High Fives: Using the force

Brandon Funston
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: Gauging the return value of select injured players and a tribute to Star Wars (father-son exploits, baseball personalities as Star Wars characters and the best blockbusters).

Rank these 5 injured players according to expected fantasy impact for the remainder of the season:
Magglio Ordonez, Rocco Baldelli, Barry Bonds, Luis Matos, Craig Wilson
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Rocco Baldelli, TB

    Expected to reward those who drafted him with a June return

  2. Craig Wilson, Pit
  3. Luis Matos, Bal

    He's just a .237 second-half hitter for his career

  4. Magglio Ordonez, Det

    Latest projected return from hernia surgery has him out another 8-12 weeks

  5. Barry Bonds, SF
  1. Rocco Baldelli

    Pop and speed combo for the second-half run, about when Aubrey Huff will start to hit

  2. Luis Matos

    He'll still be able to run once he returns

  3. Craig Wilson
  4. Magglio Ordonez
  5. Barry Bonds
  1. Luis Matos
  2. Rocco Baldelli
  3. Craig Wilson

    Daryle Ward should be plenty cooled off by July

  4. Magglio Ordonez
  5. Barry Bonds

    News keeps getting worse. Will he even have keeper-league value by August?

Rank these 5 injured players according to expected fantasy impact for the remainder of the season:
Scott Rolen, Rich Harden, Kerry Wood, Curt Schilling, Frank Thomas
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Rich Harden, Oak
  2. Scott Rolen, StL

    In previous seasons that he's missed significant time, he's still managed 25-plus HRs

  3. Curt Schilling, Bos
  4. Frank Thomas, ChW

    Power will have to be there because he hasn't hit above .271 in four years

  5. Kerry Wood, ChC

    Unless his mechanics change, arm woes likely to keep popping up

  1. Rich Harden

    Same injury that sidelined former A's ace Tim Hudson for 6 weeks in '04; Won't win a ton, but the rest of the numbers are outstanding.

  2. Frank Thomas
  3. Scott Rolen

    He'll out-hit most 3B despite missing two months.

  4. Curt Schilling
  5. Kerry Wood

    Rumor of move to the bullpen is intriguing, but the Cubs are more worried about when he'll throw again

  1. Rich Harden

    Injury not as serious as the one that sidelined Hudson for six weeks in 2004

  2. Curt Schilling

    Career .625 post-All-Star winning percentage is worth the wait

  3. Scott Rolen
  4. Kerry Wood

    Non-denials from team regarding bullpen move proof that durability is a concern

  5. Frank "Big Skirt" Thomas
Using personalities associated with Major League baseball (past, present), who would you choose to play the following Star Wars characters:
Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Yoda = Yogi Berra
  2. Luke Skywalker = Ichiro

    Has a meditative, Jedi-like approach to the game

  3. Obi-Wan Kenobi = Frank Robinson

    A force as a player and a manager; Revered by his players

  4. Darth Vader = Barry Bonds
  5. Emperor Palpatine = Donald Fehr
  1. Yoda = Yogi Berra

    Similar speech patterns and full of wisdom. Tommy Lasorda might have auditioned based on his prior experience in The Baseball Bunch.

  2. Luke Skywalker = Johnny Damon

    His two HR and six RBIs in Game 7 of the ALCS completed the dramatic comeback equal to that of the Rebel Alliance

  3. Obi-Wan Kenobe = Leo Mazzone

    Teacher and consummate professional who raises star pupils

  4. Darth Vader = Brian Cashman

    Like Vader in the films, he's left to carry out Big Stein's plans

  5. Emperor Palpatine = Donald Fehr

    Hides in the shadows for the most part, but comes forth with authority when the union is threatened

  1. Yoda = Felipe Alou

    Old, wise, wrinkled

  2. Luke Skywalker = Eric Byrnes
  3. Obi-Wan Kenobi = Charlie Hough

    Mysterious powers over a baseball. Now teaching his craft as pitching coach

  4. Darth Vader = Roger Clemens
  5. Emperor Palpatine = George Steinbrenner
Top 5 all-time father-son duos in sports history
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. Bobby and Brett Hull

    Arguably the two greatest left-wingers of all-time

  2. Bobby and Barry Bonds
  3. Calvin and Grant Hill

    Calvin went to 4 Pro Bowls and Grant has gone to 5 All-Star games

  4. Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr.
  5. Ken Norton Sr. and Jr.

    Dad was a heavyweight champ who broke Ali's jaw and Jr. went to 2 Pro Bowls and won 3 consecutive Super Bowls

  1. Bobby and Barry Bonds

    Most HR, RBIs and SB among MLB combos. Bobby hit 332 HR and stole 461 bases and we all know Barry's stats.

  2. Bobby and Brett Hull

    Duo has combined for over 1,300 NHL goals and 1,200 assists with three MVP Awards on the family mantle.

  3. Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr.

    4,300 combined hits, 15 All-Star Appearances, Big Red Machine

  4. Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr.

    91 combined NASCAR wins and huge reasons for the explosion of the sport's popularity

  5. Man O' War and War Admiral

    Only question was who to pair them with in the exacta bet. Dad lost one race in his career, while son had perfect 8-for-8 season (including the Triple Crown) in 1937

  1. Dale and Dale, Jr.

    Both father and son among most dominant in sport at one time. Few others can make the same claim

  2. Bobby and Brett Hull

    Incredible balance: Both topped 1,000 points with five 50-goal seasons.

  3. Bobby and Barry Bonds
  4. Ken and Jr. Griffey

    Hard to fathom back-to-back homers from father and son, but it happened in 1990

  5. Archie and Peyton Manning
Top 5 blockbusters of all time (had to gross $100 million at box office)
Brandon Says: Mike Says: Matt Says:
  1. LOR: Fellowship of the Ring

    It was like watching my imagination come to life. Director Peter Jackson did the books sweet justice.

  2. Star Wars

    Take your pick, A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back (my personal favorite)

  3. Forrest Gump

    Came out the same year as another classic, Pulp Fiction. My sentimental side favors the naive innocence of Gump, but Travolta's triumphant return vehicle isn't far off this list

  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  5. Rocky
  1. Gladiator

    "On my command, unleash hell."

  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Action-adventure film that had it all – Snake pit, chase scenes, the struggle of good and evil and a bullwhip.

  3. Star Wars

    Darth, Solo, Wookie, Greedo and the best bar band ever. My action figures from childhood are missing heads due to lost lightsaber fights

  4. Jaws

    more effective when the shark wasn't shown, its effect on the thriller genre can't be denied. And, Robert Shaw was a genius. "Farewell and adieu ..."

  5. The Godfather

    No CGI or special effects except blood packets and exploding cars. Often imitated, never duplicated

  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  2. Star Wars
  3. Top Gun
  4. Ghostbusters
  5. Saving Private Ryan

Reader response to last week's High Fives
I was disappointed to see only one hockey player on the three "Top 5 fantasy players in MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL." And it sort of made it worse that Mr. Romig takes away from Brodeur's accomplishments by suggesting he was a product of a system. Goalies, in general, are arguably the most important position to fill in ANY fantasy sport because there are only a handful of good ones, and they are responsible for nearly half of your team's total scoring (in roto leagues). It's not like filling a center position in basketball or closer in baseball where you're basically looking to cover just one statistical category (blocks and saves, respectively). Brodeur is automatic, and should be top three or four on all three of your lists. – Dino, New York, NY

How could nobody put Pascual Perez on the list of most outrageous sports figures? In his repertoire: shooting batters with an imaginary finger-gun, running full-speed into the dugout after an inning-ending strikeout, master of the "eephus" pitch, got lost heading to his first major league game and arrived 10 minutes late, drug charges, jail, went AWOL for a while, got the Padres so mad at him that he was thrown at all four times he got to the plate while provoking two bench-clearing brawls and 19 ejections, including the normally stoic Joe Torre. This guy's middle name is Outrageous. – Todd, Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Funston,
You have to be kidding me. The Texas Rangers are one of the most poorly run teams of the past 25 years because they have only one playoff win? They've been to the playoffs! They won their division three of 4four years in the late 90's. They've had three different MVP winners and currently possess an infield that is the envy of any other team, not to mention a beautiful park and healthy ticket sales. This all apparently makes them the worst run baseball team because no others were on your list. Ok, the A-Rod contract was bad. I still have nightmares, but they are recovering faster than many thought. – Brian, Mesquite, TX

Top 5 one-hit wonders – Brady Anderson? Come on, Matt, get your head out of your … sand box. While the year he hit 50 HRs was a career year, he played in the majors from 1988 to 2002 … How can you list him as a one-year wonder? His career average year was 19 HR, 28 SB, 67 RBIs and an OBP of .367 (which is more important than batting average for Brady, as he was a leadoff hitter for most of his career.

Some better choices: Curt Blefary (1965 AL ROY) and Jim Kern (1979 AL Rolaids winner). But the best might be Willie Hernandez (1984 CY Young and AL MVP winner). Willie only had one other year (of the 13 he played) with an ERA under 3.00.

And, Matt, I'll send you my bill for doing your job this week. – Dwayne, Toronto, Ontario

How could you omit the Philadelphia Phillies from the list of worst-run franchises? They're the all-time worst. – Brian, Lawrenceville, NJ

How about Phil Plantier for busts or one-time wonders? After being called up, he hit 11 homers in 148 at bats, batting .334. He then hit 34 homers with 100 RBI (the next season). He did nothing after that. – Mike, Brunswick, ME

Hey, Mike Harmon, way to exaggerate Timmy Smith at the top of your list of one-hit wonders. He didn't carry the ball six times for six yards the rest of his career. The season following the Redskins' Super Bowl win, Smith played in 14 games, started eight of them, carried the ball 155 times for 470 yards and three touchdowns. If you're going to put him at the top of your list, at least get your facts straight. – Brian, Chantilly, VA

If you need some help to find a couple of one-hit wonders in NHL history, I could probably give you some advice since that part of your article was hockey-free – Jim Carrey, G, Washington; Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G, Anaheim

Hockey rules … not this year, but it still rules … – Vincent, Quebec

I know you must have won the Mr. Bean look-a-like contest, but I didn't know you were as crazy as him! Dalton Hilliard as a one-hit wonder? He carried the rushing duties for the Saints in the late 80's to early 90's. And he had multiple 100-yard games. Come on, Beanie! Get with it! – Phoenix, AZ

A list of the Top 5 venues and not one college football Mecca (save the Rose Bowl, but that is really a one-day-a-year site) on the list? No Big House? No Nilen Stadium? No Swamp? No ND Stadium? It's just wrong. – Greg, Staten Island, NY