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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: July 2

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Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (6/25-7/01):

 

Name

Pos.

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Alex Rios

OF

CHW

7

2

6

3

.467

1.234

2.

Ryan Zimmerman

3B

WAS

7

3

12

0

.364

1.158

3.

Robinson Cano

2B

NYY

5

4

10

0

.414

1.311

4.

Michael Morse

1B/OF

WAS

9

2

6

0

.484

1.210

5.

Daniel Murphy*

1/2/3B

NYM

5

3

10

0

.409

1.346

6.

Ian Kinsler

2B

TEX

8

2

5

2

.355

1.000

7.

Hunter Pence

OF

PHI

6

3

7

0

.414

1.280

8.

Ike Davis*

1B

NYM

7

3

9

0

.320

1.188

9.

Giancarlo Stanton

OF

MIA

6

3

6

1

.381

1.337

10.

Carlos Ruiz

C

PHI

8

2

4

1

.234

1.175

11.

Michael McKenry*

C

PIT

3

3

9

0

.455

1.435

12.

Ian Desmond

SS

WAS

7

2

7

0

.414

1.383

13.

Alexi Amarista*

2B

SD

5

3

8

0

.412

1.412

14.

Shin-Soo Choo

OF

CLE

7

2

6

0

.458

1.331

15.

Andrew McCutchen

OF

PIT

8

2

6

0

.407

1.170

16.

David Ortiz

1B

BOS

9

3

5

0

.320

1.219

17.

Edwin Encarnacion

1B/3B

TOR

7

1

5

2

.391

1.113

18.

Austin Jackson

OF

DET

10

1

5

0

.387

1.022

19.

Mike Trout

OF

LAA

8

2

4

1

.345

.988

20.

Jose Bautista

3B/OF

TOR

7

3

8

0

.250

.966

21.

Josh Hamilton

OF

TEX

5

3

9

0

.269

1.002

22.

Freddie Freeman

1B

ATL

6

1

6

0

.476

1.282

23.

Miguel Cabrera

1B

DET

5

1

6

0

.462

1.255

24.

Elvis Andrus

SS

TEX

7

0

3

3

.357

.848

25.

Tyler Moore*

OF

WAS

4

2

7

0

.381

1.172

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

The Waiver Wire

The Mets have been beaten and battered all season long but are starting to show signs of fantasy life. Only four players in the majors have more RBI over the last month than Ike Davis' 24. He has raised his average from .158 (June 8) to a still paltry .203 today. Yet, he has been moved to clean-up and David Wright is hitting in front of him. He should be in for a big second half. His teammate and position guru, Daniel Murphy (1B/2B/3B) is third in MLB in RBI over the last week. He finally connected on his first three dingers and can provide solid production across the board at weak positions (2B and 3B). Keep an eye on the Mets offense.

MLB Debuts

Anthony Rizzo appears to be the real deal in Chicago. He has five hits in his first 19 at-bats thus far in 2012, including four RBI and one huge home run. He may not help your team batting average much, but it looks like he can add some pop in the power cats. Trevor Bauer pitched four innings while allowing two runs with three whiffs and three walks. He gets a nice start this week against the Padres on Tuesday. Wil Myers connected on his 27th homer of the year and will be a busy man during the All-Star break. Can the Royals get this kid into the line-up please?

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

R.A. Dickey

NYM

23.0

2

26

1.96

0.65

2.

Travis Wood*

CHC

20.2

3

15

0.44

0.82

3.

Felix Hernandez

SEA

16.0

2

23

0.56

0.81

4.

Tommy Milone*

OAK

21.0

2

13

0.86

0.81

5.

Michael Fiers*

MIL

14.1

1

19

0.00

0.77

6.

Hirok Kuroda

NYY

21.0

2

24

2.14

0.95

7.

Justin Masterson*

CLE

22.0

2

18

2.05

0.82

8.

David Price

TB

21.0

3

19

2.57

0.95

9.

Johan Santana

NYM

20.0

2

14

0.90

0.95

10.

Mat Latos

CIN

22.0

2

24

3.68

0.73

11.

Yu Darvish

TEX

22.0

2

29

3.68

0.95

12.

Zack Greinke

MIL

15.0

2

7

1.20

0.67

13.

Lucas Harrell*

HOU

16.0

1

16

0.56

0.94

14.

Travis Blackley*

OAK

22.0

1

12

1.64

0.73

15.

Matt Harrison

TEX

19.0

3

14

1.42

1.26

16.

Jered Weaver

LAA

12.2

2

9

0.71

0.87

17.

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

21.1

1

24

1.71

1.10

18.

Aaron Cook*

BOS

14.0

2

2

1.29

0.57

19.

Mike Leake*

CIN

24.0

1

13

1.50

0.92

20.

Chris Sale

CHW

15.0

1

12

1.20

0.80

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Max Scherzer, DET: Minnesota (Tues.)
He has won two of his last three starts with 26 Ks and only 3 BBs over that span.

2. Jarrod Parker, OAK: Seattle (Sun.)
The youngster has been stellar with two earned runs and 19 Ks over last three starts.

3. Trevor Bauer, ARI: San Diego (Tues.)
He was about as good as can be expected in a shorten MLB debut. Look for more on Tuesday.

4. Tommy Milone, OAK: Seattle (Fri.)
The soft-tosser has been the No. 4-rated pitcher in the league over last two weeks.

5. Edwin Jackson, WAS: San Francisco (Wed.)
Got shelled last time out (3.0, 8 ER), but posted nine straight quality starts before that.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Tom Wilhelmsen*

SEA

16.2

2

6

21

0

0.00

0.72

2.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

11.0

0

8

20

0

0.82

0.27

3.

Tyler Clippard

WAS

12.2

0

10

12

0

0.00

0.63

4.

Huston Street

SD

11.1

1

8

15

0

1.59

0.79

5.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

11.0

1

7

11

0

1.64

0.91

6.

Brayan Villarreal*

DET

16.0

2

0

23

2

1.69

0.75

7.

Ronald Belisario*

LAD

14.0

3

0

7

2

0.64

0.64

8.

Ernesto Frieri

LAA

11.1

0

7

15

3

0.00

1.06

9.

Jason Motte

STL

15.0

0

9

16

0

3.00

0.93

10.

Jim Johnson

BAL

12.2

1

7

8

0

2.13

0.79

11.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

11.1

0

11

10

0

1.59

1.32

12.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

10.2

0

6

18

0

2.53

0.56

13.

Joe Nathan

TEX

12.0

0

7

16

0

1.50

0.92

14.

Ryan Cook*

OAK

11.0

1

7

16

1

3.27

1.18

15.

Rex Brothers*

COL

14.2

1

0

22

4

1.23

0.75

16.

Casey Janssen*

TOR

10.0

0

4

12

0

0.90

0.60

17.

Sean Marshall*

CIN

12.2

1

1

12

4

0.71

0.71

18.

David Hernandez*

ARI

10.2

1

1

20

1

1.69

0.75

19.

Fernando Rodney

TB

10.0

0

5

10

0

0.90

0.80

20.

Jared Burton*

MIN

13.1

1

2

13

5

0.68

0.98

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

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