Fantasy Baseball 2011: Identifying the Week's Best Waiver Wire Pickups
Fantasy baseball is in full swing, and many of the best players on free agency have already been snatched up in most leagues.
However, there are still several good options out on the waiver wire to help your fantasy team.
This week’s article again features some two-start pitchers, but it also contains some young players who are starting to make names for themselves.
The two-start pitchers will give you double the pitching statistics this week. Also, these young players will one day be stars, so especially in keeper leagues, get in on the ground floor.
Here are 10 waiver-wire pickup options for this week.
10. Jason Marquis
Jason Marquis was lights out against the Giants last week, hurling a complete-game shutout.
However, he isn’t just a one-start wonder.
Marquis has bounced back quite nicely from his 2010 injury, posting a 2.62 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through his first five starts.
Though he has a tough game this week against the Phillies, Marquis should still be added in all formats. He is pitching well enough to slow down the Phillies offense and have yet another solid outing.
9. Carlos Gomez
Over the past two weeks, there have been very few players that have been as hot as Carlos Gomez.
He has five steals over the past 12 games and eight through the first month of the season.
Gomez has some great bats around him in the Milwaukee lineup, so he’ll continue being a good source of runs and steals throughout the season.
8. Domonic Brown
The Phillies activated Domonic Brown from the disabled list over the weekend and optioned him to their AAA affiliate.
He’ll get his feet wet for a bit in the minors before being recalled to the majors.
Brown is a talented young player who will instantly help the Philadelphia offense, so if there is room on your bench to stash Brown until he’s ready for the bigs, snag him.
7. Orlando Hudson
Orlando Hudson has been a stolen-base machine in 2011, notching nine steals already this season, one short of his total from the 2010 season.
The O-Dog is a great pickup for a need at the 2B/SS flex position. He’s a guy who will get you steals, but provide little help elsewhere.
6. Jack Hannahan
Jack Hannahan has come out of nowhere to be a productive third baseman for the Indians in 2010.
Playing in the majors for the first time since 2009, the Cleveland third baseman has four homers and a .273 average this season.
Those aren’t earth-shattering numbers, but they are a good for a shallow position.
If you need a third baseman, or were severely affected by the Pablo Sandoval injury, consider picking up Hannahan and ride out his hot streak.
5. Livan Hernandez
The second Nationals pitcher to make the list, Livan Hernandez has been a model of consistency in 2011. Hernandez has a 3.23 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP this season, but, more importantly, he starts twice this week.
Granted, his two starts are against the Phillies and the Marlins, but he’s still a solid option.
Hernandez has already faced the Phillies once this season. He defeated them while giving up one earned run, seven hits and no walks through 6.2 innings.
4. Hank Conger
Though he isn’t the full-time starter yet, Hank Conger’s playing time is increasing as the season progresses.
One of the top catching prospects in the league, Conger has three homers and 10 RBI in just 48 at-bats.
He’s out-producing the Angels’ other catcher, Jeff Mathis, and is getting a better feel defensively every game he plays.
Especially in deep keeper leagues, pick up Hank Conger and watch his stock rise.
3. Alex White
Another young rookie on the list, Alex White made his major-league debut over the weekend against the Tigers.
He received a no-decision while allowing two earned runs in six innings.
A valuable young arm with a lot of upside, White is a definite must-have in deep keeper leagues, and could be a great steal in all formats if he builds off his good start against Detroit.
2. Wade Davis
Wade Davis is another pitcher who will start twice this week, facing off against Blue Jays and the Orioles, two teams that are definitely beatable.
Davis has been very consistent this season, as well, allowing more than two earned runs only once in 2011 while posting a 2.73 ERA.
The young Rays pitcher is showing why he was one of the top pitching prospects in their farm system only a couple short years ago.
He is not just a good addition for this week, but for the rest of the season.
1. Edwin Jackson
Though he’s gotten off to a shaky start this season, Edwin Jackson’s luck may turn for the better this week.
Another two-start pitcher, Jackson will go against the Twins and the Mariners this week, two teams not known for their offense.
Several teams have already given up on Jackson, but his struggles won’t continue for very long. He’ll always have a high walk rate, but he will give you a great source for strikeouts.
After this week, Jackson’s slump may be a thing of the past.