, and is not recommended in keeper leagues. He's worth a bid for 2007 if you need home runs and can afford the dip in batting average.