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Yes, things look a little bit different around here. With a little over two weeks remaining in the regular season, a column like this one plays to a smaller audience. Maybe you are in the middle of a playoff matchup or just trying to get the most you can out of your roster in a more typical rotisserie set-up. Either way, I’ve found that the usual format of this column isn’t as effective at this point of the season.

For the final three Thursdays of the season, we’ll shift our focus to players sorted under specific categories. This includes multi-position eligible players, who are especially valuable at this time of year as playoff teams give their regulars some rest in advance of the postseason. It’s important to be prepared for surprises in leagues which allow for daily lineup changes. It also frees up roster spots for a streamer. On a related note, one thing that will stay the same with this column is our usual “Weekend Warriors” section, detailing matchups to exploit for widely-available starting pitchers.

Good luck if you are still alive in your league and hopefully we can reconvene here next week.

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MIXED LEAGUE PICKUPS

Power: Lewin Diaz, Jesus Sanchez, Bobby Dalbec, Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, Alejandro Kirk, Brendan Rodgers, Evan Longoria, Elias Diaz, Nathaniel Lowe, Willie Calhoun, Gavin Sheets

Everyone knows about the Marlins’ success on the pitching front, but their young bats are doing some interesting things right now too. Bryan De La Cruz has been a huge success story since coming over from the Astros in the Yimi Garcia trade, but Diaz and Sanchez are getting it done on the power front right now. Diaz notched the first multi-homer game of his career on Tuesday and Sanchez followed that up with the first two-homer game of his own on Wednesday. Sanchez has actually gone deep five times over his last six games. Making contact has been an issue for Sanchez so far in the majors, so he fits in the high-risk, high-reward camp, but he’s intriguing.

It might be too late to grab Bobby Dalbec in competitive leagues, but Hays could be a different story. He’s hitting .342 over his last 21 games, including a pair of two-homer games in the past week. Add him everywhere. Longoria has quietly been awesome since coming off the injured list and it hasn’t exactly reflected in where he’s being rostered. Take advantage of that. Calhoun is an interesting one, as he finally rejoined the Rangers on Wednesday after missing two and a half months with a broken arm. The Rangers figure to give him plenty of playing time as they try to determine if he should be a legitimate part of their future.

Speed: Garrett Hampson, Raimel Tapia, Kolten Wong, Austin Slater, Lorenzo Cain, Andres Gimenez, Leody Taveras, Yonny Hernandez, Bradley Zimmer, Jose Siri, Anthony Alford, Nick Gordon, Kyle Isbel

Hampson has been caught stealing seven times this season, tying him for the league-lead, but he’s also swiped 17 bags and has been red-hot so far this month. He’s thrived at Coors Field this season — shocking, I know — and should be rostered in competitive leagues with a nine-game homestand set to begin next week.

Taveras and Hernandez have six stolen bases apiece over the past 30 days. They can help if you are willing to live with the flaws. The final four here — Siri, Alford, Gordon, and Isbel — are strictly deeper league dice rolls, as it’s unclear how much any of them will play. There’s potential, though.

Multi-position eligible guys: Brad Miller, Odubel Herrera, Luis Urias, Jeimer Candelario, Josh Rojas, Yoshi Tsutsugo, Leury Garcia, Edmundo Sosa, Joey Wendle

With Rhys Hoskins done for the season and J.T. Realmuto a lingering question mark due to his shoulder, Miller should see plenty of chances over the final two weeks. He’s put up six homers with a 1.141 OPS over his last 18 games. Herrera, who is second base-eligible in Yahoo leagues, holds a strong .295/.352/.508 batting line with seven homers, 20 RBI, two steals, and 18 runs scored over 36 games since the start of August. Serving as Philadelphia’s primary leadoff man, he needs to be rostered in more leagues.

Things didn’t work out for Tsutsugo with the Rays and he never saw the field with the Dodgers, but he’s taken advantage of the opportunity with the Pirates by hitting .309/.400/.721 with seven home runs and 19 RBI across 26 games. He’s locked into the lineup against right-handed starters and has mostly alternated between the No. 2 spot and cleanup in Pittsburgh’s lineup in recent days.

Saves: Carlos Estevez, Dylan Floro, Chris Stratton, Kyle Finnegan, Diego Castillo, Rowan Wick, Joe Barlow, Mychal Givens, Andrew Chafin

None of these names are going to sneak up on anyone. It’s hard to take some of these roster percentages seriously due to absentee fantasy managers, but there could still be an opportunity to add names like Stratton and Castillo in some leagues. Stratton should have a clear path to the Pirates’ closer job with David Bednar sidelined due to an oblique injury. Castillo is relevant again with Paul Sewald going through a bit of a rough patch. The other fallback, Drew Steckenrider, is coming off a rough appearance of his own last time out. Castillo has struck out 10 out of the 21 batters he’s faced since coming off the injured list.

Non-closer relievers: Aaron Loup, Lucas Sims, David Robertson, Codi Heuer, Tyler Rogers, Tim Mayza, Caleb Thielbar, Blake Treinen, Hunter Strickland, Clay Holmes

Maybe you won’t get saves out of this group, but you could very well vulture some wins. The bonus is that they have a good chance of helping in terms of ratios and strikeouts. Sims has struck out 16 out of the last 30 batters he’s faced. Loup has allowed just one run in 27 2/3 innings across his last 32 appearances. Rogers has been an absolute workhorse out of the Giants’ bullpen and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 14 innings pitched. In some cases, a good reliever might be a better choice than a risky streamer.

WEEKEND WARRIORS

Friday:

Adrian Houser vs. Cubs

Elieser Hernandez vs. Pirates

Brady Singer vs. Mariners

The Pirates and Mariners have been bottom-tier offenses for the duration of the season. The Cubs have been surprisingly potent over the past month, but their pitching has been flat-out bad, so any matchup against them is a potential win. Singer is a bit risky after giving up five home runs in his last start, but he had allowed just nine homers for the season coming into that outing and never more than two in a start before in his career. He has a good chance of bouncing back.

Saturday:

Bryse Wilson at Marlins

Taylor Hearn vs. White Sox

Luis Patino vs. Tigers

Again, with the Marlins and Tigers, we’re targeting bottom-tier offenses. Hearn is more risky with his matchup, but he’s been so good down the stretch that it’s hard to leave him inactive. He’s posted a 3.94 ERA and 20/2 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings over five starts since sliding full-time into the rotation in mid-August. He’s a fly ball pitcher and most of the damage against him has come via the home run ball, so it’s just a matter of how much risk you are willing to take.

Sunday:

Jon Gray at Nationals

Eric Lauer vs. Cubs

Rich Hill vs. Phillies

Similar to the Cubs matchups, the Nationals are worth targeting for a win due to their shaky pitching staff. Gray is coming off back-to-back respectable starts against the Giants and Braves in which he posted a 15/3 K/BB ratio. After a bit of a shaky beginning with the Mets, Hill has posted a 3.00 ERA with 26 strikeouts and just four walks in 27 innings over his last five starts. He’s back to being a recommended option in most leagues.