Sunday Night Speculation: A waiver consideration at every position

17 05 2010

(Note: Every Sunday, Dave will provide his fantasy baseball musings in “Sunday Night Speculation.” And yes, I’m aware that we just posted its inaugural article on Monday. So you can call it “Monday Musings” today if you would prefer.)

So many different emotions are expressed toward your fantasy teams on Mondays. If you are like me you usually have distain toward most players on your squad. This guy didn’t show up and that guy blew it- the accusations fly left and right. I won’t get into the depth at which I analyze all the available players early early every Monday morning but lets put it like this, fellas, if this were Fantasy Island I would be Ricardo Montalban.

1B – Aubrey Huff – SF –  4 HR/18 RBI/ .279 BA

First base has been a very deep position this year so chances are your team doesn’t need one but if you do Huff can prove to be solid enough to hold his own. Along with the numbers above he has 20 runs and has a low strikeout total- 18 (if your league plays with K’s). Only owned in 16% of Yahoo! leagues.

2B -Adam Kennedy – Wash. –  2 HR/12 RBI/ .245 BA

The numbers above may not impress but Kennedy gets my vote for pick up of the week. Not only is he eligible at 2B but at 1B and 3B as well. He is in the midst of a 9 game hit streak and, like times in ’09, you should get on board with Kennedy ASAP because this streak could end just as soon as it began. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo! leagues.

3B – David Freese – STL –  3 HR/ 22 RBI/ .306 BA

People continue to sleep on Freese’s production but unless you have a top 10 third baseman, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider him.  He is going to continue to see RBI chances while batting behind Holliday and Pujols so unless you are desperate for home runs, Freese should be your guy. Owned in 47% of Yahoo! Leagues.

SS – Juan Uribe – SF –   4 HR/ 23 RBI/ .272

The combination of injuries for the Giants and, more immediately, Uribe’s hot bat should be more than enough reason he should see playing time on your team in the near future. He is another multi position guy- eligible at 2B and 3B- and is batting .320 in his last 25 at bats. He’s been doing it with some pop, 18 runs driven in over the last month. Only owned in 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

OF – Austin Kearns – CLE –  3 HR/ 20 RBI/ .330 BA

No one knows how bad the Indians offense has been struggling better than I do but Kearns has been a stand out to say the least. He is batting .342 with 19 of his 20 RBIs in the last month. Only owned in 11% of Yahoo! Leagues.

SP – Mike Leake – CIN –   4-0/ 33 K/ 3.09 ERA

Anyone who tells me they couldn’t use another starter is a liar. Especially when it comes to one that has been as good as Leake. He’s posted a 3.27 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in the last month, both without losing a game so get on board with this 22 year old before he starts flying too close to the sun. Only owned in 29% of Yahoo! leagues.

RP  – Jose Contreras – PHI –   2-1/ 18 K/ 0.68 ERA

This name has made fantasy managers cringe for the last couple years but he might be able to win you over this time around. As a reliever for the Phillies this season Contreras has been great and a big reason is because he has cut way back on the walks. He has a 9.0 K/BB ratio so far this season and has just been named the Phillies closer. My guess is Brad Lidge has an appointment with the glue factory. Only owned in 31% of Yahoo! leagues.

~ Dave K




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