Hard-core AL end-game pickups

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 hard-core, then this column is for you: real-world pickups and sleepers for deep AL- or NL-only leagues.

Our second preseason column offers up real-world sleepers: A baker's dozen to target late in junior circuit drafts. Check in next week for some tips on how to troll for your own hard-core pickups, then each week throughout the season for the lowdown on players who have a real shot at not already being claimed.