Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
It's fantasy playoff time in most baseball leagues and there is no room for sentimentality. Big contract or well-known doesn't mean a thing at this time of year - only production. Start the guys who are the hottest and sit/cut those who aren't performing up to expectations.
Carlos Pena, Chicago Cubs - Pena should reach the 30-HR mark for the fourth time in five years, but the way he gets there is very frustrating. He along with Jay Bruce and Nick Swisher are the ultimate in streaky. Currently, Pena is in "on" mode, batting .323 with four homers, nine RBI and an OPS of 1.424 over the past two weeks. The two weeks previous to this he batted just .200 with one home run and a single RBI.
Ian Kinsler, Texas - Kinsler has turned into a low-average, high-power guy, similar to Pena this year (.253, 28 HR, 72 RBI). At least Kinsler is predictable. His home/road splits are gigantic, to the point where you should be sitting him away from Arlington. He's batting .300 with an OPS of 0.934 in Texas and .205 with an OPS of 0.712 on the road. The Rangers have been at home for his last four games and Kinsler has batted 8-for-17 in that span.
B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay - Upton's OPS has hovered around the 0.700 mark for most of the season as he disappoints fantasy owners once again. His September, however, is what we have been waiting for all season. He's batting .366 with an OPS of 1.128 through the month's first 11 games. Every year fantasy owners expect him to turn his vast potential in production and every year we are let down as he only gives us small glimpses. When will we learn not to draft him so high?
Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay - Overall, Jennings is having a fine season since being called up on July 23rd. However, since going 4-for-5 against Toronto on August 28th, Jennings has "lost his swing" batting just .145 with one homer, three RBI and an OPS of 0.458. He's still a keeper as he's owns that rare combination of speed and power. Next year when he earns 500+ at-bats, he'll post 25+ homers and 40+ stolen bases. Carl who?
Shane Victorino, Philadelphia - As an end-of-the-fifth-round pick, Victorino may have been selected a bit too soon, but his production is across the board with 16 HR, 19 SB and an OPS of 0.876. He's struggling right now, at the worst time for fantasy owners, the playoffs, batting just .182 for the month of September with an OPS of 0.541.
Nick Swisher, New York Yankees - Swisher's season-long numbers (.261, 22 HR, 80 RBI, 0.827 OPS) are just a tiny bit below what we've come to expect from him since he put on the pinstripes (.267, 27 HR, 84 RBI, 0.856 OPS), but his September swoon couldn't have come at a worse time for fantasy owners. For the month he's batting just .147 with a single homer, three RBI and an OPS of 0.502.