Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: June 3

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A look at what took place this past weekend on the fantasy baseball diamond.

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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 (May 27-June 2):

  Name Pos. Team R HR RBI SB BA OPS
1. Domonic Brown OF PHI 8 7 13 2 .444 1.779
2. Chris Davis 1B/OF BAL 10 4 6 0 .481 1.463
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI 8 1 7 2 .476 1.209
4. Jonathan Lucroy* C MIL 6 3 9 0 .429 1.341
5. Dexter Fowler OF COL 7 2 6 2 .385 1.158
6. Jacoby Ellsbury OF BOS 4 0 2 6 .500 1.328
7. Kelly Johnson 2B/OF TB 6 2 9 2 .296 0.948
8. Michael Cuddyer 1B/OF COL 3 2 7 2 .462 1.231
9. Brian Dozier* 2B/SS MIN 7 2 4 2 .379 1.059
10. Marcell Ozuna* OF MIA 8 0 5 2 .440 1.157
11. Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR 6 3 9 0 .333 1.025
12. Ryan Doumit* C/OF MIN 5 3 11 0 .300 1.077
13. Matt Joyce* OF TB 6 2 5 2 .320 1.000
14. Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 5 2 6 0 .433 1.166
15. Chris Coghlan* OF MIA 4 1 8 0 .452 1.162
16. Mike Napoli C/1B BOS 4 2 8 0 .417 1.212
17. Dioner Navarro* C CHC 4 3 7 0 .429 2.270
18. Jason Giambi* 1B CLE 3 3 3 7 .556 2.223
19. Carlos Pena* 1B HOU 5 2 6 1 .333 1.086
20. Carlos Gomez OF MIL 5 2 4 2 .320 1.019
21. Yunel Escobar* SS TB 6 1 7 0 .400 0.967
22. Adrian Beltre 3B TEX 6 1 5 0 .476 1.214
23. Brandon Phillips 2B CIN 6 1 3 1 .409 1.053
24. Kendrys Morales* 1B SEA 4 2 7 0 .345 0.931
25. Miguel Cabrera 3B DET 4 3 8 0 .258 0.937

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Weekly Waiver Wire:

Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (49% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)
After just missing out on finishing as a top-10 fantasy catcher in 2012 (.320-12-58), Lucroy stumbled out of the gates this season, hitting just .235 in April. However, as the weather has gotten warmer so has his bat, as he bashed three home runs over the weekend and he has hit .429 over the last seven days.

Matt Joyce, OF, TB (36%)
Another slow starter (.225 in April), Joyce turned things around in May, posting a .299-5-17 line. Not afraid to take a walk (21:29 strikeout-to-walk ratio so far), Joyce could provide valuable fantasy contributions across the board, especially if he remains in the No. 2 hole in the Rays' lineup.

Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA (62% )
It has taken some time, but Morales may finally be getting back to where he was before he broke his leg back in 2010 with the Angels. Morales was one of the AL's best hitters (.343-5-23) in May and if he keeps this up, he could finish the season with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.

Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (41%)
Injuries continue to plague the Dodgers, as both Matt Kemp (DL) and Carl Crawford are dealing with hamstring injuries. This has opened the door for Puig, the 22-year-old Cuban outfielder who impressed (.517) during spring training and was batting .313 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs at Double-A Chattanooga. There's no reason for the Dodgers to not give Puig a shot, as he's drawn comparisons to Bo Jackson because of his size (6-3, 245), power and speed. As with any rookies, expect plenty of up and downs. This may especially be the case for Puig, who has already dealt with maturity and behavior issues both on and off (arrested for reckless driving in late April) of the field.

Last Week:

Eric Chavez, 1B/3B, ARI: .000, RBI (went on DL on May 31 with oblique injury)
Kelly Johnson, 2B/OF, TB: .296/.948, 6 R, 2 HR, 9 RBIs, 2 SB
James Loney, 1B, TB: .192/.959, 5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBIs
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS: .286/.855, 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBIs

 

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

  Name Team IP W K ERA WHIP
1. Cliff Lee PHI 24.2 3 24 1.46 0.65
2. Max Scherzer DET 22.0 2 23 2.05 0.64
3. Bartolo Colon* OAK 23.0 3 15 0.78 0.96
4. Dan Straily* OAK 19.0 2 14 0.95 0.68
5. Mike Leake* CIN 20.1 2 16 0.44 0.89
6. Adam Wainwright STL 24.1 3 21 1.85 1.03
7. Jeff Samardzija CHC 22.1 1 27 1.61 0.85
8. Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD 16.1 2 11 1.10 0.61
9. Johnny Cueto CIN 20.0 2 16 1.80 0.75
10. Mike Minor ATL 14.1 2 15 1.26 0.77
11. Jarrod Parker* OAK 20.1 2 16 2.21 0.84
12. Derek Holland TEX 13.2 2 18 0.66 1.17
13. Alex Cobb TB 14.2 2 10 1.84 0.68
14. Patrick Corbin ARI 21.0 3 20 3.43 1.00
15. Stephen Strasburg WAS 17.0 1 18 1.59 0.88
16. Anibal Sanchez DET 15.2 1 21 2.87 0.77
17. Clay Buchholz BOS 12.0 2 8 0.75 0.92
18. Jerome Williams* LAA 21.0 2 16 1.71 1.10
19. Freddy Garcia BAL 19.0 2 9 1.89 0.89
20. Francisco Liriano* PIT 18.0 1 23 2.50 1.00

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Jorge De La Rosa, COL (Fri.) vs. San Diego (38% owned)
The left-hander has given up two earned runs or fewer in each of his last three starts and has won his last five decisions overall. He's been very reliable at home (5-0, 2.45 ERA in five starts at Coors Field) and the Padres are hitting just .234 against southpaws.

2. Francisco Liriano, PIT (Fri.) at Chicago Cubs (63%)
Liriano's ownership has been on the rise since his strong return from the DL. He's 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA, thanks in large part to his 39:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. How long this lasts is anyone's guess, but hoping his success will continue this week against the Cubs (7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K against them on May 22) isn't a stretch.

3. Dan Straily, OAK (Thurs.) at Chicago White Sox (17%)
Straily has been near lights-out (19 IP, 2 ER) over his last three starts, including holding these same White Sox to one run over six innings on Saturday. Opposing hitters are batting just .225 against the 24-year-old righty and he's walked just one and struck out 14 in his last three outings.

4. Eric Stults, SD (Mon.) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12%)
The left-hander has allowed three or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts and he is coming off his best performance (8 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 12 K) against Seattle on Wednesday. Dodger Stadium has always been a pitcher-friendly park and he'll get to face a lineup that is already without Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp, and may not have Carl Crawford (hamstring) in there either.

5. Justin Grimm, TEX (Sun.) at Toronto (17%)
Grimm has won his last three starts, going at least six innings and allowing three or fewer earned runs in each of these outings. The young Rangers' right-hander (24) has put together a respectable 44:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his first nine starts and has only allowed more than three earned runs twice (at MIL, at OAK).

Closing Morsels:

Colorado's Rafael Betancourt was placed on the DL on Saturday with a groin injury, after trying to pitch through the issue the past two weeks. He originally injured it on May 21 against Arizona and made three more appearances, including his last one on Friday when gave up two runs in one inning and took the loss against the Dodgers. Lefthander Rex Brothers will get the first shot at the closing opportunities with Betancourt sidelined. The 24-year-old has tossed 23 consecutive scoreless appearances with his only run allowed this season coming back on April 6 ... San Diego closer Huston Street also went on the DL on Saturday because of a strained left calf. Street spent time on the DL last season for the same reason, but this time the injury is not believed to be as severe. Setup man Luke Gregerson (3-2, 1.05 ERA) is expected to assume closer duties with Dale Thayer (0-2, 2.92 ERA) also a late-inning option for Padres manager Bud Black.

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