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

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

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!

 

Winners

SP – Roy Halladay – Toronto Blue Jays – 18 IP, 2 CG, 2 W, 20 K, 1 BB, 14 HA, 4 ER

Can you say CY Young candidate? Halladay pitched two complete games this week, one of them being a seven hit shutout, and now has 10 wins already on this young season. Halladay was already an elite fantasy Ace and is now closing the gap on Kansas City pitcher Zack Greinke as fantasy’s number one pitcher.

SP – Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – 9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 3 K, 0 BB, 3 HA, 1 ER

This is a feel good story. After winning the CY Young in 2005, Carpenter has been highly injury prone. He pitched only six innings in 2007 and just 15 in 2008. He was finally deemed healthy at the beginning of the year and then he missed a month with a strained rib cage muscle. He is now back and pitched his first complete game since 2006. He is 4-0 this season with a miniscule 0.71 ERA. He is back to being not only the Cardinals Ace, but also a fantasy Ace as well.

SP – Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – 9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 5 K, 0 BB, 5 HA, 0 ER

Hamels is starting to come around. He has had four quality starts in a row and the last was a complete game shutout. He is now 4-2 on the year and has brought his ERA down to 4.40. Hamels is a must start and will win 15 games this year.

3B – Ian Stewart – Colorado Rockies – .480 BA, 12 H, 9 R, 3 Doubles, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB

Stewart is on fire. He was 12 for 22 and had four home runs and 12 RBI’s this week. He has been playing second base, third base, and a little outfield and appears to now be getting regular playing time. As long as he stays consistent, he will continue to play and if he continues to play, you should continue to start him.

OF – Matt Holliday – Oakland Athletics – .417 BA, 10 H, 7 R, 4 Doubles, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB

Looks like Holliday is finally starting to hit in the American League. He was 10 for 24 this week and had nine RBI’s. He now has eight home runs and 37 RBI’s to go with his .287 average. Holliday is an elite fantasy Outfielder and should be started at all times.

1B – Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers – .462 BA, 12 H, 8 R, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB

This is a big man. Fielder is starting to heat up with a seven game hit streak, that includes three home runs and six RBI’s. He has 15 home runs this year and remains a must start.

Losers

C – Russell Martin – Los Angeles Dodgers – .056 BA, 1 H, 0 R, 0 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 SB

What a bust! Martin has not been good at all this year and this week was equally as bad. He missed two games and only had one hit in 18 At-Bats. He still has not hit a home run this year and is only hitting .251 with 20 RBI’s. He will probably pick it up eventually, but this is not what we expected from an elite fantasy Catcher.

2B – Brian Roberts – Baltimore Orioles – .091 BA, 2 H, 0 R, 0 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 SB

Roberts has been good, but was bad this week. He is still an elite second baseman and in no way should he be benched due to one bad week.

3B – Emilio Bonifacio – Florida Marlins – .179 BA, 5 H, 3 R, 0 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 SB

Talk about a one-week wonder. After the first week of the season, Bonifacio has been bad. His average is down to .242 and he has 54 strikeouts. He isn’t getting on base and has been moved out of the leadoff spot. Feel free to drop him in all formats.

SP – Fausto Carmona – Cleveland Indians – 2 IP, 1 L, 1 K, 3 BB, 5 HA, 7 ER

What a disaster this season has been for Carmona. After another dismal performance on Thursday, the Indians had had enough of his inconsistency and sent him down to Class A Rookie Ball. He is 2-6 with a 7.42 ERA and won’t be back in the majors for a while, so go ahead and drop him until he comes back and proves he can be that guy from 2007 who won 19 games.

RP – J.J. Putz – New York Mets – 1 IP, 1 L, 1 BS, 0 K, 1 BB, 7 HA, 5 ER

So much for that revamped bullpen of the Mets. Putz has struggles this season and now we know why. He has been playing with a bone spur in his elbow and is now on the DL until August, possibly out for the season. He started out well, but started struggling, allowing seven runs in his last one and a third innings. If you owned him, he is safe to be dropped and shouldn’t be owned until he shows he is healthy and a viable relief option with the upside for some saves.

RP – Fernando Rodney – Detroit Tigers – 3 IP, 1 L, 2 K, 2 BB, 5 HA, 3 ER

Rodney has been solid this season, except for this week. He allowed three runs in three innings this week. This was the worst week so far for Rodney. Don’t panic because he has the closer’s job pretty much locked down and is still a good number two closer.

Waiver Wire Wonders

3B – Ian Stewart – Colorado Rockies – .480 BA, 12 H, 9 R, 3 Doubles, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB

Stewart is on fire. He was 12 for 22 and had four home runs and 12 RBI’s this week. He has been playing second base, third base, and a little outfield and appears to now be getting regular playing time. As long as he stays consistent, he will continue to play and if he continues to play, you should go ahead and grab him and start him.

SP – Carl Pavano – Cleveland Indians – 9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 6 K, 2 BB, 3 HA, 0 ER

Pavano has been solid this season and pitched a complete game shutout on Friday. He is now 6-4 with a 4.62 ERA this season and looks to be healthy and back to his 18 game winning form of 2004. He is available, only being owned in 15.9 percent of ESPN leagues, so go ahead and grab him if you need a few wins.

OF – Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates – .333 BA, 6 H, 3 R, 0 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

The trade of Nate McLouth made room for the Pirates to bring up their highly touted prospect and he has started off hot. He has six hits in his first 18 At-Bats and was a speedster in the minors. He will now start everyday in Center and should steal 15+ bases. He is available, only being owned in 10.7 percent of ESPN leagues, so go ahead and take a chance on him.


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

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