Posts Tagged ‘fantasy baseball waiver wire’

As scrutinized as the first couple of weeks of the fantasy baseball season are. There are still some solid players that are playing above expectations that go unnoticed. Some of them are old hats that have made a strong comeback, while others are just rising to the occasion for the first time. Each fantasy baseball team has different needs and some of these players can fill those needs for their potential owners.

Travis Hafner – UT/DH – Cleveland Indians
Hafner has been zeroed in all season and looks like the old Pronk that we all used to know and love. While he may not keep this up the entire season you cannot ignore his .348/.395/.580 slash line so far. With the way all the Indians are playing right now, Hafner is a must-own must-start player until he proves otherwise. Keep in mind though that he only qualifies at the UT position in most standard fantasy baseball leagues.

Peter Bourjos – OF – Los Angeles Angels
Bourjos is not going to keep up his current batting average (.301), but he possess the rare speed and power combination that every fantasy baseball owner values. He is a threat to steal a base every time he is on and owns a .849 OPS so far this season and has turned it up lately. Hitting in front of guys like Bobby Abreu, Tori Hunter and Vernon Wells in the Angels lineup should net him a lot of runs scored this season as well.



Closer situations are the story in fantasy baseball this week. Some pens are struggling, others are fighting injuries and some are getting healthy. Saves is one of the most unpredictable categories in fantasy baseball because of all the variables that occur. Here are some players that are looking at more save opportunities coming up in the future and should be an asset in your fantasy baseball lineup.

Matt Capps – RP – Minnesota Twins

Joe Nathan has pitched his way right out of the closers jobs in Minnesota. They have decided to use him in less pressure situations until he is back to his old self. While this doesn’t mean that Capps will be the closer for the remainder of the season, he will be for the foreseeable future. Capps has struggled in his last few outings, but was lights out before that and definitely has the stuff to be a top tier fantasy closer if given the opportunity.

Jon Rauch – RP – Toronto Blue Jays

Rauch has taken over the closer role for the Jays with Frank Francisco on the DL. He has posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP to go with 3 saves so far this season. He has pitched so well that there is talk in Toronto that he may keep the job even after Francisco returns if he keeps pitching this well. This is more of a wait and see type situation than Capps, but owners should feel free to grab him and use him if u need saves immediately. (Continue…

While many fantasy baseball owners try to find sleepers in the draft, the more effective way to find them is in the early parts of the season. We have seen a lot of young pitchers make statements in the first couple weeks of our young season. While veterans may provide owners with more consistency, there is no doubting the young pitching talent that has sprouted up across the major leagues already, providing owners with a nice crop of fantasy baseball sleepers.
Zach Britton – SP – Baltimore Orioles
Britton started the season off on a solid note by holding the Rays to only three hits and one run over six innings in his major league debut. The young lefty had a 6:3 strikeout to walk ratio while keeping his pitch count down. While he will have to face a lot of tough offenses in the AL East, he should be added in all formats because of his potential. Expect him to be really up and down depending on the team he is facing, but keep him in your lineup for all good matchups.
Alexi Ogando – P – Texas Rangers
Expected to be the Rangers set-up man, Ogando was only pushed into the rotation by a spring injury to Tommy Hunter. He was very impressive in his first start last week shutting out the Mariners for six innings while allowing only 2 hits. He struck out 4 while walking only two. He is expected to be moved back to the bullpen, but Manager Ron Washington has said that if Ogando continues to pitch like that they may have to reconsider. This uncertainty makes him a very risky, but fascinating fantasy option. (Continue…)