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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: Aug 6

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Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (7/30-8/5):

 

Name

Pos.

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Albert Pujols

1B

LAA

9

6

13

1

.424

1.565

2.

Mike Trout

OF

LAA

11

3

9

2

.300

1.038

3.

Adam LaRoche*

1B

WAS

6

4

10

0

.478

1.563

4.

A.J. Pierzynski

C

CHW

6

5

11

0

.333

1.567

5.

Drew Stubbs

OF

CIN

10

2

2

3

.348

1.032

6.

Matt Holliday

OF

STL

6

3

10

0

.400

1.284

7.

Buster Posey

C/1B

SF

4

3

9

0

.500

1.558

8.

Carl Crawford

OF

BOS

7

2

8

1

.345

1.057

9.

Chase Headley*

3B

SD

4

3

9

1

.333

1.175

10.

Paul Goldschmidt

1B

ARI

5

3

7

0

.435

1.288

11.

Jarrod Dyson*

OF

KC

3

0

2

5

.526

1.263

12.

Melky Carbrera

OF

SF

10

1

5

1

.345

1.096

13.

Kendrys Morales*

1B/OF

LAA

5

3

8

0

.391

1.288

14.

Chris Johnson*

3B

ARI

3

3

10

0

.382

1.292

15.

Jose Reyes

SS

MIA

7

0

1

3

.429

1.073

16.

Prince Fielder

1B

DET

6

2

7

0

.421

1.362

17.

Ian Kinsler

2B

TEX

8

2

4

0

.393

1.112

18.

Angel Pagan*

OF

SF

7

1

4

2

.350

1.085

19.

Yadier Molina

C

STL

4

0

3

3

.500

1.091

20.

Omar Infante*

2B

DET

5

1

6

1

.471

1.362

21.

Alex Rios

OF

CHW

7

2

4

0

.407

1.074

22.

Scott Hairston*

OF

NYM

7

2

3

1

.333

1.035

23.

Ryan Ludwick*

OF

CIN

2

2

11

0

.364

1.144

24.

Carlos Beltran

OF

STL

6

2

4

1

.333

1.037

25.

Ben Revere*

OF

MIN

5

0

2

3

.407

.874

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Opportunity Knocks

If you need a late season push in stolen bases, it appears that there are plenty of names to be had on the waiver wire. Ben Revere was a highly-touted prospect who gets on base with regularity and will make plenty of things happen when he gets on (61 career SB in 781 ABs). Jarrod Dyson, Angel Pagan, Rajai Davis and Juan Pierre (especially, if he gets moved to a contender) are all owned by less than 70% of leagues.

I am not buying into the Chase Headley surge but I do like what Yonder Alonso has been able to do of late. He has two homers and eight doubles over his last 41 at-bats and has dual 1B-OF eligibility.

The entire Diamondbacks line-up appears to be blossoming finally. Justin Upton is showing signs of life and Paul Goldschmidt has been smacking the ball around. Aaron Hill shouldn't be on your waiver wire either. Chris Johnson, however, might be the sneaky pick-up at one of the worst positions in the game. He has three dingers and 10 RBIs over the last week and could be on the team that wins the NL West.

Some other call-ups to watch are Texas do-everything infield slugger Mike Olt, Cleveland outfielder Ezequiel Carrera (7-12 over the weekend) and the Phillies' Dominic Brown (5-18 since being called-up). The Cubs' Brett Jackson made his major league debut on Sunday and the outfielder could be an intriguing power-speed option, and teammate and hot corner prospect Josh Vitters should also take his first hacks in the big leagues at some point this week. Monitor closely and don't be afraid to add quickly.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

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Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

A.J. Burnett

PIT

25.0

3

20

1.44

0.56

2.

Josh Johnson

MIA

19.2

2

22

0.92

0.71

3.

Chad Billingsley

LAD

20.1

3

13

0.89

0.89

4.

Scott Feldman*

TEX

22.2

3

14

1.19

0.93

5.

Felix Hernandez

SEA

23.1

2

16

1.54

0.77

6.

David Price

TB

22.0

1

26

1.64

0.86

7.

Wei-Yin Chen*

BAL

19.1

2

21

1.40

1.03

8.

Adam Wainwright

STL

22.1

2

19

2.01

0.90

9.

Doug Fister*

DET

24.0

2

19

1.88

0.96

10.

Mike Minor*

ATL

18.2

1

14

1.45

0.75

11.

Matt Latos

CIN

20.1

3

16

1.77

1.18

12.

Jason Vargas*

SEA

15.0

2

9

1.80

0.67

13.

Tim Hudson

ATL

20.0

3

10

2.25

0.95

14.

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

21.1

1

17

1.69

0.94

15.

Jake Peavy

CHW

14.0

2

14

1.29

1.07

16.

Paul Maholm*

ATL

21.2

1

20

2.08

0.97

17.

Ian Kennedy

ARI

20.1

3

17

3.10

1.08

18.

Scott Diamond*

MIN

16.1

1

9

1.65

0.67

19.

Matt Moore

TB

11.2

2

12

0.00

1.29

20.

Bartolo Colon*

OAK

13.2

2

8

0.00

1.17

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Jonathon Niese, NYM: Miami (Tues.) 54% owned
One of the worst offenses in the majors will face one of the NL's pleasant surprises. He has gone at least 7.0 IP in six of last seven starts (five quality starts) and has six walks over that span. 

2. Ben Sheets, ATL: New York Mets (Sun.) 62% owned
The former Brewer who hasn't pitched in two years has been a god-send for the Braves. He's throwing in the lower 90s, gone at least 6.0 IP in all four starts and has allowed a total of 4 ER.

3. Ross Detwiler, WAS: at Houston (Tues.) 30% owned
Tossed a gem the last time out against the Phillies (W, 7.0, 0 ER, 3 K) and when he is on, he can be elite. And the Astros can't beat Stony Brook.

4. Paul Maholm, ATL: at New York Mets (Fri.) 46% owned
Has been lights-out since moving south to the A.T.L. Is the No. 16-rated SP over the last two weeks and has a 2.08 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 20 Ks over his last 21.2 IP.

5. Erik Bedard, PIT: San Diego (Sun.) 27% owned
Before his blow-up on Tuesday, he had two elite starts in a row (15 K, 2 ER). He has basically a 9.0 K/9 rate and has a 1.63 career ERA against the Fathers of Southern Cal.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

16.1

0

16

34

0

0.00

0.55

2.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

11.0

0

8

21

0

0.82

0.45

3.

Fernando Rodney

TB

13.0

0

8

12

0

0.00

0.92

4.

Huston Street*

SD

10.0

0

5

13

0

0.00

0.40

5.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

12.1

1

6

16

0

1.46

1.05

6.

Jonathan Papelbon

BOS

13.2

1

6

18

0

1.98

1.10

7.

Jason Motte

STL

9.2

1

5

14

0

0.93

0.83

8.

Tom Wilhelmsen*

SEA

10.1

0

8

12

0

2.61

0.87

9.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

9.2

0

10

15

0

3.72

1.34

10.

Joel Peralta*

TB

12.1

1

0

18

7

1.46

0.57

11.

J.J. Putz

ARI

8.0

0

5

10

0

0.00

0.63

12.

David Phelps*

NYY

9.0

1

0

13

0

0.00

0.33

13.

Vinnie Pestano*

CLE

14.0

0

0

18

8

0.00

0.71

14.

Greg Holland*

KC

15.0

3

1

17

1

2.40

1.20

15.

Kevin Jepsen*

LAA

11.0

2

1

9

4

0.82

0.82

16.

Brad Lincoln*

TOR

15.1

0

1

13

3

0.59

0.72

17.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

10.1

0

6

13

0

2.61

0.97

18.

Steve Cishek*

FLA

8.2

0

5

9

1

0.00

0.92

19.

Casey Janssen*

TOR

10.0

0

3

12

0

0.90

0.70

20.

Sean Marshall*

CIN

11.1

2

0

12

7

0.79

1.06

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

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