Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
It's the final week of the fantasy playoffs and with the championship on the line there is no room for error. Big contract or well-known doesn't mean a thing at this time of year - only production. Start the guys who are the best and sit/cut those who aren't performing up to expectations.
Doug Fister, Detroit - It's amazing what a little run support will do for the win/loss total and a pitcher's psyche. With the "pop-gun" lineup in Seattle, Fister was 3-12 with an ERA of 3.33 and a WHIP of 1.171. Traded to Detroit at the deadline, Fister has posted an 8-1 record with an ERA of 1.79 and a WHIP of 0.839. It's nice to know that if you make a mistake, Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez can help you recover. Fister has seen his SSRD360 rating improve from 5.089 (No.69 in the AL) to 3.778 (No.25 in AL) just since the All-Star break.
Javier Vazquez, Florida - It's official, Vazquez is hot! He's won five straight games since August 30th and given up one earned run in 36.0 innings. His ERA over that span is 0.25 and his WHIP is a tidy 0.639. Despite the streak, he's still owned in only about 2/3 of all leagues.
Brett Myers, Houston - Myers hasn't given up more than one earned run in his last six appearances (five starts) and has won his last four games. His ERA during that time is 1.41 and his WHIP is a stunning 0.807. He's only owned in half of all leagues after getting off to a slow start this season.
Anthony Vasquez, Seattle - This Vasquez is having a tough time in 2011. He's made six starts since coming up on August 23rd and has given up five-or-more runs in four of them including the last two. He's got an ERA of 8.89 and a WHIP of 1.902. Enough said.
Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox - Buehrle was an innings-eater for his manager, the recently dismissed Ozzie Guillen, but his fantasy value is limited by a high WHIP (1.311) and a mediocre strikeout total (103 in 198.1 IP). He does have a winning record (12-9) and a solid ERA (3.72), but down the stretch he has tired and it shows in his numbers. His September statistics reveal a 1-3 record, an ERA of 9.28 and a WHIP of 2.109.
Derek Lowe, Atlanta - He leads the NL is losses with 16, has an ERA of 4.92 and an ugly WHIP of 1.508. Those numbers alone should get you to look elsewhere, but his recent four-game losing streak should be the final touch.