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Weekly Rundown: Flight of the Conchords would never sing the praises of Trent Oeltjen

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Known as the Sacagawea of fantasy primers, the Weekly Rundown guides head-to-head owners through a forest of obscure stats and exploitable matchups in an attempt to help solve lineup conundrums. While reading, keep in mind matchups are subject to change due to managerial moves, unforeseen injuries and Mother Nature's influences.

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LEADING OFF

With the fantasy season racing toward its climax, owners who've struggled with minimally productive brand names (i.e. Magglio Ordonez(notes)) need to be more conscious about widely available, unheralded options.

Why?

They just might propel your team into the upper ranks.

Arizona's Aussie-rific outfielder Trent Oeltjen(notes) is one such catalyst.

The 26-year-old, who wasn't even considered a top-30 prospect in the D-Backs system preseason per Baseball America, has quietly excelled since being promoted from Triple-A Reno on August 6th. Filling in for sidelined superstar Justin Upton(notes), he's cracked 13 hits in his first 33 at-bats – only the fifth player since 1961 to accomplish that feat – with three homers, three RBIs, six runs and two steals. His searing start and Hugh Jackman-like charm have drawn the attention of many an eligible bachelorette and stats-thirsty fantasy fan. But as former minor league roomie and current teammate Max Scherzer(notes) suggests enticing him with a Bloomin' Onion would be an insulting move:

"He doesn't like ‘Outback.' It's not authentic."

After Oeltjen finished a homer shy of the cycle against the Mets on August 11, Mad Max also added:

"He plays the game the right way. He plays it hard. He is always hustling. He always takes the extra base. Right now, he's on fire."

An across-the-board threat, the gritty outfielder accumulated a cornucopia of numbers in the minors earlier this season. In 414 at-bats with the Aces, he totaled a .300 BA with 10 homers, 61 RBIs and 19 SB. He also notched a commendable .358 OBP. Though his 95:29 K:BB split (22.9 K%, 7.0 BB%) is somewhat concerning, the hunger and drive he's exhibited thus far shouldn't be ignored.

Until Upton is activated in approximately 7-10 days, the lefty-swinger is expected to log occasional at-bats in the numbers friendly 1-2 spots. If he continues to scorch, it's also possible he could receive extensive action in center or right even when Upton returns.

With road matchups in hitter happy Philadelphia and Houston this week, the 13-percent owned Aussie might just provide championship-minded owners in deeper leagues with a little "Thunder from Down Under."

Fearless Forecast (rest of season): 83 at-bats, .275 BA, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 14 R, 4 SB

DOUBLE DIPPERS

For stream conscious owners who want to push the innings-pitched envelope this is the list for you. Run support, ballpark factors, historical and recent trends, opposing offenses, opposing SPs, managerial tendencies and meteorological influences are painstakingly taken into account to give you the top double dippers of each week.

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Other AL Double Dippers: Brian Bannister(notes), KC (at ChW, Min), Vin Mazzaro(notes), Oak (NYY, Det), Trevor Bell(notes), LAA (at Cle, at Tor), Jason Berken(notes), Bal (at TB, at ChW)

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Other NL Double Dippers: Kevin Correia(notes), SD (ChC, StL), Livan Hernandez(notes), NYM (SF, Phi), Carlos Villanueva(notes), Mil (at Pit, at Was), Mitchell Boggs(notes), StL (at LAD, at SD), Joe Martinez(notes), SF (at NYM, at Col), Homer Bailey(notes), Cin (SF, at Pit), Kevin Hart(notes), Pit (Mil, Cin), Jeff Weaver(notes), LAD (StL, ChC), Craig Stammen(notes), Was (Col, Mil), Cesar Carrillo(notes), SD (ChC, StL)

FEAST OR FAMINE?

Torn between two stat-similar infielders this week? Use the pitching and hitting staff sorters below to help you decide whether or not Adam LaRoche or Rick Porcello is fantasy feast or famine. Stats are for games played through August 13:

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