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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: June 4

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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 (05/28-6/4):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Dexter Folwer*

COL

OF

13

2

8

3

.556

1.599

2.

Carlos Gonzalez

COL

OF

8

4

9

1

.500

1.531

3.

Hanley Ramirez

MIA

SS/3B

6

4

6

1

.500

1.625

4.

Jason Kipnis

CLE

2B

7

1

6

5

.320

.810

5.

Michael Cuddyer

COL

1/2/OF

8

2

9

1

.364

1.208

6.

Curtis Granderson

NYY

OF

7

3

8

2

.286

.989

7.

Mark Trumbo

LAA

1/3/OF

6

3

7

1

.375

1.302

8.

Justin Smoak*

SEA

1B

7

3

8

0

.348

1.266

9.

Carlos Quentin

SD

OF

5

3

7

0

.474

1.650

10.

Willin Rosario*

COL

C

7

2

7

2

.318

.984

11.

David Ortiz

BOS

UTL

5

3

7

0

.385

1.294

12.

Darwin Barney*

CHC

2B

6

2

5

1

.400

1.278

13.

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

5

1

8

1

.385

1.138

14.

Gordon Beckham*

CHW

2B

5

3

8

0

.310

.954

15.

Alejandro De Aza

CHW

OF

3

0

3

5

.421

.963

16.

Josh Willingham

MIN

OF

5

2

8

0

.348

1.162

17.

Marco Scutaro*

COL

2B/SS

5

1

7

2

.320

.873

18.

Miguel Cabrera

DET

1B/3B

6

2

4

1

.355

1.117

19.

Ty Wiggington*

PHI

1/3/OF

4

2

8

0

.389

1.333

20.

Joey Votto

CIN

1B

6

1

4

0

.526

1.302

21.

Hunter Pence

PHI

OF

7

2

4

1

.318

1.021

22.

Paul Goldschmidt*

ARI

1B

3

3

4

0

.455

1.475

23.

Lucas Duda*

NYM

1B/OF

4

3

8

0

.286

1.074

24.

Justin Maxwell*

HOU

OF

5

2

5

0

.500

1.745

25.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis*

NYM

OF

8

1

4

0

.400

.979

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Not Buying the Post-Hype

Justin Smoak and Gordon Beckham have been on fantasy sleeper lists for the last four or five seasons. And not once has it paid off for either of them. Both had excellenet weeks but I am not going anywhere near them. With options at both 1B and 2B a-plenty on the wavier wire, I would much rather take a risk with a player like Lucas Duda or Paul Goldschmidt. And while Darwin Barney and Marco Scutaro don't inspire greatness, I might lean that direction over Beckham too. I would watch list both and monitor the situation closely. Beckham, in the 2-hole for the White Sox, has a much better chance of performing than Smoak.

Colorado Avalanche

Dexter Fowler has avoided his dreaded yearly demotion and went directly to fantasy production. He can contribute in all five categories - especially with his ability to get extra base hits in that big park. And the Rockies offense has really taken off of late. Todd Helton has a nine-game hitting streak, CarGo is raking, Michael Cuddyer has delivered all season and names like Scutaro and Willin Rosario have started to produce. This team always has solid fantasy options, and when scouring the waiver wire, there are much worse places to look for help than Denver, Colo. If you are in backstop trouble, Rosario might be a must add. Fowler should already be rostered and Helton is a solid option if you are desperate at 1B.

The Farm Update

Names to keep an eye on who have either been called-up already or will be joining the big league ranks soon: San Diego switch-hitting catcher Yasmani Grandal, Seattle flame-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor (2.1 IP, 4 K, ER thus far), Arizona's future ace Trevor Bauer, Dodgers outfielder Alex Castellanos (2/5, 2 RBI in debut) and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo should all be fantasy contributors in the second half of the season.

DL Watch

- Brian McCann took a pitch off the knee and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Miami.

- Adam Jones is still battling with his wrist issue but it doesn't seem to have affected him much while Nick Markakis landed on the 15-day DL on Friday with a hand injury.

- Dustin Pedroia still hasn't played since May 28 but has yet to land on the DL. At first, his thumb injury didn't seem too serious, yet a trip to the DL might still be in the cards.

- Alejandro De Aza didn't play Sunday due to an illness and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Toronto.

- Carlos Santana is on the 7-day DL and should begin a Class A rehab stint on Monday — which could get him back onto the field by Tuesday.

- Aramis Ramirez is questionable for Tuesday's game against his former club the Cubs with a quad issue. Ryan Braun is also dealing with both a hip and Achilles issue and is also listed as questionable for Tuesday.

- Desmond Jennings is set to return to the field on Tuesday for the Rays against the Yankees.

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- Joe Mauer is questionable for Monday's game against Kansas City with a thumb problem.

- It is doubtful he will miss the start but King Felix Hernandez is questionable for his Wednesday start against the Angels.

- Edwin Encarnacion is questionable for Tuesday's game against the White Sox with a wrist issue.

- Jemile Weeks is questionable with his own hip injury.

- Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Kemp both landed on the 15-day DL last Thursday.

- According to the official Tigers website, Alex Avila, Joaquin Benoit and Gerald Laird are all questionable for Tuesday's game against the Indians.

- Santiago Casilla is dealing with a knee injury as Sergio Romo has picked-up a pair of vulture saves. It doesn't seem to be too serious.

- Huston Street has begun his Class A rehab assignment and could return to the closer's role in San Diego sometime this weekend.

- JJ Putz is questionable this week with an illness...and a sore neck...and control issues.

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

R.A. Dickey

NYM

23.1

3

30

0.39

0.69

2.

Chris Sale

CHW

23.1

3

29

1.16

0.69

3.

Johan Santana

NYM

24.1

2

22

1.48

0.78

4.

James McDonald

PIT

21.0

2

21

0.86

0.81

5.

C.J. Wilson

LAA

20.0

2

17

0.45

0.75

6.

Dan Haren

LAA

21.0

2

23

1.29

1.00

7.

Brian Matusz*

BAL

19.2

2

21

2.29

0.92

8.

Homer Bailey*

CIN

15.0

2

11

1.80

0.67

9.

Gio Gonzalez

WAS

17.2

2

24

2.55

1.13

10.

A.J. Burnett*

PIT

12.1

2

9

0.00

0.97

11.

Matt Cain

SF

21.2

3

19

2.49

1.20

12.

Jonathon Niese*

NYM

18.2

2

22

2.41

1.12

13.

Felix Doubront*

BOS

18.1

2

22

2.95

1.04

14.

Matt Harrison*

TEX

21.2

3

14

2.49

1.11

15.

Madison Bumgarner

SF

21.2

1

28

2.91

1.06

16.

Shaun Marcum

MIL

20.0

2

22

3.60

1.00

17.

Felipe Paulino*

KC

18.1

2

18

1.47

1.31

18.

Mike Leake*

CIN

18.2

2

17

2.41

1.12

19.

Cole Hamels

PHI

22.2

2

22

3.57

1.06

20.

Adam Wainwright

STL

21.1

2

17

3.38

0.98

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. James McDonald, PIT: Kansas City (Sat.)
Was the No. 4 starter in the game over the last two weeks and will get a start against the Royals.

2. Homer Bailey, CIN: Pittsburgh (Tues.)
When he gets hot, he is very useful. He's won three straight with 18 Ks and only 3 BBs.

3. Edwin Jackson, WAS: NY Mets (Wed.)
Has allowed three or fewer earned runs in five straight starts.

4. Bud Norris, HOU: St. Louis (Wed.)
Was scortching hot until last start (9 ER) with four total ER in five previous starts. Lots of Ks.

5. Philip Humber, CHW: Houston (Sun.)
Gets two starts this week, including a home games against lowly Astros.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

14.2

2

5

27

3

0.00

0.48

2.

Fernando Rodney

TB

14.0

1

8

13

0

1.29

0.79

3.

Ernesto Frieri

LAA

14.1

0

4

30

3

0.00

0.84

4.

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

9.0

0

7

14

0

0.00

0.33

5.

Santiago Casilla

SF

13.2

1

10

11

1

1.32

1.17

6.

Jim Johnson

BAL

12.1

0

9

6

0

1.46

0.57

7.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

12.0

1

10

12

0

2.25

1.08

8.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

10.0

2

4

14

1

0.90

0.80

9.

Nate Jones*

CHW

18.0

3

0

20

2

1.50

0.94

10.

Joe Nathan

TEX

12.0

0

5

16

0

0.75

0.75

11.

Alfredo Aceves

BOS

17.0

0

9

15

0

3.18

1.00

12.

Heath Bell

MIA

13.0

2

9

10

2

3.46

1.31

13.

Tyler Clippard*

WAS

10.2

0

4

15

4

0.84

0.56

14.

Chris Perez

CLE

9.2

0

7

12

0

1.86

0.83

15.

Sergio Romo*

SF

8.2

1

2

15

6

1.04

0.46

16.

Jonathan Broxton

KC

12.0

0

8

7

0

1.50

1.17

17.

Jake McGee*

TB

10.2

2

0

12

3

0.84

0.75

18.

Scott Atchison*

BOS

16.1

0

0

13

2

0.00

0.80

19.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

10.0

0

7

10

2

1.80

1.10

20.

Jason Motte

STL

13.1

2

4

9

0

3.38

0.98

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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