Chris Gingrich

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Chris Gingrich

Fantasy Fix: Baseball and football tips wrapped into 1


— In this week's installment, I would like to talk about the Atlanta Braves call-up of pitching phenom Tommy Hanson, a Yahoo! Fantasy Football mock draft I participated in and who is tearing up the waiver wire in fantasy baseball this week.

First thing is first, though.

The uber pitching prospect, Tommy Hanson, was called up from the minors last week and debuted Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Although his debut was nothing to write home about, he did show why he belongs in the majors.

The stat line doesn't show that he was perfect through three innings and struck out the side in the second inning.

None of the batters he faced could touch his breaking ball or even come close. He finished his major league debut with six innings pitched, six hits, six earned runs, a walk and five strikeouts.

Hanson will no doubt do better than this in the future, and if he's available in your league you will not regret adding him.

Yahoo opened up Fantasy Football 2009 last week, and I was able to participate in several mock drafts.

I drafted in a 10-team league with standard scoring for each one of my teams because I feel it offers more of a realistic draft than the eight team or 12 team league.

I was drafting from the third spot this turn and these are my first three picks:

• Matt Forte, running back, Chicago Bears: I feel that people are totally underestimating the Bears right now.

With Jay Cutler and the wide receivers of the Bears garnering a lot of attention from defenses, I think that Forte will be able to take a slight advantage from the backfield this year and gain more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage and a few more touchdowns.

• Randy Moss, wide receiver, New England Patriots: If Tom Brady can stay healthy and not reinjure himself, Moss is bound to have another great season.

Although you can count on Moss to get his targets, catches and touchdowns, I think his numbers will look a lot better than last year's by far. I'm looking for Moss to accumulate about 1,300 yards receiving and 15 to 18 touchdowns, if Brady stays healthy. I think he's worth a second-round pick.

• Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots: I know I took a huge gamble with this pick, but without risk there is no reward.

I'm not expecting Brady to put up 2007 numbers, but 30 touchdowns and 4,500 yards passing isn't too much to ask is it?

And now back to baseball, here are some players who have been tearing up waiver wires this past week: Lyle Overbay, 7 percent owned; Aaron Rowand, 24 percent owned; Laynce Nix, 3 percent owned; Clint Barmes, 33 percent owned; and Jason Jaramillo, 1 percent owned.

Next week, I'll take a look at the upcoming NBA draft and how it will impact fantasy basketball this fall.

Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Christopher Gingrich can be reached at


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