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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: May 27

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Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2013 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire report every Monday. Our fantasy junkies cover the hottest hitters, best waiver wire pick ups, top starting pitching spot starts and sift through bullpens from around the league each week.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (May 20-26):

 

Name

Pos.

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Mike Trout

OF

LAA

10

2

7

4

.462

1.385

2.

Chris Davis

1B/OF

BAL

7

4

6

0

.480

1.661

3.

Miguel Cabrera

3B

DET

7

3

10

0

.364

1.299

4.

Jose Bautista

OF

TOR

6

2

5

1

.500

1.326

5.

Adam Jones

OF

BAL

7

4

4

1

.323

1.097

6.

Jason Castro*

C

HOU

5

3

5

0

.579

1.741

7.

Nick Markakis

OF

BAL

6

2

7

0

.393

1.148

8.

Matt Dominguez*

3B

HOU

4

4

6

0

.368

1.400

9.

Carlos Gonzalez

OF

COL

6

3

5

1

.296

1.037

10.

Andrew McCutchen

OF

PIT

4

1

3

3

.400

1.000

11.

Domonic Brown*

OF

PHI

4

2

7

1

.348

1.131

12.

Kendrys Morales*

1B

SEA

4

1

7

0

.481

1.315

13.

Seth Smith*

OF

OAK

7

2

5

0

.381

1.194

14.

Yan Gomes*

C/1/3

CLE

4

3

7

0

.353

1.330

15.

Joey Votto

1B

CIN

8

2

3

0

.381

1.186

16.

Coco Crisp

OF

OAK

7

0

3

2

.400

1.038

17.

Everth Cabrera

2B/SS

SD

5

2

5

1

.318

1.127

18.

David Ortiz

1B/DH

BOS

6

1

5

2

.250

.796

19.

Brandon Phillips

2B

CIN

7

1

6

0

.304

.885

20.

Josh Hamilton

OF

LAA

4

3

6

0

.273

1.158

21.

Eric Chavez*

1B/3B

ARI

4

2

6

0

.353

1.157

22.

Freddie Freeman

1B

ATL

6

1

7

0

.280

.773

23.

J.D. Martinez*

OF

HOU

4

2

6

0

.318

1.057

24.

Dan Uggla*

2B

ATL

3

3

7

0

.238

1.000

25.

Josh Willingham

3B

MIN

4

3

5

0

.280

1.040

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Weekly Waiver Wire:

Eric Chavez, 1B/3B, ARI (23% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)
Chavez was a 30-HR, 100-RBI guy for Oakland back in the early 2000s. Injuries completely derailed his career, but he showed some signs last year in limited duty with the Yankees, posting a .281-16-37 line in less than 300 at-bats. This season he's in Arizona and he has been killing the baseball this month, batting .421 with three home runs and 13 RBIs. If you have room for someone like Chavez, he's a nice left-handed bat (.350-7-24 vs. RHP) to have in your lineup.

Kelly Johnson, 2B/OF, TB (61%)
Go figure, another Ray who can play multiple positions. In Johnson's case, the best play for him is at second, but if he keeps up his run production (8 HR, 26 RBIs), his bat could enter OF discussion too. Johnson has provided pop before, hitting a combined 47 home runs in 2010-11, but strikeouts have always been an issue for him. He Ked a total of 311 times in those two seasons and had 159 last season. So far, he's done a better job of making contact in 2013 with a 37:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 42 games.

James Loney, 1B, TB (41% )
Loney has been discussed here before, but as long as he keeps hitting, he's worth mentioning, especially since his ownership rate is less than 50 percent. Loney is second only to Miguel Cabrera in the AL in batting at .342 and he has hit three home runs in May. He had just six total in 144 games last season.

Daniel Nava, OF, BOS (45%)
Nava is top 10 among all OFs with 32 RBIs and has added six home runs, 27 runs scored and a .299 average in less than 150 at-bats so far. He's a switch-hitter who can hit near the top or in the middle of the order and the biggest knock against him has been that Red Sox manager John Farrell has sat Nava against left-handed starters. This could change, however, with Shane Victorino going on the DL last week, and even though he hasn't faced many lefties, he hasn't been overmatched against them (.250-2-8 in 40 AB) either.

Last Week:

Jurickson Profar, 2B/SS, TEX: .263/.671, 3R, HR, 4 RBIs

Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX: .300/.705, 4 R
Daniel Murphy, 1B/2B, NYM: .304/.737, 4 R, 3RBIs
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD: .238/.542, 2 R, 3 RBIs

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Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

23.0

2

20

1.17

0.83

2.

Patrick Corbin

ARI

22.0

3

20

1.64

0.95

3.

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

24.2

2

21

1.82

0.81

4.

Justin Masterson

CLE

22.0

2

25

2.05

0.86

5.

Alex Cobb

TB

21.0

2

16

1.71

0.71

6.

Homer Bailey

CIN

22.0

2

21

1.64

0.91

7.

Mike Minor

ATL

20.0

2

23

1.35

1.00

8.

Jason Vargas*

LAA

21.1

3

15

1.69

1.03

9.

Francisco Liriano*

PIT

12.2

2

16

0.71

0.95

10.

Brandon McCarthy*

ARI

16.0

2

7

0.56

0.75

11.

Jeff Locke*

PIT

19.0

2

17

1.42

1.00

12.

Max Scherzer

DET

21.0

1

20

3.00

0.81

13.

Mike Leake*

CIN

13.2

2

10

0.00

1.10

14.

Jeff Samardzija

CHC

15.0

1

15

1.80

0.73

15.

Cliff Lee

PHI

16.0

1

12

1.13

0.81

16.

John Lackey*

BOS

17.1

2

16

2.60

0.92

17.

Jordan Zimmerman

WAS

22.2

2

12

1.99

0.97

18.

Chris Sale

CWS

7.2

1

12

0.00

0.78

19.

Matt Moore

TB

19.0

2

13

2.37

0.95

20.

Jake Peavy

CWS

22.0

2

18

2.86

1.00

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. John Lackey, BOS: (Wed.) at Philadelphia (27% owned)
Lackey has allowed no runs in his last two starts (13 IP) and has posted a 28:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.09 WHIP in five May starts (29 1/3 IP). In Philadelphia, he won't have to worry about the DH and faces a Phillies team that's batting .248 at home.

2. Shaun Marcum, NYM (Fri.) vs. Miami (21%)
Marcum was nearly unhittable against Atlanta on Sunday night, striking out 12 Braves and his only real mistake being a two-run home run to Dan Uggla in the seventh inning. He ended up with a no-decision and will face a far weaker lineup in the Marlins, who are last in the majors in batting average, runs scored, hits and home runs.

3. Bartolo Colon, OAK (Fri.) vs. Chicago White Sox (21%)
The 40-year-old veteran keeps finding a way to get the job done. He's 5-2 with a 3.82 ERA on the season and has put together three straight quality starts, including seven scoreless innings against Houston his last time out. The White Sox as a team are batting .253 on the road and hit just .250 against the A's in three games in Oakland last season.

4. Tyler Lyons, STL: (Tues.) at Kansas City (3% owned)
It doesn't get much deeper on the waiver wire than Lyons, as the rookie lefthander will be making just his second major league start. His first one came on the road too, in San Diego, and he certainly showed (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) he was up to the task there in getting the win. The Royals have scored the third-fewest runs at home (81 in 22 G entering Monday), which only helps Lyons' case.

5. Tyler Chatwood, COL (Wed.) vs. Houston (2%)
Chatwood has put together three straight solid starts (1 ER in his last 17 2/3 IP), including holding the Giants to one run over 5 2/3 innings at home on May 18. The Astros are 6-16 on the road so far this season.

Closing Morsels:

Cleveland's Chris Perez was summoned from the bullpen on Sunday in Boston trying to close out a 5-2 lead and proceeded to walk three and give up two hits in just 2/3 of an inning. He left with a shoulder injury after giving up two runs and was replaced by left-hander Joe Smith, who gave up the game-winning, two-run double on the first pitch he threw to Jacoby Ellsbury. Perez was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with shoulder soreness and he could be out an extended period of time, if not the season. The likely replacement would appear to be setup man Vinnie Pestano, but he is having problems with his velocity following his own recent DL stint. This situation bears watching as the Indians are right behind the Tigers in the AL Central and have been in quite a few close games ... Milwaukee closer Jim Henderson was put on the 15-day DL on Saturday after he injured his right hamstring on Friday against Pittsburgh. For now it appears that Francisco Rodriguez, and not former closer John Axford, will get the save opportunities while Henderson is sidelined. K-Rod got the final out on Friday following the injury to Henderson to secure the win for the Brewers ... Colorado's Rafael Betancourt injured his groin last Tuesday against Arizona and didn't pitch again until Saturday, when he blew the save (1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB) against San Francisco. For now, it looks like he will avoid the DL but that doesn't mean that setup men Rex Brothers or Wilton Lopez won't get some opportunities to close out some games either. Brothers picked up the save last Wednesday, but the lefty recorded a blown save on Saturday against the Giants. Lopez hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances.

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