If You're Hardcore: Upton leads the way


Are you tired of columns telling you that the smart "pickups" each week are players who already are 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.


Chris Roberson, OF, Phillies: Roberson spent a few months last season as the Phillies' fifth outfielder, but delivered only a .195 average in 57 at-bats. Now he's back, and in the wake of the injuries to Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn should see a fair bit of playing time. Roberson is a gifted defender with very good speed. Unfortunately, he's only a career .278/.347/.388 hitter in the minors. He offers little power and doesn't draw many walks. In short, Roberson is a typical fifth outfielder. He has no upside beyond that, but a well-timed hot streak could make him an asset for the remainder of the year and he should be a valuable source of steals as long as he's in the majors in any role. Keeper leaguers look elsewhere, but those in need of steals should bid aggressively.