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Time to take risks

Time is running out and trade deadlines are looming in most fantasy leagues. It's time to be aggressive. One of the reasons why trades are difficult to pull off is owners try to get equal value or get the better end of the trade.

At this time of the season, that shouldn't be the goal. Go out and take a risk, especially if you're not near the top of the standings and are trying to make one last push. It's all about the categories at this point.

Most people would say a Miguel Cabrera for Michael Bourn trade is clearly in favor of the Cabrera owner. In a vacuum, that seems true, but if the Cabrera owner is near the top in power and RBIs and in dire need of stolen bases to move up a few points in the category, then the trade makes sense.

Here are some players making headlines.

Jason Bourgeois (Astros, OF): Bourgeois was on the precipice of getting consistent playing time early in the season, stealing seven bases in six games from April 30-May 6. Then he landed on the disabled list, returned and hit the DL again. With the Astros trading Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn, Bourgeois will get a lot of time. He is batting .346 in 136 at-bats with 22 steals in 27 attempts.

Dee Gordon (Dodgers, SS): He struggled in 22 games with Los Angeles earlier this season, but he's extremely fast and will provide steals. He had 30 steals in 34 attempts at Triple-A and has 10 in 13 tries with the Dodgers.

Brett Cecil (Blue Jays, SP): Cecil has made a change in his windup and it's working. Since July, Cecil is 3-1 with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 43 innings, and has allowed 12 earned runs.

Derek Holland (Rangers, SP): Holland has three shutouts in his last five starts. He went 4-1 in July with a 2.77 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and a 29/9 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. He's scheduled to face the anemic Mariners offense Wednesday.

Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks, 1B): Goldschmidt, a 23-year-old prospect, crushed Double-A pitching this season with a .306 average, 30 home runs and 94 RBIs. Just keep in mind he skipped Triple-A and first base is deep. Add only in deep mixed leagues.

Brett Lawrie (Blue Jays, 2B): The highly touted prospect is up and will play third base. He batted .353 with 18 home runs, 61 RBIs and 13 steals at Triple-A, but keep in mind it came in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Since he will be eligible at two thin positions, he should be added in most leagues.

Hideki Matsui (Athletics, DH): One of the hottest hitters, batting .478 with three home runs, 19 RBIs, 13 runs and a 1.229 OPS in 69 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Tyler Colvin (Cubs, OF): Colvin hit 20 home runs last season before spending most of this year in the minors. He's getting playing time and has homered twice in four games going into Saturday. He does strike out often and the average might be low, but double-digit homers are possible.

All statistics entering Friday.


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