Week 4 Waiver Wire Advice Fantasy Baseball

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This week feautres 2 Texas Ranger pitchers on the rise along with some hitters who can really fill holes in your lineup. Jonathan Broxton is the headline if you need a closer. I had a couple third baseman on the write-up last week to help you replace Beltre and Zimmerman. Kevin Kouzmanoff and Alberto Callaspo have been just as productive as any around corner infielder in the league. We all remember Justin Morneau’s MVP season and his career might not be over. He looks healthy and hitting well in Colorado. Good Luck this week.

 

 

Infielders

 

 

Justin Morneau 1B (47% Owned) Colorado Rockies– If he’s available in your league pick him up immediately. Their’s just something about aging injury-plagued first-baseman in Colorado I guess (Gallaraga, Helton, Giambi). And I know I say “if he can stay healthy” a lot but this one is serious. Morneau could have a monster season. But in order for that to happen he need’s to play at least 150 games. Between the Twins and Pirates last year he played 152, hitting 36 Doubles, 17HR’s and 90RBIS. Morneau is off to a nice start this season hitting 19-for-57 (.333) Avg. with (5 2B’s, 2HR’s, 8RBI’s). He’s hitting 5th in the rockies lineup, behind Cargo and Tulo. He’s in the perfect spot to bring in 100+ RBI’s this season.

 

 

Alberto Callaspo (2B, 3B) (8% Owned) Oakland Athletics– Collaspo was traded from the Angels to the Athletic’s last season. He has started 2014 hitting 16-for-47 (4 2B’s, 2HR’s, 9RBI’s, 5:7 BB:K ratio) (.340/.404/.553). That’s just about as good of a start as any player but nobody is talking about him. He won’t bring tons of power and steals to your team but he’s got one of the best walk to strikeout ratio’s in the league. If you league counts both, get Callaspo immediately. Only a handful of a players actually walk more than they strikeout, and he’s one of them. He had 49BB’s to 47K’s in 2013. And in 2011 and 2012 combined he had 114 BB’s to 107K’s. He  He’s starting everyday because of the big hole the Athletic’s have at second base.

 

 

Alcides Escobar SS (14% Owned) Kansas City Royals– It’s pretty clear shortstop is the thinnest position in fantsay baseball. So at this point you have to take what you can get. Escobar has started out hitting 15-for-51 (4 2B’s, 5RBI’s, 2SB’s) which is good for a (.294/.308/.373) clip. He won’t provide you with any power or walks but he can be a great source of doubles, steals and runs. What I like about Alcides is that he’s proven he can stay healthy. He’s played at least 145 games a year since 2010. Also since 2010, he hit 89 Doubles, 29 Triples, and 95 SB’s. Not to bad for a SS from the wire. And he only hit 18HR’s during that time so as I said, not a great power source. If you need a SS or want just want to add depth, add Escobar. At least you’ll know he’ll fill-up certain categories for the whole season.

 

 

Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B (7% Owned) Texas Rangers– Kouzmanoff was actually the Rangers best hitter during Spring. He hit 20-for-54 (11 Runs, 3 2B’s, 3HR’s, 12RBI’s, 5:7 BB:K) (.370/.443/.593). Of course with Adrian Beltre he knew he wasn’t gonna get any playing time heading into the season. Mitch Moreland had the DL spot locked up to eliminate that possibility. But thing’s have changed. Beltre has hit the DL and Kouzmanoff looks like an All-Star hitter. I know you might think I’m crazy but I’ve watched every at-bat of his this season. He’s one of the most aggressive hitters I’ve ever seen. And the crazy thing is pitchers still are trying to test him by throwing strikes non-stop. Since Beltre has hit the DL Kevin is a crazy 14-for-34 (.459) Avg. with 6 Runs, 5 Doubles, HR and 8RBI’s. Of course Beltre will be coming back full-time at 3rd base but let’s just hope Wash keeps him around for DH responsibilites.

 

 

Juan Uribe 3B (26% Owned) Los Angeles Dodgers– Uribe always seems to be doing something at the beginning of the year, the end of the year, or during the playoffs. He get’s our attention somehow during the year. He can get as hot, or as cold as any hitter in the league. He’s been great so far this year. Hitting 25-for-69 (.362) Avg. with a league leading 8 Doubles, 3HR’s, 7RBI’s). You won’t have to worry about anybody taking his roster spot, but his health and BB:K ratio are something to think about. Uribe could possibly be good for 25 Doubles and 25HR’s if he can play 140 games this season.

 

 

Outfielders

 

 

Eric Young Jr. OF (44% Owned) New York Mets–  Young had shown some flashes of becoming a decent lead-off hitter when he was with the Rockies (2009-2013). The Rockies traded him last year to the Mets last year for Pitcher Collin McHugh. Young was solid for the Mets last season. In 94 games he had 91 hits, 18 Doubles, 4 Triples, and 38 SB’s. Just yesterday, Eric Young was tied for first place in the majors in runs (12). With Juan Lagares hitting the DL, Young might be the only outfielder left who the Mets can put at lead-off.  Young is hitting 12-for-57 (.243) Avg. with (12 R’s, 2B, 3B, 4RBI’s, 9 SB’s). His 12 runs and 9 stolen bases is how he can help your fantasy squad. If you are in serious need of those 2 cateogories for all you roto guys, pick him up asap.

 

 

Dustin Ackley  (2B ,OF) (35% Owned) Seattle Mariners– The first thing I like about Ackley is his versatility to play infield and outfield on your club. The second is how sharp he looked during spring. He hit 26-for-68 (.382) Avg. with (7 2B’s, 3B, 2HR’s, 16RBI’s, SB). Dustin has eased nicely into the regular season hitting 16-for-55 (.291) Avg. (4 2B’s, 3B, HR, 9RBI’s, SB) showing that his spring was no fluke. Ackley has been a career (.247) hitter so far in his first 3 seasons. But if you can get over that and add him to your team, he should start filling up categories.

 

 

Starting Pitchers

 

 

Martin Perez SP (31% Owned) Texas Rangers– I drafted Perez in 90% of leagues I did this season so I wasn’t sure of his availablity in other leagues. I was shocked to see Perez was this scarcely owned. He is coming off a stellar start against the white sox tossing a complete game shutout (3 Hits, BB, 8K’s). The start before that he threw 8 shutout innings vs. the Astros. On the season so far he’s 3-0 with a 1.86ERA 1.03WHIP and 20K’s. In 2013, Martin went 10-6 with a decent 3.64ERA over 121 innings. Perez should have been the Opening Day starter over Scheppers but I’ll let that one go. The Venezulean southpaw is in stellar form and can help your rotation out immediately.

 

 

Roenis Elias SP (7% Owned) Seattle Mariners– Elias, a 25-year old left-handed pitcher from Cuba, has been a bright spot for the Mariners early on. Elias has already made 3 decent starts for Seattle. He’s thrown 16.2 innings only giving up 11 Hits, striking out 10 with a 2.16ERA 1.02 WHIP. After only tossing 5 innings his first 2 outings, it was promising for him to go 6.2 in his last start @ Texas. The rookie can be a great addition to your team as long he keeps his ERA down and starts getting run support. Players are only hitting (.196) off Elias this season so pick him up while you can.

 

 

Wily Peralta SP (24% Owned) Milwaukee Brewers– Peralta is a big part of why the Brewers have been hot early on. He’s 2-0 with 18.1 IP, only giving up 15 hits, striking out 10 with a 1.96ERA 1.09WHIP. I don’t like how he’s given up a HR in each start though. But those are basically the only runs he’s given up so it seems he’s only a couple pitches away from really shutting down teams. Guys are only hitting (.219) vs. Peralta so far. When Peralta came into the league in 2012 he started 5 games, going 2-1 2.48ERA striking out 23 in just 28 innings. But he struggled in 2013, going 11-15, giving up 19 HR’s with an ERA of 4.37. He’s been good enough through 3 starts to add him.

 

 

Kyle Gibson SP (13% Owned) Minnesota Twins– What a bright spot Gibson has been for the Twins this season. Were talking about a team that has Ricky Nolasco as the Ace. Gibson is already 3-0, tossing 19.1 innings only giving up 12 hits and 2 runs. He’s walked 9 struck out 10 with a 0.93ERA and 1.09WHIP. That’s a far cry from his rookie campaign last season. Gibson was about as bad as you can get, giving up 37 runs in just 51 innings pitched (6.53ERA 1.75WHIP). If you can get over his walk to strikeout ratio, he should be able to add depth to your starting rotation for the time being.

 

 

Robbie Ross Jr. SP/RP (10% Owned) Texas Rangers– Just like Perez, I’m a big fan of Robbie. Ross Jr. has had a middle reliever role with the Rangers for the majority of his young career. Texas was forced to bring him the 24-year old to the starting rotation with injuies to Lewis, Harrison and Holland. Over 145 innings in his career, Robbie has gone 11-2 with 118K’s and a 2.42ERA. He’s been great so far this year. Through three starts, he’s thrown 18 innings only giving up 14 hits, 2 runs and striking out 13. Ross Jr. will stay in the rotation for at least the all-star break if not longer. He did have 6 walks in one start but he eliminated doubt by not having any his 3rd start. He’s a great add if you need a starting pitcher who can get strikeouts.

 

 

Relief Pitchers

 

 

Jonathan Broxton RP (40% Owned) Cincinatti Reds– Broxton has had 2 saves since April 15th. He’s locked up the closer role until Chapman can come back. He always seems to give up a hit or walk to start out the inning to make it intresting, but can get the save 90% of the time. He’s thrown 3 scoreless innings so far this season only giving up 1 hit, 3 walks and striking out 4. Broxton is comfortable in the closer role with 113 career saves. If you are in desperate need of that category, he can help you out immediately.

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