Fantasy Baseball Pickups of the Week: When in Doubt, Don't

Ryan Neiman@RyanNAnthony Contributor IIIApril 11, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03:  Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Last season, I made the mistake dropping Buster Posey.

(And for those who do not want to read my ironic story, you can scroll down to my pickups of the week at the bottom of this page.)

I just was not a believer in him. I did not feel he would guide me to a championship in the fantasy baseball land. I thought he was a one week wonder and as soon as he started to slack in his production, I dropped him.

I was truly confident I had made the best decision for my team.

I was still confident even after the drop prompt screen on Yahoo Fantasy Baseball questioned me, not just once, but twice, if I was certain I wanted to drop Buster Posey.

I was at first insulted by Yahoo Fantasy Baseball, as I thought it was mocking my intelligence, but I smirked to myself thinking I had the last laugh.

Without much a thought, I completed my request for dropping Posey.

I was not worried as I thought to myself because I was going to pick up the great John Buck on the waiver wire.

The very next day, someone in my league picked up Buster Posey.

I nearly fell out of my seat because I could not believe someone so idiotic would pick up this scrub. I was in tears from laughing at this fool who picked up Posey.

That night, my laughter abruptly ended.

Buster Posey went on a tear as the Blues Brothers put it, he "was on a mission from God."

I'm not sure if he somehow knew I doubted him and he was using that as motivation, but as we all know, karma is a drag.

Posey finished the season batting .305, with 18 home runs and 67 RBI's.

He went on winning the Rookie of Year award.

He helped guide the San Francisco Giants to their first World Series since 1954.

The team who picked up Posey off of the waiver wire, defeated my team in the championship round because of a home run he hit.

I have not recovered since.

Don't make the same mistake I did because eventually it come back to haunt you.

Here are my pickups of the week and even if you may question some of these names, just remember what the quote by the legendary Benjamin Franklin, "When in doubt, don't." 

Chris Narveson Milwaukee Brewers SP

What is surprising about Narveson's early season success is he had such a terrible spring training, he was considered to be removed from the starting rotation.  

Narveson has responded positively with back-to-back quality starts against the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs to start the season. After hurling seven shut-out innings against the Chicago Cubs, Narveson ran his streak without giving up a run to 13 innings.

Justin Masterson Cleveland Indians SP

The Indians are hoping Masterson has finally evolved into an elite pitcher this year.  

The former second round pick by the Boston Red Sox has enjoyed early success thus far, while giving up just two runs in 13 1/3 innings while sporting a 1.35 ERA.

Alberto Callaspo Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B/3B

How he is owned in just 22 percent in standard Yahoo Fantasy Baseball formats is just puzzling.

He is currently sporting a .370 average and he has decent power for a utility player. I preached about Callaspo last week and with Erik Aybar dealing with injuries, Callaspo is this year's Omar Infante.  

He can play everywhere and he will be a consistent every day he plays.

Russell Martin New York Yankees C

Martin may be gone in your league, but if he is not, I would pick him up as soon as possible.  

The catcher position this season is weak and with Martin having a power rejuvenation in New York with three home runs, he could be a steal on the waivers if he plays four to five games a week.

Jeff Francoeur Kansas City Royals OF

Francoeur is the kind of player when he is given the chance to play everyday, he can be an offensive juggernaut.  

This was obviously the reason why he excelled in Atlanta when he drove in over 100 runs twice. He is given that chance once again with being the everyday starting outfielder in Kansas City and some theorist may look elsewhere for production because of his location.  

However, keep this in mind: Throughout Francoeur's career, he has never had under 10 home runs or under 65 RBI in a season.  

He could be a decent plug-in for a player who is in a slump. 


  • Dexter Fowler Colorado Rockies OF
  • Brett Wallace Houston Astros 1B
  • Nate McLouth Atlanta Braves OF
  • Ryan Ludwick San Diego Padres OF
  • Josh Willingham Oakland Athletics OF
  • Melky Cabrera Kansas City Royals OF 


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