Fantasy Baseball: 5 Players Who Need Your Attention

Eric Matula@EricMatula11Contributor IIAugust 22, 2012

Ryan Ludwick is a man on a mission.
Ryan Ludwick is a man on a mission.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Since the trade deadline has passed in most leagues, it's time to turn to the waiver wire for help down the stretch.

Adding a key player now can ultimately win you a championship.

There are a bunch of players who are on fire but are going unnoticed. Take advantage of these guys and capitalize on their availability.


Ryan Ludwick, OF, Cincinnati Reds Owned in Yahoo!: 61 percent

Over the last month, Ludwick has been one of the best fantasy hitters. In that span, he's hitting .365 with 11 home runs, 30 RBI, 20 runs scored and a 1.232 OPS.

Amazingly, people aren't catching on to Ludwick's hot streak. He's available in almost half of Yahoo! leagues. If he's available in your league, then pick him up ASAP. He should finish the season with 30-plus homers.


Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels Owned in Yahoo!: 60 percent

Like Ludwick, Hunter has turned it on in the second half. After hitting .270 before the All-Star game, Hunter is hitting .353 after the break.

A move to the No. 2 spot in the batting order has also helped Hunter. There's nothing better than hitting in front of Albert Pujols, who has belted 11 homers over the last month.

Hunter is available in Yahoo! leagues. He's a guy that can help you make a playoff push.


Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers Owned in Yahoo!: 32 percent...Owned in ESPN: 54 percent

Gomez is starting to shed his no-power label and transform into a different ballplayer. After hitting no more than eight homers in any of his five MLB seasons, Gomez is already at 12, and seven of them have come in the last month.

The power isn't a fluke. Gomez is entering his physical prime (he's 26 years old) and his ISO has significantly increased every single season.

Pick up Gomez. He's an improved player and he can still help out in the stolen base department.


Kris Medlen, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves Owned in Yahoo!: 49 percent...Owned in ESPN: 71 percent

Question: What starter has the lowest ERA in baseball over the last month? If you said Kris Medlen, then, yes, you'd be correct.

For most, this answer is shocking. But, while Medlen has been flying under the radar, he's compiled a 0.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over the last 30 days. And since rejoining the rotation, Medlen has a 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings.

Even with the return of Tommy Hanson, the Braves should keep Medlen in the rotation. He's on fire right now and he can certainly help out your squad.


Paul Maholm, SP, Atlanta Braves Owned in Yahoo!: 67 percent

Maholm is another Braves pitcher that is dealing right now. Aside from Medlen and Maholm, Mike Minor is also turning it on.

As for Maholm, the guy has been a top-10 SP over the last month, but he's still available in one-third of Yahoo! leagues.

Over the last 30 days, Maholm is carrying a 1.43 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and an impressive 7.65 K/9. Turner Field is a great place to pitch. Maholm and Co. should continue to keep the ball rolling.