Fantasy Baseball Week 17: Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders

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Fantasy Baseball Week 17: Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders
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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 Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants17 IP, 1 CG, 2 W, 23 K, 4 BB, 11 HA, 0 ER

TIMMY!!! Lincecum is on fire, pitching 17 innings of scoreless ball last week, while striking out 23. That’s at least one strikeout per inning! Obviously, he is a must start in all formats and is the leading candidate for the NL Cy Young award.

SP Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals16 IP, 1 CG, 2 W, 7 K, 2 BB, 17 HA, 2 ER

Carpenter continued his phenomenal comeback year last week by winning both his starts, moving his record to 10-3. He allowed just two runs in 16 innings and only walked two batters while striking out seven. He is also a candidate for the NL Cy Young award and will definitely be the NL Comeback Player of the Year. Continue to start him in all formats.

SP Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox14 IP, 2 W, 15 K, 3 BB, 14 HA, 3 ER

Will this be the year that Beckett finally wins the AL Cy Young? It should be! Beckett has won four of his last five starts and is 13-4 on the year with a 3.27 ERA. He is a fantasy ace and should be started in all formats.

SP Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 6 K, 2 BB, 4 HA, 1 ER

It doesn’t look like the move to the NL has changed anything. Lee made his debut with the Phillies last week and pitched yet another complete game. He has four complete games this year and three of them are in his last four starts, which he has won all four of those starts. He remains a must start fantasy ace, even in the NL.

RP Huston Street, Colorado Rockies3 IP, 3 SV, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 HA, 0 ER

Street has been absolutely lights out as of late. He hasn’t walked a batter in over 11 innings and has a win and nine saves since July 6. He now has 28 saves on the year and is a top tier closer right now, so make sure he is in your lineup.

RP Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants3 IP, 1 W, 2 SV, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HA, 0 ER

Wilson has been very good for the Giants this year. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last nine innings and has a win and six saves since July 6. He has 27 saves on the year and is a top tier closer.

1B/OF Kendry Morales, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim.423 BA, 11 H, 7 R, 2 Doubles, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K

Morales is on an eight-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .299. He had an impressive five home runs and 13 RBI’s last week and looks to be finally showing the potential that the Angels knew he had for years. Make sure he is in your lineup while he is this hot.

3B Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox.450 BA, 9 H, 3 R, 3 Doubles, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Looks like his hip is doing just fine. Lowell has been getting a few extra days off to rest his hip and it looks to be helping. He had just 20 at-bats last week and drove in 11 runs. Boston has some serious firepower, so if you own him keep starting him, but watch out for the every other game rest.

OF Josh Willingham, Washington Nationals.435 BA, 10 H, 7 R, 2 Doubles, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 CS

The Hammer is hot. He drove in 11 runs last week and it looks like the Nationals are going to start playing him at first base. Go ahead and start him while he’s hot and enjoy the extra position eligibility when he gains it.

1B/3B Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox.552 BA, 16 H, 9 R, 2 Doubles, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 CS

Youkilis is on fire. He had 16 hits in 29 at-bats last week and drove in seven runs. He plays for that stacked Boston lineup and is a must start in all formats.

OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox.438 BA, 14 H, 12 R, 2 Triples, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 2 K, 4 SB, 1 CS

Did Boston have a good week or what? This makes three Red Sox hitters on my winners list. Ellsbury had 14 hits in 32 at-bats and scored 12 runs. He also stole four bases and drove in four. He remains a must start fantasy outfielder.

3B Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox.419 BA, 13 H, 4 R, 5 Doubles, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 6 K

This is why the White Sox didn’t want to trade this guy. Beckham has come on strong lately, hitting in 13 of his 31 at-bats last week and driving in 10 runs. He also had five doubles. He has raised his average to .311 and should be started while he’s hot.

OF Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals.500 BA, 13 H, 6 R, 2 Doubles, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 CS

Is there anybody in the majors hotter than Matt Holliday right now? Holliday has resumed his place among the elite outfielders and has been a hitting machine since coming to St. Louis. He has raised his season average to .311 and had three more home runs last week. Continue to start him in all formats and enjoy the hot streak.

OF Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles.357 BA, 10 H, 8 R, 2 Doubles, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K

Here’s a guy who has been good all year, but has been a bit under the radar because he plays in Baltimore. He had four home runs last week and that makes five in his last 11 games. He also had 10 RBI’s last week, upping his season total to 62. He should be in all lineups in all formats.

 

Losers

OF Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers.172 BA, 5 H, 2 R, 2 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 9 K

Manny a loser? Well, last week he was. He hasn’t hit a home run or driven in a run since his pinch-hit Grand Slam on July 22. However, don’t panic. This is just a slump and Manny is still Manny. Continue to start him and he will start hitting again soon.

1B Hank Blalock, Texas Rangers.179 BA, 5 H, 2 R, 2 Doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 9 K

Blalock has been on a cold streak since the All-Star break. He has hit just .202 and has just one home run. However, he does have 20 home runs on the year and has the potential to hit 10 more. Keep him stashed on your bench until he starts hitting again.

1B Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies.222 BA, 6 H, 3 R, 1 Double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 12 K

This is just typical Ryan Howard. He struck out 12 times last week, but that’s nothing new. He is a pure power hitter and just because he had one bad week, doesn’t mean you should stop playing him. Keep him in your lineup and enjoy the home runs, but expect the strikeouts.

RP Brian Fuentes, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim0 IP, 1 L, 0 K, 2 BB, 6 HA, 6 ER

Ouch! This was a disastrous week for Fuentes. He pitched in two games, but didn’t retire a batter in either game. He walked two and allowed six hits and six runs. However, chalk this up to a fluke bad week as he has 30 saves on the year and had allowed just two hits and two walks in his previous seven innings. Continue to start him.

SP Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox10.7 IP, 2 L, 3 K, 2 BB, 17 HA, 12 ER

So he goes from perfection to disaster. Buehrle allowed 17 hits and 12 runs in just over 10 innings last week. Chalk this up to a bad week, as he is still 11-5 with a 3.79 ERA on the year. Continue to start him in all formats and expect him to bounce back soon.

 

Waiver Wire Wonders

SP Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics6 IP, 1 W, 8 K, 4 BB, 4 HA, 3 ER

Anderson continues to pitch well and yet is still under the fantasy radar. He has only allowed nine runs in his last 41 innings and has 41 strikeouts in that same time span. He is available, only being owned in 8.5 percent of ESPN leagues and 28 percent of Yahoo leagues.

SP Joel Pineiro, St. Louis Cardinals8 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 6 HA, 1 ER

Pineiro has really turned the corner these past two seasons. He has been very good recently, winning three of his last five starts while only allowing five runs in those 37 innings. He plays for a good St. Louis team with a good offense, so go ahead and grab him. He is available, only being owned in 34.6 percent of ESPN leagues and 65 percent of Yahoo leagues.

SP Randy Wells, Chicago Cubs8 IP, 1 W, 1 K, 2 BB, 6 HA, 0 ER

Wells has been a big surprise for the Cubs this year. He has won eight of his last 10 starts and is now 8-4 on the year with a 2.73 ERA. The Cubs have a potent lineup behind him, so another five wins could be coming. He is only owned in 29.1 percent of ESPN leagues and 55 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him and enjoy the wins.

1B/OF Kendry Morales, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim.423 BA, 11 H, 7 R, 2 Doubles, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K

Morales is on an eight-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .299. He had an impressive five home runs and 13 RBI’s last week and looks to be finally showing the potential that the Angels knew he had for years. He is owned in 72.1 percent of ESPN leagues and 69 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him if you can and make sure he is in your lineup while he is this hot.

3B Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox.419 BA, 13 H, 4 R, 5 Doubles, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 6 K

This is why the White Sox didn’t want to trade this guy. Beckham has come on strong lately, hitting in 13 of his 31 at-bats last week and driving in 10 runs. He also had five doubles. He has raised his average to .311 and you should grab him while you can. He is owned in 35.4 percent of ESPN leagues and 38 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him and start him while he’s hot.

OF Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates.333 BA, 8 H, 8 R, 2 Doubles, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 CS

Once again, McCutchen finds himself on my waiver wire wonder list, which means only one thing—you people don’t listen! I had him on my list for a month straight and yet the .296 hitter with seven home runs, nine stolen bases, and 32 RBI’s is still not owned in over 50 percent in any league except CBS Sports, where he is owned 80 percent. ESPN has him at 40.1 percent and Yahoo has him at 38 percent. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, pick him up!

OF Josh Willingham, Washington Nationals.435 BA, 10 H, 7 R, 2 Doubles, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 CS

The Hammer is hot. He drove in 11 runs last week and it looks like the Nationals are going to start playing him at first base. Go ahead and grab him, as he is only owned in 23 percent of ESPN leagues and 39 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him and start him while he’s hot and enjoy the extra position eligibility when he gains it.

OF Jeff Francoeur, New York Mets.250 BA, 6 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Francoeur has been very good since being traded to the Mets. He is hitting .286 with New York, with four home runs and 19 RBI’s. He had just five home runs and 35 RBI’s in 304 at-bats with Atlanta. He is only owned in 36.4 percent of ESPN leagues and 24 percent of Yahoo leagues, so go ahead and grab him and you could have yourself a nice sleeper for the end of the year.

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

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