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.