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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: Aug 27

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Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (8/20-8/26):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

7

5

9

0

.433

1.533

2.

Jason Heyward

ATL

OF

5

4

8

2

.393

1.254

3.

Allen Craig

STL

1/2/OF

8

2

9

0

.440

1.220

4.

Giancarlo Stanton

MIA

OF

7

5

8

0

.286

1.167

5.

Dustin Pedroia

BOS

2B

6

2

6

3

.357

1.133

6.

Ian Kinsler

TEX

2B

7

2

9

0

.407

1.278

7.

Aaron Hill

ARI

2B

5

3

7

2

.308

1.049

8.

Pedro Ciriaco*

BOS

2/3/SS

8

1

4

1

.464

1.126

9.

Jimmy Rollins

PHI

SS

5

1

7

3

.346

.956

10.

Mitch Moreland*

TEX

1B/OF

6

2

10

0

.360

.986

11.

Andre Ethier

LAD

OF

7

2

6

0

.440

1.200

12.

Angel Pagan*

SF

OF

10

0

2

2

.414

1.090

13.

Michael Saunders*

SEA

OF

5

3

6

1

.333

1.345

14.

Freddie Freeman

ATL

1B

6

3

6

1

.296

1.116

15.

Derek Jeter

NYY

SS

7

3

4

0

.357

1.129

16.

Alex Rios

CHW

OF

6

1

3

3

.348

.984

17.

Edwin Encarnacion

TOR

1B/3B

5

3

6

0

.368

1.350

18.

Matt Holliday

STL

OF

6

0

8

0

.444

1.111

19.

Jacoby Ellsbury

BOS

OF

5

0

4

3

.379

.848

20.

Josh Hamilton

TEX

OF

6

1

9

0

.333

.886

21.

John Mayberry*

PHI

1B/OF

5

2

7

0

.346

.910

22.

Jonathan Lucroy*

MIL

C

3

2

7

0

.467

1.489

23.

Will Venable*

SD

OF

7

0

3

1

.476

1.236

24.

Jon Jay*

STL

OF

6

0

3

2

.407

.888

25.

Jose Reyes

MIA

SS

4

2

6

1

.300

.964

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Backstop Help

It is a shame that his wife dropped a suitcase on his hand, because Jonathan Lucroy was assured of his best season of his short three-year career. He is now up to .333 with a .937 OPS on the season with eight dingers in 207 at-bats. But if you need help at catcher for the final title push, the Brewers backstop is a great place to start.

Outfield Speed

If you need some outfield speed, it looks like there are plenty of options on the waiver wire. Will Venable (18 SB, 6% owned), Coco Crisp (28 SB, 43%), Ben Revere (30 SB, 38%), Cameron Maybin (24 SB, 39%) and even Juan Pierre (32 SB, 19%) should be available in most formats and all can provide a bump in one or two categories. Crisp offers the most complete line while Revere will help your team batting average as well.

First Baggers

Mitch Moreland (23% owned), Garrett Jones (56%) and John Mayberry (5%) could all be useful for teams with first base or corner infield concerns. Jones is the No. 5-rated 1B over the last month while Moreland and Mayberry have had great last weeks. All three can offer some pop while not hurting your team in any other way. They are low-risk, high-reward pick-ups.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Max Scherzer

DET

21.0

3

27

0.86

0.90

2.

Kyle Kendrick

PHI

21.2

3

16

0.83

0.69

3.

Felix Hernandez

SEA

16.2

2

17

0.54

0.48

4.

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

25.0

2

15

1.44

0.56

5.

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

24.0

2

26

2.63

0.71

6.

Matt Harrison

TEX

22.1

2

14

1.21

0.67

7.

Adam Wainwright

STL

20.2

3

19

1.74

0.87

8.

David Price

TB

15.0

1

16

0.00

0.53

9.

Kris Medlen*

ATL

16.0

2

13

0.00

0.81

10.

Madison Bumgarner

SF

23.1

2

21

1.93

0.90

11.

Matt Cain

SF

15.0

2

11

1.20

0.73

12.

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

14.0

2

18

1.93

0.86

13.

Matt Harvey*

NYM

13.2

1

17

1.32

0.73

14.

Wade Miley

ARI

14.0

2

10

0.64

0.93

15.

J.A. Happ*

TOR

13.1

1

15

1.35

0.75

16.

Cliff Lee

PHI

21.1

1

26

2.53

1.03

17.

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

12.0

2

17

2.25

1.08

18.

Mark Buehrle*

MIA

19.2

3

11

2.29

1.07

19.

Chad Billingsley (DL)*

LAD

18.1

2

10

1.47

1.04

20.

Zach Britton*

BAL

13.2

2

11

1.32

1.10

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* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Kris Medlen, ATL: at SD (Tues.) 65% owned
I told you to start him last week and he delivered 7.0 shutout innings with a 7:1 K:BB ratio and the win. Now, he gets San Diego. 

2. Jonathon Niese, NYM: @ PHI (Thur.) 61% owned
This kid has been lights-out for the Mets of late. The last time he didn't finish the sixth inning was May 28 and has 11 quality starts in his last 15 starts, including three straight. He has allowed three ER in three starts this year against the Phillies.

3. Derek Holland, TEX: at CLE (Sun.) 53% owned
The lefty from Ohio has been frustrating to owners all season with his up and down play. But he has been solid in his last three outings: 1-0, 20.1 IP, 17 K, 3 BB, 8 ER. He also gets the Rays on Monday.

4. Tommy Milone, OAK: at CLE (Tues.) 40% owned
On the year, Milone has useful 3.87 and 1.19 ERA and WHIP season-long ratios. He last time out, he pitched 8.0 innings with one earned run. He has 36 Ks and only 4 BBs in his last six starts. He gets Boston on Sunday.

5. Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA: at Min (Tues.) 21% owned
He hasn't allowed four earned runs in a start since July 15 and has allowed one earned run over his last two outings. He has won three of his last four decisions and gets the Twins offense. He gets the Angels on Sunday.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

13.1

1

11

19

0

0.68

0.75

2.

JJ Putz

ARI

11.2

0

8

16

0

0.00

0.51

3.

Greg Holland

KC

14.1

2

7

12

0

0.63

0.84

4.

Fernando Rodney

TB

14.0

0

11

12

0

0.64

0.86

5.

Jim Johnson

BAL

10.0

0

9

8

0

0.00

0.40

6.

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

12.1

1

7

15

0

0.73

0.81

7.

Grant Balfour

OAK

12.2

0

7

13

2

1.42

0.39

8.

Tyler Clippard

WAS

13.0

0

10

13

0

2.08

1.08

9.

Rafael Betancourt

COL

11.1

0

9

6

0

0.79

0.88

10.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

8.1

1

5

13

0

2.16

0.48

11.

Wilton Lopez

HOU

12.2

2

2

12

0

1.42

0.71

12.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

11.2

0

7

9

0

1.54

0.86

13.

Glen Perkins*

MIN

11.2

1

3

11

0

1.54

0.60

14.

Jose Valverde

DET

12.0

0

7

10

0

2.25

0.83

15.

Jason Motte

STL

9.2

0

7

16

0

2.79

1.03

16.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

8.0

0

2

18

0

0.00

0.50

17.

Huston Street (DL)

SD

6.1

0

4

6

0

0.00

0.00

18.

Adam Occtavino*

COL

23.1

3

0

18

1

2.70

1.03

19.

Luke Gregerson*

SD

14.0

0

1

14

9

0.00

0.71

20.

Steve Cishek*

MIA

11.0

0

8

11

0

2.45

1.18

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

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