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

The SportmeistersAnalyst IMay 25, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 17:  Michael Cuddyer #5 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the New York Yankees on May 17, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Twins 3-2 in ten innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By Derek of The Sportmeisters

Another week of baseball is in the books and I've got winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders for week seven. Keep in mind, the stats I show are the players stats for the week, not on the season. Let’s go!



C Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins .458 BA, 11 H, 12 R, 2 Doubles, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 4 BB

Hot, Hot, Hot. That’s what Mauer has been since returning from a back injury that cost him the first 22 games of the season. All he’s done is hit .438 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs since his return. If you were smart enough to hang on to him, he must be started in all formats, but if you got tired of waiting for him and dropped him, I’m sure you’re kicking yourself right now. He is easily the top-ranked catcher in the game.


OF Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins .448 BA, 13 H, 10 R, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB

The cycle man is here. Mauer's teammate, Cuddyer was so hot this week that he hit three home runs and seven RBIs from Monday through Thursday and then followed that with the cycle on Friday. His monster week raises his season average to .287 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. Start him while he’s hot.


3B Mark Reynolds Arizona Diamondbacks .357 BA, 10 H, 6 R, 1 Double, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 6 SB

Reynolds has always been known for his bat, but this week he surprised us all with six stolen bases. Now, five of those came in a double header against Florida, but hey, I’ll take six stolen bases in a week any way I can get them. Not to mention he also slugged four home runs, with nine RBIs. He now has 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases on the year and should continue to hit home runs, so keep him active. A 25-25 year isn't out of the realm of possibility for this rising star in the desert.


SP Chris Young San Diego Padres 13 IP, 2 W, 3 ER, 9 HA, 10 K

Young had a pretty good week for the first time in a while. He put together back-to-back quality starts, going six innings on Tuesday and seven innings on Sunday, winning both games. His ERA has been high this year, but it looks like he is getting back into a groove, so go ahead and start him, but watch out for the occasional blow up.  He has allowed six homers this year, but four of those came in one start against the Chicago Cubs.  Playing in pitcher-friendly San Diego should result in good numbers in the long run for Young.


RP Jonathan Broxton Los Angeles Dodgers 5 IP, 1 W, 2 SV, 0 ER, 3 HA, 5 K

Broxton keeps rolling along. He has been on fire this year, allowing only seven hits and three runs in 23 innings. He averages more than a strikeout per inning and plays for one of the hottest teams in baseball. He has to be active in all formats, as he has become an elite fantasy closer.



RP Chris Ray Baltimore Orioles 2/3 IP, 1 L, 0 K, 1 BB, 6 HA, 7 ER

So much for the chance of Ray closing games this year. He has been awful, capping it off with a terrible week. It has already been made clear that he will not be sent down to the minors, but he is officially droppable if you've kept him this long.


SP Ricky Nolasco Florida Marlins 2 IP, 1 L, 2 K, 1 BB, 8 HA, 8 ER

So, what’s worse? Getting hammered so bad that you allow eight runs in two innings, or being sent down to the minors after being the team’s ace the season before. Nolasco has been so bad this year that the Marlins sent him back to Triple A to work on his mechanics and get his confidence back. If you are in need of a roster spot, go ahead and drop him, but if you can afford to stash him, do that as he could come back and win 10-plus games in the second half of the season.


C Bengie Molina San Francisco Giants .077 BA, 2 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 SB

Molina has not had the same success at the plate lately. He is in a 2-for-26 slump, but he should still be in your lineup for his power potential and the fact that the Giants don’t have a backup catcher, so he will play nearly every day. Don’t be scared off by one bad week.


OF – Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Cubs – .095 BA, 2 H, 0 R, 0 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 SB

Soriano hasn’t been all that good lately and neither has the Cubs' offense, but other than this week he hasn’t been all that bad either. Don’t be afraid of one bad week, he is still an elite fantasy player and will still be a 25 home run, 20 stolen base player at the very least. Keep him active in all formats because he could bust out at any time.


Waiver Wire Wonders

OF Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins .448 BA, 13 H, 10 R, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB

I mentioned him earlier as one of the winners for the week, so I figured he would be owned in most leagues. However, I researched to find he is only owned in 33.1 percent of ESPN leagues (that number went up 25.5 percent in the last week) and only seven percent of Yahoo leagues. He is a must-add while he is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball.


SP Dontrelle Willis Detroit Tigers 13 IP, 1 W, 1 L, 9 K, 6 BB, 8 HA, 3 ER

The D-Train is back on track. After a horrible year last year and a stint on the DL this year, Willis has put together back-to-back quality starts, and one of them was a six-and a-third inning one-hit shutout. He has a potent lineup around him and could be a 10-game winner—and he is available. He is only owned in three percent of Yahoo leagues and seven percent of ESPN leagues. Go ahead and grab him and watch for him to return to an elite starter.


RP David Aardsma Seattle Mariners 3 IP, 2 SV, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HA, 0 ER

Two weeks in a row for Aardsma on this list. He grabbed the closer’s role from Brandon Morrow and right now it doesn’t look like he is giving it back. He hasn’t allowed a run in 11 innings and has converted all six save chances. He is available, as he is only owned in 44.1 percent of ESPN leagues (that jumped 20 percent this past week) and 40 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him and ride him until he gives up the closer’s role, if that happens.


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