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.