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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: July 9

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Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2012 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire every Monday and a Weekend Rundown every Thursday.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (7/2-7/08):

 

Name

Team

Pos

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Andrew McCutchen

PIT

OF

11

3

9

0

.517

1.479

2.

Ian Desmond

WAS

SS

5

4

8

3

.409

1.390

3.

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

6

3

7

4

.364

1.180

4.

Tyler Colvin*

COL

1B/OF

6

5

10

1

.308

1.280

5.

Kevin Youkilis

CWS

1B/3B

7

3

10

0

.478

1.484

6.

Justin Ruggiano*

MIA

OF

5

4

8

1

.393

1.290

7.

Brian McCann

ATL

C

5

4

11

0

.364

1.284

8.

Neil Walker*

PIT

2B

8

2

7

0

.481

1.474

9.

Mark Teixeira

NYY

1B

7

2

10

1

.348

1.247

10.

Garrett Jones*

PIT

1B/OF

9

2

7

0

.385

1.101

11.

Miguel Carbrea

DET

1B/3B

6

2

9

0

.440

1.248

12.

Michael Bourn

ATL

OF

8

0

3

3

.423

1.199

13.

Logan Morrison*

MIA

1B/OF

5

3

9

0

.391

1.332

14.

Alex Rios

CWS

OF

7

2

7

0

.435

1.328

15.

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

7

2

6

2

.286

.983

16.

Matt Holliday

STL

OF

4

2

7

1

.423

1.198

17.

Prince Fielder

DET

1B

5

3

10

0

.292

1.122

18.

Michael Brantley*

CLE

OF

5

2

7

1

.370

1.081

19.

Delmon Young*

DET

OF

5

4

7

0

.308

1.090

20.

Anthony Rizzo*

CHC

1B

5

3

5

0

.414

1.207

21.

Rickie Weeks*

MIL

2B

7

2

7

0

.346

1.125

22.

Mike Moustakas

KC

3B

4

2

9

1

.310

.945

23.

Andruw Jones*

NYY

OF

4

4

6

0

.333

1.238

24.

Casey Kotchman*

CLE

1B

5

2

6

0

.450

1.300

25.

Shin-Soo Choo

CLE

OF

6

2

4

0

.414

1.192

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

The All-Star Break DL Update

Take a breath. Just past the half-way mark, fantasy leagues are still very much up for grabs. Names like Rickie Weeks are finally starting to come around. Drew Stubbs is next, I promise. And others are finally coming off the DL. Reports are that Carl Crawford will likely need surgery on his elbow but will forego any procedures in an effort to return to the line-up. He may never return to his Rays form (until surgery) but he can certainly help a fantasy outfield over the second half. Ryan Howard was 2-for-8 in his return to the Phillies line-up. Don't expect big numbers from Howard, as he will likely be limited in his playing time, but his power threat should help someone in need of pop. Jayson Werth is swinging a bat and will be back by August. It might be time to stash him away on the DL. The break couldn't come at a better time for guys like Dustin Pedroia and Dan Haren, as both hit the DL on Friday. Giancarlo Stanton owners awoke Monday morning to bad news as his "loose bodies" had been removed from his knee. Recovery time is listed as four-to-six weeks.

Waiver Wire Adds

Tyler Colvin is just too hot to ignore. And his situation is obvsiouly very fantasy friendly. He has been solid through most splits (righty-lefty, home-road) and should he keep getting at-bats there is no reason why the 1B/OFer can't help your line-up. Tigers' speedster Quintin Berry is worth a look if you need some speed, as is Milwuakee's Norichika Aoki. Both could provide plenty of run and stolen base support, each without hurting the other categories too much at all. I need more time before adding names like Justin Ruggiano or Alexi Amarista just yet.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

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Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Mat Latos

CIN

25.0

2

28

0.72

0.56

2.

Jered Weaver

LAA

21.2

3

13

0.42

0.88

3.

Travis Wood*

CHC

20.2

3

13

0.87

0.87

4.

Jason Vargas*

SEA

23.2

1

22

1.52

0.85

5.

Mark Buehrle*

MIA

14.2

2

15

1.23

0.95

6.

Felix Hernandez

SEA

22.0

1

27

2.05

1.05

7.

Tommy Milone*

OAK

19.0

1

20

0.95

1.05

8.

Kyle Lohse

STL

21.2

3

13

2.49

0.97

9.

Paul Maholm*

CHC

15.1

2

11

0.59

1.04

10.

Bronson Arroyo*

CIN

22.2

1

14

1.99

0.75

11.

Freddy Garcia*

NYY

15.1

2

12

1.76

0.85

12.

Ricky Nolasco*

MIA

19.2

2

14

0.92

1.17

13.

Michael Fiers*

MIL

13.1

1

19

1.35

0.98

14.

Max Scherzer

DET

13.0

2

14

2.08

0.92

15.

James McDonald

PIT

19.2

3

17

3.20

1.07

16.

Drew Pomeranz*

COL

12.1

1

7

0.00

0.65

17.

Chris Sale

CWS

14.1

2

9

1.88

0.91

18.

David Price

TB

14.0

1

15

1.93

0.86

19.

Gavin Floyd*

CWS

20.0

2

15

1.80

1.20

20.

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

19.2

2

21

3.20

1.12

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

Since this week is only three games long, I will simply toss out my favorite available SPs on my waiver wire:

1. Michael Fiers, MIL: 46.0 IP, 3 W, 50 K, 2.31 ERA, 1.07 WHIP (season)
2. Jair Jurrjens, ATL: 25.1 IP, 3 W, 10 K, 2.13 ERA, 1.14 WHIP (last month)
3. Travis Wood, CHC: 33.1 IP, 4 W, 21 K, 1.62 ERA, 1.08 WHIP (last month)
4. Ubaldo Jimanez, CLE: 39.1 IP, 2 W, 40 K, 3.20 ERA, 1.22 WHIP (last month)
5. Scott Diamond, MIN: 79.0 IP, 7 W, 45 K, 2.62 ERA, 1.18 WHIP (season)

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

11.0

0

8

20

0

0.82

0.18

2.

Huston Street

SD

13.1

1

9

18

0

1.35

0.75

3.

Tyler Clippard

WAS

12.0

1

8

14

0

0.75

0.75

4.

Casey Janssen*

TOR

12.2

0

7

16

0

0.71

0.55

5.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

13.2

0

12

15

0

1.32

1.24

6.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

10.2

0

6

19

0

1.69

0.38

7.

Fernando Rodney

TB

11.0

0

8

12

0

0.82

0.73

8.

Joe Nathan

TEX

12.2

1

6

17

0

1.42

1.03

9.

Ryan Cook*

OAK

12.1

1

8

14

0

2.92

0.97

10.

Ernesto Frieri

LAA

12.0

0

7

15

3

0.00

1.08

11.

Charlie Furbush*

SEA

16.2

2

0

23

2

1.08

0.96

12.

Jim Johnson

BAL

11.1

0

8

6

0

0.79

0.79

13.

Jason Motte

STL

13.2

0

10

15

0

3.29

1.10

14.

Tom Wilhelmsen*

SEA

12.1

1

4

15

0

0.00

1.14

15.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

11.0

1

7

7

0

1.64

1.09

16.

Darren Oliver*

TOR

11.2

2

0

14

5

0.77

0.77

17.

Brayan Villarreal*

DET

15.2

2

0

20

4

1.72

0.96

18.

Robbie Ross*

TEX

17.1

1

0

9

3

0.00

0.81

19.

Clay Rapada*

NYY

10.0

1

0

14

3

0.00

0.60

20.

Addison Reed*

CWS

11.1

1

6

11

0

3.18

1.06

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

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