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The Daily Duel: Hangin' With Mr. Cooper

Kevin Payne

Kevin Payne

Kevin has worked for Rotowire just under a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. He hosts the RotoWire SiriusXM show every Wednesday and Friday and you can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.

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Newbies

Here is a combination of players coming off the DL or being called up from the minors who have made an impact or are looking to make an impact. Keep in mind some of these players are mentioned just as a reminder that theyre available; they might be undervalued or valued appropriately.

Eric Young Jr., 2B, COL, $3200 With the Rockies struggling to find a leadoff hitter, manager Jim Tracy has decided to use Young in that spot over the last 10 games hes started. Hes been hot during that span with nine multi-hit games while hitting a blistering .489. Before you point to Coors Field, six of those 10 starts have come in San Francisco and Los Angeles. With Todd Helton out for the season, look for Michael Cuddyer to man first base while Young sticks in the outfield.

DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL, $2900 Since getting the starting second base job handed to him, LeMahieu has raked at the plate. A current streak of 11-for-17 at the dish over five games brought his season average up to .302. While LeMahieu projects more of a high batting average type of player, not a lot of power or speed is expected from him. At 23, its possible that he still fills out and is able to show some power, especially at Coors Field.

Brandon Belt, 1B, SF, $3200 I know Belt isnt exactly new to the team or the starting lineup, but hes all but assured everyday playing time with the suspension to Melky Cabrera. Belt has been on fire since the calendar turned to August, sporting a 1.192 OPS in 12 games. He wont have to check the lineup card every day now and his recent hot streak should give him the confidence to continue being productive.

Fernando Martinez, OF, HOU, $2400 Martinez originally signed with the Mets as a 16-year-old, which is why it seems like hes been around so long even though hes only 23. With the J.D. Martinez experiment not working out, the Astros will likely give Fernando a long look over the final third of the season. He smacked a three-run home run Tuesday and has shown better pop this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City (13 home runs in 341 at-bats). The 13:0 K:BB rate with the Astros is a bit concerning, although its likely a result of adjusting to big league pitching. Hes worth a look if he has a good matchup considering his price tag.

David Cooper, 1B, TOR, $2900 Its been a couple of weeks now since Cooper has been a regular in the Toronto lineup and hes an intriguing player considering a few facts. First, hes hit .306 in August and has homered in both Oakland and Tampa Bay, two pitchers parks. Finally, hes been hitting cleanup behind Edwin Encarnacion (.388 OBP) and Rajai Davis (.345 OBP in August), which is a nice spot to hit in.

Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA, $2800 Id be crazy to recommend Smoak at this point considering the lack of production both with the Mariners and at Triple-A Tacoma. However, hes going to get playing time with Mike Carp on the DL and he still has a solid pedigree. Right now, hes just a guy to keep tabs on in case he catches lightning in a bottle.

DeWayne Wise, OF, CHI, $2800 Including minor league teams, the list is a mile long as to how many different teams Wise has found himself on. After starting in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, Wise spent some time with the Yankees before being claimed by the White Sox and sent to Triple-A Charlotte. Wise has been recalled with Paul Konerko hitting the 7-day DL and should see some starts in the outfield with Adam Dunn playing first base. Wise has hit safely in his first three games with the White Sox, including a home run Wednesday night.

Streaking

Here are some everyday players who are on a tear as of late. All of these stats will be shown as what theyve done over the last seven games. Its nice to use a player while theyre in the middle of a hot streak, just remember it wont last forever.

Garrett Jones, 1B, PIT, $3800 Jones has seen his price get inflated to the highest of the season after what hes done at the plate recently. Over his last seven games, hes hit .417 with a homer, a triple, three doubles and five RBI. Itll likely be tougher sledding for him in St. Louis and he doesnt hit lefties well (.572 OPS). If you believe he can keep producing at a high level at the plate, hes your man.

Michael Bourn, OF, ATL, $3900 Bourn has been a little disappointing this season considering he stole 61 bases last season and only has 31 right now. Of course some of that has been made up for in the power department as his nine home runs are a career-best right now over the five he had back in 2008. Bourn has been especially good over his last seven games, hitting with a similar line to Jones. Hes batted .417 with a home run, a triple, two doubles and five RBI during that span.

Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY, $3600 Chavez has been an excellent fill-in player for the Yankees, spelling his teammates by playing three or four games a week in a super-utility role. Once considered a great prospect in the Oakland system, Chavez has taken advantage of hitting in the Yankees potent lineup. Chavez sports a .909 OPS for the season and has gone 6-for-12 over his last seven games with two home runs. His numbers are slightly better at home and significantly better against right-handed pitching.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS, $3700 While the Red Sox have been mired in controversy over the last week involving manager Bobby Valentine, Pedroia has quietly picked up the pace at the plate. Hes currently riding a 10-game hit streak and has batted .478 over his last seven games. A trip to Yankee Stadium this weekend should be more than enough motivation, and hitting in that park wont hurt either.

The Elite 100

The Elite 100 is FanDuel's newest tournament, with $100,000 in prizes.

This $100,000 fantasy MLB tournament is limited to just 100 players: time to prove youre an elite FanDueler! Heres everything you need to know about this huge event:

- $100,000 prize pool! You read that right, the Elite 100 will pay out a total of $100,000 in the 100 seat final This is the biggest fantasy baseball tournament remaining in 2012.

- Qualify via satellites as low as $2 or buy in for $1,070 directly.

- Well be running satellite qualifiers starting at $2 and going up to $285. Win one of these satellites, and a seat in the $1,070 final is yours! This is your chance to win a seat in our biggest remaining MLB tournament of the year for as low as $2.

- You'll also be able to buy into the Elite 100 directly for $1,070. This option will be available after we have finished running satellite qualifiers.

- Capped at 100 players only. If you prefer smaller fields, this is the tournament for you. You wont have to fight your way through thousands of other players just the elite.

- Final will run online on August 31st.

The Elite 100 is the biggest fantasy baseball event you can enter today. 100 players fighting for their share of $100,000. Time to prove youre Elite!