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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: Aug 13

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Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (8/6-8/13):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Josh Hamilton

TEX

OF

7

3

9

1

.455

1.493

2.

Adrian Gonzalez

BOS

1B/OF

6

2

14

0

.393

1.290

3.

Chase Headley

SD

3B

6

3

11

0

.333

1.110

4.

Billy Butler

KC

1B

7

4

7

0

.333

1.305

5.

Dustin Pedroia

BOS

2B

8

0

4

2

.500

1.221

6.

Desmond Jennings

OF

TB

9

1

2

2

.474

1.366

7.

Alex Gordon

KC

OF

6

3

4

2

.333

1.022

8.

Jon Jay*

STL

OF

6

0

4

2

.536

1.188

9.

Erick Aybar*

LAA

SS

7

1

3

2

.458

1.105

10.

Justin Morneau*

MIN

1B

6

3

7

0

.375

1.194

11.

B.J. Upton

TB

OF

6

2

7

2

.250

.933

12.

Matt Kemp

LAD

OF

4

1

5

3

.400

1.044

13.

Eric Chavez*

NYY

3B

6

2

5

0

.536

1.651

14.

Freddie Freeman

ATL

1B

7

2

9

0

.273

1.021

15.

Manny Machado*

BAL

SS

5

3

7

0

.375

1.500

16.

Buster Posey

SF

C/1B

4

3

7

0

.421

1.466

17.

Nick Markakis

BAL

OF

5

3

7

0

.323

1.063

18.

Michael Bourn

ATL

OF

6

1

6

1

.375

1.083

19.

Neil Walker

PIT

2B

5

2

9

0

.321

.940

20.

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

2

2

7

3

.261

.855

21.

Ryan Howard

PHI

1B

4

3

8

0

.304

1.072

22.

Michael Morse

WAS

1B/OF

5

3

6

0

.323

1.023

23.

Matt Wieters

BAL

C

4

3

8

0

.292

1.162

24.

Justin Ruggiano*

MIA

OF

4

2

4

2

.333

.985

25.

A.J. Pierzynski

CWS

C

4

2

6

0

.435

1.197

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Manny Being Manny

The Orioles are going to be really good next season. The latest in a long line of very talented draft picks to make the big league roster, shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado made quite the debut this weekend. The third overall pick in the 2010 draft flew through the minors and made his debut last Thursday with a 2-4, 3B, R line to start. He then hit two bombs in his second game and then another on Sunday. He has six hits in 16 at-bats with 7 RBI and 5 runs. Just as important, he struck out only twice. Manny has huge upside and could easily be the next big star in the game. At a premium position, he is worth adding — especially, in keeper leagues.

Coors Field Delight

Look to add Marlins and Brewers this week as both will visit Coors Field in Colorado. With Giancarlo Stanton back in the line-up and Jose Reyes setting the table, names like Carlos Lee and Justin Ruggiano are worth a look this week. It also could be good news for the surging Rickie Weeks and always underrated Jonathan Lucroy. Get the rest of your Fish and Brewcrew into the line-up.

Aging First Basemen

Justin Morneau and Ryan Howard have seen former first-round fantasy value plummet to the waiver wire. Yet, both had solid weeks last week and both could provide plenty of pop down the stretch. Certainly, both could find the DL as well, but both seem to be showing signs of life, and while healthy, will provide HR, RBI and OPS help to most rosters.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

James Shields

TB

24.0

2

19

1.13

0.50

2.

Roy Halladay

PHI

15.0

2

13

0.60

0.40

3.

Clay Buchholz*

BOS

24.0

2

13

1.13

0.71

4.

A.J. Burnett

PIT

23.1

2

25

2.31

0.86

5.

Jered Weaver

LAA

22.1

2

17

2.01

0.76

6.

Patrick Corbin*

ARI

19.0

2

19

1.89

0.89

7.

Adam Wainwright

STL

16.0

2

14

1.13

0.81

8.

Alex Cobb*

TB

14.0

2

13

1.29

0.71

9.

Miguel Gonzalez*

BAL

21.2

2

17

2.08

0.88

10.

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

21.2

3

17

2.08

1.11

11.

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

13.1

2

14

2.03

0.68

12.

R.A. Dickey

NYM

16.0

1

19

1.69

0.75

13.

Johnny Cueto

CIN

22.1

2

21

2.82

0.90

14.

David Price

TB

22.0

1

21

2.05

0.86

15.

Mike Fiers

MIL

14.0

2

13

1.93

0.79

16.

Cole Hamels

PHI

16.0

1

15

1.13

0.81

17.

Mat Latos

CIN

14.1

1

13

0.63

0.77

18.

Chris Sale

CWS

14.2

2

18

2.45

0.95

19.

Kris Medlen*

ATL

16.2

2

16

1.62

1.08

20.

Paul Maholm*

ATL

16.0

1

13

1.69

0.69

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Doug Fister, DET: at MIN (Tues.) 74% owned
Has posted six straight quality starts with 41 strikeouts and only six walks over that span to go with four wins. The Twins won't get to him this time around.

2. Scott Diamond, MIN: at SEA (Sat.) 50% owned
It is absurd that Diamond is owned in only half of the leagues out there. Do people not know he has 10 wins, a 2.97 ERA and 1.19 WHIP — for the TWINS!?!

3. Jarrod Parker, OAK: at KC (Tues.) 44% owned
Parker has loads of upside and has shown flashes of brilliance, but needs to be more consistent. He has ironed out the free-pass issues of late (25K: 6BB last 5 starts). Gets second start against Cleveland.

4. Chad Billingsly, LAD: at PIT (Tues.) 64% owned
Has had a great last month with four straight wins in four straight starts. He has cut down on the baserunners and the Ks will always be there. Gives you a second start at Atlanta this week too.

5. Clayton Richard, SD: SF (Sun.) 19% owned
Gets two starts this week (at ATL, Tues.) and is coming off a complete game shutout of the Cubs. Won't pile up Ks but should help ratios against these two offenses this week.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

16.2

0

16

32

0

0.00

0.54

2.

Huston Street (DL)

SD

12.0

0

8

13

0

0.00

0.08

3.

Fernando Rodney

TB

15.1

0

11

13

0

0.59

0.78

4.

Jason Motte

STL

10.2

1

6

17

0

0.84

0.66

5.

J.J. Putz

ARI

9.2

0

6

14

0

0.00

0.41

6.

Tom Wilhelmsen*

SEA

13.0

0

9

15

0

2.77

0.77

7.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

12.1

1

7

17

0

1.46

1.14

8.

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

14.2

1

7

16

0

1.84

1.09

9.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

10.2

0

10

19

0

3.38

1.22

10.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

9.0

0

5

16

0

1.00

0.44

11.

Greg Holland*

KC

15.0

3

3

16

1

2.40

1.13

12.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

11.2

0

7

12

0

2.31

0.77

13.

Joel Peralta*

TB

14.1

0

0

22

9

0.63

0.56

14.

Kevin Jepsen*

LAA

11.2

2

1

11

4

0.77

0.69

15.

Steve Cishek*

MIA

10.1

0

6

11

0

0.87

0.87

16.

Jeremy Affeldt*

SF

14.2

1

2

14

1

1.84

0.68

17.

Glen Perkins*

MIN

12.2

1

3

13

1

2.84

0.71

18.

Octavio Dotel*

DET

11.1

1

0

10

4

0.79

0.44

19.

Vinnie Pestano*

CLE

14.0

0

0

13

7

0.00

0.71

20.

Jose Valverde

DET

12.0

0

6

10

0

3.00

0.92

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

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