StrategyJune 17, 2009

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Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers: What’s Brewing at 2B?

By Chris Routledge

As another Wednesday rolls around, and once again we’re back with Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers to check those waiver wires. Last week, Tom suggested four players who ended up going a combined “meh” for the week, putting up enough production to warrant another look, but nothing to get really excited about. Colby Rasmus was probably the best pick of the bunch by virtue of batting .286 (none of the others did better than .240). Let’s see if this week’s quartet can do better!

As always, our criteria is a percentage-owned figure of between 20% and 50% for standard Yahoo leagues, and below 20% for deeper mixed and single leagues.

Standard Mixed Leagues

Jose Lopez, 1B/2B, Sea

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% Owned47627478

Week 10 Stats338.348

Lopez just barely qualifies for a mention here, but he certainly warrants being on any fantasy roster right now. After an excellent 2008 season, Lopez found his way onto many Top 10 second basemen lists before this season began. A miserable April saw him being sent to the wire in a considerable number of leagues, but the last few weeks he has started showing why he made those pre-season lists. A look at his overall stats is misleading — his average is still under .250, for example — but things are moving in the right direction. Six of his nine HRs have come in the last month, with three in the last week. If you have a hole at 2B and Lopez is available, there are many worse options out there.

Jeremy Hermida, OF, Fla

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% Owned2537950

Week 10 Stats536.440

Hermida is one of those perennial teasers who threatens to go on a great run only to start slumping the minute we pick him up. You know the sorts of players I mean! With three HRs and five multi-hit games in his last six, there’s no doubting that he’s hot at the moment — the question we have to ask is: will it last? Well, we simply don’t know. This could be the start of the long-awaited step-up in performance — or another illusion with the usual slump just around the corner. If you have an under-performing third or fourth OF on your roster, I would pick Hermida up to enjoy the hot streak while it lasts. If it turns into something more permanent, great!

AL-Only Leagues

Willie Bloomquist, SS/OF, KC

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% Owned3727

Week 10 Stats443.375

Need some help in runs, steals, and average in an AL-only league? Looking for a player who is SS-eligible? How about someone who bats second in the order every day? Willie Bloomquist could be your man! He won’t set your team alight, but he should give you a little bit in each of those categories while as mentioned, playing every day. With the Royals tending to enjoy the interleague games (they get to face the D-Backs, Cards, Astros, and Pirates over the next two weeks), Bloomquist is a must-add in AL-only leagues, and may be worth a pick-up in deeper mixed leagues as well, depending on your team’s needs.

NL-Only Leagues

Casey McGehee, 2B/3B, Mil

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% Owned1211

Week 10 Stats414.563

A bit of a flier for my final choice this week, McGehee seems to be the Brewer who has most benefited from the loss of Rickie Weeks for the season. He has started four of the last five games for the Brewers, all of those at 2B, and three of them as the lead-off hitter. And he has taken his opportunity and run with it, as the stats in the above table show. He seems to be locking up this starting spot, and if he continues to produce like this, he will really help NL-only fantasy teams who need some production from the 2B spot.

Well, that’s it! Another week of Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers in the books! At the end of this week, H2H teams will be halfway through the regular season and may just need a bit of help to make that push for the playoffs. Torn between two choices available on the waivers? Check back next week to see if one of Tom’s suggestions fits the bill. Until then, keep watching those waivers!

Chris Routledge is battling it out with Tom (aka Pogotheostrich) to see which of them will be crowned waiver wire champion at the end of 2009. Currently, both of them have some work to do! Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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