Fantasy Baseball Week Eight Winners, Losers, and Waiver-Wire Wonders

The SportmeistersAnalyst IJune 2, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09:  Pitcher Zack Greinke #23 of the Kansas City Royals throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 9, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 1-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

By Derek of The Sportmeisters

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 players stats for the week, not on the season. Let’s go!


OF – Luke Scott – Baltimore Orioles – .444 BA, 8 H, 7 R, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 3 BB

Wow! Six home runs in one week! That’s impressive. He also added 14 RBI with those six homers. Go ahead and keep him in your lineup, but watch out for him splitting time with Nolan Reimold and Ty Wigginton.


1B – Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres – .333 BA, 6 H, 6 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 BB

This guy just keeps on rolling. Gonzalez hit four home runs this week, upping his season total to 20. Plus, he had 10 RBI, which brings his total to 40. Gonzalez is becoming an elite fantasy player and should not be benched at any time.


OF – Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners – .577 BA, 15 H, 3 R, 4 Doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB

ICHIROOO!!!! This is typical Ichiro. He has a 24-game hitting streak and hit .577 last week, bringing his season average to .354. He is an obvious must start and should start to up his stolen base numbers soon.


SP – Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – 16 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 15 K, 0 BB, 14 HA, 4 ER

This guy just keeps winning games and continues to be on my winners list. Greinke started two games this week and could have won both. He keeps racking up the complete games as he now has five in 11 starts. He is 8-1 right now and has a minuscule 1.10 ERA and should be started in all formats.


SP – Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – 13 IP, 2 W, 13 K, 1 BB, 14 HA, 3 ER

And the Ace returns! Verlander is back on my winners list yet again after winning two games this week, striking out 13 while only walking one. He now has a 6-2 record with 90 strikeouts and in now way should be benched.



OF – Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Cubs – .179 BA, 5 H, 3 R, 2 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 SB

Soriano once again wasn’t good this week, but he hasn’t been all that bad either. Don’t be afraid of two bad weeks because he is still an elite fantasy player and will still be a 25+ home run, 20+ stolen base player. Keep him active.


SS – Stephen Drew – Arizona Diamondbacks – .259 BA, 7 H, 4 R, 2 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 SB, 0 CS

Drew wasn’t very good this week, but wasn’t all that bad either. He has started slow this year, only hitting .211 with two home runs and 15 RBI. However, he did hit .291 with 21 home runs last year, so don’t give up on him yet as it is still early and he will turn it around.


SP – Ervin Santana – Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim – 6.3 IP, 1 L, 3 K, 4 BB, 19 HA, 15 ER

Coming off the DL, Santana has yet to really find his groove. He has four starts and has yet to win one and has an ERA of 9.50. He only went one inning on Monday and gave up nine hits and seven runs. Until he puts together back-to-back good games, I would stash him on the bench, but don’t drop him as he does have the potential to win 10+ games.


SP – Jon Garland – Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.7 IP, 1 L, 1 K, 3 BB, 9 HA, 8 ER

Ouch! This was not a good start for Garland. He only lasted two and two-thirds innings against Atlanta, giving up nine hits and eight runs. He has not been good this year, with a 4-4 record and a 5.75 ERA. He is not worth owning right now, but keep an eye on him as he could still win 10+ games if he turns it around.


Waiver Wire Wonders

SS – Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays – .417 BA, 10 H, 4 R, 5 Doubles, 1 Triple, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB, 3 K, 2 SB, 1 CS

Zobrist is the big winner in the Tampa infield injury bug. He has been solid this season, playing six different positions (2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF) and hitting .304 with eight home runs.

With Akinori Iwamura and Jason Bartlett out with injuries, Zobrist will slide into an every day role and even when Bartlett comes back, Zobrist will probably take the 2B job. He has SS and OF eligibility and will eventually have 2B also and he is only owned in 61.2 percent (moving up 34.7 percent this week) of ESPN leagues. Grab him while you can.


OF – Luke Scott – Baltimore Orioles – .444 BA, 8 H, 7 R, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 3 BB

I mentioned him earlier for his phenomenal week and I noticed that he was recently added in 30.3 percent of ESPN leagues, upping his total to 34.6 percent. He is still available and you could grab him for his home run potential, but, as I mentioned earlier, watch out for his time split.


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