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A look at what took place this past weekend on the fantasy baseball diamond.
Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2013 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire report every Monday. Our fantasy junkies cover the hottest hitters, best waiver wire pick ups, top starting pitching spot starts and sift through bullpens from around the league each week.
Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (June 3-9):
* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues
Weekly Waiver Wire:
Kyle Blanks, 1B/OF, SD (18% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)
A highly touted minor-league prospect for years, the light may finally be coming on for Blanks. Finally getting an opportunity to play thanks to injuries, Blanks is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak during he's hit .407 (11-for-27) with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and seven runs scored. With Yonder Alonso on the DL with a broken hand, Blanks figures to get plenty of time at first and also carries OF eligibility.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (36%)
Maybin got off to a miserable start, hitting just .091 in 33 at-bats in April, but it appears that a wrist injury was largely to blame for that. He came off of the DL on Thursday and has already made an impact in the Padres' lineup, hitting .278 with four runs scored, a home run, four RBIs and four stolen bases in four games. Maybin will never hit for a high average (.248 career average), but it's his speed that could be a difference-maker for your fantasy lineup. Maybin stole a combined 66 bases the last two seasons and just swiped four in four games. Right now, only 20 players have stolen 10 or more bases.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (21%)
Through the first two months of the season, Quentin got more headlines for putting Zack Greinke on the DL than he did for his bat (.214-5-17). However, the veteran has started June hot, putting together a seven-game hitting streak last week that saw his average go up 55 points thanks to 14 hits, two of them being home runs, during that span. Alas, one of the issues with Quentin throughout his career has been injuries, as he wasn't in the starting lineup on Sunday because of a sore shoulder. Still, if you are looking for outfield production, you may want to consider Quentin, who averaged 27 home runs a season from 2008-11 with the White Sox.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS (17%)
The Nationals put Danny Espinosa (broken in bone in right wrist) on the DL last week and brought up Rendon, who had just been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A a few days prior. The team wasted no time in plugging Rendon into the lineup and at second, a position he had been working at on occasion in the minors. The reason for the move is that, for now, Rendon is blocked at third by Ryan Zimmerman, and the Nationals wanted to get his bat in there. Following a .375 average in 16 at-bats last week with three RBIs, it's easy to see why. Rendon's roster spot figures to be secure as long as Espinosa is on the DL and depending on your league's eligibility rules, he could soon add 2B/MI status, perhaps as early as this week. If he continues to hit, Rendon is certainly worth taking a look if you need some infield help.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL: .211/.549, 2 RBIs
Matt Joyce, OF, TB: .167/.400, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA: .241/.551, 3 R, 2 RBIs
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD .464/1.447, 4 R, 4 HR, 13 RBIs
Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:
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* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues
Top 5 Spot Starts for the Week (Mon. - Sun.):
1. Julio Teheran, ATL (Mon.) at San Diego (68% owned)
This may seem like cherry picking, but Teheran is still under that 70 percent ownership mark, so he qualifies for this exercise. That may not be the case, however, by the time he takes the mound in San Diego tonight, especially once those looking for pitching help or a spot-starter remember what the young right-hander did his last time out — 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO against the Pirates.
2. Tony Cingrani, CIN (Tues.) at Chicago Cubs (44%)
Johnny Cueto's latest trip to the DL presents another opportunity for Cingrani. The 23-year-old lefty has more than held his own in his first six major-league starts (2-0, 3.27 ERA), including two against the Cubs. He's had two no-decisions against the Cubs, but has held them to just six earned runs and eight hits with just one walk and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings.
3. Bronson Arroyo, CIN (Fri.) vs. Milwaukee (41%)
Somewhat quietly, Arroyo has put together a solid start to the season. The veteran of the Reds' rotation, Arroyo has posted quality starts in nine of his 13 trips to the mound thus far, and put together a 6-5 record with a 3.35 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Not a high-strikeout guy, Arroyo has done a good job of limiting base runners and has been very strong at home (5-1, 2.68 ERA in 8 GS).
4. Jarrod Parker (Thurs.) vs. New York Yankees (60%)
The No.1 fantasy pitcher the last two weeks, Parker has put together six straight quality starts, going 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA during that span. The Yankees' offense may have received a boost with the return of Mark Teixeira from the DL, but the A's have been no slouch at the plate themselves and enter this series having won their last eight at home.
5. Scott Feldman, CHC (Sat.) at New York Mets (52%)
Feldman has been a pleasant surprise in the Cubs' rotation, as he's posted a quality start in seven of his last eight trips to the mound. Overall he's 5-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts and he shut out the Mets over 6 2/3 innings (7 H, 1 BB, 6 K) back on May 18 at Wrigley.
Milwaukee's Jim Henderson (hamstring) was activated from the DL on Sunday and pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the Brewers' 9-1 win against the Phillies. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said he may not immediately call on Henderson to close out games, so for now it seems that Francisco Rodriguez will continue to get save opportunities ... Detroit's Joaquin Benoit got the save on Sunday against Cleveland rather than Jose Valverde, but that's because Valverde had pitched in each of the previous three games. For now, Valverde's job is secure, but Papa Grande has allowed six earned runs over his last four appearances, so it appears that Benoit would get the call if Tigers manager Jim Leyland ever decides to go in a different direction.
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