by Derek of The Sportmeisters
Week one is in the books and the baseball season has only just begun. I am happy to report that I have had quite a good start, winning five out of my eight week one matchups. Today, we’re going to see who is out there on the waiver wire that might help you to win in week two and beyond.
RP – Ryan Franklin – St. Louis Cardinals – 2-2/3 Innings Pitched, 2 K’s, 1 Save, 0.00 ERA, 0.38 WHIP
The Cardinals went into the season not knowing who would come out as the closer and, into the first week, they still really don’t know. The job was given to Rookie Jason Motte, but he blew his first save opportunity, allowing four runs. Then, they used Dennys Reyes and Kyle McClellan for back to back save chances.
On Monday, Franklin was given his first save chance of the year and he closed it out. Chances are that Motte gets his opportunities, but Franklin did save 17 games last year and looks to have the upper hand right now.
He is still available, only being owned in 2.8 percent of ESPN leagues and 15 percent of Yahoo leagues. Go ahead and grab him if you need a few saves.
OF – Kosuke Fukudome – Chicago Cubs – .417 BA, 3 Doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 Runs, 1 SB
So far, so good for Fukudome. He was expected to do great things last year, but only produced a .257 BA with ten home runs and 12 stolen bases. He is in a very good lineup and has started hot, with two home runs and five RBI.
He is only owned in 35.8 percent of ESPN leagues and 28 percent of Yahoo leagues, so he is still out there. Go ahead and grab him while you can and you should be rewarded with a possible 20 HR-20 SB season.
OF – Nyjer Morgan – Pittsburgh Pirates – .387 BA, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 7 RBI, 5 Runs, 3 SB
Even Pittsburgh Pirates can be good for fantasy purposes. This speedy outfielder has started out hot, with five runs, seven RBI, and three SB. Even though he is not in a very good lineup, he could be a valuable pickup due to lack of competition for playing time.
He should see 500+ at bats and could produce 30+ SB. He is only owned in 16.2 percent of ESPN leagues and 20 percent of Yahoo leagues, so go ahead and grab him if you need some speed.
2B/3B – Emilio Bonifacio – Florida Marlins – .500 BA, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 9 Runs, 4 SB
Where did this guy come from? When the Marlins traded OF Josh Willingham and SP Scott Olsen for this guy, me being a Marlins fan, I was pretty upset. However, right now, we got the better end of the deal.
Bonifacio has given the Marlins speed at the top of the lineup and has made it even easier for SS Hanley Ramirez to move to the three spot. Fantasy-wise, he has been a stud the first week.
He hit an inside the park HR, one double, one triple and has scored nine runs. Not to mention the four Stolen bases. Grab him if you can, as he is owned in 88.9 percent of ESPN leagues and 81 percent of Yahoo leagues.
3B/C/OF – Brandon Inge – Detroit Tigers – .269 BA, 1 Double, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 SB
I picked this guy as my 3B sleeper this year, ranking him number 15 on my 3B Rankings. So far, I haven't been wrong. He has hit four home runs with seven RBI in eight games.
Playing his natural 3B position this year looks to have helped his swing and he will only have OF eligibility in Yahoo leagues and may lose that, but he is even more valuable with that C eligibility.
He is currently owned in 73.5 percent of ESPN leagues and 75 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him fast and be rewarded with a possible 30 HR season.
These are just a few guys to look for. If you want more advice or have any questions feel free to email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.