The Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week Five

Giants27Analyst IMay 1, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 26:  Center fielder Dexter Fowler #24 of the Colorado Rockies runs the bases against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on April 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 10-4.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Okay, here is my week five fantasy baseball waiver wire, where I take a look at the world of baseball and suggest who to pick up, who to drop, and who to watch.


Add Them Now:

Dexter Fowler OF, Colorado Rockies

Fowler's speed is amazing, with nine stolen bases already. And not only is he speedy, but he's touched the plate 12 times with two home runs, seven RBI, and eight walks.

His batting average is a solid .290, with 18 base hits.

I suggest you pick him up now, and if he gets any hotter, trade him away for a big need.

Phil Hughes SP, New York Yankees

Hughes had an astounding first start, throwing six solid innings and giving up only two hits while striking out six.

He has a great offensive attack to help give him run support, which, for fellow super rookie Jordan Zimmermann, is not existent. Grab Hughes instead.

Drop Them Now:

Kenshin Kawakami SP, Atlanta Braves

The Japanese import has had a rough go so far, ending April with a 1-3 record.

Along with that, he's got 11 walks allowed and 24 hits against him, earning him a 7.06 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, and an injured shoulder.

It's time to drop him—not that you should have ever picked him up in the first place.

Oliver Perez SP, New York Mets

Perez has been told to get his pitching performance on track or he'll find himself on the bench. As a fantasy owner, that's one of the last things you want to hear.

His 9.31 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 23 hits given up, and 15 free passes have resulted in a 1-2 record, meaning it's time to give up on him or hope he becomes the Oliver Perez we all know.

Monitor Their Status:

Joe Beimel RP, Washington Nationals

Beimel, who's on the disabled list as of today, has been named the closer for the Nationals when he comes back. He'll begin a Class A rehab assignment on Wednesday.

Matt LaPorta OF, Cleveland Indians

When Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list, it opened up a hole on the 25-man roster. LaPorta is tearing the cover off the ball in Columbus, and now it's up to the Indians to decide between him and David Delluci.