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Yahoo! Sports' trio of fantasy experts will each offer up, on a regular basis, a look at their top five lists dealing with a variety of topics.

This week's topics: Forecasting the fantasy futures of select second basemen, outfielders and pitchers, and a dash of pop culture added for good measure.

Rank these 2B-eligible players in terms of fantasy value for the rest of the season: Brian Roberts, Clint Barmes, Chone Figgins, Marcus Giles, Jose Vidro
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Brian Roberts

    Runs and steals galore with his OBP skills and speed

  2. Marcus Giles

    Less lineup protection, but I still won't bet against a 20/20 season

  3. Jose Vidro

    .300 BA is a given – .400 OBP-ers Wilkerson and Johnson set a nice table

  4. Chone Figgins
  5. Clint Barmes
  1. Brian Roberts

    Claims the top spot due to possible 40 SB and new-found pop

  2. Clint Barmes

    Hitting .500 at Coors in first 11 outings

  3. Jose Vidro
  4. Marcus Giles
  5. Chone Figgins

    After slow start, SBs have started to flow

  1. Brian Roberts

    Power numbers will taper off, but should top 100 runs and 30 steals

  2. Chone Figgins

    Angels are running wild with a league-high 24 steals through Wednesday

  3. Clint Barmes
  4. Marcus Giles

    Value hurt by lack of production below him in lineup

  5. Jose Vidro
Rank these outfielders in terms of fantasy value for the rest of the season: Torii Hunter, Milton Bradley, Jason Lane, Vernon Wells, Matt Holliday
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Jason Lane

    The Astros have to be kicking themselves for holding him back so long

  2. Torii Hunter
  3. Vernon Wells

    .222 career April BA; .305 career BA the rest of the way

  4. Milton Bradley
  5. Matt Holliday
  1. Jason Lane

    With Berkman on the mend, just a matter of time before they start scoring some runs

  2. Torii Hunter

    Pop and speed, but would love to see that average rise

  3. Milton Bradley
  4. Vernon Wells
  5. Matt Holliday

    Will find the power stroke, but .194 BA (0 extra-base hits) on the road is disconcerting

  1. Torii Hunter
  2. Jason Lane

    Was a 20/20 guy in minors at one time. Starting to run again

  3. Vernon Wells
  4. Milton Bradley

    Career .300 hitter in April; no better than .281 any other month

  5. Matt Holliday

    .194 road average a concern

Rank these pitchers in terms of fantasy value for the rest of the season: Brett Myers, Jon Garland, John Patterson, Jamie Moyer, Barry Zito
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. John Patterson

    Former top prospect offers valuable Ks even if ERA ultimately dips a bit

  2. Brett Myers

    April, May have always been good to him, but the bottom has fallen out after that

  3. Jamie Moyer

    His hot starts have had a tendency to last

  4. Barry Zito
  5. John Garland
  1. Brett Myers

    Averages a shade over a strikeout per inning and dominant stuff. Wins will follow

  2. John Patterson

    Three earned runs allowed in 27 innings; Big season ahead in the NL East

  3. Jon Garland
  4. Barry Zito

    Generally effective, but has been stung by a big inning time and again

  5. Jamie Moyer
  1. Brett Myers
  2. John Patterson

    Unnoticed: averaged a strikeout per inning in 2004

  3. Jamie Moyer
  4. Jon Garland
  5. Barry Zito

    May turn it around, but will the Oakland offense (.236)?

Top 5 favorite (non-baseball) films of the 1980s
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Breakfast Club

    So many John Hughes movies to choose from – this one best stands the test of time

  2. Raising Arizona
  3. Say Anything

    "The rain on my car is a baptism, the new me, Ice Man, Power Lloyd, my assault on the world begins now"

  4. The Princess Bride
  5. The Karate Kid

    My guilty pleasure pick – honestly, don't we all stop and watch every time it comes on?

  1. Goodfellas

    Although it came out in 1990, I'm saying it is close enough. The restaurant scene that introduces the secondary characters may be the finest piece of celluloid ever

  2. The Princess Bride

    "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line." Classic

  3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  4. Wall Street
  5. Back to School

    A viewing in my late 20s sent me to business school. Also, known as Thornton Melon to my family

  1. Trading Places

    Nice four-year run for Aykroyd (Places, Blues Brothers, Ghostbusers). Then what happened?

  2. Fletch
  3. Caddyshack
  4. Full Metal Jacket

    Best movie of the bunch; just doesn't have an 80s feel to it

  5. Midnight Run

    Narrowly edges out a 10-second clip from Dangerous Liaisons

Top 5 favorite Tom Hanks films
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Forrest Gump

    Call me a sentimental sap, but Gump ranks as, perhaps, my all-time fave

  2. Apollo 13
  3. Sleepless in Seattle

    As a Seattle guy, enjoyed the backdrop more than the love story

  4. Bachelor Party
  5. Splash
  1. Big
  2. A League of Their Own

    Redemption of a man whose career was ruined by performance detracting substances

  3. Sleepless in Seattle
  4. Philadelphia

    Showed his acting chops in this important film

  5. Dragnet

    Pep Streebeck and Joe Friday nudge out Sheriff Woody for the final spot

  1. Saving Private Ryan
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Big
  4. Forrest Gump
  5. Cast Away

Reader response to last week's High Fives
On (last week's) High Fives, Matt called Reuben Droughns a player on the rise. Obviously, Mathew is an idiot who watches only stats and not actual games or situations. Reuben Droughns was, once again, the product of the Denver offensive scheme. He is a below-average RB who will accomplish nothing in Cleveland. It's an absolute joke that he was even mentioned. – Brennan, Eagle River, AK

In regards to the High Fives category on NFL player "factory" colleges: Colorado in the top 5, Mike? You're kidding, right? They had what, two players drafted at all last year? Even Colorado State had three. This year they barely have a pair of two-star ranked players – Colorado State has a three-star in Joel Dreesen. Not only is CU not a top 5 pro prospect producer, they aren't even the best in their own state! – Jeb, Orfordville, WI

I started reading the High Fives column on the NFL draft and stopped reading anything Mike Harmon wrote after I saw he had Adam Jones rated as the second best player in the draft. That killed his credibility right there … a 5-foot 9 corner being a "shut-down" corner? The Titans really reached on that pick. The only highlights they seemed to show of him entailed punt returns and offensive gadget plays, and those kinds of things won't translate well into the NFL. If he stays healthy and is able to adjust to the pro game, he might be a mixture of Allen Rossum and R.W. McQuarters, but that's not the type of franchise player who should be rated the second best player in the draft. – Big Mike, DC

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