StrategyJune 10, 2009

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Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers: Hit It

By Tom Huffman

Welcome to the latest edition of Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers. It was a nice try by Chris last week, as he went two for four. Luke Scott continues to roll while Adam Kennedy came crashing back to earth; Sean West had a nice start, but Ben Francisco didn’t really make the most of his playing time. This week I’m going back to what I like best — hitters. I’ve got four hitters waiting on the waiver wire for you to grab them before your competition.

Our criteria, for those who need reminding, is a percent-owned figure of between 20% and 50% for standard Yahoo leagues, and below 20% for deeper mixed and single leagues. Having been made aware that Yahoo Plus leagues often have a vastly different percent-owned figure from the standard ones, we will also include these figures in our tables from now on.

Standard Mixed Leagues

Ian Stewart, 3B/2B, Col

 YahooYahoo PlusESPNCBS
% Owned33631575

Week 9 Stats9124.480

Ian Stewart has been on people’s radar for a long time but hasn’t had consistent playing time until now. Since Hurdle was canned, Stewart has been seeing more ABs and is making the most of them. Stewart has plus power (which plays nicely with the 2B eligibility), and hitting in Coors only helps. After the show he put on last week, you can count on more starts. He won’t last long on the waiver wire, so now is the time to grab him.

Chris Young, OF, Ari

 YahooYahoo PlusESPNCBS
% Owned35296343

Week 9 Stats3214.208

Young isn’t going to win any batting titles, but he does provide a very nice mix of speed and power that is hard to find. Young’s bat has started to heat up and he is running a lot more. If you can handle the batting average, he’s a very solid play. Young is a roller-coaster ride (so expect some ups and downs!) but, when it is all over, you will be glad you picked him up.

NL-Only Leagues

Colby Rasmus, OF, StL

 YahooYahoo PlusESPNCBS
% Owned517330

Week 9 Stats5110.500

Rasmus has always been a bit of a slow starter, but over the last two weeks he has started to become the hitter everyone thought he would be. The OF in St. Louis is a little crowded, but La Russa likes to spread the playing time around. So long as Rasmus continues to hit, he’ll get more than his fair share of ABs. When in the lineup, Rasmus seems to have settled into the number two spot in front of Pujols, so while this will cut down on his SBs, it should only help his other numbers.

AL-Only Leagues

Lyle Overbay, 1B, Tor

 YahooYahoo PlusESPNCBS
% Owned722539

Week 9 Stats4820.533

Being that we are already into June, you might have noticed my affinity for 1B. There is a reason for that — they can hit! To say Overbay has been hot is an understatement. He’s on pace for close to 100 RBI, is hitting over .300 for the season, and has an OPS just shy of 1.000. Go get him.

Please do let us know what you think of the column and our picks by posting in the discussion thread. Your feedback is always appreciated and helps us improve future columns. Chris will be back with four new pickups in next week’s Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers. But for now, keep watching that waiver wire!

Tom Huffman is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Tom in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of Pogotheostrich.
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