Strategies to survive the final weeks

Updated: September 13, 2010, 5:54 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Give fantasy owners some credit for making New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow and San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres the most dropped players in ESPN standard leagues.

Santana is done for the season with a shoulder problem that could certainly affect his 2011 draft status. Morrow won't pitch again because the Blue Jays capped his innings, while Torres had an emergency appendectomy over the weekend and is unlikely to play for a few weeks. If you want to win a fantasy title, you can't carry dead weight on your roster in September, whether it's a former Cy Young winner, a guy responsible for the season's best-pitched game or an outfielder who hit .297 with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs and nine stolen bases in July/August.

I'm in the playoffs in a few head-to-head leagues, and also contending in roto leagues -- no, it's not all about fantasy football at this point -- and here are some strategy thoughts with three weeks left in the regular season.