StrategyJune 8, 2013

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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 10

By Chris Routledge

We begin this week’s waiver column with an apology for the absence of a column last weekend. I could go off into a spiel about how I was too busy, that life took over, and so on, but the truth is that I couldn’t face the prospect of trying to write another article on the computer that time forgot. But thankfully, we are back home now, so it’s time to hit the waiver wire again, beginning with a review of week 8’s picks.

Week 8 Review

Yan Gomes, C/1B/3B, CLE


Gomes has been disappointing in the sense of not starting as many games as I had hoped/expected. The games he has started have been pretty productive (at least one RBI in four of the last five games), but his lack of everyday playing time means there is a need to check whether or not he is starting before putting him in your lineup.

Matt Joyce, OF, TB


Joyce keeps playing, keeps hitting, and has now got a couple of steals to his name as well. There will be the occasional 0-fer day, but if you are prepared to ride those out, there is still a lot to like here.

John Lackey, SP, BOS


Three successive quality starts (including potentially tricky games against the Phillies and Rangers), which contained at least five Ks in each, means that Lackey is fast approaching the status of being a must-start pretty much every time out. He is still available in an unbelievable 61% of Yahoo leagues, so take a look to see if your league is in that 61%.

Jose Quintana, SP, CHW


Meh. Not a good pick at all. Since an excellent performance against the Red Sox, Quintana has had three mediocre starts against the Cubs and A’s (twice). Too inconsistent to be more than a spot starter at this point.

Lackey was easily the best suggestion of two weeks ago. Let’s see if I can find one or more to be equally successful this time out.

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Juan Pierre, OF, MIA


A week ago, someone in my 10-team NL-only league (a league with many Cafe veterans) dropped Juan Pierre. I have no FAAB money left, but put in a claim anyway, expecting someone to bid a decent amount to pick him up. When I won the claim after no one else put a bid in, my first reaction was, have I missed something? Why did no one else in this league of seasoned fantasy players try to claim Pierre off waivers?

I don’t know the answer; it’s possibly to do with the fact that he has struggled to hit for average this year (despite last week, his season average is a mere .238). But even on a weak team like the Marlins, Pierre remains the leadoff hitter with a green light to steal, and has added three stolen bases to his season total in the last week. Anyone who needs help in the speed categories would do well to check if Pierre is available, which he is in three quarters of Yahoo leagues.

Omar Quintanilla, 2B/SS, NYM


The Mets have struggled all year to find someone to take the leadoff spot and run with it. The latest incumbent to try is Quintanilla and, perhaps surprisingly, he is doing a good job so far. After an 0-fer in his first game, he has hit safely in six straight games, basically carrying on what he was doing in Triple-A earlier this year. As long as he continues this performance, he should be owned in all NL-only leagues and could do a job at MI in deeper mixed leagues as well.


Jacob Turner, SP, MIA


Jacob Turner was a strong candidate for a spot in the Marlins’ rotation before a poor spring training scuppered those chances and sent him into the minors. Well, he’s back, and has looked every inch the prospect he has always been touted as in his first two starts against the Mets and Phillies. Thirteen innings with nine hits and only one earned run allowed is a fine way to start his major-league season. As with all Marlins’ pitchers, his opportunities for wins will be limited, but his ability and performance to date merits ownership in more than 4% of leagues at this point.

Kelvin Herrera, RP, KC


Herrera had a fantastic start to the season: his first six games saw him pitch 5.1 shutout innings, picking up two saves, two holds and even a vulture win. His name was being talked about as a candidate to take over the closer role from Greg Holland, who had had a couple of dodgy outings (giving up four earned runs in two days against the Phillies). Since then, however, their performances went in opposite directions: Holland has pitched 18 innings, collecting nine saves and giving up only one earned run, whilst Herrera suddenly started giving up long balls (three in one game against the Braves on April 16, and a total of eight before his demotion to the minors in late May).

His time in the minors has been productive, resulting in his being recalled earlier in the week. He has immediately resumed his eighth-inning set-up duties, and, assuming he has ironed out the early-season problems, should be safe in that role. With the Royals obviously not contending this season, Holland could become a candidate for a trade; if that happens, the path will be open for Herrera to claim the closer role as his own.

It’s interesting to note that all four suggestions this week play for teams who will not be in post-season contention this year. A reminder, perhaps, that valuable fantasy production can be found on every major-league roster. I hope you manage to find something useful this week, and I will see you again next weekend.

Chris Routledge is back from holiday and ready to challenge for some fantasy titles. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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