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Fantasy Baseball Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders: Week Three

BOSTON - APRIL 26: Jacoby Ellsbury #46 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after stealing home against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park April 26, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jacoby Ellsbury recorded the first steal of home by a Red Sox player in 10 years.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The SportmeistersAnalyst IApril 28, 2009

Another week of baseball in the books means another winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders blog from the fantasy guru. Keep in mind; the stats I show are the player’s stats for the week, not the season. Let’s go!

Winners

Jacoby Ellsbury OF, Boston Red Sox: .385 BA, 10 H, 9 R, 2 Doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 SB

Maybe I’m giving Ellsbury too much credit. He had a good week, but I’m adding him to my winners list for the SB edge. He had six this week, upping his season total to 10. He’s also hitting .290, not bad for a leadoff hitter. Ellsbury isn’t elite, but he’s very good. He should be in your lineup on a consistent basis.

Albert Pujols 1B, St. Louis Cardinals: .450 BA, 9 H, 7 R, 1 Double, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB

This guy really is a machine. Pujols just keeps on hitting and the Cardinals keep on rolling. He had three home runs and 11 RBI last week, moving his total to seven and 25, and he had a surprising three stolen bases earning him NL Player of the Week honors. He’s hitting .343 on the season and must remain in your lineup at all times.

Mike Lowell 3B, Boston Red Sox: .435 BA, 10 H, 4 R, 4 Doubles, 2 HR, 11 RBI

I love being right! In my preseason draft rankings, I said if Lowell stays healthy, he would have a great year. Now, I know it’s early, but what a start! He had 11 RBI last week, moving his season total to 22. Not only does he have the 22 RBI, he’s hitting .324 and has seven doubles. Leave him in while he’s hot.

Zack Greinke SP, Kansas City Royals: 9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 0 ER, 10 K

No, this isn’t the same article as last week. Greinke has just been that good. Although his streak of 38 scoreless innings was ended, that run was unearned due to an error. Which means he still has yet to allow an earned run in 29 innings. He also has 36 strikeouts to only six walks! Keep riding him while he’s hot because he looks to be becoming an elite pitcher in the majors.

Ryan Franklin RP, St. Louis Cardinals: 2.3 IP, 3 Saves, 0 ER, 0 HA, 3 K

It seems like I was right again. I had Franklin on my Week 1 Waiver Wire Wonders and since then, he has been a save machine. Not only that, he has yet to allow an earned run in eight Innings, and has only allowed three hits and one walk. He looks to be unstoppable right now, so keep him in while he’s hot.

Losers

Clayton Kershaw SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: 9 IP, 0 W, 2 L, 7 K, 6 BB, 16 H, 15 ER

Kershaw started out like a house on fire, but has since cooled off. He lost both starts this week and allowed 16 hits and 15 earned runs. He still has a lot of upside due to his strikeout potential, so don’t give up on him too soon, but stash him on the bench until he recovers.

Miguel Cabrera 1B, Detroit Tigers: .143 BA, 3 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K

Ouch! Miggy is my boy and I have him on all eight of my fantasy teams, but he was horrible this week. He started hot, but has since dropped his average to .382. No need to panic though, he will bounce back, and I still say he is your 2009 AL MVP.

Edwin Encarnacion 3B, Cincinnati Reds: .111 BA, 3 H, 0 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 10 K

What a miserable week. What a miserable start to a season. Encarnacion has been plain awful so far this year, hitting only .136 with just one home run and six RBI while striking out 16 times. If there is someone better available on the waiver wire, it may be time to drop him, but he does have power potential, so be careful you don’t drop him too early.

Waiver Wire Wonders

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, Texas Rangers: .450 BA, 9 H, 2 R, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI

The Salty one has caught fire. He’s now hitting .278 on the season and has the potential to hit 20+ home runs. He’s still out there in most leagues, only owned in 11.6 percent of ESPN leagues and 33 percent of Yahoo leagues, so go ahead and gamble on him if you need a power hitting catcher.

Mike Lowell 3B, Boston Red Sox: .435 BA, 10 H, 4 R, 4 Doubles, 2 HR, 11 RBI

How is this guy still available? As I said earlier, he’s hitting .324 with 22 RBI. Grab him now, as he is only owned in 69.4 percent of ESPN leagues (up from 34.2 percent) and 70 percent of Yahoo leagues. Once again, grab him now if you can.

That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.

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