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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: Aug 12

Justin Morneau

There are just seven weeks left in the MLB regular season, which means the fantasy baseball playoffs are even closer. Athlon Sports has everything you need to catch up on what took place on the fantasy diamond during the past seven days. Our fantasy junkies bring you last week's top hitters, some starting pitchers who are on a roll, and also identify the waiver wire pick ups and spot starters you need to keep an eye on.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (Aug 5-11):

 

Name

Pos.

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1

Miguel Cabrera

3B

DET

7

4

11

0

.429

1.444

2

Adam Jones

OF

BAL

7

2

8

1

.571

1.470

3

Josh Reddick

OF

OAK

6

5

8

0

.316

1.486

4

Elvis Andrus

SS

TEX

7

1

5

5

.321

.903

5

Adrian Beltre

3B

TEX

8

2

7

0

.435

1.275

6

Alexi Ramirez*

SS

CWS

5

2

7

2

.382

1.000

7

Mike Trout

OF

LAA

5

2

6

3

.350

1.169

8

Leonys Martin*

OF

TEX

4

0

5

7

.269

.656

9

Jayson Werth

OF

WAS

7

2

6

0

.500

1.442

10

Brandon Belt*

1B

SF

8

2

5

0

.440

1.300

11

Matt Holliday

OF

STL

4

2

6

1

.478

1.325

12

Alex Gordon

OF

KC

4

3

6

2

.286

1.002

13

Justin Upton

OF

ATL

4

3

5

1

.391

1.243

14

Justin Morneau*

1B

MIN

4

4

10

0

.226

.895

15

Aaron Hill

2B

ARI

4

2

7

0

.474

1.471

16

Austin Jackson

OF

DET

9

2

2

0

.371

1.192

17

Brett Lawrie

2B/3B

TOR

5

0

4

3

.435

1.132

18

Eric Hosmer

1B

KC

5

1

8

0

.414

1.073

19

Brian Dozier*

2B/SS

MIN

4

2

7

1

.345

1.171

20

Alex Rios

OF

TEX

5

0

6

2

.450

1.100

21

Donnie Murphy*

2B/3B

CHC

4

3

7

0

.316

1.245

22

Jacoby Ellsbury

OF

BOS

4

3

7

0

.316

1.245

23

Jose Reyes

SS

TOR

3

2

8

1

.310

.885

24

Billy Butler

1B

KC

6

1

5

0

.429

1.163

25

Jose Bautista

OF

TOR

6

2

3

0

.435

1.319

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Weekly Waiver Wire:

Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (34% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)
This week will be heavy on corner infield help, in particular, first base. Belt has raised his season ratios to a useful .271/.815 and has had an excellent last month. He hit four homers with 12 runs scored and 11 RBIs to go with .328/.990 rates. He may finally be realizing his long-talked about potential.

Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN (64%)
This has been arguably the worst year of Morneau's career. I added him before the trade deadline assuming he would land somewhere better. That didn't happen, but the Twins slugger finally started slugging. He hit four bombs with 10 RBIs over the last week and obviously has the track record to help out on offense.

Brian Dozier, 2B/SS, MIN (28%)
In 372 at-bats this year, Dozier has helped across the board: 50 R, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 9 SB. His .245 batting average doesn't make him a must-add but he has proven he can sustain counting stat success. And the .738 OPS for a middle infielder is respectable. He is a great "MI" add late in the year.

Justin Maxwell, OF, KC (7%)
Maxwell is one of the smaller names to have made the most of a change in area code. He has a .450 BA with three big flies and six RBIs in nine games since moving from Houston to Kansas City. Lorezno Cain is on the DL for the foreseeable future and Maxwell should benefit from playing in the surging Royals lineup. 

Ike Davis, 1B, NYM (31%)
Seriously? No, I am not kidding, Davis could help your fantasy team. Davis is hitting .328 with a 1.031 OPS over the last month and has been one of the NL's best hitters since the break. He blasted a ton of home runs in the second half last year and could be in store for another solid final two months. Especially, since he is playing for his job in New York.

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Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1

David Price

TB

23.1

1

17

0.77

0.64

2

Martin Perez*

TEX

22.2

2

19

1.59

0.88

3

Alex Wood*

ATL

19.0

2

17

1.89

0.74

4

Anibal Sanchez

DET

21.2

2

20

2.08

0.83

5

Dan Haren*

WAS

14.0

2

13

1.29

0.71

6

Tim Lincecum

SF

15.0

1

13

0.60

0.60

7

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

22.0

1

18

1.23

0.82

8

Max Scherzer

DET

14.2

2

11

1.23

0.75

9

Chad Gaudin*

SF

18.1

1

19

0.98

0.98

10

Wade Miley*

ARI

13.1

2

13

0.68

1.05

11

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

23.0

1

26

2.74

0.87

12

Matt Harvey

NYM

14.2

1

14

1.84

0.61

13

Yu Darvish

TEX

14.0

2

20

1.93

1.14

14

Zack Greinke

LAD

19.2

2

18

1.83

1.07

15

Bruce Chen*

KC

13.2

1

10

0.66

0.73

16

Jose Fernandez

MIA

13.0

1

19

1.38

1.00

17

Matt Cain

SF

22.0

1

18

2.45

0.82

18

Lance Lynn

STL

20.2

1

23

2.61

0.92

19

Julio Teheran

ATL

11.0

2

15

1.64

1.18

20

Jered Weaver

LAA

21.2

2

15

2.49

0.97

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Sonny Gray, OAK (Thur.) vs. Houston (5% owned)
Who? The elite first-round talent from Vanderbilt has worked his way quickly through the A's system and has a shot at securing a permanent rotation spot the rest of the year should he pitch well. He has 10.0 MLB innings with a 1.80 ERA, 11 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP. He gets Houston on Thursday. Yes, please.

2. Tony Cingrani, CIN (Tues.) at Milwaukee (59%)
This kid knows how to strike people out — try 102 in 87.2 innings this year. And it looks like he has finally settled into the Reds rotation for good. He has allowed more than two earned runs just once (3 ER vs. STL) in his last seven starts. Look for good things from Cingrani against the lowly Brewers.

3. Jenrry Mejia, NYM (Sat.) at San Diego (9%)
Formerly one of the Mets' top prospects turned Tommy John patient is back on the bump for the Mets. He has three starts under his belt this year, all of which he went into the sixth inning and allowed 3 or fewer runs. In fact, he has allowed just four earned runs in 18.1 innings with 18 strikeouts and just three walks.

4. Jarrod Parker, OAK (Wed.) vs. Houston (62%)
Parker had a horrendous start to the year but bounced back during the summer in a big way. He walks too many folks (96 K, 50 BB, 138 IP) but has been solid for the A's. He has won his last six decisions and should see success against the Stros this week.

5. Zack Wheeler, NYM (Thurs.) at San Diego (39%)
He is still ironing out his command issues but Wheeler has big-time ability and has a respectable 5-2 record on a bad team. Five of his last seven starts have featured two earned runs or less and he has 45 Ks in 57.0 career innings. Look for a solid outing against the Fathers this weekend.

Closing Morsels
Is there trouble with No. 42? Mo Rivera has 35 saves with 41 strikeouts and a tidy 2.44 ERA in 44.1 innings this year. However, he has blown his last three chances with five earned runs allowed. He owns the longest leash in history but it may be worth adding Dave Robertson just in case... The Mets are in full-on committee mode with Bobby Parnell on the DL. LaTroy Hawkins, David Aardsma and Scott Rice could all get action down the stretch.... Josh Fields might be the closer frontrunner the rest of the way for the Astros but Joshua Zeid, Wesley Wright andChia-Jen Lo are in the mix as well. You might want to stay away from this one... Ernesto Frieri hasn't converted a save chance since Aug. 2 and has been giving up way too many runs. Dane De La Rosa and Kevin Jepsen are the top choices as embattled Ryan Madson has been released. Something tells me the high-K Frieri will settle back down and regain the majority of the chances... Seattle's Tom Wilhelmsen and Arizona's David Hernandez aren't in the majors any longer.

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