Fantasy Baseball 2013: Nolan Arenado and Best Pickups Right Now

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2013

Nolan Arenado has been red-hot through just nine days in the majors.
Nolan Arenado has been red-hot through just nine days in the majors.Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

After just nine days in the show, Nolan Arenado is already becoming a household name in the world of fantasy baseball. 

In fact, if Arenado is still on the waiver wire in your league, stop reading this and go pick him up this instant. 

While Arenado is probably the hottest player flying off waivers, there are plenty of others that are worthy of looks right now as well. 


3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies 

In just 31 at-bats in the majors, Arenado has 10 hits with three homers and eight RBI. On May 4, he belted a grand slam off of a slider from Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. 

Arenado is certainly proving himself as one of the best blue-chippers to come out of the minors early in the season. If he's available in your league, picking him up is a must. 


SP Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals

With the Rockies last year, Guthrie had a 6.35 ERA before being traded to the Royals. 

However, this year Guthrie has been a primary reason the Royals are just one game out of first place in the AL Central.


Last week, Guthrie pitched his first complete-game shutout of his career to put his record at 4-0 and ERA at 2.40. If Guthrie is still up for grabs in your league, he's a terrific starter to plug into your rotation for someone who might be struggling out of the gates. 


RHP Justin Grimm, Texas Rangers

The AL's Rookie of the Month for April is certainly worth taking a look at in your league. 

As a reliever, Grimm has been outstanding through the first 30 games of the season. His ERA is 2.28, he has 24 strikeouts and a 2-1 record through just 23.2 innings pitched. 

Like Arenado, Grimm is a rookie playing like a hardened veteran in the early going. If he's available, he's worth the waiver pickup.