Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Wednesday
This will be a new weekly feature here on WFNZ every Wednesday throughout baseball and football season. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Fantasy lunatic. I know there are others of you out there as well. So don’t be ashamed. No judgements here. This will not only be your safe haven, but also a place to indulge your unquenchable thirst for fantasy knowledge. If you suffer from the same afflictions as I do, you’re someone who is feverishly scouring the waiver wires, looking to grab the players who will give you the advantage in your respective leagues and grant you the bragging rights for the remainder of the week. If you like winning, bookmark this page and ride this train all the way to your fantasy championship. Alright, enough chit chat. Let’s get down to business.
Scooter Gennet – 2B (MIL) While initially thought of as more of a utility infielder who hits right handed pitching, Scooter’s recent strong play has forced Ron Roenicke to consider doing away with the platoon situation at second base with Rickie Weeks. He has collect 5 multi-hit games in his last 7 games, pushing his average to .309. He provides a decent power/speed combo at the middle infield position and is owned in only 55% of standard leagues at the moment.
Brad Miller - 2B/SS (SEA) After a torrid start to his 2014 campaign, Brad Miller went colder than Frank Garcia’s broken foot in a tub of ice. Miller’s prolonged struggles have been well documented and lamented by many who thought this might be the year he broke out and emerged as a solid fantasy contributor. The wait, although painful, could be nearing an end as he’s finally shown signs indicating that faith wasn’t completely misplaced. Although the early power he displayed hasn’t completely returned yet (1 HR, 2 RBI), he is batting .417 over the past seven games. Despite the high expectations, he’s a player who most managers have almost entirely forgotten about. Be smarter than those other managers. He’s worth keeping an eye on and is available in over 60% of leagues.
J.D. Martinez – OF (DET) Get him if you still can… Like right now. Don’t even finish reading about how good I’m going to tell you he has been for the Tigers. This guy has reinvented his swing and you can be the one to reap the benefits. In the last two weeks, an even larger sample size than the previous two players, he is batting a scintillating .409 with 5 HR and 15 RBI, with a blistering OPS of 1.231. And he’s showing no signs of slowing down, as went yard yet again last night against the Rangers. If you’re still reading this, someone else probably already owns him. Godspeed.
Danny Duffy – SP (KC) One of the top, young arms in the system, Duffy has taken a little while to develop this season. Much like his team, the Royals, he has been equally as hot in his last 4 starts. He has only surrendered 5 runs in his last 25.2 innings. He’s 2-1 in those games and has two shutout performances during that stretch. Even more impressive is his K/BB ratio in which he’s fanned 23 batters and walked only five. Unfortunately for you, others are taking notice as well. In just the past week, he has jumped from being owned in 34% of leagues to just over 51%. If you’re in need of some starting pitching assistance, snatch him up while you can.
Jeff Locke – SP (PIT) Not a really familiar name in fantasy circles, but this guy needs to be on your radar. He picked up his first win of the season last night for the Pirates after allowing 3 ER in 7.1 innings on the road in Tampa Bay. In his three previous starts, even though the wins aren’t there, he boasts a 2.14 ERA with 15 strikeouts compared to only 2 walks. Given this streak and the fact the Pirates are playing better baseball as of late, the wins should be a much more frequent thing. If you’re not sold yet, at least add him to your watch list. Although, I wouldn’t expect you’ll have that luxury for too much longer (jumped from being owned in 10 to 41% of leagues in last 2 weeks).
Rubby De La Rosa – SP (BOS) Red Sox fans have been waiting for this guy to reach his potential ever since he was the centerpiece in the deal with the Dodgers that included Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. The glimpses of greatness are gradually starting to appear. Although his call up was due mostly because of rotation injuries in Boston, he’ll have to give the Sox a reason to take him out of it now. In his 5 starts since being recalled he owns a 2.51 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP, due in large part to three starts of one-run ball and at least seven innings pitched. He’s a little riskier of a pickup as his time in the rotation might have an expiration date. However, if he continues on the path he is currently on, John Farrell will have no choice but to roll with Rubby (Owned in 36% of standard leagues).