StrategyApril 28, 2010

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Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers: Mixed Bag

By Tom Huffman

April draws to a close and the waiver wire remains a source of mystery to me. Closers are still under 50% owned and stolen bases remain plentiful. My best guess is that there was a surge in the popularity of 8 team leagues this year. Since I can’t seem to wrap my brain around that idea let’s try something a little easier and look at last week recommendations. It looks like a .500 week. Maybin and Velez disappointed while Jackson and Hermida came though for me. This week’s quartet features a speedster, starter, a Cub and a Blue Jay for quite a mixed bag. As always, the cutoffs are 50% Yahoo ownership in mixed leagues and 20% Yahoo ownership in for NL/AL only leagues.

Standard Mixed Leagues

Julio Borbon, OF, TEX

Owned % Yahoo 45 ESPN 72 CBS 55

A .180 BA and move to the 9th spot has chased off a lot of Borbon owners. Take advantage of them now and add this guy if he is available. Borbon hit over .300 every year in the minors and his .220 BABIP isn’t going to continue. He hit over .300 with 3 SB the last week. Borbon has tons of speed and hits for a good average. He still could be moved back to the leadoff spot so act now while he’s still available.

Fausto Carmona, SP, CLE

Owned % Yahoo 34 ESPN 17 CBS 77

Four quality starts, three wins, 1.13 WHIP, 2.96 ERA, 13 K. Those are pretty impressive numbers. Can Carmona keep this up? Well, no that probably isn’t going to happen but he doesn’t have to keep putting up elite numbers be a useful fantasy pitcher. He’s done a good job cutting down the walks and I expect a few more strikeouts per start as the season goes on. Carmona is a solid addition to any fantasy staff.

AL-Only Leagues
Lyle Overbay, 1B, TOR

Owned % Yahoo 2 ESPN 1 CBS 10

The first two weeks of the season were not pretty but Overbay roared back in week three. He hit .368 with two homeruns, six RBIs and a stolen base. Hitting fifth in Toronto’s lineup should provide him with plenty of RBI opportunities. Grab Overbay while he is still mashing the ball.

NL-Only Leagues

Kosuke Fukudome, OF, CHI

Owned % Yahoo 15 ESPN 6 CBS 31

In past seasons Fukudome was an afterthought for my fantasy teams. He very rarely seemed able to put it all together but sometimes it takes Japanese players a little longer to get acclimated to playing MLB.
Fukudome is showing more power and hitting for a better average so far this year. He’s been a much more aggressive hitter and it has translated into a very nice stat line. If he keeps this up you could be looking at 15 HR, 70 R, 70 RBI, five SB, and a .280 batting average from a player that went largely undrafted.

Thanks for checking in and drop me a comment if you agree or disagree with any of the selections. Until next week, 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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