StrategyJuly 27, 2013

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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 17

By Chris Routledge

Apologies, that this is almost certainly appearing a little later than usual. Unfortunately, in my “day job,” sometimes things come up which mean that fantasy baseball has to take a back seat temporarily, and such was the case this week. Hopefully everyone should be able to use this advice as normal (which probably means you’ll just ignore it like always!)

Week 16 Review

Luke Scott, 1B, TB


The week started well with another HR for Scott last Sunday; unfortunately, some stiffness means he has not seen action since Wednesday. There are likely to be other power hitters available who can match Scott’s output, should this injury linger much longer.

Wily Peralta, SP, MIL


If you picked Peralta up for the spot-start against the Marlins, well done. You ended up with a nice rewarding outing of eight shutout innings with seven strikeouts, only lacking the win to round things off. If you held onto him for the start in Coors, you’re a braver man than me, and it sadly didn’t pay off. However, his next three outings are against the Cubs, Giants and Mariners, match-ups where it is definitely worth considering putting him back out there.

Tom Gorzelanny, SP/RP, MIL


Not much to say here. Gorzelanny got lit up by the Padres. Sayonara, dude.

Antonio Bastardo, RP, PHI


Another fine week from Bastardo. Watch Jonathan Papelbon’s situation closely: the minute it looks like he might be traded, don’t hesitate to swoop for this closer in waiting.

Let’s move on, now, to week 17’s suggestions.

Week 17 Adds


Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN


Mesoraco is smokin’ hot at the moment and is starting nearly every game behind the plate for the Reds. Expect this to continue whilst Ryan Hanigan remains on the DL, and perhaps also after he returns.

Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD


If you happen to be one of the owners in 54% of Yahoo Leagues who still has Rickie Weeks on his roster, or the 36% of leagues with Jedd Gyorko, then please consider dropping them for Mark Ellis. They do arguably have more upside than Ellis, but neither of them is hitting at the moment, nor have they been doing so all year. Ellis may not provide much more than batting average, but at least he is providing that right now, as he rides an eight-game hitting streak. And if he in turn falls off a cliff, then it is highly probably that Weeks or Gyorko will still be there for you to pick back up.


Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA


It was far from pretty, but Ramirez picked up his first win since promotion against the Indians this week, after a poor debut against the Red Sox (not that you started him in that game). He strikes me as being very much the spot-start option at the moment, hence my recommendation to go with him against the Twins on Sunday, sit him for his following match-up against Baltimore, then roll him out again versus the Brewers, by which time I would hope that he will have settled into his big-league role a bit.

Ryan Cook, RP, OAK


Ryan Cook has been excellent recently, picking up his second save of the year after Grant Balfour had a shaky outing the previous game. It’s over a month since Cook last gave up any earned runs, and whilst there is no reason to think that Balfour will be traded, Cook will continue to post excellent ratios (including K/9) whilst picking up the odd save here and there as Oakland continues to march towards the postseason.

Apologies once more for the lateness of this week’s effort. Hopefully next week will be back to normal!

Chris Routledge is battling for promotion from the Cafeholics Pond Scum League into the Masters. He is currently in 4th place (and needs a top-5 finish to get that promotion). Can he do it? The nation is on tenterhooks (although which nation that is, is unclear). Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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