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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: June 18

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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 (6/11-6/17):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Brandon Moss*

OAK

1B/OF

7

5

10

0

.348

1.530

2.

Trevor Plouffe*

MIN

2/3/SS/OF

8

5

7

0

.391

1.587

3.

Brandon Phillips

CIN

2B

4

3

10

0

.407

1.170

4.

Mark Reynolds*

BAL

1B/3B

7

2

7

0

.429

1.315

5.

Casey McGehee*

PIT

1B/3B

6

2

7

0

.435

1.258

6.

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

4

4

7

0

.357

1.240

7.

Pedro Alvarez*

PIT

3B

4

4

10

0

.261

1.146

8.

Jim Thome*

PHI

UTL

5

3

10

0

.261

1.022

9.

Joey Votto

CIN

1B

5

2

6

0

.476

1.464

10.

David Murphy*

TEX

OF

3

2

6

1

.259

1.556

11.

Brandon Belt*

SF

1B/OF

4

3

7

0

.400

1.400

12.

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

6

1

6

0

.435

1.110

13.

John Mayberry*

PHI

1B/OF

3

3

9

0

.316

1.192

14.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis*

NYM

OF

6

3

4

0

.333

1.174

15.

Michael Cuddyer

COL

1B/2B/OF

5

3

6

0

.296

.988

16.

Ike Davis*

NYM

1B

5

1

6

0

.450

1.192

17.

Tyler Moore*

WAS

OF

3

2

5

1

.667

2.583

18.

Seth Smith*

OAK

OF

6

2

5

0

.333

1.288

19.

Cliff Pennington*

OAK

SS

5

1

4

2

.333

.986

20.

Curtis Granderson

NYY

OF

4

3

6

0

.308

1.150

21.

Steve Pearce*

BAL

1B/3B/OF

5

1

7

0

.381

1.036

22.

Adam Dunn

CHW

1B/OF

5

3

6

0

.235

1.174

23.

Scott Podsednik*

BOS

OF

4

0

2

3

.417

.879

24.

David Ortiz

BOS

1B

5

2

5

0

.353

1.220

25.

Matt Holliday

STL

OF

4

2

6

0

.348

1.139

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

The Waiver Wire

Obviously, it was a great week for the waiver wire. Hopefully, you added Pedro Alvarez for the weekend series in which he cranked four home runs. But, no, it's not time to give him another chance. But there are plenty of 3B options left on the wire. Trevor Plouffe is worth rostering if you need some short-term pop, but beware once the homers stop coming as he is a career .232 hitter. Pirate three-sacker Casey McGehee raised his average nearly 30 points over the course of his six-game hitting streak. But like his teammate Alvarez, this Pirates offense is still going to struggle to score runs and won't get to face Kansas City, Baltimore and Cleveland every week.

The name that stands out for me is Mark Reynolds. At 43% owned, he seems to be wildly underrated at this point. It is no secret as to what Reynolds will provide for your fantasy team: Home runs, RBIs, playable OPS, strikeouts and a poor batting average. Since coming back from the DL on May 28, he has raised the BA from .191 to .238, elevated the OPS from .661 to .785, has hit three dingers and drove in 12. He hasn't hit fewer than 28 homers in any of his four full major league seasons so if you need power in the second half, Reynolds is a dependable place to turn.

I need to see more from Brandon Moss, Brandon Belt, Steve Pearce and John Mayberry before I consider adding them to any of my rosters. 

DL Watch

- The Braves can't catch a break (neither can my rotation) as they had to place the majors' leader in ERA (2.00) Brandon Beachy on the DL with elbow soreness. Elbow soreness is almost always worse than is seems. Handle with care.

- The BoSox also placed Josh Beckett on the 15-day DL this weekend. His shoulder has been acting up (inflammation) and his line reflected it: 21 hits, 10 ER over his last three starts.

- Scott Rolen is on a Triple-A rehab assingment and should be back either Monday or Tuesday.

- The Rockies' star OFer Carlos Gonzalez is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a knee issue.

- The Mets placed Jason Bay on the 7-day concussion DL but he might miss more time due to a history of head injuries. This should open up playing time for the sneaky valuable Kirk Nieuwnhuis.

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- The Twins' Joe Mauer is questionable for Tuesday's bout with the Pirates due to a quad issue.

- Josh Hamilton is questionable for Monday's game with San Diego with his serious illness. He appears he will be ready to go later this week though.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Ryan Dempster

CHC

22.0

3

12

0.00

0.64

2.

Matt Cain

SF

16.0

2

23

0.00

0.50

3.

R.A. Dickey

NYM

16.1

2

20

0.00

0.43

4.

Colby Lewis

TEX

24.0

2

20

1.50

0.63

5.

Ivan Nova*

NYY

22.2

3

15

0.79

0.84

6.

Johnny Cueto

CIN

23.2

3

21

1.90

0.85

7.

Clay Buchholz*

BOS

16.0

2

15

0.56

0.75

8.

Lance Lynn

STL

13.1

2

23

1.35

0.90

9.

Wade Miley*

ARI

15.2

1

13

1.15

0.45

10.

Andy Pettitte*

NYY

20.1

1

24

1.77

0.93

11.

Ryan Vogelsong

SF

21.2

3

12

2.08

0.97

12.

Matt Harrison*

TEX

16.1

1

7

0.00

0.80

13.

Justin Masterson*

CLE

14.0

1

15

0.64

0.86

14.

Garrett Richards*

LAA

20.0

2

17

0.90

1.20

15.

Hiroki Kuroda*

NYY

13.0

2

15

1.38

1.00

16.

Trevor Cahill*

ARI

14.1

2

15

1.26

1.05

17.

Madison Bumgarner

SF

21.2

2

20

2.49

0.97

18.

Matt Moore

TB

13.0

2

17

2.77

0.85

19.

Zack Greinke

MIL

22.0

1

26

2.05

1.05

20.

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

12.0

2

21

3.00

1.00

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Wade Miley, ARI: Chicago (Sun.)
Get him into the line-up on Monday for Seattle if you can, as well.

2. Clay Buchholz, BOS: Miami (Tues.), Atlanta (Sun.)
A two-start week for a guy who is hot at home against those offenses?

3. Andy Pettitte, NYY: at NY Mets (Fri.)
Pitched well against Mets last weekend and is close to old self — miraculously.

4. Trevor Cahill, ARI: Seattle (Wed.)
On a roll, at home and against that offense.

5. Francisco Liriano, MIN: at Pittsburgh (Wed.)
Has been much more effective of late and the Pirates are the worst offense in baseball.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

12.1

2

9

16

0

1.46

0.89

2.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

10.0

0

7

18

0

0.00

0.20

3.

Tyler Clippard

WAS

11.1

0

9

14

1

0.00

0.53

4.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

13.2

1

8

23

1

2.63

0.66

5.

Ernesto Frieri*

LAA

13.2

0

7

23

2

0.00

0.88

6.

Brayan Villarreal*

DET

17.0

3

0

25

1

1.59

0.82

7.

Tom Wilhelmsen*

SEA

14.1

2

4

16

1

1.88

0.70

8.

Frank Francisco

NYM

11.1

0

7

14

0

0.79

0.71

9.

Chris Perez

CLE

10.0

0

9

10

0

0.90

0.80

10.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

11.2

1

7

18

0

2.31

0.94

11.

Tim Collins*

KC

14.0

3

0

19

2

1.29

0.86

12.

Jonathan Broxton

KC

12.0

1

8

11

0

0.75

1.17

13.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

11.1

0

11

9

0

0.79

1.24

14.

Santiago Casilla

SF

9.2

1

8

9

1

0.93

1.14

15.

Jim Johnson

BAL

11.0

1

6

6

0

2.45

0.45

16.

Fernando Rodney

TB

13.0

0

7

11

0

2.08

0.68

17.

Joe Nathan

TEX

9.0

0

4

12

0

0.00

0.44

18.

Heath Bell

MIA

11.2

0

10

16

2

2.31

1.37

19.

Jake McGee*

TB

9.1

2

0

10

2

0.96

0.32

20.

Ronald Belisario*

LAD

16.0

3

0

11

3

1.69

0.94

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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