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.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland - The Indians brought Jimenez in to help them win the division, but he didn't start pitching until they were out of the race. Over his last three starts, Jimenez is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 1.086. It won't help Cleveland, but it might help get you a fantasy championship.
Anibal Sanchez, Florida - Sanchez in only 1-1 in his last three starts, but he's got an ERA of 0.86 and a WHIP of 0.857. He's only owned in 67% of all leagues and that kind of pitching could be very useful.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles - Kershaw leads the league with an ERA of 2.30 and 236 strikeouts. He's making his argument for the NL Cy Young Award by going 6-1 in his last seven starts with an ERA of 0.71 and a WHIP of 0.804. He's sold me.
Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox - Buehrle's numbers are decent enough overall, but he's been simply horrible in September. He's lost three straight, has an ERA of 11.74 and a WHIP of 2.54. He shouldn't be anywhere near your starting lineup as he's apparently already on his off-season vacation.
Derek Lowe, Atlanta - Just when the playoff-hungry Braves needed veteran leadership on the mound, Lowe has faltered. In three September starts he's 0-3 with an astronomical ERA of 10.13 and an even worse WHIP of 2.475.
Brad Penny, Detroit - Penny may have a 1-0 record in September, but it comes with an ERA of 5.06, a WHIP of 1.875 and just six strikeouts in 16 innings. He shouldn't be on your roster and he shouldn't be in the Tigers regular rotation.