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Randall Cunningham was an electric QB that could seemingly touch the clouds that he jumped so high. For all the highs and lows in his life, nothing can even come close to what he’s experiencing now. He lost his two-year old son Christian Cunningham in an accidental drowning. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Cunningham family.



Are you hurting in the run category? Here are some reasonably available players that can help you out.


Wilson Valdez, Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies’ injuries in the infield have pressed Valdez into service. Fortunately for the Phils he’s responded. Over the past 15 days Valdez has scored 10 runs while hitting .281 with 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, and 1 SB. On the year he’s hitting .252 with 18 runs, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs, and 2 SBs. Wilson is owned in less than 1 percent of ESPN and CBS leagues.


Kevin Frandsen, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Frandsen scored 10 runs in the past 15 days while hitting .341 with 4 RBIs and a SB. On the year he’s hitting .351 with 19 runs, 9 RBIs, and 1 SB in 94 at bats. Kevin is owned in about 5 percent of ESPN and CBS leagues.


Trevor Crowe, Cleveland Indians
Crowe has 10 runs scored in the past 15 days while hitting .259 with 4 RBIs and 3 SBs. On the year he’s hitting .249 with 23 runs, 1 HR, 18 RBIs, and 10 SBs. Trevor is owned in 0.4 percent of ESPN and 7 percent of CBS leagues.


Cliff Pennington, Oakland A’s
Pennington scored 10 runs over the past 15 days while hitting .447 with 4 RBIs and 3 SBs. On the year he’s hitting .247 with 31 runs, 3 HRs, 23 RBIs, and 11 SBs. Cliff is owned in 10 percent of ESPN and 35 percent of CBS leagues.


Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s
Crisp scored 9 runs in the past 15 days while hitting .435 with 1 HR, 3 RBIs, and 3 SBs. On the year he’s hitting .414 with 9 runs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, and 3 SBs in 29 ABs. Coco is owned in 7 percent of ESPN and 23 percent of CBS leagues.


Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals
Aviles scored 9 runs in the past 15 days while hitting .373 with 6 RBIs and 2 SBs. On the year he’s hitting .322 with 29 runs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, and 2 SBs. Mike is owned in 25 percent of ESPN and 30 percent of CBS leagues.


Julio Borbon, Texas Rangers
Borbon scored 9 runs in the past 15 days while hitting .295 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. On the year he’s hitting .287 with 31 runs, 2 HRs, 23 RBIs, and 8 SBs. He hasn’t stole a base since June 11th, which is alarming but you have to like the .373 average for June.

Here is a pitcher that you can plug into your lineup today.


Tom Gorzelanny, Chicago Cubs

Gorzelanny is back in the rotation thanks to Carlos Zambrano’s latest meltdown. He is 2-5 despite a 3.41 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and .237 BAA. He also has 60 Ks in 58 innings. He’s gets a nice match-up of Pittsburgh in his return as a starter.
Result:  No-decision, 5 IP, 0 Runs, 5 Ks


Yesterday’s Totals:  1-0, 6-2/3 IP, 2 Earned Runs, 2 Ks
Season Totals:  48-42, 751-1/3 IP, 334 Earned Runs (4.00 ERA), 509 Ks


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Here’s a look at the unheralded players who played well yesterday.


Coco Crisp, Oakland A’s
Crisp went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 SBs to raise his average to .414. He’s playing extremely well hitting leadoff for the A’s.


Vin Mazzaro, Oakland A’s
Mazzaro gave up 1 run on 3 hits to improve to 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA.


Alberto Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Gonzalez went 4 for 4 for a run and an RBI. He’s hitting .292. He’s got steady at bats the past three games, but isn’t worth a roster spot.


Wilson Valdez, Philadelphia Phillies
Valdez, filling in at second base for Utley, went 2 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. He’s hitting .252 with 19 RBIs.


Felipe Lopez, St. Louis Cardinals
Lopez went 4 for 5 with 3 runs (22) to raise his average to .265. He has a hit in seven of his last eight games.


Clint  Barmes, Colorado Rockies (pictured)
Barmes, filling in for Tulo at SS, went 2 for 4 with 2 runs, a HR (6) and 4 RBIs (38). He’s hitting just .242, but is 11 for 27 (.407) with 6 runs, 2 HRs, and 7 RBIs during his current seven-game hitting streak.


Wade LeBlanc, San Diego Padres
LeBlanc took the loss despite giving up 3 runs on 2 hits in 6-1/3 innings with 8 Ks. He fell to 4-6 with a 3.25 ERA.


John Ely, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ely gave up 1 run on 5 hits with 5 Ks in 7 innings to improve to 4-5 with a 3.62 ERA. After getting lit up in three successive starts, he has allowed just two earned runs in his past two starts (14 innnings).


Potent Middle Relievers
Jason Frasor, TOR: 1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (31 Ks, 29 IP)
Cristhian Martinez, ATL: 1  IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (10 Ks, 10-2/3 IP)
Jordan Smith, CIN:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (7 Ks, 7-2/3 IP)
Dan Wheeler, TB:  2/3 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (28 Ks, 24-1/3 IP)
Brian Duensing, MIN:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (21 Ks, 33-1/3 IP)
Mike Adams, SD:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (42 Ks, 37 IP)
Dan Runzler, SF:  1 IP, o Runs, 2 Ks (28 Ks, 27-2/3 IP)
Sergio Romo, SF:  1 IP,0 Runs, 2 Ks (30 Ks, 30-2/3 IP)


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The Redskins made a big splash by adding Donovan McNabb in the offseason. After a couple years of actually having some weapons in the passing game, McNabb takes a major step back with Washington’s offering. He always seems to find a way to make it work, so expect the Skins’ offense to improve.


Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:  Moderate
They open up the fantasy playoffs against Tampa Bay at home in Week 14. They then go on the road to face Dallas and Jacksonville.


Five Star Fantasy Options


Four Star Fantasy Options
Donovan McNabb – Normally I would give him a five star rating, but he does have an injury history, and he has the aforementioned drop-off in talent at WR. Perhaps his best options are TEs Chris Cooley and Fred Davis.


Three Star Fantasy Options
Clinton Portis – The Redskins brought in competition in the form of Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. McNabb’s presence should open things up for the ground game. If he can stay healthy, Portis brings the most to the table.


Santana Moss – Moss isn’t the player he once was, but he hasn’t had a QB the caliber of McNabb, perhaps ever. He is notoriously inconsistent, but he should have some big games still left in him. Brian Orakpo should pile up the sacks.


Chris Cooley – The Skins have a good problem having two talented TEs. Mike Shanahan is gifted enough to figure out a way to get both Cooley and Davis involved in the passing game.


Redskins Defense/Special Teams – The Redskins will need Albert Haynesworth to make nice with the team to remain a decent fantasy defense. Highlights include the Rams (Week 3), Lions (Week 8), and the Bucs (Week 14).


Two Star Fantasy Options
Larry Johnson – If Portis were to go down or finally hits the wall from the extensive use in his career, LJ would be the one to step in and carry the load. I think he still has some football left in him. It’s just a matter of how many  opportunities he’ll get.


Devin Thomas – He hasn’t lived up to his expectations yet, but McNabb should help. He is not afraid to rely on young receivers. Thomas has good size (6’2″, 215) and speed. He just has to put it all together.


Fred Davis – Davis stepped in when Cooley went down and ran with his opportunity. He had 41 catches for 464 yards and 6 TDs in the Skins last ten games. The Skins can’t ignore that kind of production, especially with a sub par receiving corps.


One Star Fantasy Options
Willie Parker – If he can stay healthy, he should be able to produce in spots for the Skins. That won’t help your fantasy team go. Unless he can earn the #2 RB gig, he’s not a viable fantasy option.


Malcom Kelly – Kelly is a 6’4″ receiver that has failed to score a TD in 21 games. That should change with McNabb, but don’t expect him to transform into a stud.


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Cedric Benson is in trouble again. It’s been a fairly quiet offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals, but it’s not surprising that one of their players got in trouble.


It’s been a couple of years since Benson last got in trouble, which led to his dismissal in Chicago. Fortunately for Benson, Cincinnati almost welcomes this sort of behavior with open arms.


According to the Austin American Statesmen, Benson was arrested this morning and charged with assault after punching an employee of Annie’s West bar on May 30th. According to the report he struck the employee after being refused re-entry after he was thrown out of the bar. He also spit blood at an employee. Classy.


He almost certainly will see a suspension for this incident given his prior history. He was a good bet for RB1 status, but that is in question now. As Forrest Gump so eloquently said, “stupid is as stupid does”.


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Here is a pitcher that you can plug into your lineup today.


Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox
So he’s 2-7 with a 4.80 ERA.  He has a decent 1.37 WHIP and 80 Ks in 90 innings (8 K/9). He’s also given up just 3 runs in his last four starts (29 innings) for a 0.93 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP. He’s facing the Royals on the road where he has a 4.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and .250 BAA (compared to 4.98, 1.49, and .277 at home).
Result:  Win, 6-2/3 IP, 2 Earned Runs, 2 Ks


Yesterday’s Totals:  ND, 5 IP, 4 Runs, 7 Ks
Season Totals:  48-42, 746-1/3 IP, 334 Earned Runs (4.03 ERA), 504 Ks


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