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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: April 29

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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 and every week.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (Apr. 22-Apr. 28):

 

Name

Pos.

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Nate McLouth*

OF

BAL

10

1

6

4

.545

1.433

2.

Edwin Encarnacion

1B

TOR

8

5

8

0

.308

1.264

3.

David Ortiz

1B

BOS

7

2

9

0

.478

1.413

4.

Omar Infante*

2B

DET

7

2

5

1

.526

1.603

5.

Giancarlo Stanton

OF

MIA

6

3

8

0

.364

1.280

6.

Josh Donaldson*

3B

OAK

4

0

10

1

.545

1.497

7.

Russell Martin*

C/1B

PIT

5

4

6

0

.375

1.333

8.

Ryan Howard

1B

PHI

5

2

10

0

.308

.950

9.

Manny Machado

3B

BAL

5

0

5

2

.433

1.118

10.

Alex Gordon

OF

KC

5

2

7

1

.318

1.011

11.

Nelson Cruz

OF

TEX

4

2

9

0

.360

1.107

12.

Justin Upton

OF

ATL

6

3

5

0

.333

1.250

13.

Miguel Cabrera

3B

DET

5

1

8

0

.450

1.228

14.

Starling Marte

OF

PIT

5

0

0

5

.333

.829

15.

Howie Kendrick

2B

LAA

4

2

6

0

.375

1.131

16.

Buster Posey

C/1B

SF

3

2

6

0

.429

1.310

17.

Dustin Pedroia

2B

BOS

5

0

4

2

.370

.971

18.

Pedro Alvarez*

3B

PIT

4

2

6

0

.360

.970

19.

Evan Longoria

3B

TB

5

2

5

0

.345

1.008

20.

Carl Crawford

OF

LAD

5

3

4

1

.217

.889

21.

Yuniesky Betancourt*

1/2/3B

MIL

3

2

8

0

.333

.958

22.

Alcides Escobar

SS

KC

4

1

3

2

.381

1.077

23.

Kyle Seager

2B/3B

SEA

5

2

5

0

.346

1.010

24.

Robinson Cano

2B

NYY

5

2

4

1

.296

.938

25.

Carlos Gomez

OF

MIL

5

1

2

1

.450

1.292

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Weekly Waiver Wire:

Nate McLouth, OF, BAL (48% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
McLouth has been driving fantasy GMs nuts for years. This is a guy who is capable of huge fantasy success — try 113 R, 26 HR, 94 RBI and 23 SB in 2008 — but has been a huge disappointment ever since — 38 homers in four seasons. He showed signs of life last season, smacking seven bombs and stealing 12 bases in just 209 at-bats. Now, with 17 games in the leadoff spot for the Orioles, McLouth is hitting .382 with 21 runs scored and eight stolen bases. His power is well behind him but he should produce as long as he remains in the one-hole. He is worth a shot at this point if you are desperate for runs and stolen bases.

Gerardo Parra, OF, ARI (32%)
Parra always teases fantasy owners, and while GMs will have to deal with noticeable swoons, the gritty outfielder has the talent to explode from time to time. He hit .417 last week and has a tidy roto line thus far in 2013: 18 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 SB, .320/.864. No, it's not overwhelming but it's very helpful in more than one category. As long as Adam Eaton is on the DL, Parra will get playing time atop the D-Backs order.

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (1%)
Not many Twins are worthy of regular playing time in mixed leagues but Arcia might be worth a look in deeper situations. He hit .316 over 1,449 minor league at-bats with 56 home runs. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has the ability to hit for power — he hit two dingers and drove in six runs last week — and should he work his way up the order (six games batting seventh, two batting sixth and one batting third), he could provide some value. Arcia is also a great keeper option. Aaron Hicks, by the way, has a modest five-game hitting streak going. 

Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B/2B/3B, MIL (37%)
I love guys who can play multiple positions and Betancourt can help at three different positions. That said, I am staying away from the pesky Brewer. He won't slug enough to be a play at first and he isn't going to help in the speed category at all. Would his .274 average and .788 OPS help at second base or middle infield? Possibly. But that is all fantasy owners can expect from the career journeyman.

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Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Felix Hernandez

SEA

22.0

2

28

0.82

0.77

2.

Matt Moore

TB

20.2

3

25

1.74

0.82

3.

Tony Cingrani*

CIN

18.0

2

28

1.50

0.89

4.

Yu Darvish

TEX

13.0

2

21

0.00

0.85

5.

Jordan Zimmerman

WAS

23.0

2

14

1.96

0.61

6.

Kyle Kendrick*

PHI

22.0

1

15

0.82

0.77

7.

Lance Lynn

STL

19.0

3

21

2.37

1.00

8.

Kevin Correia*

MIN

22.0

3

12

1.64

1.00

9.

Doug Fister

DET

21.0

2

18

2.14

0.86

10.

A.J. Burnett

PIT

18.0

2

21

2.00

0.94

11.

Homer Bailey

CIN

21.0

0

24

1.29

0.81

12.

Justin Grimm*

TEX

13.0

2

13

0.69

0.92

13.

Wei-Yin Chen*

BAL

14.0

2

7

0.64

0.79

14.

Ervin Santana*

KC

14.0

2

12

1.29

0.86

15.

Roy Halladay

PHI

13.0

1

14

2.08

0.54

16.

Mat Latos

CIN

14.0

1

14

0.64

0.86

17.

Adam Wainwright

STL

15.1

2

13

1.76

0.98

18.

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

17.0

0

21

1.06

0.94

19.

Alex Cobb

TB

15.2

2

10

1.72

0.96

20.

Jeremy Hellickson*

TB

20.0

1

23

3.15

0.85

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Tony Cingrani, CIN: at Chicago Cubs (Sat.) 60% owned
The fill-in for Johnny Cueto has been electric since being called up. Last week he tossed seven innings with nine strikeouts, no walks and just two earned in a no-decision against the Cubs. Cingrani followed that up with a win on the road against the Nationals with 11 Ks and no earned runs. With 28 whiffs in 18.0 innings and a 1.50 ERA, there is no reason not to take a chance against the lowly Cubbies this week.

2. Tim Hudson, ATL: NY Mets (Sun.) 76% owned
The savvy veteran has allowed more than three earned runs in just one start so far this season and posted a quality start (at least 6 IP, 3 ER or less) in three of his first five outings. On Sunday, he's scheduled to take the mound at home against the Mets. In his career, Hudson is a 15-10 with a respectable 3.60 ERA in 27 career starts against the Braves' division rival.

3. Ervin Santana, KC: Tampa Bay (Thur.) 60% owned
I have never been a big supporter of Santana and his overrated career 4.27/1.29 rate. But he does have his moments of brilliance. In 2013 so far, the righty is sporting a 31:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has allowed just four earned runs over his last four starts. He won three of those and pitched at least seven innings in each one. Tampa Bay isn't a great matchup but it's at home and he is too hot to ignore.

4. Wade Miley, ARI: at San Diego (Fri.) 75% owned
He was a bit wild over the weekend — seven walks in 4.1 against the Rockies — but the Padres should pose much less of a threat this week. Miley didn't allow a run in that shortened start and still boasts a 2.37 ERA with nearly one strikeout per inning. Look for a bounce back start from the young D-Back.

5. Patrick Corbin, ARI: at San Diego (Sat.) 45% owned
I added the young lefty for his start against the Rockies and ended up with a win and five strikeouts with two earned runs. In fact, Corbin has 12 strikeouts and no walks over his last two starts (14.0 IP) while allowing just four earned runs. His 1.91/1.06 ratio plays in any park, but especially PETCO.

Closing Morsels:

Kevin Gregg is the Cubs closer, for now. He is 3-for-3 in save chances and hasn't allowed a run in five appearances this year. Which means he is likely to blow up in your face shortly but there are few other options on the waiver wire if you are desperate... Jose Valverde could be a God-send for the Tigers. He has yet to allow a base runner in three innings and has worked two perfect saves. Add, plug and play... No, Matt Reynolds isn't going to close many games for the Diamondbacks. J.J. Putz was unavailable and David Hernandez blew his chance in the ninth last week. Yet, he may be worth owning in holds leagues. He hasn't allowed a run, has two saves and one hold. There could be some value there... Huston Street has pitched three straight scoreless innings and picked up three saves last week. All is well with the aging veteran. Get him back in your lineup. (But keep Luke Gregerson and Dale Thayer on your watch list though)... Edward Mujica, Jim Henderson and Andrew Bailey all had great weeks and appear to locking themselves into the ninth inning for their respective clubs.

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