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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: May 29

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Patience is a virtue. Those who have bided their time with first basemen Mark Teixeira, Albert Pujols, Justin Morneau and outfielder Nelson Cruz have seen their fantasy teams rewarded. Getting Pujols for dirt cheap may never happen again, so if you want to go after the historic slugger, now is the time. His price is rising by the day.

Cruz has the ability to completely dominate the fantasy world when hot – and that Nelson Cruz is so hot right now.

And don't look now, but the White Sox outfield is a pretty good place to find fantasy support if your lineup needs a boost.

Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (05/21-05/28):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Melky Cabrera

SF

OF

11

2

8

3

.414

1.245

2.

Paul Konerko

CWS

1B

10

3

10

0

.536

1.567

3.

Mark Teixeira

NYY

1B

8

4

10

0

.524

1.868

4.

Jason Kipnis

CLE

2B

7

2

6

3

.448

1.122

5.

Troy Tulowitzki

COL

SS

8

3

9

0

.429

1.341

6.

Giancarlo Stanton

MIA

OF

8

3

8

1

.370

1.285

7.

Albert Pujols

LAA

1B

6

4

8

1

.357

1.227

8.

Nelson Cruz

TEX

OF

6

3

11

1

.320

1.106

9.

Alex Rios*

CWS

OF

8

3

9

1

.286

1.012

10.

Michael Brantley*

CLE

OF

6

0

6

4

.409

.935

11.

Dayan Viciedo*

CWS

OF

6

3

10

0

.357

1.093

12.

Justin Morneau*

MIN

1B

7

4

10

0

.250

1.017

13.

Brandon Phillips

CIN

2B

7

3

8

0

.348

1.247

14.

Jeff Francoeur*

KC

OF

5

3

4

1

.478

1.457

15.

Dexter Fowler*

COL

OF

6

2

4

1

.533

1.630

16.

Carlos Gonzalez

COL

OF

8

2

5

1

.333

1.127

17.

Yadier Molina

STL

C

3

2

9

0

.417

1.107

18.

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

4

2

7

0

.400

1.087

19.

Starlin Castro

CHC

SS

3

2

6

2

.308

.923

20.

Joe Mauer

MIN

C/1B

8

1

2

1

.385

1.038

21.

Colby Rasmus*

TOR

OF

3

2

5

2

.333

1.083

22.

Quintin Berry*

DET

OF

6

0

2

3

.360

.869

23.

Bryce Harper

WAS

OF

6

2

4

0

.391

1.220

24.

Tony Gywnn Jr.*

LAD

OF

4

0

6

3

.308

.616

25.

David Freese

STL

3B

7

2

4

0

.350

1.181

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Outfield Help

Of the Top 25 hitters from last week, 13 of them were outfielders. But most importantly, eight of those 13 are owned in 70% or less of Yahoo! leagues. If you need power Dayan Viciedo, who has been hitting seventh behind Paul Konerko, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski, should be able to provide some pop — and some ribeye steaks as well. Rios and Jeff Francoeur are what they are but have the ability to deliver over short periods of time — only if you can handle the 2-for-23 runs that generally follow suit. 

I would be more interested in the "post-hype" names on this list, Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus. Fowler is playing at a high fantasy level currently and should be one of the top OF adds this week. Rasmus might need to prove it for another 7-10 days before I give him a shot. 

For what it is worth, I picked-up Viciedo this morning over all other OFers on this list.

DL Watch

- I can't make this up. Brewers stud catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is hitting .345, was sent to the DL after breaking his hand on his own luggage. While searching for a sock under his hotel bed, his wife somehow managed to drop the suitcase on his hand. It is broken and he will miss 4-to-6 weeks.

- Jered Weaver has provided the biggest fantasy scare of the week thus far after leaving his Monday start after throwing to just four Yankees. After 12 pitches, the Angels ace left with "excruciating lower back pain." He will have an MRI Tuesday and a trip to the DL is uncertain. It certainly didn't look good. Especially, considering CJ Wilson is questionable for his June 2 start against Texas.

- Roy Halladay is questionable for his June 2 start against Miami. This one is very concerning as his shoulder soreness has led the Phillies' ace to get an examination after lasting only two innings on Sunday. He is having one of his worst seasons, so fantasy owners' worries should be warranted.

- Freddie Freeman is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with an eye issue. He missed Monday's game because of vision problems and Atlanta doesn't seem too optimistic about his long-term availability. Apparently, he cannot make tears. 

- Dustin Pedroia is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Detroit with a thumb issue. The two-sacker left Monday's game with a jammed right thumb, but it doesn't appear to be serious enough to warrant a DL trip. He could miss a few games, however.

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- Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera is doubtful for Tuesday's start against Kansas City. He is day-to-day due to tightness in his left hamstring. Those are tricky to nail down. The Indians need the shortstop's bat now that catcher Carlos Santana is on the seven-day DL with concussion issues.

- The brittle David Freese had a great week over the last seven days but is questionable for Tuesday's game with a wrist injury. 

- Matt Kemp has begun his Triple-A rehab assignment and could be back as early as Tuesday. The A's Yoenis Cespedes also went 1-for-3 and played left field in his rehab stint and should be back this week as well while pitcher Brandon McCarthy could return to the mound June 2 against the Royals. The Mets' Jason Bay has been DHing and will soon play the field in an effort to return to the Flushing this weekend. 

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Chris Sale

CWS

19.2

3

28

0.92

0.76

2.

Gio Gonzalez

WAS

20.0

3

29

2.25

0.80

3.

R.A. Dickey*

NYM

20.1

2

29

1.77

0.74

4.

Kevin Millwood*

SEA

20.0

2

14

0.45

0.65

5.

James McDonald

PIT

20.2

2

24

1.74

0.82

6.

Josh Beckett

BOS

21.2

2

19

1.25

0.88

7.

Justin Verlander

DET

17.0

1

19

1.06

0.59

8.

Cole Hamels

PHI

23.0

3

23

2.74

0.96

9.

Andy Pettitte*

NYY

15.0

2

17

1.20

0.87

10.

C.J. Wilson

LAA

17.2

2

15

1.02

0.96

11.

Dan Haren

LAA

15.2

1

19

1.72

0.70

12.

Kyle Kendrick*

PHI

22.0

1

12

1.23

0.77

13.

Chris Capuano

LAD

19.1

2

19

2.33

0.93

14.

Adam Wainwright

STL

20.2

2

12

1.31

1.06

15.

Brandon Beachy

ATL

21.0

1

18

2.14

0.90

16.

Felix Doubront*

BOS

17.2

2

22

2.55

1.19

17.

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

16.0

1

10

1.12

0.88

18.

Ryan Vogelsong*

SF

13.1

2

9

2.02

0.90

19.

Johan Santana

NYM

22.0

1

19

2.45

1.00

20.

J.A. Happ

HOU

18.1

2

20

1.47

1.42

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

1. Chris Sale, CWS: Seattle (Sun.)
The stud Sox youngster has rebounded perfectly after a short injury scare. Struck out 15 hitters on Monday against Tampa and should dominate the Mariners this weekend.

2. Ryan Dempster, CHC: San Diego (Wed.)
Might not be on your wire, but has yet to win a game in 8 starts. This is his best chance yet.

3. Trevor Cahill, ARI: at San Diego (Sun.)
Is walking too many people (12 in his last five starts) but has been solid of late. Will face one of worst offenses in the league.

4. Ubaldo Jimanez, CLE: Minnesota (Sat.)
Has been very wild but if any match-up will get him back into the swing of things, it will be against the Twins.

5. Gavin Floyd, CWS: Seattle (Sat.)
Got shelled the last three outings but has nice 8.0 K/9 and 3.18 K/BB ratio thus far. Will face lowly Mariners at home.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Fernando Rodney

TB

16.2

1

10

17

0

1.08

0.84

2.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

13.2

2

3

23

3

0.00

0.44

3.

Santiago Casilla

SF

14.1

1

10

13

0

1.26

1.05

4.

Chris Perez

CLE

12.1

0

10

15

0

1.46

0.73

5.

Jim Johnson

BAL

13.2

0

9

8

0

1.32

0.51

6.

Jason Motte

STL

12.1

2

5

10

0

2.19

0.73

7.

Kenley Jansen

LAD

10.1

2

5

15

2

1.74

0.97

8.

Joe Nathan

TEX

11.0

0

6

14

0

0.82

0.64

9.

Ernesto Frieri*

LAA

14.0

0

2

26

4

0.64

0.71

10.

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

11.0

1

8

12

0

2.45

1.09

11.

Tyler Clippard*

WAS

11.2

0

3

15

5

0.77

0.51

12.

Jake McGee*

TB

12.0

2

0

13

4

0.75

0.67

13.

Nate Jones*

CWS

15.0

2

0

16

2

0.60

1.00

14.

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

11.1

0

7

15

0

3.18

0.88

15.

Brett Myers

HOU

11.2

0

8

9

0

2.31

1.03

16.

Craig Stammen*

WAS

18.1

1

0

18

1

1.47

0.82

17.

Casey Janssen*

TOR

10.1

0

4

8

1

0.00

0.68

18.

Brian Fuentes*

OAK

11.1

1

4

7

1

1.59

0.79

19.

Alfredo Aceves

BOS

17.2

0

6

20

0

3.06

1.08

20.

Jordan Walden*

LAA

12.1

2

0

12

4

0.73

0.89

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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