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Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers: Anibal Rising - 3 comments

By Tom Huffman

Welcome back to Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers. Last week I suggested Jose Lopez, Troy Glaus, Russell Branyan and Jon Axford. Lopez and Branyan were nothing special but not too bad. Glaus continued to rake, continuing his month-long hot streak. Axford’s ERA spiked last week but he did have 2 saves and 1 win. Not too bad, but let’s see if I can top it with this week’s selections.

Apr. 11, 2010 - Miami, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02112998 Florida Marlins starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida USA 11 April 2010. The Marlins defeated the Dodgers 6-5.

Standard Mixed Leagues

Anibal Sanchez, SP, FLA

Owned % Yahoo 37 ESPN 60 CBS 72

Fantasy owners expected big things after Sanchez’s 2006 rookie season. He won 10 games with a 2.83 ERA. The problem is the three following years he only started 32 games, missing lots of time with multiple trips to the DL. This year Sanchez looks healthy and making his fantasy owners happy once again. He is sporting a 6.75 K/9 and has only allowed one HR this year. If you see Sanchez on your waiver wire, act now and pick him up.

Cody Ross, OF, FLA

Owned % Yahoo 42 ESPN 85 CBS 54

Over the last month Cody Ross’s stat line reads 17 R, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 3 SB, .324 BA. I had pretty moderate expectations before the season and did not expect anything more than his 2009 season. If anything I expected less and the first month of the season didn’t give me any reason to think different. Now Ross is hitting, and due to that poor first month, his overall stats aren’t garnering much attention. He could put up a really sneaky 20 HR, 100 RBI, 10 SB season. Grab him now before the competition notices.

AL-Only Leagues

Carlos Guillen, 2B, OF, DET

Owned % Yahoo 6 ESPN 4 CBS 24

Who’s interested in a 34 year old player made of glass? OK, bad question. Who’s interested in a 2B with 20 HR power that can be had off the waiver wire for nothing? Guillen can still hit and his 2B eligibility has made him fantasy relevant once again. This last week he hit .350 with 1 HR and 6 RBI. Make a move and add Guillen.

NL-Only Leagues

Andres Torres, OF, SF

Owned % Yahoo 7 ESPN 18 CBS 26

Torres was given a shot to lead off for the Giants and has run away with it (so to speak). Torres has 6 SB in May and already has 3 in June. 30 SB seems well within his reach with 40 being an outside possibility. If you are in need of speed Torres is your man but don’t expect much help in the other categories. R and BA he should be OK but nothing to brag about while HR and RBI are going to non-existent. Torres is for the SB so if you need some wheels pick him up off the wire.

Those are the four selections for this week. Feel free to drop me an PM or leave some feedback if you liked/disliked the article. I’ll be back next week with four brand new picks. Until then keep watching the 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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3 Responses to “Wednesday’s Wide World of Waivers: Anibal Rising”

  1. After Thursday’s outing against the Phils, Anibal’s next start is against Texas. Bleh.

  2. Honestly I’m worried about his start Thursday at TB more than the following start against Texas at Florida.

  3. User avatar AussieDodger says:

    I’ve been on the Torres wagon for a couple of weeks. He’s had doubles power as well as tasty free steals so far (drool-y face)


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