StrategyAugust 15, 2012

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Wide World of Waivers: Young Money

By R.J. White

Wide World of Waivers is back with a second baseman on fire, a pitcher forcing his manager into a six-man rotation and some saves options on your FA list. Those players and more now.

First Base

W19Garrett JonesPIT5/19.263612029
W19Mitch MorelandTEX7/18.389211020

Jones followed up a good Week 19 performance with a 4-for-4 game on Monday. Moreland had a very nice week but isn’t a good bet to get regular bets with Mike Olt in town. No reason to back off Jones now.

1B of the Week: Garrett Jones, PIT

Second Base

W19Jean SeguraMIL6/21.28620302
W19Eric YoungCOL13/27.48161207

Segura started off slow but has picked up a hit in five straight games, but we’re jumping ship anyway. That’s because Young has been scorching in August, picking up multiple hits in seven of his last eight games and even homering on Tuesday night. He’s entrenched in the starting lineup, even when Michael Cuddyer returns.

2B of the Week: Eric Young, COL


W19Erick AybarLAA11/24.458713237
W19Zack CozartCIN6/28.214323023

Aybar ran out of our range with an excellent line last week so, for the second straight week, we need to find a SS replacement for the column. While we’re on the lookout for a potential Jurickson Profar call-up, we’ll grab Cozart, who’s up to 13 homers this year after popping two last week.

SS of the Week: Zack Cozart, CIN

Third Base

W19Todd FrazierCIN10/24.417316021
W19Eric ChavezNYY9/16.563625016

Frazier went on a nice run with his first 10-hit week of the season, bringing his OPS up to .867 this year. However, Chavez has been the second best 3B in the game over the last two weeks, behind only the white-hot Chase Headley. Chavez may have a little bit better numbers over the season, but I’m sticking with Frazier.

3B of the Week: Todd Frazier, CIN


W19A.J. EllisLAD2/12.167200029
W19Wilin RosarioCOL2/11.182200024

Neither of these guys had a great week, though Rosario followed up his stinker with a few good games in Week 20, including his 19th homer on Tuesday night. That puts him in the top five at his position, yet he’s still available in three-quarters of fantasy leagues. Doesn’t make much sense.

C of the Week: Wilin Rosario, COL


W19Lorenzo CainKC2/20.100200018
W19Starling MartePIT9/29.310324120
W19Jon JaySTL15/28.536604224
W19Rajai DavisTOR5/22.227505321

Cain completely flopped last week, but Marte has been a revelation as the Pittsburgh leadoff hitter. He stays, but we may be able to find better for our other OF spot. Jay’s now hitting .315 for the year after collecting an amazing 15 hits last week. Davis stole his 34th and 35th bases of the season on Tuesday night, and that’s good for second in the league this year. If you have a need for speed, look him up.

OFs of the Week: Starling Marte, PIT and Rajai Davis, TOR

Starting Pitcher

W19Joe BlantonLAD5.007.201.200322
W19Marco EstradaMIL4.009.001.75037
W19Erik BedardPIT12.022.250.9241130
W19Kris MedlenATL6.111.420.951725

Blanton was touched up for four runs in five innings in his start last week despite not walking anyone and not surrendering a home run. Estrada gave up seven hits in four innings in his Week 19 start, but like Blanton, gave up no walks and no home runs. But he’s still winless. Bedard rebounded from a terrible start in Chicago to post two wins in Week 19. Medlen has been excellent in three starts since joining the rotation, forcing the Braves to go to a six-man rotation when Tommy Hanson is activated.

SPs of the Week: Joe Blanton, PHI and Kris Medlen, ATL

Relief Pitcher

W19Wilton LopezHOU6.011.501.000912
W19Dale ThayerSD2.000.000.000116

Lopez received a huge workload last week, picking up two wins as well as his save, and the Astros may end up regretting it, as he was unavailable on Sunday and Monday. He’s still your best saves option. Thayer looks like the first option for saves in San Diego with Huston Street out. I’m sticking with Lopez. Jeremy Affeldt and Jim Henderson are also saves options that are widely available.

RP of the Week: Wilton Lopez, HOU

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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