Fantasy Baseball 2011: Quick Pick Me Ups

Nick Sero@@thesportscannonCorrespondent IIIMay 12, 2011

Fantasy Baseball 2011: Quick Pick Me Ups

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    Need to inject some offense in to your lineup? Or are you being killed in Ks? The Sports Cannon has you covered offering a weekly Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups that will keep you on top of your league. You may not have the time to check stat sheets, trends and the fantasy baseball waiver wire, but we do, so let us do all the hard work for you.

    It is still very early on in the fantasy baseball season but we could all use some fantasy baseball advice, and that is where the Waiver Wire Pickups comes in handy. Each week you can check the Waiver Wire Pickups and see who may be fantasy baseball breakout star.

    The fantasy baseball gurus at make it even easier on you with this year’s version of Quick Pick Me Ups. Know exactly what you need to improve your squad? Then look for some waiver wire players chosen specifically because of their statistical dominance.

    Stop getting beat! Wake up and smell the coffee with these Quick Pick Me Ups.

Quick Pick Me Ups: Batters

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    Best Available  

    Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET (62%): Peralta is on a tear right now, having four multi-hit games in his current eight game hit streak. Add another nine RBI in that span and Peralta could have won you last week. Peralta's average percentage owned has shot up about 20% so he isn't going unnoticed. If you want a realistic chance of picking up Peralta—do it now, he won't face a pitcher with a winning record in his next four starts so he should be a hot commodity by the beginning of next week.

    Wait and See

    Melky Cabrera, OF, KC (87%): There hasn't been much to celebrate about Kansas City baseball, but things seem to be looking better with a strong class of prospects coming up. One player who's far from a prospect but still brings life to KC would be Melky Cabrera. Cabrera has really turned his average around lately, although it wasn't terrible before. Still, Cabrera and the Royals have faced some subpar pitching as of late but will have a serious test going up against the meat and potatoes of Detroit's pitching staff this weekend.


    Jamey Carroll, LAD, 2B (9%): If you are like many that have been foiled by Rafael Furcal and his injury prone ways, then you need a new short stop (if you haven't picked one up by now you must not be checking your team). Carroll is essentially Furcal's handcuff here, although he has been a viable option as of late. If you need a boost to your average, you won't find a better short stop on the waiver wire.

    Todd Helton, COL, 1B (25%): Helton hasn't had much to work with lately, but he finds a way to get on base with regularity. Although his durability is an issue, and he won't play on a consistent basis, Helton has had a great average and could help if average is all you are looking for. There is always the occasional shot of power to look forward to, as well.

    Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS (92%): Lowrie is a player that you need to keep an eye on. He is one slump away from being replaced by Marco Scutaro. As long as Lowrie's bat can outweigh his defensive mistakes, he should stay in the lineup. Lowrie has recorded a hit in 10 of the last 13 appearances although not with much in return. The Red Sox are bound to heat up to their potential eventually, and if Lowrie is holding his average above .300, he could reap major benefits.


    John Buck, C, FLA (20%): Buck is usually the one bringing guys home, but has been sitting in the right spot of the lineup lately. Although he recently hit a three game hitless skid, Buck is inevitably due for production. I have always considered catchers to be the equivalent to kickers in football, so don't be afraid to swap in a catcher to suit what you need every week. Buck is your guy if you need someone to touch 'em all.


    Home runs

    Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA (21%): Trumbo has been building his average back up in the recent week and has the power to occasionally go yard. Trumbo has recently found his long ball again and if his season trend says anything, he should be due for a big upcoming week. Trumbo will get you at least one homerun per week—possibly one per five games.

    Chris Ianneta, C, COL (20%): The Rockies catcher had a rough start to the season but has since changed the record. Ianneta has raised his averaged nearly .110 points in the past two weeks and has gone deep three times in that span. Ianneta is coming off a few days of rest so he should be able to keep this production going.



    Derek Lee, 1B, CHC (46%): Lee is bound to find the long ball; his pace now will nab you one homer per eight days, so some weeks you could go without a home run. What you won’t miss, however, is his RBI production. Despite hitting a slump in the home run department, Lee is the main run producer in Baltimore though, and will get you at least one RBI per 1.5 games.

    Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (95%): Smoak is on a bit of a downturn right now after recording only one hit in the past four games. Everyone is due for a bit of a slump, however. Smoak has still been able to keep up his RBI pace despite his recent struggles and should remain a main run producer for the Mariners even until he breaks his slump.  

    Kurt Suzuki, C, OAK (87%): Suzuki is always, quietly one of the best catchers in fantasy. Suzuki's steady average around .250 brings in a solid amount of runs and RBI, but he is still forgotten in fantasy leagues. Suzuki has had a very good recent run of things as far as RBI's are concerned.

Quick Pick Me Ups: Pitchers

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    Best Available Starter

    Gavin Floyd, SP, CWS (58%): Floyd had some pain in his foot recently but everything is fine, if he is available in your league, pick him up now! Floyd has had a very strong start to the season: picking up four wins, 44 Ks and keeping his WHIP very low. The 3.67 ERA isn't great, but if Floyd can pick up seven strikeouts per game and generate wins at the same regularity, you can ignore the ERA.

    Best Available Closer

    Ryan Madson, RP, PHP (87%): Closers can come and go at times, but few will come and bring the same level of consistency and production that Madson has brought to this point. He is still behind Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras, but they likely wont return anytime soon. Madson has three saves so far this month in five innings of work. The year is still young, but Madson has only allowed one earned run so far. He could be a great addition for the time being.


    Fausto Carmona, SP, CLE (25%): Carmona was torched his first start to the tune of 10 earned runs and because of that never picked up steam in fantasy leagues. There have been two poor performances to note for Carmona—that 10 run gaffe and a six run loss to the Twins. Carmona has been very strong in every of start this year, however. Carmona has two shutouts and a 1.50 ERA in five starts, so he may burn you every now and then, but more than likely he is helping the cause.

    Sergio Santos, RP, CWS (73%): It has been a good Month for Santos so far. Santos has picked up two wins and a save while averaging nine K/9. There was a lot of concern about the closer position at the beginning of the year, but Santos seems to have settled in as the go-to-guy in the Windy City. 


    Tom Gorzelanny, SP, WAS (6%): Gorzelanny hasn't had much support in his starts this season, so his win-loss record won't reflect his true value so far this season. Gorzelanny has held a WHIP under 1.00 in his six starts this season and has kept his ERA relatively low because of it. He is good for about four Ks per game and the lack of run production will keep him from bringing in the W's. In the case the Nats do turn their bats around, Gorzelanny could become a fixture on your fantasy team.



    Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI (82%): Hudson had a terrible start to the season, going 0-4 but averaging nearly 10 K/9. Hudson is currently riding a three game winning streak and has seen a much improved 2.70 ERA in that span. Right now Hudson should grab you around six strikeouts per game, but he has the potential to bring in double digit strikeouts in the right situations.


    Kevin Correia, SP, PIT (43%): Correia was the fastest in the NL to reach five wins, but recently hit a wall against the Dodgers. After being lit up for 10 hits and four earned runs, Correia has seen his percentage own take a severe hit. Anyone who saw that recent loss to the Dodgers would tell you to stay patient with Correia. Correia had a good start that game before some spotty defense set up a grand slam for Matt Kemp. He may not produce a great amount of strikeouts, but he will generate a win more often than not. Stay patient with Correia if you can't rely on your other starters for wins.


    Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TAM (97%): Farnsworth may not be the most exciting closer to watch, but the glasses he wears are a bit Hollywood. He won't dazzle you with strikeouts but he also won't let opposing batters reach base very often. Farnsworth recently walked home the winning run against the Indians, but didn't pick up a loss or blown save. He is a solid choice if you need saves badly, but you may need to keep an eye on Farnsworth. The Tampa closer has had some shaky performances as of late despite picking up two saves and a win in the process.

    Fernando Salas, RP, STL (28%): The Cardinals are using a closer by committee approach, but only Salas has shown any real consistency so far this season. Recently the Red Birds called on Eduardo Sanchez to close out the Brewers, but he couldn't get the job done. Salas got the call and struck out the final batter in three pitches. Salas is a better fit in deeper leagues, but if things keep working the way they are, Salas could become the guy in St. Louis.

    Vicente Padilla, RP, LAD (50%): There is still about a month left for Broxton's DL stint, so Padilla will remain the closer in LA. His production has been up to par as of late: Padilla has allowed only two runs in his past nine innings of work while striking out eight. Padilla has only recorded three saves thus far, but that number will increase—and quickly.