Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: Aug 27

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Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2012 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire every Monday.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (8/20-8/26):

  Name Team Pos. R HR RBI SB BA OPS
1. Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 7 5 9 0 .433 1.533
2. Jason Heyward ATL OF 5 4 8 2 .393 1.254
3. Allen Craig STL 1/2/OF 8 2 9 0 .440 1.220
4. Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF 7 5 8 0 .286 1.167
5. Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 6 2 6 3 .357 1.133
6. Ian Kinsler TEX 2B 7 2 9 0 .407 1.278
7. Aaron Hill ARI 2B 5 3 7 2 .308 1.049
8. Pedro Ciriaco* BOS 2/3/SS 8 1 4 1 .464 1.126
9. Jimmy Rollins PHI SS 5 1 7 3 .346 .956
10. Mitch Moreland* TEX 1B/OF 6 2 10 0 .360 .986
11. Andre Ethier LAD OF 7 2 6 0 .440 1.200
12. Angel Pagan* SF OF 10 0 2 2 .414 1.090
13. Michael Saunders* SEA OF 5 3 6 1 .333 1.345
14. Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 6 3 6 1 .296 1.116
15. Derek Jeter NYY SS 7 3 4 0 .357 1.129
16. Alex Rios CHW OF 6 1 3 3 .348 .984
17. Edwin Encarnacion TOR 1B/3B 5 3 6 0 .368 1.350
18. Matt Holliday STL OF 6 0 8 0 .444 1.111
19. Jacoby Ellsbury BOS OF 5 0 4 3 .379 .848
20. Josh Hamilton TEX OF 6 1 9 0 .333 .886
21. John Mayberry* PHI 1B/OF 5 2 7 0 .346 .910
22. Jonathan Lucroy* MIL C 3 2 7 0 .467 1.489
23. Will Venable* SD OF 7 0 3 1 .476 1.236
24. Jon Jay* STL OF 6 0 3 2 .407 .888
25. Jose Reyes MIA SS 4 2 6 1 .300 .964

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Backstop Help

It is a shame that his wife dropped a suitcase on his hand, because Jonathan Lucroy was assured of his best season of his short three-year career. He is now up to .333 with a .937 OPS on the season with eight dingers in 207 at-bats. But if you need help at catcher for the final title push, the Brewers backstop is a great place to start.

Outfield Speed

If you need some outfield speed, it looks like there are plenty of options on the waiver wire. Will Venable (18 SB, 6% owned), Coco Crisp (28 SB, 43%), Ben Revere (30 SB, 38%), Cameron Maybin (24 SB, 39%) and even Juan Pierre (32 SB, 19%) should be available in most formats and all can provide a bump in one or two categories. Crisp offers the most complete line while Revere will help your team batting average as well.

First Baggers

Mitch Moreland (23% owned), Garrett Jones (56%) and John Mayberry (5%) could all be useful for teams with first base or corner infield concerns. Jones is the No. 5-rated 1B over the last month while Moreland and Mayberry have had great last weeks. All three can offer some pop while not hurting your team in any other way. They are low-risk, high-reward pick-ups.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

  Name Team IP W K ERA WHIP
1. Max Scherzer DET 21.0 3 27 0.86 0.90
2. Kyle Kendrick PHI 21.2 3 16 0.83 0.69
3. Felix Hernandez SEA 16.2 2 17 0.54 0.48
4. Hiroki Kuroda NYY 25.0 2 15 1.44 0.56
5. Clayton Kershaw LAD 24.0 2 26 2.63 0.71
6. Matt Harrison TEX 22.1 2 14 1.21 0.67
7. Adam Wainwright STL 20.2 3 19 1.74 0.87
8. David Price TB 15.0 1 16 0.00 0.53
9. Kris Medlen* ATL 16.0 2 13 0.00 0.81
10. Madison Bumgarner SF 23.1 2 21 1.93 0.90
11. Matt Cain SF 15.0 2 11 1.20 0.73
12. Yovani Gallardo MIL 14.0 2 18 1.93 0.86
13. Matt Harvey* NYM 13.2 1 17 1.32 0.73
14. Wade Miley ARI 14.0 2 10 0.64 0.93
15. J.A. Happ* TOR 13.1 1 15 1.35 0.75
16. Cliff Lee PHI 21.1 1 26 2.53 1.03
17. Stephen Strasburg WAS 12.0 2 17 2.25 1.08
18. Mark Buehrle* MIA 19.2 3 11 2.29 1.07
19. Chad Billingsley (DL)* LAD 18.1 2 10 1.47 1.04
20. Zach Britton* BAL 13.2 2 11 1.32 1.10

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Top 5 Spot Starts for the Week (Mon. - Sun.):

1. Kris Medlen, ATL: at SD (Tues.) 65% owned
I told you to start him last week and he delivered 7.0 shutout innings with a 7:1 K:BB ratio and the win. Now, he gets San Diego. 

2. Jonathon Niese, NYM: @ PHI (Thur.) 61% owned
This kid has been lights-out for the Mets of late. The last time he didn't finish the sixth inning was May 28 and has 11 quality starts in his last 15 starts, including three straight. He has allowed three ER in three starts this year against the Phillies.

3. Derek Holland, TEX: at CLE (Sun.) 53% owned
The lefty from Ohio has been frustrating to owners all season with his up and down play. But he has been solid in his last three outings: 1-0, 20.1 IP, 17 K, 3 BB, 8 ER. He also gets the Rays on Monday.

4. Tommy Milone, OAK: at CLE (Tues.) 40% owned
On the year, Milone has useful 3.87 and 1.19 ERA and WHIP season-long ratios. He last time out, he pitched 8.0 innings with one earned run. He has 36 Ks and only 4 BBs in his last six starts. He gets Boston on Sunday.

5. Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA: at Min (Tues.) 21% owned
He hasn't allowed four earned runs in a start since July 15 and has allowed one earned run over his last two outings. He has won three of his last four decisions and gets the Twins offense. He gets the Angels on Sunday.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

  Name Team IP W SV K HLD ERA WHIP
1. Aroldis Chapman CIN 13.1 1 11 19 0 0.68 0.75
2. JJ Putz ARI 11.2 0 8 16 0 0.00 0.51
3. Greg Holland KC 14.1 2 7 12 0 0.63 0.84
4. Fernando Rodney TB 14.0 0 11 12 0 0.64 0.86
5. Jim Johnson BAL 10.0 0 9 8 0 0.00 0.40
6. Jonathan Papelbon PHI 12.1 1 7 15 0 0.73 0.81
7. Grant Balfour OAK 12.2 0 7 13 2 1.42 0.39
8. Tyler Clippard WAS 13.0 0 10 13 0 2.08 1.08
9. Rafael Betancourt COL 11.1 0 9 6 0 0.79 0.88
10. Kenley Jansen LAD 8.1 1 5 13 0 2.16 0.48
11. Wilton Lopez HOU 12.2 2 2 12 0 1.42 0.71
12. Rafael Soriano NYY 11.2 0 7 9 0 1.54 0.86
13. Glen Perkins* MIN 11.2 1 3 11 0 1.54 0.60
14. Jose Valverde DET 12.0 0 7 10 0 2.25 0.83
15. Jason Motte STL 9.2 0 7 16 0 2.79 1.03
16. Craig Kimbrel ATL 8.0 0 2 18 0 0.00 0.50
17. Huston Street (DL) SD 6.1 0 4 6 0 0.00 0.00
18. Adam Occtavino* COL 23.1 3 0 18 1 2.70 1.03
19. Luke Gregerson* SD 14.0 0 1 14 9 0.00 0.71
20. Steve Cishek* MIA 11.0 0 8 11 0 2.45 1.18

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

@bradengall

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