StrategyJune 24, 2009


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Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers: Meh Means Magnificent

By Tom Huffman

Welcome back. It is Wednesday again, which means it is time for Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers. Chris should be begging for “meh” after last week. Jose Lopez had went on bereavement leave last Wednesday and hasn’t played since. Hermida hasn’t had a hit since June 13th. Bloomquist and McGehee had decent weeks but nothing special. Let’s see if we can do a little better this week.

As always, the cutoffs are 50% Yahoo ownership in mixed leagues and 20% Yahoo ownership in for NL/AL only leagues.

Standard Mixed Leagues

Dexter Fowler, OF, Col

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %91434

 RunsRBIHRSBAVG
Week 10 Stats4302.360

Love me some Rockies hitters — leading the NL in runs scored will do that. That and playing at Coors. The Rockies have been red hot lately, piling up the wins, and Fowler has been warming up at the plate. He has a .385 OBP in June, and the more Fowler is on base, the more SB he will collect. He will be nice source of SBs and runs, and anything else is a bonus batting lead-off. Fowler was a big-time prospect and is still coming into his own, so he has the potential to be a great addition to any fantasy team.

Ricky Romero, SP, Tor

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %181246

 IPWKERAWHIP
Week 10 Stats141143.211.36

Romero seemed to be all the rage early in the season. Now after a stint on the DL, he seems to be all but forgotten. I’m at a loss as to why Romero isn’t owned in more leagues. Sporting a good ERA (3.59) and WHIP (1.37) along with a very impressive K/9 (7.34) for the season, Romero should be making his way to your team if he is on the waiver wire. If that isn’t enough to convince you, Romero just put up two very nice starts, one at Texas and one at Philadelphia, two of the better offenses in baseball.

NL-Only Leagues

Kevin Correia, SP, SD

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %4323

 IPWKERAWHIP
Week 10 Stats14.21121.840.34

That’s right, Rockies hitter and Padres pitchers. Correia seems to have come out of thin air to pitch at an elite level for the past month. If you can find another starter that has 3 wins, 30 K and a 1.04 WHIP over the last month, make that pickup now. He seems a little HR-prone, but that is nothing Petco can’t help fix. A word of warning, his next start is at Texas (so watch out), but after that he has some nice matchups.

AL-Only Leagues

Luis Valbuena, SS/2B, Cle

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %217

 RunsRBIHRSBAVG
Week 10 Stats4730.435

Valbuena has spent most of the season hitting in the bottom third of the lineup and for good reason. His recent hot streak has gotten him a start leading off and one in the six spot. If he continues to produce, the Indians will find him a spot higher in the lineup with the benefits that follow. At only 23, Valbuena is far from a finished product, but if these past week is a sign of things to come, he won’t be available much longer.

Please let us know what you think by posting in the discussion thread. Feedback is always appreciated. Chris will be back for next week’s Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers with four new waiver pickups. 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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