Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week 14

Nick AllenCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 06:  Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees on July 6, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Week 13 of the MLB and fantasy baseball season is in the books, and week 14 is underway. This is the last week of fantasy baseball left before the All-Star break. I have put together a list of a few guys who can help your team out for this week and more.

Casey McGehee

McGehee has been tearing the cover off the ball with the Brewers. He is currently batting .343 (46 for 143) with six home runs, 23 runs, and 27 RBI in 47 games.

He is currently eligible at second base and third base, giving him added value. He also has played one game in the outfield and three at DH—he would need to play 10 games at each of those positions to gain eligibility.

Tomorrow, McGehee and the Brewers will start a series with the Cardinals led by their righty, Adam Wainwright. McGehee has had the majority of his success against RHP's, considering that he has a .344 average with five home runs and 22 RBI when facing them.

I think McGehee will continue his success batting near the middle of the order. He is a good source of power and can come through when it counts, with runners in scoring position and two outs he is hitting .563 with 13 RBI and a home run. Don't expect any speed though—he has not recorded a steal yet.

McGehee is owned in 22.5 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.  If he is available in your league, you should definitely pick him up.

Scott Rolen

Rolen has been pretty solid all season, but I think it's safe to say he's currently at his hottest streak of the season. Currently, Rolen has recorded a hit in each of his last 23 games. On the season, Rolen is batting .327 (89 for 272) with six home runs, 32 RBI, 44 runs, and four stolen bases.

Rolen looks to keep the streak alive against James Shields and the Rays today. Against the Rays this season, Rolen is batting .333 (4 for 12) with a home run. Against RHP's Rolen is batting .319 (65 for 204) with five home runs.

He hasn't had much luck against Shields over his career though, as he's only batting .154 (2 for 13) with a home run.

Rolen is a cheap source of power with a good average. If your team is lacking in the hits/average department, Scott Rolen is your guy. He has 10-10 potential—10 stolen bases is feasible but it's not very likely to happen.

Rolen is owned in 50.5 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.  If he is available in your league, you should definitely pick him up.

Ricky Romero

Romero was having a good fantasy season before he was injured.  Now that he's back it doesn't look like much has changed. Romero is 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA, with 66 strikeouts in 79 innings.

This week, Romero is a two-start pitcher. His first start was against Andy Pettitte and the Yankees.

He lasted 6.1 innings and gave up seven hits, three earned runs, and struck out five in a winning effort. His next start is against Rich Hill and the Orioles this Saturday. The first time he faced the O's he got roughed up, but I'd say Romero is a must-start this week.

Romero is having most of his success against right-handed batters.  They are hitting .227 off him so far this season. His ERA against RHB's is 2.81, and he has struck them out 39 times compared to 27 against LHB's (3.38 ERA).

The league average for ERA is 4.29, by the way.

Romero is owned in 38.2 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues, and he is definitely worth a pick-up.

Ricky Nolasco

Nolasco has been lights out since his return from a short stint in the minors. Since his return, he is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA. On the season he is 6-6 with a 5.42 ERA and 82 strikeouts—not very good numbers, but they should be coming down if this hot streak continues.

Nolasco's next start is Friday against the D-Backs. He's a must-start for me this week, as he hasn't allowed more than two runs in his last six starts.

If your team needs ERA, strikeouts, and innings, that's exactly what he can provide you with during this streak. In his last start, he went eight innings, struck out 12, and didn't allow a run.

Nolasco is owned in 84.5 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues. Pick him up and ride the hot streak.

Ryan Sadowski

In two starts this season Sadowski has not allowed a run in a total of 13 innings. He is 2-0 with six strikeouts and of course a 0.00 ERA. He needs three more scoreless innings to get the Giants' record for consecutive scoreless innings, which is 15. That is pretty impressive considering he's 26 years old and has only played in two MLB games.

Sadowski's next start is tomorrow against the Marlins.  I like Sadowski for this week and I think he can get the win, as he is getting plenty of run support (the Giants scored 13 runs in his last start). When your offense does that for you, it's not hard to win.

Sadowski is a cheap source of strikeouts with two in his first start and four in his second start. If your team needs help with ERA or you are in a deep keeper or dynasty league, Sadowski should have a spot on your team.

Sadowski's 0.00 ERA is good, but he had a 4.11 ERA in Triple A; this suggests that he could regress extremely.

Sadowski is owned in 1.9 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.  He is worth a pick-up and start for this week in deep leagues.

Kendry Morales

Morales also has a hitting streak going.  He has a hit in each of his last 11 games. During the streak, he is batting .384 (15 for 39) with two home runs, six runs, and nine RBI. Morales has multiple position eligibility; you can start him at first base or outfield.

Today, Morales faces the Rangers and Dustin Nippert.

He has never faced Nippert in his career but this season against RHP's he is batting .301 (68 for 226) with 14 home runs. This season against Texas he is batting .308 (8 for 26) with a home run.

Morales is a good source of power with 14 home runs on the season. Don't expect any speed though, as he has yet to record a steal and only has one in his career.

Morales is owned in 38.4 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues, so if you have the roster space he's worth a pick up.