If You're Hardcore: A look toward 2008 and beyond

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, this is column is for you: real-world pickups for deep AL- or NL-only leagues.

It's the final "If You're Hardcore" of the year, sadly, and with only a week or so to go in the baseball season, the focus of this final edition will shift away from players who can help you in what little remains in 2007 and onto September call-ups who might make good keeper prospects for 2008 and beyond.