StrategyApril 20, 2013

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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 3

By Chris Routledge

We’re back for our weekly look at the waiver wire and the players who might just be available to help you out in your league — either short-term or long-term. For those who are new to this column: players have to be owned in 25% or less of leagues to get a mention here, and I don’t ever talk about closers who have the role on their team (but closers-in-waiting may make an appearance from time to time). With that, let’s take a look at the suggestions from last week.

Week 2 Review

Chris Carter, 1B/OF, HOU


The week started well with a HR against the Angels last Saturday, but having only one hit in his last four games has soured things a bit. He is still starting every day; the question is whether you can stand the low average while you wait for the power.

Lucas Duda, OF, NYM


Lost games due to snow, an inability to take advantage of Coors Field, and missing some time with tightness in the lower back. Bust. (Ed. note: He did hit two HRs Friday after this article was completed.)

Jake Westbrook, SP, STL


No game this week after the Pirates match-up got washed out. Much like this suggestion, really.

Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS


Well, I expected Bailey to pick up some saves this year, but not quite so quickly. And even the blown-save led to a vulture win. With rumors circulating that Joel Hanrahan is not guaranteed to get his job back when he returns from the DL, if you happen to be in one of the 39% (39%?!) of Yahoo leagues where Bailey is still available, grab him now.

Week 2 wasn’t quite so good as the first time out. Call it 1/3 with Westbrook as a free pass. Let’s move on to this week’s motley crew.

Week 3 Adds


Rajai Davis, OF, TOR


With Jose Bautista missing several games recently, Davis has been the prime beneficiary of playing time, and has made the most of that by showing off his speed. If you are struggling for stolen bases, Davis is a decent short-term add; Bautista came back Friday, but as DH. Expect Davis’s playing time to be reduced to a couple of starts a week and maybe the odd pinch-run appearance. This is a short-term add!

A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI


If it wasn’t for a miserable 0-for-6 night against the Yankees on Thursday, Pollock would have a healthy average of around .333 over the last seven days. He has been the main beneficiary of Adam Eaton’s injury, and had hit safely in six straight games before that last outing. A quirky stat can be found in that his last five hits have all been doubles. As long as he continues to start every day (and his performance to date certainly warrants that), he is a more than adequate fourth or fifth outfielder, and ought to be owned in more than 4% of leagues.


Jose Quintana, SP, CHW


The top-rated pitcher in the Yahoo game over the last seven days, Quintana is owned in only 13% of Yahoo leagues. He has posted astounding numbers in shutting out first Cleveland, and then Toronto, all while posting a 14:2 K:BB ratio. He put up a decent ERA of 3.76 in his rookie season of 2012 (over 136.1 innings), although be warned: that did come with 14 long-balls and a 1.35 WHIP. The early signs in this season are promising; he gets Cleveland again on April 23, followed by the struggling Rays, so as a short-term add with the potential to become a full-season contributor, I would seriously consider it.

Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI


Corbin has had an outstanding start to the season. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his three outings, giving up a total of three runs (all earned), with 13 Ks and two wins to show for it. And none of those outings were against “scrub” teams: his victims have been, in order, the Brewers, Dodgers and Yankees. Another pitcher showing encouraging signs early into his sophomore season, Corbin gets the Giants on April 23, followed by a home game against Colorado and then the delights of Petco Park. Add, sit back, and enjoy!

After last week’s general malaise, let’s hope this week’s suggestions prove a little more successful! Check back next week to see how things went.

Chris Routledge is trying to think of something original and witty to put into this section. Any suggestions? Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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