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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 18

By Chris Routledge

Well, that was a largely unexciting trade deadline, wasn’t it? Maybe it was a bit more interesting in your league — it would be good to hear some of the blockbuster moves that went down around the leagues. I made a trade a few weeks back in my dynasty league where I sent Zack Wheeler away in return for Chris Perez and Joe Nathan (two guys whom I am basically renting until the season end). That’s working well so far: between them, they’ve given me 11 saves (and four wins), helping consolidate my first place in that league. There’s been value to be found on the wire in that league too, as Tyler Chatwood has largely been a good pickup (if we ignore this week’s outing). What gems might be available on waivers in your league this week?

Week 17 Review

Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN


The curse is back! No sooner did I recommend Mesoraco than he decided to suck! Sorry.

Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD


As anticipated, Ellis continues to provide good batting average, but not much more. Depends on your needs, whether you go with a guy like him, or take a chance on Jedd Gyorko (who hit a home run last night).

Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA


The strikeouts and the win were there against the Twins, but the ratios continue to disappoint. There is no way I would start him against Baltimore Saturday; his next start against the Brewers is likely to be a game-time decision.

Ryan Cook, RP, OAK


Cook continues to provide great numbers as Oakland’s set-up guy.

Not the best record last week, perhaps because of rushing to meet the deadline. This week’s quartet are the result of (hopefully) more considered reflection!

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Stephen Drew, SS, BOS


Drew is in one of his injury-free hot streaks right now. His average for the season is still a paltry .235, but that disguises a healthy post-break OPS of .867. Bearing in mind the possible imminent suspensions of Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera, Drew could be a much-needed replacement for fantasy teams.

Cody Ross, OF, ARI


Ross is a classic platoon-player (he often sits against right-handed starters), but when he is on form, it really shows. The above numbers come from his last three games, even picking up an unlikely two stolen bases in that time. Ross is the sort of guy you want in deeper leagues to share your fourth or fifth OF spot with someone like Garrett Atkins. It does mean staying focused on who he is likely to face, but if you’re going to win your league, you need to be aware of that sort of thing anyway.


Bud Norris, SP, BAL


One of the few interesting names to be traded last week, Norris got off to a great start for his new team, the Orioles, against his former Astro colleagues, pitching six innings, with eight strikeouts, and picking up the win. Now that he is pitching for a contender, we can expect him to have more opportunities to pick up wins; I wouldn’t necessarily start him every time out, but his next two starts are in National League ballparks (the Padres, followed by the D-Backs), which are definitely favorable outings.

Martin Perez, SP, TEX


A former highly-touted prospect, Perez has been largely anonymous in the majors this season. When given a regular spot in the rotation towards the end of June, he began with four straight outings of two earned runs or less, only to follow that up with three lousy efforts (culminating in a three-inning, six-earned-run disaster against Cleveland).

Last time out, however, he pitched a solid 7.1 innings of one-run ball against the Angels — and guess who he faces this coming Monday? That’s right, the Angels again! Follow that up with a schedule that reads as follows: Astros, Mariners, White Sox and Mariners, and the result is that August could be a highly productive month for this pitcher. I have him in my dynasty league; will you take the chance on him in yours?

Two months of the season left to go. If your trading deadline hasn’t passed yet, then make the most of what time you have left. Once that ball drops, the waiver wire is your only chance to improve your team. See you next week for more waiver wanderings.

Chris Routledge is having an unusually poor season in H2H, whilst simultaneously doing unusually well in his Dynasty Roto league. C'est la vie. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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