MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - August 24

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Players of the night


Ryan Dempster - Cubs
@ Dodgers
7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K

The season may be over for the Cubbies, but this is the stretch run for fantasy owners. I'm not sure if any team in contention is actually starting Dempster- at least in mixed leagues - but he turned in a gem yesterday.

Dempster has fallen from a breakout fantasy star a year ago to a rather average NL pitcher. It appears '08 was an aberration.

While Dempster is still striking out a respectable number per nine, his ERA is very average and his 1.4 WHIP is nothing special either.

More, after the jump...


OF Jack Cust - A's
Vs. Tigers
3-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB

For those that love sabermetrics and Adam Dunn and wish someone would just fire Joe Morgan already, Jack Cust is a national treasure. Low batting average, tons of strikeouts, lots of power, an enormous OBP.

Cust's value as a fantasy player comes down to how your league is scored. It didn't matter yesterday though, as the numbers above translate in any league.

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