Fantasy Baseball Week 2: Winners, Losers, and Waiver Wire Wonders

The SportmeistersAnalyst IApril 22, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 15:  Second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

by Derek of The Sportmeisters


With baseball season now fully underway, I have decided to bring back my Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders blog and switch the sports from football to baseball.


So, today I’m going to talk about the Week 2 winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders.





2B – Ian Kinsler – Texas Rangers – .556 BA, 15 H, 9 R, 4 Doubles, 1 Triple, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 SB


Kinsler was on fire last week, even hitting for the cycle during a game where he had six hits. So far this year, including two games this week, he is hitting .453 with five home runs, 16 RBI, and six stolen bases. He is an elite 2B and is a must start at all times.



OF – Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers – .391 BA, 9 H, 8 R, 2 Doubles, 4 HR, 12 RBI


So, this is what happens when you hit behind Manny Ramirez. Ethier has been on fire recently with four home runs and 12 RBI last week. He has 16 RBI on the season and should continue to hit behind Manny. Keep him in your lineup.




OF – Matt Kemp – Los Angeles Dodgers – .391 BA, 9 H, 8 R, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 3 SB


Another Dodger player benefiting from hitting behind Manny Ramirez. He hits seventh in that monster lineup, and had two home runs, nine RBI, and three stolen bases last week, upping his season totals to three home runs, 14 RBI, and four stolen bases to go along with his .392 BA.


He has the perfect combination of speed and power and should be started at all times.




SP – Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – 14 IP, 1 CG, 2 W, 0 ER, 19 K


WOW! Greinke has been about as lights out as a pitcher can be to start the season. Last week, he won both his starts, one being a complete game shutout, and struck out 19. He is 3-0 this season and has yet to allow an earned run. While he will eventually allow an earned run, he must be started in all leagues.





C – Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves – .000 BA, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI


McCann was expected to have a monster year and was projected by many as the No. 1 fantasy catcher. However, blurred vision has slowed him down recently and he didn’t even collect a hit last week in 13 At-Bats.


He’s only hitting .189 with two home runs and seven RBI so far, but he will eventually come around and he should still be in your lineup.




OF – Alex Rios – Toronto Blue Jays – .182 BA, 6 H, 2 R, 1 Double, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 8 K


Here is more of the Good Rios, Bad Rios that fantasy owners have come to hate over the years. He was projected as a top 15 OF, but has yet to find his stroke.


He is only hitting .206 and has yet to hit a HR. He is known to be a streaky player, so use him if you have him, but if you have someone with better matchups, you might want to consider benching him until he comes around.




3B/2B – Emilio Bonifacio – Florida Marlins – .120 BA, 3 H, 4 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB


After I put him on my week one waiver wire wonders and after Ryan and I pick him up in our auction league, he went on a huge slump. This is the first time he is getting regular playing time and he is still learning a new position in the field, so a slump is expected, but I didn’t expect it this soon.


He is, including today, still hitting over .300 and stole his fifth base today, but this was his first SB since week one. Keep him in your lineup as long as the Marlins are hitting or if you need speed, but watch for better options.




SP – Chien-Ming Wang – New York Yankees – 2.3 IP, 0 W, 2 L, 2 K, 3 BB, 14 HA, 16 ER


This one goes in the obvious category, but I had to put him on this list. He only pitched 2.3 Innings in two starts and gave up 16 Earned Runs to lift his horrific ERA to 34.50 on the season.


In three starts, he has only gone six total Innings and has six walks. It’s not time to drop him just yet, but the Yankees are skipping his next start, so go ahead and stash him on your bench until further notice.




Waiver Wire Wonders


SP – Jarrod Washburn – Seattle Mariners – 6 IP, 1 W, 4 K, 2 ER, 4 HA, 0 BB


Washburn has been on fire to start the season, going 3-0 in his first three starts. He has pitched a total of 21 Innings and has 17 K’s to only four walks. He has already made a start this week and has another one coming up on Sunday.


If you can make waiver claims during the week, go ahead and grab him, as he is available, only being owned in 21.9% of ESPN leagues and 38% of Yahoo leagues, and if you are in an auction league that bids at the end of the week, put in a decent size bid so you get him.

1B – Mike Jacobs – Kansas City Royals – .364 BA, 8 H, 6 R, 2 Doubles, 4 HR, 9 RBI


This is a guy that I was upset that the Marlins traded due to his hitting ability and his power. He has showed his power recently, hitting four home runs last week, and upping his RBI total to 11.


He is hitting .326 so far and is available, only being owned in 23.3% of ESPN leagues and 24% of Yahoo leagues. Grab him while you can and enjoy a 30+ HR season.




1B/OF – Chris Duncan – St. Louis Cardinals – .455 BA, 10 H, 5 R, 4 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 7 RBI


During Spring Training, Duncan was thought to be fighting for a spot in the starting lineup. Two weeks in, he is showing why he deserves it. He had six extra base hits last week and had seven RBI.


On the season, he has a .362 BA with 11 RBI. The fact that he has multiple position eligibility helps, and he is available, only being owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues, but he is going fast in ESPN leagues, going from 5.7% to 55.2% this past week. Grab him while you can.


That’s all for now sports fans. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns at