Fantasy Baseball 2013 Waiver Wire: Top 10 Pickups for Week 11
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A new week, another batch of waiver-wire adds, just the way you like 'em—hot and fresh out of the oven.
Some players mentioned last time, including Yasiel Puig, Julio Teheran, Josh Johnson, John Lackey and Zack Wheeler are already owned in many leagues by now but remain quality pickups if still available. In the interest of keeping the names new, though, let's avoid any repeats.
All ownership percentages come from ESPN Fantasy Baseball. Players owned in more than 51 percent of leagues were not considered.
Adam Lind, 1B, Blue Jays (41.3 Percent Owned)
Here's your annual reminder not to get fooled into thinking Lind is going to return to that crazy 2009-type production, but he's been on fire since May 1: .380 BA, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 20 R.
Carlos Quentin, OF, Padres (18.7 Percent Owned)
When he's hot, Quentin (pictured) can perform like an OF 3 in fantasy, which is what he's done recently by going 14 for his last 30 with a pair of homers to raise his season totals in those categories to .266 and seven.
Ricky Nolasco, RHP, Marlins (7.7 Percent Owned)
Bronson Arroyo, RHP, Reds (34.8 Percent Owned)
Arroyo's not the hot chick at the bar—that 5.0 K/9 isn't eye-catching—but safe can be sexy, too. So can those six wins, 3.35 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.
Ross Detwiler, LHP, Nationals (10.8 Percent Owned)
Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Astros (21.5 Percent Owned)
If you can stomach the .220ish average, Carter will continue to hit balls over walls, which he's done four times in his past 10 games. Looking for a cheap 30-homer season, are ya?
10. Dan Straily, RHP, Athletics (16.0 Percent Owned)
If Dan Straily isn't owned in more leagues because fantasy folks don't know who he is, well, that's one thing.
To that end: Straily is a 24-year-old right-hander with a good arsenal who led the minors with 190 strikeouts a year ago.
If Straily isn't owned in more leagues because of his 4.67 ERA? Well, that's because people are getting caught up in one number.
Straily has a 3.16 FIP (per FanGraphs), which is closer to how he's actually pitched than his current ERA, especially given his 7.6 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 1.14 WHIP.
And if you're still hung up on that ERA, just know that Straily's is 2.08 over his past four starts.
9. David Phelps, RHP, Yankees (11.0 Percent Owned)
Just as David Phelps was gaining steam as a pitcher who could be more than a just a fantasy streamer, he put up a clunker, allowing four hits and four earned runs in just one-third of an inning on May 29—against the Mets, no less.
Take that stinker away, though, and the 26-year-old has allowed just 13 earned runs in 45 frames (2.60 ERA) with a 40-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Heck, even with that blowup, Phelps' ERA and WHIP since joining the rotation full-time on May 1 are 3.38 and 1.19.
Full steam ahead.
8. Cameron Maybin, OF, Padres (22.2 Percent Owned)
After missing all but 10 games at the start of 2013 with a wrist injury, Cameron Maybin finally came back on last week.
The 26-year-old has been an enigmatic talent, especially in fantasy, for his entire career, but when he's going well, Maybin is capable of reaching double-digits in homers and swiping 30-plus bases in a full season.
Even with the lost time, he could have an outside shot at 10 four-baggers and 20 swipes from here on out, which he proved by hitting one out and stealing four in his first four games since coming back.
If you need speed, add liberally.
7. Rick Porcello, RHP, Tigers (13.3 Percent Owned)
Stop us if you've heard this before: Rick Porcello is finally putting it together.
Except this time, he just may be.
Yes, the 24-year-old's ERA is an ugly-ish 4.86, which makes him easy to dismiss immediately, especially given his history.
But almost all of that ERA damage is due to one absolutely brooo-tal start in which he gave up nine runs without making it out of the first inning against the Angels back on April 20.
Outside of that? Porcello owns a 3.61 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Oh, and since you probably haven't noticed, Porcello has been adding strikeouts to his game (see video evidence). Despite entering 2013 with a measly 5.0 K/9 rate, Porcello is at 7.7 K/9 this season, including 51 in his last 50 innings.
See, he really is putting it together at last.
6. Brandon Beachy, RHP, Braves (20.9 Percent Owned)
If that guy in the photo above doesn't look familiar, that's because he's been out for a year.
Allow us to reintroduce you to Brandon Beachy.
You may remember him as the 26-year-old who posted a ridiculous 10.7 K/9 in 2011. Or as the fantasy darling who was among the leaders in both ERA and WHIP a year ago (2.00 and 0.96, respectively) before succumbing to Tommy John surgery.
Either way, Beachy's been darn good in his young big league career, and he's almost all the way back after allowing just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over five frames in what was his penultimate rehab start at Triple-A on Saturday.
Beachy could return to the Braves as soon as June 18, but it's a bit tricky to figure out exactly how he fits into the rotation at this point.
Don't let that stop you from adding now and figuring it all out later.
5. Tony Cingrani, LHP, Reds (27.0 Percent Owned)
You may have heard that Johnny Cueto is back on the disabled list with the same injury that caused him to miss a month earlier this year.
That's once again opened up a rotation spot for Tony Cingrani, who made six mostly dynamite starts (3.27 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 11.2 K/9) before returning to the minors when Cueto came back.
The Reds haven't made it official just yet, but Cingrani is almost guaranteed to be the starter on Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley. If that happens, you'll want him in your fantasy rotation right away.
Don't expect him to dominate hitters like he did in his first three starts (28 Ks in 18 IP), as the league seemed to be catching on to him over his last three games (13 Ks in 15 IP). Still, Cingrani has the potential to net wins and strikeouts, making him a must-add in all leagues.
4. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pirates (13.4 Percent Owned)
As the 2013 MLB Draft was being completed over the weekend, news came down that Gerrit Cole, the No.1 overall pick of the 2011 version would be making his major league debut.
And so, Gerrit Cole will be starting Tuesday at home against the Giants.
The 22-year-old has a huge arm that sits in the mid-90s with a nasty slider and a quality changeup. The UCLA product has been somewhat mysteriously inconsistent in his brief minor league career, but Cole's last two outings were his best of 2013, as he hurled back-to-back seven-inning shutouts.
His 6.2 K/9 belies his stuff, but he whiffed 9.3 per nine in his first pro season, and his career 2.84 and 1.15 WHIP are worth getting excited about.
Realize that Cole isn't guaranteed to stick in the five-man, especially if he has a poor outing—the kind of thing he's occasionally prone to—but he's got the ability to make a major fantasy impact, too.
3. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals (3.4 Percent Owned)
If Anthony Rendon didn't impress you last time he was up back in April while filling in for an injured Ryan Zimmerman, that's understandable.
What makes the just-turned 23-year-old more exciting this time around, though, is that he raked in the minors, hitting .316 with a 1.066 OPS, four homers, eight doubles and 17 RBI in 22 games in between his time in the bigs.
Oh, and the No. 6 pick in 2011 also was promoted to Triple-A, where he spent time at second base, which is what he's playing everyday for the Nationals now that Danny Espinosa is on the DL.
While he only has third base eligibility at the moment, Rendon, who went 5-for-12 with three RBI over the weekend, will soon gain that "2B" next to his name.
You should add him well before that happens.
2. Nick Franklin, 2B/SS, Mariners (17.8 Percent Owned)
Like Rendon, we actually hit on Nick Franklin last week, but only very briefly in the Just Missed section. But they are both worthy of more attention this time around.
Rendon is the better prospect of the two, but Franklin is ranked higher here for two reasons.
One, he's more likely to stay in the majors for an extended period, given that the Mariners opened up a spot for him him by demoting the struggling Dustin Ackley.
And two, because he already has that extra-juicy dual eligibility at two of the hardest-to-fill spots in second base and shortstop.
The 22-year-old former first-rounder already has a pair of homers, three doubles and two steals in his first 13 big league games.
1. Wil Myers, OF, Rays (23.1 Percent Owned)
Fantasy owners, it seems, have been waiting for Wil Myers for eons.
The 22-year-old looked big league-ready last summer, while he was on his way to bashing 37 homers across Double- and Triple-A, but the Royals never called him up.
Then over the winter, Myers was sent to the Rays in the James Shields trade, which all but assured he wouldn't make his major league debut until it was financially acceptable to Tampa.
In other words, the Rays have been waiting for the Super Two deadline to pass, and while that's a floating date, it should be right around now based on recent seasons.
Myers' long-awaited arrival doesn't appear to be solely about that, though, as the Rays don't necessarily have a place to play him everyday, which is what would be required once he's up.
Still, if you don't want to miss out on a guy who's one of baseball's top prospects—and who is bashing baseballs to the tune of .301/.352/.619 with nine homers and 35 RBI over the past month—you best add Myers now and worry about opportunity later.