Fantasy Baseball: Working the Waiver Wire

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 10:  Adam Lind #26 (R) of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Scott Rolen #33 after scoring against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning April 10, 2009 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love The Wire and those who have never seen it.
If you’ve seen The Wire, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, find the closest mirror, look in it, and hang your head in shame.
David Simon and Ed Burns' masterpiece about the decay of an American city is, in this writer’s opinion, the single greatest series ever to grace the small screen...or any screen, for that matter.

Now that I got that out of my system, let’s talk about a different wire—the one that will make or break your fantasy season—the waiver wire.
Let’s take a look at a few players that may still be available in your league and may be worth adding.

Scott Rolen, 3B, Toronto
Scott Rolen hasn’t been a very exciting player to own since his St. Louis days, but he is off to a fantastic start in the 2009 season. Through 10 games Rolen is hitting .389 and getting on base at a .425 clip.
He also has two home runs, five runs batted in, and has scored eight runs.
Rolen is available in 77 percent of ESPN leagues and 80 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Elijah Dukes, OF, Washington
A week ago, the Nationals' outfield was crowded. Austin Kearns secured the right field job right out of spring training, and Lastings Milledge was slated to play center.
But with Milledge having been demoted to the minors this week, the door is wide open for Dukes.
Dukes has always had the talent, but his off-the-field antics and injuries have kept him from succeeding.
So far this season Dukes has put up a .381/.435 line, with a homer and five RBI. He swiped 13 bags in just 81 games last season and is still available in 56 percent of Yahoo leagues and 76 percent of ESPN leagues.

Endy Chavez, OF, Seattle
Endy showed flashes of talent in his days with the Mets, but never really locked down a secure job. This year, however, he’s pretty well locked into the Mariners' outfield and is off to a red-hot start.
Chavez is hitting .405 with a homer and six RBI, and has already stolen three bags.
Expect the batting average to come down and the steals to plateau a bit, but .300 and 30 steals is not out of the question.
Chavez can be had in 90 percent of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues.

Kyle Lohse, SP, St. Louis
I’ll be honest. I’m not a huge Lohse fan. He did, however, have a great 2008 and is off to a nice start once again in 2009.
Even though Lohse’s K/9 rate is troubling, making him less valuable for fantasy purposes, he might be able to help you if your rotations are getting destroyed like mine, or if you’ve taken some injury hits.
Lohse has a 1.13 ERA and a teeny-tiny 0.56 WHIP to boot in two starts and two wins.
He’s also available in 48 percent of ESPN leagues, but only 34 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Jason Marquis, SP, Colorado
Marquis is another guy who has never been particularly exciting to own. That’s mostly because he rarely strikes out batters.
The plus side to Marquis is that he has been pretty solid thus far in his 2009 campaign. He has a couple of wins against quality teams and is boasting a 1.93 ERA and a WHIP of exactly 1.00.
Another encouraging fact is that he has gone seven innings in both his starts, which means he's been efficient and has minimized the risk of Colorado's questionable bullpen losing the game for him.
Marquis is still a spot starter at best at this point, but could be worth an add if you’re hurting.
He is available in 99 percent of ESPN leagues and 96 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Remember, this doesn’t mean that if you run out and get these guys you’ll be all set. But take a look at your roster. Decide if you want to make some changes, and if you do, consider these guys as possible options.
Believe me, you could do a lot worse.

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