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Fantasy Baseball Week 21: Winners, Losers, and Waiver Wire Wonders

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  American League All-Star Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The SportmeistersAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2009

Another week of baseball in the book 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 for the whole season. It’s almost playoff time, so let’s go!


SP – Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – 17 IP, 1 CG, 2 W, 20 K, 2 BB, 6 HA, 2 ER

Can you say CY Young? Greinke pitched a one hitter on Sunday and is now 13-8 on the year with a 2.32 ERA with 202 strikeouts. He has been the one bright spot for the Royals and should be in your lineups at all times because he is a fantasy ace.

SP – Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – 14 IP, 2 W, 12 K, 3 BB, 6 HA, 1 ER

Wainwright has won four of his last five starts and is now 16-7 on the year with a 2.47 ERA and has been every bit the fantasy ace that you expected him to be when you drafted him this year. You want to keep him in your lineup at all times.

RP – Leo Nunez – Florida Marlins – 4 IP, 3 SV, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HA, 0 ER

Waiver Wire Wonder? Nunez has grabbed full control of the Marlins closing job and doesn’t appear anywhere near close to losing it. He saved eight games in August and has 17 on the season with a 3.77 ERA. Keep starting him, if you own him, and be rewarded with a few saves that may help you win your league.

RP – David Aardsma – Seattle Mariners – 4 IP, 3 SV, 5 K, 0 BB, 4 HA, 0 ER

Despite a 5.23 August ERA, Aardsma still had six saves. He now has 31 saves on the year and, even with a bad month, still has a 2.26 ERA on the year. He has been a big surprise this year and should be started while he is collecting save after save.

1B – Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies – .393 BA, 11 H, 5 R, 2 Doubles, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K

Howard did what he does best last week and hit five home runs and drove in 12. He now has 37 home runs and 111 RBI’s on the year and is hitting a surprise .273. He is an elite fantasy First Baseman and should be started at all times.

1B/OF – Kendry Morales – Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim – .462 BA, 12 H, 5 R, 3 Doubles, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 SB, 1 CS

Morales has been the breakout player of 2009 and continues to hit the ball extremely well. He had three home runs and 11 RBI’s last week, which moves his season totals to 30 and 94 to go along with his .314 batting average. He has been a great pick-up by fantasy owners and should continue to be started at all times.


SP – Jose Contreras – Chicago White Sox – 6 IP, 2 L, 4 K, 5 BB, 13 HA, 7 ER

Contreras pitched two bad games for the White Sox last week and was traded yesterday to the Rockies. He was 5-13 for the White Sox, with a horrendous 5.42 ERA. I don’t expect much better in the NL and he is not worth owning, especially in the fantasy playoffs.

SP – Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs – 7.7 IP, 2 L, 7 K, 3 BB, 18 HA, 11 ER

He just hasn’t been the same Big Z this year. He has been on the DL a few times and is just 7-6 with a 3.91 ERA and 108 strikeouts on the year. He was hit really hard last week and allowed 11 runs in just under eight innings. You can continue to start him because he may bounce back, but you might want to sit him for a week and see how his next start goes.

SP – Joba Chamberlain – New York Yankees – 7 IP, 1 L, 6 K, 3 BB, 13 HA, 9 ER

So now Joba is only pitching three innings a game? So, he wasn’t injured, but they removed him after just 35 pitches? What good is he in the fantasy game if he can’t go the required five innings for a win? Watch this situation closely as all indications are that this is how it will be with him for the rest of the year.

C – Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins – .200 BA, 5 H, 2 R, 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 SB

This doesn’t concern me at all. Chalk this up to just a bad week as Mauer is still the best fantasy Catcher in the game and will bounce back to normal soon.

SS – Miguel Tejada – Houston Astros – .118 BA, 2 H, 2 R, 1 Double, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 SB

Tejada has been a strange fantasy player this year. He has 69 RBI’s and 64 runs scored, despite only drawing 15 walks all season. However, he doesn’t strike out very much either (just 44 all year). He is still hitting .303 and should continue to start, despite his recent cold streak.

Waiver Wire Wonders

OF – Chris Coghlan – Florida Marlins – .400 BA, 10 H, 5 R, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K

Four weeks in a row! It looks like Coghlan is rewarding the Marlins (and fantasy owners) for allowing him to keep his starting job. Especially after getting 46 hits in his 118 August At-Bats and driving in 18 runs. He set a Marlins record a few weeks ago with eight straight multi-hit games and has now raised his season average to .296. He isn’t a power hitter, but has nine home runs this year.

He will get on base (as his .455 August OBP shows) and steal a few bases too (he has six this year). He is going fast, now being owned in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues (up from 24 percent last week), 68 percent of CBS Sports leagues (up from 56 percent last week), and 21.8 percent of ESPN leagues (up from 17.4 percent last week), so go ahead and grab him while you can.

RP – Mike MacDougal – Washington Nationals – 3.7 IP, 1 SV, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 HA, 0 ER

Can you say Waiver Wire Wonder? MacDougal has been surprisingly good for the Nationals. He has saved 14 on the year and did not allow a run in August. He has been on this list for four weeks now and yet he is only owned in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues (up from 36 percent last week), 35 percent of CBS Sports leagues (up from 34 percent last week), and 19.9 percent of ESPN leagues (up from 19 percent last week). He lowered his ERA from 4.55 to 3.02 in August and if you need saves, he could be a nice sleeper for the end of the year.

RP – Leo Nunez – Florida Marlins – 4 IP, 3 SV, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HA, 0 ER

Waiver Wire Wonder? Nunez has grabbed full control of the Marlins closing job and doesn’t appear anywhere near close to losing it. He saved eight games in August and has 17 on the season with a 3.77 ERA. If you own him (and most people don’t as he is only owned in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues, 44 percent of CBS Sports leagues, and 23.9 percent of ESPN leagues) Keep starting him and be rewarded with a few saves that may help you win your league.

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

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