Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: June 18

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Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (6/11-6/17):

  Name Team Pos. R HR RBI SB BA OPS
1. Brandon Moss* OAK 1B/OF 7 5 10 0 .348 1.530
2. Trevor Plouffe* MIN 2/3/SS/OF 8 5 7 0 .391 1.587
3. Brandon Phillips CIN 2B 4 3 10 0 .407 1.170
4. Mark Reynolds* BAL 1B/3B 7 2 7 0 .429 1.315
5. Casey McGehee* PIT 1B/3B 6 2 7 0 .435 1.258
6. Ryan Braun MIL OF 4 4 7 0 .357 1.240
7. Pedro Alvarez* PIT 3B 4 4 10 0 .261 1.146
8. Jim Thome* PHI UTL 5 3 10 0 .261 1.022
9. Joey Votto CIN 1B 5 2 6 0 .476 1.464
10. David Murphy* TEX OF 3 2 6 1 .259 1.556
11. Brandon Belt* SF 1B/OF 4 3 7 0 .400 1.400
12. Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 6 1 6 0 .435 1.110
13. John Mayberry* PHI 1B/OF 3 3 9 0 .316 1.192
14. Kirk Nieuwenhuis* NYM OF 6 3 4 0 .333 1.174
15. Michael Cuddyer COL 1B/2B/OF 5 3 6 0 .296 .988
16. Ike Davis* NYM 1B 5 1 6 0 .450 1.192
17. Tyler Moore* WAS OF 3 2 5 1 .667 2.583
18. Seth Smith* OAK OF 6 2 5 0 .333 1.288
19. Cliff Pennington* OAK SS 5 1 4 2 .333 .986
20. Curtis Granderson NYY OF 4 3 6 0 .308 1.150
21. Steve Pearce* BAL 1B/3B/OF 5 1 7 0 .381 1.036
22. Adam Dunn CHW 1B/OF 5 3 6 0 .235 1.174
23. Scott Podsednik* BOS OF 4 0 2 3 .417 .879
24. David Ortiz BOS 1B 5 2 5 0 .353 1.220
25. Matt Holliday STL OF 4 2 6 0 .348 1.139

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

The Waiver Wire

Obviously, it was a great week for the waiver wire. Hopefully, you added Pedro Alvarez for the weekend series in which he cranked four home runs. But, no, it's not time to give him another chance. But there are plenty of 3B options left on the wire. Trevor Plouffe is worth rostering if you need some short-term pop, but beware once the homers stop coming as he is a career .232 hitter. Pirate three-sacker Casey McGehee raised his average nearly 30 points over the course of his six-game hitting streak. But like his teammate Alvarez, this Pirates offense is still going to struggle to score runs and won't get to face Kansas City, Baltimore and Cleveland every week.

The name that stands out for me is Mark Reynolds. At 43% owned, he seems to be wildly underrated at this point. It is no secret as to what Reynolds will provide for your fantasy team: Home runs, RBIs, playable OPS, strikeouts and a poor batting average. Since coming back from the DL on May 28, he has raised the BA from .191 to .238, elevated the OPS from .661 to .785, has hit three dingers and drove in 12. He hasn't hit fewer than 28 homers in any of his four full major league seasons so if you need power in the second half, Reynolds is a dependable place to turn.

I need to see more from Brandon Moss, Brandon Belt, Steve Pearce and John Mayberry before I consider adding them to any of my rosters. 

DL Watch

- The Braves can't catch a break (neither can my rotation) as they had to place the majors' leader in ERA (2.00) Brandon Beachy on the DL with elbow soreness. Elbow soreness is almost always worse than is seems. Handle with care.

- The BoSox also placed Josh Beckett on the 15-day DL this weekend. His shoulder has been acting up (inflammation) and his line reflected it: 21 hits, 10 ER over his last three starts.

- Scott Rolen is on a Triple-A rehab assingment and should be back either Monday or Tuesday.

- The Rockies' star OFer Carlos Gonzalez is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a knee issue.

- The Mets placed Jason Bay on the 7-day concussion DL but he might miss more time due to a history of head injuries. This should open up playing time for the sneaky valuable Kirk Nieuwnhuis.

- The Twins' Joe Mauer is questionable for Tuesday's bout with the Pirates due to a quad issue.

- Josh Hamilton is questionable for Monday's game with San Diego with his serious illness. He appears he will be ready to go later this week though.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

  Name Team IP W K ERA WHIP
1. Ryan Dempster CHC 22.0 3 12 0.00 0.64
2. Matt Cain SF 16.0 2 23 0.00 0.50
3. R.A. Dickey NYM 16.1 2 20 0.00 0.43
4. Colby Lewis TEX 24.0 2 20 1.50 0.63
5. Ivan Nova* NYY 22.2 3 15 0.79 0.84
6. Johnny Cueto CIN 23.2 3 21 1.90 0.85
7. Clay Buchholz* BOS 16.0 2 15 0.56 0.75
8. Lance Lynn STL 13.1 2 23 1.35 0.90
9. Wade Miley* ARI 15.2 1 13 1.15 0.45
10. Andy Pettitte* NYY 20.1 1 24 1.77 0.93
11. Ryan Vogelsong SF 21.2 3 12 2.08 0.97
12. Matt Harrison* TEX 16.1 1 7 0.00 0.80
13. Justin Masterson* CLE 14.0 1 15 0.64 0.86
14. Garrett Richards* LAA 20.0 2 17 0.90 1.20
15. Hiroki Kuroda* NYY 13.0 2 15 1.38 1.00
16. Trevor Cahill* ARI 14.1 2 15 1.26 1.05
17. Madison Bumgarner SF 21.2 2 20 2.49 0.97
18. Matt Moore TB 13.0 2 17 2.77 0.85
19. Zack Greinke MIL 22.0 1 26 2.05 1.05
20. Stephen Strasburg WAS 12.0 2 21 3.00 1.00

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Wade Miley, ARI: Chicago (Sun.)
Get him into the line-up on Monday for Seattle if you can, as well.

2. Clay Buchholz, BOS: Miami (Tues.), Atlanta (Sun.)
A two-start week for a guy who is hot at home against those offenses?

3. Andy Pettitte, NYY: at NY Mets (Fri.)
Pitched well against Mets last weekend and is close to old self — miraculously.

4. Trevor Cahill, ARI: Seattle (Wed.)
On a roll, at home and against that offense.

5. Francisco Liriano, MIN: at Pittsburgh (Wed.)
Has been much more effective of late and the Pirates are the worst offense in baseball.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

  Name Team IP W SV K HLD ERA WHIP
1. Joel Hanrahan PIT 12.1 2 9 16 0 1.46 0.89
2. Craig Kimbrel ATL 10.0 0 7 18 0 0.00 0.20
3. Tyler Clippard WAS 11.1 0 9 14 1 0.00 0.53
4. Aroldis Chapman CIN 13.2 1 8 23 1 2.63 0.66
5. Ernesto Frieri* LAA 13.2 0 7 23 2 0.00 0.88
6. Brayan Villarreal* DET 17.0 3 0 25 1 1.59 0.82
7. Tom Wilhelmsen* SEA 14.1 2 4 16 1 1.88 0.70
8. Frank Francisco NYM 11.1 0 7 14 0 0.79 0.71
9. Chris Perez CLE 10.0 0 9 10 0 0.90 0.80
10. Kenley Jansen LAD 11.2 1 7 18 0 2.31 0.94
11. Tim Collins* KC 14.0 3 0 19 2 1.29 0.86
12. Jonathan Broxton KC 12.0 1 8 11 0 0.75 1.17
13. Rafael Soriano NYY 11.1 0 11 9 0 0.79 1.24
14. Santiago Casilla SF 9.2 1 8 9 1 0.93 1.14
15. Jim Johnson BAL 11.0 1 6 6 0 2.45 0.45
16. Fernando Rodney TB 13.0 0 7 11 0 2.08 0.68
17. Joe Nathan TEX 9.0 0 4 12 0 0.00 0.44
18. Heath Bell MIA 11.2 0 10 16 2 2.31 1.37
19. Jake McGee* TB 9.1 2 0 10 2 0.96 0.32
20. Ronald Belisario* LAD 16.0 3 0 11 3 1.69 0.94

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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