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Fantasy Baseball Bests, Busts and Waiver Wire: Sept. 3

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Top 25 fantasy baseball hitters of last week (8/27-9/3):

 

Name

Team

Pos.

R

HR

RBI

SB

BA

OPS

1.

Pedro Alvarez*

PIT

3B

7

4

8

0

.417

1.545

2.

Rickie Weeks*

MIL

2B

9

1

2

4

.423

1.146

3.

Torri Hunter*

LAA

OF

8

1

6

1

.536

1.281

4.

Chase Headley

SD

3B

3

2

12

1

.407

1.096

5.

Josh Donaldson*

OAK

C/3B

5

4

8

1

.304

1.277

6.

Delmon Young*

DET

OF

5

3

10

0

.385

1.314

7.

Bryce Harper

WAS

OF

7

3

8

0

.333

1.042

8.

Chris Heisey*

CIN

OF

6

2

6

1

.500

1.500

9.

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

5

2

6

2

.379

1.128

10.

Carlos Gomez*

MIL

OF

6

2

6

3

.261

.901

11.

Chris Carter*

OAK

1B

6

3

6

0

.421

1.429

12.

David Murphy*

TEX

OF

6

2

5

0

.524

1.535

13.

Mark Reynolds*

BAL

1B/3B

6

4

7

0

.280

1.200

14.

Martin Prado

ATL

2/3/OF

4

2

6

2

.375

1.093

15.

Josh Reddick

OAK

OF

5

2

10

0

.355

.977

16.

B.J. Upton

TB

OF

5

2

4

3

.308

.910

17.

Coco Crisp*

OAK

OF

7

2

2

3

.280

1.078

18.

Brandon Moss*

OAK

1B/OF

6

2

7

0

.412

1.326

19.

Jimmy Rollins

PHI

SS

5

2

5

2

.310

.996

20.

Garrett Jones

PIT

1B/OF

6

2

4

0

.455

1.318

21.

Cliff Pennington*

OAK

2B/SS

5

1

3

2

.444

1.111

22.

George Kottaras*

OAK

C

4

2

8

0

.444

1.722

23.

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

5

3

4

0

.375

1.275

24.

John Mayberry*

PHI

1B/OF

5

2

5

0

.393

1.148

25.

Angel Pagan*

SF

OF

8

1

4

2

.258

.859

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Oakland A's

Of the top 25 hitters of last week, seven of them were Oakland Athletics. This means that seven of the nine hitters in the batting order landed on this Top 25 list and Josh Reddick is the only one owned by more than 70 percent of leagues. So which ones should you add? Chris Carter at first is a must-add for anyone who needs some pop in their line-up. He has 14 homers in 166 at-bats this season. Coco Crisp is No. 2 on the must-add list with his roto friendly stat line (55 R, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 31 SB in 383 at-bats). The sneaky add would be "C-1B" Josh Donaldson. He has been on a major kick of late and as a catcher, brings major value to most line-ups. He might also be the one most likely to cool off. Proceed with caution. 

Top 20 fantasy Starting Pitchers of last two weeks:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

K

ERA

WHIP

1.

Kris Medlen

ATL

24.0

3

28

0.00

0.75

2.

Max Scherzer

DET

22.0

3

26

0.82

0.82

3.

Brett Anderson*

OAK

20.0

3

15

0.90

0.70

4.

Marco Estrada*

MIL

18.0

2

27

0.50

0.94

5.

Hisashi Iwakuma*

SEA

19.0

2

16

0.47

1.00

6.

James Shields

TB

22.0

2

20

2.78

0.84

7.

Bronson Arroyo*

CIN

20.0

2

9

2.25

0.65

8.

Eric Stults*

SD

13.0

2

9

0.00

0.85

9.

R.A. Dickey

NYM

16.0

2

9

0.56

0.88

10.

Cliff Lee

PHI

20.2

2

19

1.31

1.11

11.

Yu Darvish

TEX

14.0

2

16

1.96

0.86

12.

Zach Britton*

BAL

14.2

2

16

1.84

0.89

13.

Felix Hernandez

SEA

24.0

2

17

1.88

1.04

14.

Zack Greinke

LAA

14.2

2

12

1.84

0.95

15.

Jhoulys Chasin*

COL

18.0

2

9

1.50

1.00

16.

Chris Tillman*

BAL

16.2

2

14

2.70

0.96

17.

Ryan Dempster

TEX

12.0

2

14

1.50

1.25

18.

Miguel Gonzalez*

BAL

7.0

1

9

0.00

0.71

19.

Edwin Jackson*

WAS

14.0

1

18

1.93

1.07

20.

Gio Gonzalez

WAS

15.0

1

15

1.80

1.00

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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

Recommended Articles

1. Brett Anderson, OAK: at Sea (Sat.) 54% owned
The former ace of the staff is finally back on the mound after two years of injuries and he has been effective. He has allowed two earnies in 20.0 innings with 15 strikeouts and only three walks.

2. Jeff Samardzjia, CHC: at Pit (Sat.) 52% owned
The Shark has been downright nasty of late. He has 41 strikeouts in his last five starts (33.0 IP) and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of those five starts. 

3. Ross Detwiler, WAS: Mia (Sat.) 36% owned
Since returning to the rotation at the end of June, Detwiler has been strong by not allowed more than four runs in any start since. He tossed seven scoreless innings for his third win in four starts on Monday.

4. Tommy Milone, OAK: at Sea (Sun.) 44% owned
The soft tosser got hit around a bit by the Angels on Labor Day but he should bounce back against the Mariners this weekend. He had two awesome starts before Monday and has been lights out against Seattle.

5. Patrick Corbin, ARI: at SD (Sun.) 10% owned
This one is a bit of a flier but the match-up feels right and Corbin has provided big strikeout numbers all year long. Take the risk against the Padres this weekend.

Top 20 fantasy Relief Pitchers of last month:

 

Name

Team

IP

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

1.

Greg Holland*

KC

13.1

2

9

15

0

0.68

1.05

2.

Jim Johnson

BAL

10.2

0

10

9

0

0.00

0.38

3.

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

11.1

1

9

15

0

0.79

0.71

4.

Jason Motte

STL

13.0

0

10

18

0

2.77

0.85

5.

Joe Nathan

TEX

9.0

0

7

14

0

0.00

0.56

6.

Fernando Rodney

TB

12.2

0

9

12

0

0.71

0.95

7.

Rafael Soriano

NYY

12.2

0

9

14

0

2.13

0.79

8.

Sergio Romo

SF

10.0

1

4

11

6

0.90

0.50

9.

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

12.2

1

7

14

0

2.84

0.87

10.

Ernesto Frieri

LAA

9.1

2

4

14

0

2.89

0.64

11.

Grant Balfour

OAK

9.1

0

8

11

0

2.89

0.54

12.

Tyler Clippard

WAS

11.0

0

8

11

0

1.64

0.91

13.

Jake McGee*

TB

8.2

2

0

9

2

0.00

0.35

14.

Glen Perkins*

MIN

10.0

0

4

8

0

0.00

0.50

15.

Rafael Betancourt

COL

11.0

0

10

5

0

1.64

1.18

16.

Casey Janssen*

TOR

11.0

0

6

12

0

2.45

0.73

17.

Wilton Lopez*

HOU

13.2

3

1

14

0

2.63

1.02

18.

J.J. Putz

ARI

12.0

0

8

16

0

2.25

1.25

19.

Ryan Cook*

OAK

10.0

2

2

15

2

1.80

1.00

20.

Luke Gregerson*

SD

13.0

0

3

12

8

1.38

0.69

* - less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues

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- by Braden Gall

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