Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders

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Fantasy Baseball Week 18 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 Javier Vazquez, Atlanta Braves15 IP, 2 W, 13 K, 4 BB, 9 HA, 3 ER

Vazquez has been the ace that the Braves hoped he would be when they traded for him in December. He has won five of his last seven starts and is 10-7 on the year with 171 strikeouts. While he is on a hot streak, you must start him.

SP J.A. Happ, Philadelphia Phillies9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 10 K, 2 BB, 4 HA, 0 ER

No wonder the Phillies sent Jamie Moyer to the bullpen instead of Happ. Happ pitched a complete game shutout last week and is now 8-2 on the year with a 2.75 ERA. Now that we know he will continue to start, he should be owned and started in all formats.

RP Mike MacDougal, Washington Nationals4 IP, 4 SV, 3 K, 2 BB, 3 HA, 0 ER

Wow! MacDougal has been surprisingly good for the suddenly hot Nationals. He saved four games last week and has now saved 11 on the year. His ERA is a bit high at 3.86, but if you need saves, he could be a nice sleeper for the end of the year. Can you say Waiver Wire Wonder?

3B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals.522 BA, 12 H, 10 R, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K

Wow! Two Nationals on the winners list this week! Zimmerman was absolutely on fire, hitting .522 (12-for-23) with four home runs and seven RBI’s. He is now hitting .305 on the year with 24 home runs and 76 RBI’s. He is a high-end fantasy third baseman and should be started at all times.

3B/1B Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks.448 BA, 13 H, 6 R, 1 Double, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 SB

What a year Reynolds is having. He had six more home runs last week, upping his season total to 36 with 80 RBI’s. He is also hitting an impressive .286 with 21 stolen bases. He has been the complete fantasy player this year and should be in your lineup at all times.

OF Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins.517 BA, 15 H, 7 R, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

It looks like Coghlan is going to keep his starting job after all. He set a Marlins record last week with eight straight multi-hit games and has raised his season average to .288. He won’t hit you many home runs, but will get on base and steal a few bases too. You will see him again on this blog.

1B Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals.539 BA, 14 H, 6 R, 5 Doubles, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K

OK, so we have two Nationals and one Kansas City Royal on my winners list? What is going on in the MLB this week? Butler has been a solid fantasy player all year, but this week he was on fire. He hit .539 (14-for-26) with 10 RBI’s. He is now hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI’s on the season. Start him while he’s hot, if you own him.

 

Losers

RP Francisco Rodriguez, New York Mets2 IP, 1 L, 2 BS, 2 K, 4 BB, 6 HA, 7 ER

This was not what the Mets were hoping for from their new big money closer. He has blown two of his last three save opportunities and has a 3.24 ERA, which is a whole run more than his 2.24 ERA of 2008. Despite this bad week, he will settle down and is still a must start fantasy closer.

SP John Smoltz, Boston Red Sox3.1 IP, 1 L, 3 K, 4 BB, 9 HA, 8 ER

Talk about the ultimate loser. Not only did he get crushed, he was then designated for assignment and his career may be over. Smoltz was not the same for the Red Sox this year, going 2-5 with a terrible 8.33 ERA. Feel free to dump him, if you ever picked him up in the first place.

SP Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals2.2 IP, 1 L, 0 K, 2 BB, 7 HA, 5 ER

Lohse hasn’t been the same since coming off the DL. He hasn’t won a game since May 23 (until winning one on Monday) and has been a bit shaky. He allowed five runs in less than three innings and has only gone seven innings once since coming off the DL. He looked better on Monday, but watch him closely before deciding on starting or cutting him.

SP Joe Saunders, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim1.2 IP, 1 L, 0 K, 1 BB, 5 HA, 5 ER

Saunders got rocked again and then went on the DL. He had allowed four or more runs in each of his last seven starts and was only 1-2 in those seven games. He is 9-7 on the year with a 5.33 ERA. You can feel free to drop him, as he may not be effective again this year.

DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox.056 BA, 1 H, 0 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K

Big Papi is looking more and more like a guy at the end of his career. He had just one hit in 18 at-bats last week and has not hit very well this year, hitting just .220 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI’s. He has plenty of power potential and for that you keep him stashed in case he heats up, but don’t wait too much longer.

SS Miguel Tejada, Houston Astros.154 BA, 4 H, 1 R, 0 Doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

This was just a case of a bad week for a good player. Tejada has been good all year, hitting .323 with 67 RBI’s. Chalk this up to a fluke week and continue to start him.

 

Waiver Wire Wonders

SP J.A. Happ, Philadelphia Phillies9 IP, 1 CG, 1 W, 10 K, 2 BB, 4 HA, 0 ER

No wonder the Phillies sent Jamie Moyer to the bullpen instead of Happ. Happ pitched a complete game shutout last week and is now 8-2 on the year with a 2.75 ERA. He is owned in 75 percent of Yahoo leagues, 90 percent of CBS Sports leagues, and 53.7 percent of ESPN leagues and now that we know he will continue to start, he should be owned and started in all formats.

OF Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins.517 BA, 15 H, 7 R, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

I told you that he would be back on this blog. It looks like Coghlan is going to keep his starting job after all. He set a Marlins record last week with eight straight multi-hit games and has raised his season average to .288. He won’t hit you many home runs, but will get on base and steal a few bases too. He is only owned in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues, 34 percent of CBS Sports leagues, and 4.1 percent of ESPN leagues, so go ahead and grab him for some batting average help.

RP Mike MacDougal, Washington Nationals4 IP, 4 SV, 3 K, 2 BB, 3 HA, 0 ER

Can you say Waiver Wire Wonder? MacDougal has been surprisingly good for the suddenly hot Nationals. He saved four games last week and has now saved 11 on the year. He is owned in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues, 28 percent of CBS Sports leagues, and 11.3 percent of ESPN leagues. His ERA is a bit high at 3.86, but if you need saves, he could be 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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