Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: May 27

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

<p> Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: May 27</p>

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 20-26):

  Name Pos. Team R HR RBI SB BA OPS
1. Mike Trout OF LAA 10 2 7 4 .462 1.385
2. Chris Davis 1B/OF BAL 7 4 6 0 .480 1.661
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B DET 7 3 10 0 .364 1.299
4. Jose Bautista OF TOR 6 2 5 1 .500 1.326
5. Adam Jones OF BAL 7 4 4 1 .323 1.097
6. Jason Castro* C HOU 5 3 5 0 .579 1.741
7. Nick Markakis OF BAL 6 2 7 0 .393 1.148
8. Matt Dominguez* 3B HOU 4 4 6 0 .368 1.400
9. Carlos Gonzalez OF COL 6 3 5 1 .296 1.037
10. Andrew McCutchen OF PIT 4 1 3 3 .400 1.000
11. Domonic Brown* OF PHI 4 2 7 1 .348 1.131
12. Kendrys Morales* 1B SEA 4 1 7 0 .481 1.315
13. Seth Smith* OF OAK 7 2 5 0 .381 1.194
14. Yan Gomes* C/1/3 CLE 4 3 7 0 .353 1.330
15. Joey Votto 1B CIN 8 2 3 0 .381 1.186
16. Coco Crisp OF OAK 7 0 3 2 .400 1.038
17. Everth Cabrera 2B/SS SD 5 2 5 1 .318 1.127
18. David Ortiz 1B/DH BOS 6 1 5 2 .250 .796
19. Brandon Phillips 2B CIN 7 1 6 0 .304 .885
20. Josh Hamilton OF LAA 4 3 6 0 .273 1.158
21. Eric Chavez* 1B/3B ARI 4 2 6 0 .353 1.157
22. Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 6 1 7 0 .280 .773
23. J.D. Martinez* OF HOU 4 2 6 0 .318 1.057
24. Dan Uggla* 2B ATL 3 3 7 0 .238 1.000
25. Josh Willingham 3B MIN 4 3 5 0 .280 1.040

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Weekly Waiver Wire:

Eric Chavez, 1B/3B, ARI (23% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)
Chavez was a 30-HR, 100-RBI guy for Oakland back in the early 2000s. Injuries completely derailed his career, but he showed some signs last year in limited duty with the Yankees, posting a .281-16-37 line in less than 300 at-bats. This season he's in Arizona and he has been killing the baseball this month, batting .421 with three home runs and 13 RBIs. If you have room for someone like Chavez, he's a nice left-handed bat (.350-7-24 vs. RHP) to have in your lineup.

Kelly Johnson, 2B/OF, TB (61%)
Go figure, another Ray who can play multiple positions. In Johnson's case, the best play for him is at second, but if he keeps up his run production (8 HR, 26 RBIs), his bat could enter OF discussion too. Johnson has provided pop before, hitting a combined 47 home runs in 2010-11, but strikeouts have always been an issue for him. He Ked a total of 311 times in those two seasons and had 159 last season. So far, he's done a better job of making contact in 2013 with a 37:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 42 games.

James Loney, 1B, TB (41% )
Loney has been discussed here before, but as long as he keeps hitting, he's worth mentioning, especially since his ownership rate is less than 50 percent. Loney is second only to Miguel Cabrera in the AL in batting at .342 and he has hit three home runs in May. He had just six total in 144 games last season.

Daniel Nava, OF, BOS (45%)
Nava is top 10 among all OFs with 32 RBIs and has added six home runs, 27 runs scored and a .299 average in less than 150 at-bats so far. He's a switch-hitter who can hit near the top or in the middle of the order and the biggest knock against him has been that Red Sox manager John Farrell has sat Nava against left-handed starters. This could change, however, with Shane Victorino going on the DL last week, and even though he hasn't faced many lefties, he hasn't been overmatched against them (.250-2-8 in 40 AB) either.

Last Week:

Jurickson Profar, 2B/SS, TEX: .263/.671, 3R, HR, 4 RBIs

Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX: .300/.705, 4 R
Daniel Murphy, 1B/2B, NYM: .304/.737, 4 R, 3RBIs
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD: .238/.542, 2 R, 3 RBIs

 

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

  Name Team IP W K ERA WHIP
1. Stephen Strasburg WAS 23.0 2 20 1.17 0.83
2. Patrick Corbin ARI 22.0 3 20 1.64 0.95
3. Clayton Kershaw LAD 24.2 2 21 1.82 0.81
4. Justin Masterson CLE 22.0 2 25 2.05 0.86
5. Alex Cobb TB 21.0 2 16 1.71 0.71
6. Homer Bailey CIN 22.0 2 21 1.64 0.91
7. Mike Minor ATL 20.0 2 23 1.35 1.00
8. Jason Vargas* LAA 21.1 3 15 1.69 1.03
9. Francisco Liriano* PIT 12.2 2 16 0.71 0.95
10. Brandon McCarthy* ARI 16.0 2 7 0.56 0.75
11. Jeff Locke* PIT 19.0 2 17 1.42 1.00
12. Max Scherzer DET 21.0 1 20 3.00 0.81
13. Mike Leake* CIN 13.2 2 10 0.00 1.10
14. Jeff Samardzija CHC 15.0 1 15 1.80 0.73
15. Cliff Lee PHI 16.0 1 12 1.13 0.81
16. John Lackey* BOS 17.1 2 16 2.60 0.92
17. Jordan Zimmerman WAS 22.2 2 12 1.99 0.97
18. Chris Sale CWS 7.2 1 12 0.00 0.78
19. Matt Moore TB 19.0 2 13 2.37 0.95
20. Jake Peavy CWS 22.0 2 18 2.86 1.00

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. John Lackey, BOS: (Wed.) at Philadelphia (27% owned)
Lackey has allowed no runs in his last two starts (13 IP) and has posted a 28:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.09 WHIP in five May starts (29 1/3 IP). In Philadelphia, he won't have to worry about the DH and faces a Phillies team that's batting .248 at home.

2. Shaun Marcum, NYM (Fri.) vs. Miami (21%)
Marcum was nearly unhittable against Atlanta on Sunday night, striking out 12 Braves and his only real mistake being a two-run home run to Dan Uggla in the seventh inning. He ended up with a no-decision and will face a far weaker lineup in the Marlins, who are last in the majors in batting average, runs scored, hits and home runs.

3. Bartolo Colon, OAK (Fri.) vs. Chicago White Sox (21%)
The 40-year-old veteran keeps finding a way to get the job done. He's 5-2 with a 3.82 ERA on the season and has put together three straight quality starts, including seven scoreless innings against Houston his last time out. The White Sox as a team are batting .253 on the road and hit just .250 against the A's in three games in Oakland last season.

4. Tyler Lyons, STL: (Tues.) at Kansas City (3% owned)
It doesn't get much deeper on the waiver wire than Lyons, as the rookie lefthander will be making just his second major league start. His first one came on the road too, in San Diego, and he certainly showed (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) he was up to the task there in getting the win. The Royals have scored the third-fewest runs at home (81 in 22 G entering Monday), which only helps Lyons' case.

5. Tyler Chatwood, COL (Wed.) vs. Houston (2%)
Chatwood has put together three straight solid starts (1 ER in his last 17 2/3 IP), including holding the Giants to one run over 5 2/3 innings at home on May 18. The Astros are 6-16 on the road so far this season.

Closing Morsels:

Cleveland's Chris Perez was summoned from the bullpen on Sunday in Boston trying to close out a 5-2 lead and proceeded to walk three and give up two hits in just 2/3 of an inning. He left with a shoulder injury after giving up two runs and was replaced by left-hander Joe Smith, who gave up the game-winning, two-run double on the first pitch he threw to Jacoby Ellsbury. Perez was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with shoulder soreness and he could be out an extended period of time, if not the season. The likely replacement would appear to be setup man Vinnie Pestano, but he is having problems with his velocity following his own recent DL stint. This situation bears watching as the Indians are right behind the Tigers in the AL Central and have been in quite a few close games ... Milwaukee closer Jim Henderson was put on the 15-day DL on Saturday after he injured his right hamstring on Friday against Pittsburgh. For now it appears that Francisco Rodriguez, and not former closer John Axford, will get the save opportunities while Henderson is sidelined. K-Rod got the final out on Friday following the injury to Henderson to secure the win for the Brewers ... Colorado's Rafael Betancourt injured his groin last Tuesday against Arizona and didn't pitch again until Saturday, when he blew the save (1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB) against San Francisco. For now, it looks like he will avoid the DL but that doesn't mean that setup men Rex Brothers or Wilton Lopez won't get some opportunities to close out some games either. Brothers picked up the save last Wednesday, but the lefty recorded a blown save on Saturday against the Giants. Lopez hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances.

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