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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: June 25

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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 (6/18-6/24):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Will Middlebrooks

BOS

3B

6

3

10

0

.625

2.007

2.

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

8

1

2

5

.440

1.157

3.

Jason Heyward

ATL

OF

9

3

5

0

.522

1.672

4.

Aaron Hill*

ARI

2B

7

3

8

0

.462

1.483

5.

Justin Upton

ARI

OF

7

2

11

0

.391

1.119

6.

Jason Kubel

ARI

OF

9

3

7

0

.348

1.233

7.

Jose Bautista

TOR

3B/OF

7

4

8

0

.318

1.328

8.

Paul Goldschmidt

ARI

1B

8

2

6

1

.421

1.478

9.

Jimmy Rollins

PHI

SS

7

3

5

1

.391

1.332

10.

Andrew McCutchen

PIT

OF

4

2

8

1

.500

1.515

11.

Brett Lawrie

TOR

3B

10

2

3

2

.320

1.134

12.

Edwin Encarnacion

TOR

1B/3B

7

4

6

0

.333

1.262

13.

Cody Ross*

BOS

OF

5

3

10

0

.318

1.212

14.

Aramis Ramirez

MIL

3B

5

2

7

0

.500

1.577

15.

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

6

2

5

0

.500

1.410

16.

Nelson Cruz

TEX

OF

5

2

8

1

.333

1.154

17.

Colby Rasmus*

TOR

OF

5

3

8

0

.320

1.134

18.

Robinson Cano

NYY

2B

6

4

4

0

.286

1.232

19.

Matt Holliday

STL

OF

6

0

6

1

.478

1.169

20.

Miguel Montero

ARI

C

3

1

10

0

.455

1.182

21.

Coco Crisp*

OAK

OF

6

0

0

5

.350

.930

22.

Josh Reddick

OAK

OF

4

2

5

2

.316

1.067

23.

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

5

1

5

2

.348

.966

24.

Chris Nelson*

COL

2B/3B

4

2

6

0

.429

1.239

25.

Gordon Beckham*

CHW

2B

3

1

5

2

.409

1.071

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

The Waiver Wire

The middle infield has been a serious point of contention for one of my teams this fall. Names like Weeks, Kendricks and even Brian Roberts were got a shot to hold down my "MI" spot. But Aaron Hill was the add this weekend. His complete roto line plays in any format (35-10-32-6, .291/853). Don't expect his average to stay that high as he is a career .268 hitter, but he has always had pop in his bat. With the way Justin Upton and the rest of D-Backs appear to be playing, Hill could easily get to 20/20 this year. Don't be scared to snag this Rattler.

Chris Nelson needs regular playing time before I add him to my contending roster but Gordan Beckham is making a huge push to be owned. He is the classic post-hype prospect. He has gotten a hit in 24 of his last 28 games and has raised his average from .204 to .249 over that span. And over the last month, only four other two-sackers have more RBI than his 18.  

MiLB Debuts

I cautioned about many potential 2012 debuts coming soon and it looks like two big ones will happen this week. Anthony Rizzo is slated to join the Cubs for his Northside debut on Tuesday against the Mets while Trevor Bauer is scheduled to start Thursday in his major league debut against the Braves. He is a two-start pitcher next week. Both are must-adds at this point. They are both worth the risk. Still no word on Wil Myers as the Royals are apparently shopping some pieces to make room for the MiLB slugger.

The Greek God of Walks

I am not going to lie. Kevin Youkilis is one of my favorite players of this generation. He can play just about any position on the diamond effectively and is a middle of the order on-base machine. Yet, he has dealt with a multitide of injuries over the past few seasons and it has significantly dropped his fantasy value. So after a four-game hitting streak that raised his average from .212 to .233, he has been shipped to the White Sox. He will never be the 91-29-115-3 (.312/.958) roto montster of 2008, but he has plenty of talent. And in that order, his bat should play for the rest of the year. His .875 career OPS over 3,352 at-bats will come around at some point — and can likely be had for very cheap at the moment.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

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Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Johnny Cueto

CIN

23.0

3

24

0.78

0.74

2.

R.A. Dickey

NYM

24.0

2

28

1.88

0.50

3.

Jason Hammel

BAL

17.0

2

18

0.00

0.47

4.

Wade Miley

ARI

22.2

2

23

1.19

0.75

5.

Justin Masterson*

CLE

16.0

2

18

0.00

0.63

6.

Matt Cain

SF

21.0

2

25

1.71

0.71

7.

Justin Verlander

DET

24.0

3

18

1.88

0.83

8.

Ervin Santana*

LAA

17.0

1

15

1.06

0.35

9.

Michael Fiers*

SEA

15.1

1

14

0.59

0.78

10.

Ivan Nova*

NYY

20.1

2

17

1.33

1.08

11.

Clayton Richard*

SD

21.1

3

15

1.69

1.17

12.

Jose Quintana*

CHW

21.1

1

14

0.42

0.98

13.

Madison Bumgarner

SF

21.2

2

22

2.49

1.02

14.

Yu Darvish

TEX

16.0

2

19

2.25

1.06

15.

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

13.0

2

18

2.77

1.00

16.

Jake Westbrook*

STL

15.0

2

6

1.80

0.73

17.

Zach Greinke

MIL

24.0

1

18

1.88

0.96

18.

Max Scherzer

DET

20.0

1

27

2.70

1.05

19.

James McDonald

PIT

15.0

1

10

0.69

0.77

20.

Jarrod Parker*

OAK

13.0

1

10

0.69

0.77

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Vance Worley, PHI: Pittsburgh (Tues.)
Has been sterling in last three starts (3 ER, 20.0 IP) and faces worst offense in MLB.

2. Jarrod Parker, OAK: at Seattle (Wed.)
Has this line over the last 30 days: 32.0 IP, 2 W, 24 K, 1.97 ERA, 1.09 WHIP.

3. Trevor Bauer, ARI: at Atlanta (Thur.)
His upside is totally worth a shot in his first-ever major league start.

4. Andy Pettitte, NYY: Cleveland (Wed.)
Finally got hit around a bit this weekend, but has been near Pettitte of old. In AP I trust.

5. A.J. Burnett, PI: at Philadelphia (Thurs.)
Take away May 2 disaster at St. Louis (12 ER on 12 H in 2 2/3 IP) and Burnett is 8-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 11 starts, nine of those being quality starts.

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

19

0

0.00

0.18

2.

Tyler Clippard

WAS

11.1

0

10

13

0

0.00

0.53

3.

Tom Wilhelmsen*

SEA

12.2

2

5

16

0

0.00

0.63

4.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

11.1

2

8

14

0

1.59

0.88

5.

Ernesto Frieri

LAA

13.1

0

8

19

3

0.00

0.90

6.

Brayan Villarreal*

DET

16.2

3

0

26

1

1.62

0.84

7.

Jonathan Broxton

KC

12.0

1

10

11

0

0.75

1.33

8.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

11.0

0

11

9

0

0.82

1.18

9.

Jim Johnson

BAL

12.0

1

6

6

0

1.50

0.50

10.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

10.2

1

6

16

0

2.53

0.94

11.

Joe Nathan

TEX

12.0

0

6

14

0

1.50

0.83

12.

Heath Bell

MIA

9.2

0

7

16

1

0.93

1.14

13.

Chris Perez

CLE

9.0

0

7

9

0

2.00

0.78

14.

Ronald Belisario*

LAD

14.2

3

0

8

3

1.84

0.89

15.

J.J. Putz

ARI

9.0

1

4

10

0

2.00

0.78

16.

Rex Brothers*

COL

10.2

1

0

17

2

0.84

0.66

17.

Huston Street

SD

7.1

1

6

9

0

2.45

1.09

18.

Joaquin Benoit*

DET

13.2

1

0

16

7

0.66

0.88

19.

Sean Marshall*

CIN

12.2

0

1

14

4

0.71

0.63

20.

Alex Burnett*

MIN

11.1

1

0

4

3

0.00

0.44

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

- by Braden Gall

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