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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: Aug 20

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Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (8/13-8/19):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Nick Swisher

NYY

OF

6

4

11

1

.370

1.285

2.

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

8

3

5

3

.370

1.267

3.

Jay Bruce

CIN

OF

9

3

7

0

.429

1.377

4.

Todd Frazier*

CIN

1/3/OF

8

3

6

2

.370

1.120

5.

Albert Pujols

LAA

1B

6

4

9

0

.320

1.186

6.

Hanley Ramirez

LAD

3B/SS

6

3

9

0

.367

1.173

7.

Danny Espinosa*

WAS

2B/SS

5

3

7

0

.458

1.375

8.

Garrett Jones*

PIT

1B/OF

3

2

12

0

.423

1.222

9.

Aaron Hill

ARI

2B

7

3

5

1

.364

1.326

10.

Miguel Cabrera

DET

1B/3B

7

2

6

0

.476

1.387

11.

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

5

4

6

1

.320

1.210

12.

Eric Young*

COL

2B/OF

6

2

5

2

.370

1.081

13.

Ryan Ludwick*

CIN

OF

6

4

6

0

.348

1.357

14.

Alcides Escobar*

KC

SS

6

0

1

4

.480

1.060

15.

Starlin Castro

CHC

SS

6

1

5

2

.407

1.115

16.

David DeJesus*

CHC

OF

6

3

5

0

.409

1.428

17.

Adam Dunn

CHW

1B/OF

6

4

7

0

.269

1.136

18.

B.J. Upton

TB

OF

5

3

8

0

.333

1.122

19.

Luis Cruz*

LAD

3B/SS

5

2

6

0

.458

1.333

20.

Chris Young*

ARI

OF

4

2

6

1

.400

1.229

21.

Mark Reynolds*

BAL

1B/3B

3

3

7

0

.400

1.355

22.

Derek Jeter

NYY

SS

8

1

3

1

.370

1.026

23.

Willin Rosario*

COL

C

7

1

5

0

.444

1.222

24.

Ben Zobrist

TB

2B/SS/OF

6

2

6

0

.348

1.114

25.

Erick Aybar*

LAA

SS

4

2

4

2

.346

1.024

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Trade Dealine Has Passed

Most trade deadlines were this Sunday, which means that the only way you can improve your roster is by hovoring around the waiver wire. While call-ups like Jean Segura in Milwaukee or Manny Machado in Baltimore are high-profile, there are plenty of other sneaky additions to be found. Todd Frazier is a must-add with his position eligibility and pure pop in the bat. In 309 at-bats, he has an .889 OPS and 17 big flies. Joey Votto's absence has given Frazier a chance to prove his worth. He will be in the line-up from here on out. Danny Espinosa is a counting stat machine who will sap your batting average. As long as you understand this, and he can still help, do not hesistate to add the talented MI from Washington. Colorado's Eric Young has some nice value as well is you need speed and scoring.

Who am I not buying? Garrett Jones, Ryan Ludwick, Erick Aybar and Mark Reynolds. They might add some pop (or speed in Aybar's case) to your fantasy batting order, but history keeps me from adding any of the foursome. Chris Young almost falls into this group as well, but I am more comfortable adding the D-Backs outfielder than the rest.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

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Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Jeremy Guthrie*

KC

22.2

2

19

0.00

0.62

2.

Cole Hamels

PHI

25.2

3

21

1.05

0.86

3.

Johnny Cueto

CIN

23.0

2

20

1.96

0.61

4.

Paul Maholm*

ATL

16.0

2

12

0.56

0.69

5.

Kris Medlen*

ATL

15.1

2

13

0.59

0.72

6.

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

23.1

2

14

1.54

0.77

7.

Chad Billingsley

LAD

21.1

3

14

1.69

0.94

8.

Matt Moore

TB

19.1

2

20

1.86

0.93

9.

Felix Hernandez

SEA

16.0

1

15

2.25

0.38

10.

James Shields

TB

21.0

2

16

2.57

0.76

11.

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

21.2

3

21

2.08

1.20

12.

Chris Capuano

LAD

22.1

1

24

2.01

0.94

13.

David Price

TB

14.0

2

13

1.29

0.86

14.

Clay Buchholz*

BOS

17.0

2

13

2.12

0.76

15.

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

14.1

2

15

3.14

0.70

16.

Roy Halladay

PHI

15.0

1

15

2.40

0.60

17.

Jonathon Niese*

NYM

21.1

2

1

2.11

1.03

18.

Max Scherzer

DET

13.0

2

18

1.38

1.23

19.

Mat Latos

CIN

22.0

0

18

1.23

0.91

20.

Jon Lester

BOS

19.2

2

20

2.75

1.02

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Chad Billingsley, LAD: MIA (Sat.) 71% owned
Bills might not be on your waiver wire, but if he is, now is the time to jump. He is very streaky and has allowed five earned runs in his last five starts. His last two starts: 15.0 IP, 0 ER, 8 H, 9 K, 3 BB.

2. Jonathon Niese, NYM: HOU (Fri.) 56% owned
The rising star of Queens has been a pleasant surprise for Mets fans. His 3.49/1.15 season ratios play in any league. He has allowed six earnies in his last four starts (3-1) with 22 Ks and five BBs.

3. Patrick Corbin, ARI: SD (Fri.) 14% owned
Since being moved into the rotation, the youngster has allowed eight earned runs and only 19 hits over his last 26.0 innings with 24 strikeouts and a 3-0 record. The lefty gets to face the Padres on Friday.

4. Kris Medlen, ATL: at WAS (Wed.) 44% owned
This guy has always had nasty stuff and loads of upside. He got moved into the rotation four starts ago and has been excellent. He has allowed three total ER, with 22 Ks and 4 BBs with a 3-0 mark in those starts.

5. Trevor Cahill, ARI: MIA (Tues.) 55% owned
While the D-Back righty may never be a fantasy star, he has had plenty of servicable moments. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in seven of his last nine starts, including two one-run efforts in his last four.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

15.1

1

13

26

0

0.59

0.78

2.

Tyler Clippard

WAS

14.0

0

12

16

0

1.93

1.00

3.

Fernando Rodney

TB

13.0

0

11

12

0

0.69

1.00

4.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

10.1

1

8

17

0

1.74

0.77

5.

J.J. Putz

ARI

9.2

0

7

15

0

0.00

0.41

6.

Tom Wilhelmsen*

SEA

11.0

1

9

13

0

2.45

0.73

7.

Huston Street (DL)

SD

9.2

0

6

9

0

0.00

0.10

8.

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

12.1

1

6

14

0

0.73

0.97

9.

Adam Ottavino*

COL

24.1

3

0

19

3

2.59

0.86

10.

Jason Motte

STL

11.2

0

7

19

0

2.31

0.86

11.

Rafael Betancourt

COL

10.1

0

8

6

0

0.87

0.68

12.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

12.1

0

7

12

0

2.19

0.73

13.

Joel Peralta*

TB

14.2

0

0

22

10

0.61

0.55

14.

Darren O'Day*

BAL

13.2

1

0

15

4

0.66

0.59

15.

Jordan Norberto*

OAK

17.0

2

0

20

1

1.59

1.00

16.

Brandon Lyon*

TOR

12.0

1

0

22

4

1.50

0.67

17.

Grant Balfour*

OAK

11.1

0

4

13

3

0.79

0.71

18.

Sean Marshall*

CIN

11.2

2

0

13

3

2.31

0.51

19.

Greg Holland*

KC

14.0

2

5

13

1

2.57

1.29

20.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

7.0

0

3

15

0

0.00

0.57

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

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