The hot corner was pretty hot last week. Rolen had a monster week and Freese continues to impress. Encarnacion and Hinske weren’t as good but should still be solid plays at 3B. This week I’ll offer up four new choices to grab off the waiver wire before your competition.
Standard Mixed Leagues
Jose Lopez, 1B, 2B, 3B, SEA
|Owned % Yahoo 49 ESPN 53 CBS 72|
Last year Lopez hit 25 homeruns while driving in 98 runs and hitting .272. Two months into 2010 and he has 3 HR, 20 RBI and a .239 BA. That stat line has soured many Lopez fans and he finds himself unowned in over 50% of Yahoo leagues. Lopez has been unlucky at the plate with a .259 BABIP and a 4.5% HR/FB so expect his numbers to climb. Don’t believe me? Well Lopez has raised his average 22 points in the last two weeks and in the same time he has managed to raise his SLG% 47 points. He is waking from his early season funk and now is the time to get him.
Troy Glaus, 1B, ATL
Owned % Yahoo 37 ESPN 67 CBS 67
In my mind there are two facts about Troy Glaus. One is he hits for power and two is he can’t stay healthy. I’m happy that he is trying to prove me wrong on the latter one. The Braves offense is cooking and Glaus is the main ingredient. Glaus pounded three homeruns last week and drove in 13 runs. If he can avoid the DL this year you could be looking at a 30 HR, 100 RBI threat. Pick him up while you can.
Russell Branyan, 1B, CLE
Owned % Yahoo 6 ESPN 3 CBS 23
From Troy Glaus to Russell Branyan. There are a lot of similarities here, big time power and pray that he stays off the DL. Like Glaus, Branyan cranked three homeruns last week, the only problem being that they were all solo shots. Branyan shocked a lot of people last year by hitting 22 HR in the first half. He surprised almost no one when he got hurt and only hit 9 HR in the second half. Branyan carries some risk but he’s proven he can mash so add him now and hope he stays healthy.
John Axford, RP, MIL
Owned % Yahoo 7 ESPN 19 CBS 27
I believe Trevor Hoffman will be given another shot to close but there is no reason to believe he will be successful. In the meantime and hopefully for the rest of the season Axford will be getting the ball in the 9th. Axford has been pretty awesome so far collecting two saves and a one win the last two weeks. It has only been eight innings so far but 13 K and eight baserunners isn’t too shabby. Make a move and add Axford to your roster.
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.
Want to write for the Cafe? Check out the Cafe's Pencil & Paper section!