Another week, another trip to the waiver wire. Looking back, Fowler had a down week, scoring 4 runs but producing nothing else I’d like to talk about. Smoak, Andruw Jones and Marcum put good but not great stats. I still recommend picking up all four if you have the opportunity. This week I have an early season disappointment, an annual disappointment, and two young pitchers.
Standard Mixed Leagues
Mike Napoli, C, LAA
|Owned % Yahoo 49 ESPN 30 CBS 54|
I’m biased when it comes to Napoli as I one him in more than one league. When he was firmly planted on the bench I held tight thinking he would eventually start to get ABs. If not for an injury to Mathis, he might still be sitting on the bench. Napoli is finally seeing regular playing time, and he has started to heat up at the plate. Last week, he hit .316 with 2 HR and 4 RBI while starting six of seven team games. Napoli isn’t going to win any batting titles but he certainly has power potential. Napoli has reached 20 HR the last two years with limited AB so pick him up now and enjoy the hot streak.
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS
|Owned % Yahoo 45 ESPN 70 CBS 62|
Drew is frustrating to own when he is constantly missing games due to nagging injuries, but make no mistake, he has the talent to be a fantasy All-Star. So far this season he is hitting .278 with 21 R, 5 HR and 19 RBI, which translates to over 100/25/100 for a full season. As long as Drew is in the Red Sox lineup, he needs to be in your fantasy lineup. Just cross your fingers and hope he can stay healthy.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, OAK
|Owned % Yahoo 18 ESPN 9 CBS 52|
Three wins, a 3.54 ERA and almost a K an inning for Gio Gonzalez in his first six starts…sign me up! I’m a K junkie so Gonzalez is right up my alley. He has been able cut down on the BB issued and increased his GB% leading to a 1.26 WHIP. He isn’t going to be able to keep up the 3.2% HR/FB ratio so I would expect his ERA to rise as the year goes on, but even so, I’ll take it. Gonzalez is making all the strides you could wish a young pitcher to make, striking out a ton of batters along the way.
Mat Latos, SP, SD
|Owned % Yahoo 18 ESPN 52 CBS 44|
Last week, Latos carved Houston up for the win, posting 9 K, 2 hits, and 0 BB in 8 innings. Houston isn’t exactly Murderer’s Row but check out how the calendar lines up for Latos the rest of the month: 5/13 at SF, 5/18 vs SF, 5/23 @ SEA, and 5/29 vs WAS. That’s four straight starts against less than impressive offenses all in pitcher’s parks. I’d pick Latos up now because he might not be available come June.
That’s all I have for this week. Next week I will review the four recommendations set forth today and give you four more waiver wire players to grab. Until next week, keep watching that waiver wire!
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