StrategySeptember 2, 2009


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Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers: Calling All Call-ups

By Tom Huffman

Welcome back to Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers. Let’s take a look at last week’s picks. LaRoche had one HR but not much else. Milledge hit over .400 with a SB. Tomko didn’t get blown up, which is always a surprise. Actually, he had a decent outing and a no decision. Pagan had a impressive week with two SBs, one HR and a BA over .300. Well done Chris, but if I were you I’d stop suggesting LaRoche. This week I’ll take a look at some recent call-ups that could make the difference in your fantasy league.

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

Standard Mixed Leagues

Drew Stubbs, OF, Cin

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %115

 RunsHRRBISBAVG
Week 21 Stats7253.293

Willy Taveras’ loss is your gain. Stubbs has had only two weeks in the majors, but he has started off with a bang. Last week’s stat line has everything a fantasy player could want. It took Stubbs 107 games in the minors to hit two HRs this year, so I wouldn’t count on the HRs and RBIs to continue at this pace. What you are looking for out of Stubbs is SBs. He swiped 46 this year in the minors and looks to add to that total leading off in Cincinnati.

Andy Marte, 1B/3B, CLE

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %5321

 RunsHRRBISBAVG
Week 21 Stats4370.318

Don’t call it a comeback. Marte got his first taste of the majors back in 2005. He has been a lot of unfulfilled promise over the last four years, leading him to be traded twice. When the Indians traded Ryan Garko to the Giants, Marte got his shot at playing full-time. He has started out slow but really come on during the past week. At 25, Marte still has plenty of time to make a mark with his career.

NL-Only Leagues

Homer Bailey, SP, CIN

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %2131

 IPWKERAWHIP
Week 21 Stats8170.001.00

For this week’s NL selection I’d like to mix my first two picks. Take one part Red, one part unfulfilled potential, a twist of pitching and you have yourself a Homer Bailey. Many people expected a breakout season from Bailey in 2007 — well, it is 2009 now, and for many people the sun had set on Homer Bailey. Bailey’s last two starts have caught the attention of fantasy players again with hopes that he can continue the good play and finally fulfill his potential.

AL-Only Leagues

Felix Pie, OF, BAL

 YahooESPNCBS
Owned %216

 RunsHRRBISBAVG
Week 21 Stats5360.421

Redemption, recovery, salvaging a career, whatever you want to call it, we have it in spades this week. Felix Pie was supposed to be a five-tool CF for the Chicago Cubs. Two seasons after making his MLB debut, Pie is now the making his mark with the Baltimore Orioles. While Pie isn’t technically a call-up, his first half wasn’t anything to get too excited about. Now his five HRs, .394 OBP, and .651 SLG% post All-Star game are something to get excited about.

Feedback is always appreciated. Chris will be back for next week’s Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers with four new waiver pickups. In the meantime, 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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