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Sunday, June 17, 2012


By Fantasy Boyz Editor in Chief Corey Bugenhagen

Just when you thought your leagues waiver wire was picked clean we are here to show you that there are always real gems to be had at all times.  We have help for you at Outfield, Shortstop, and Second base on the hitting side of things and four arms for your rotation. 

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (19.4% of ESPN Leagues) - Nieuwenhuis has been on a tear of late 3 homeruns in his last 4 games.  He has added some pop to his repertoire to go along with a solid average and runs scored.
Rajai Davis (8.5 of ESPN Leagues) - You know what you are going to get with Davis but if you need steals he is a solid source and he has been hitting well with six hits in his last four.
Good to have you back Brian
Andrelton Simmons (2.6% of ESPN Leagues) - He doesn't have much pop but is sporting a solid average thus far.  He could be a decent stop gap for Tulo owners.
Brian Roberts (22.1 % of ESPN Leagues) - Well it is good to see Roberts back after post concussion symptoms seemed to have all but ended his career.  What is even better news is he is raking in his first 5 games back.

Trevor Cahill (28.4% of ESPN Leagues) - Mr Cahill seems like he is back to his old Oakland days, of which he was an All Star.  Cahill has sported just two earned in his last twenty three and a third innings.  Now is the time to add him before others catch on.
Justin Masterson (41.3% of ESPN Leagues) - Masterson was owned in nearly all leagues to start the season but his early season struggles caused owners to drop him like hot cakes.  We feel it is safe to add him again after three straight quality starts.
Ervin Santana (38.3% of ESPN Leagues) - Much like Masterson Santana is rising from the drop file back to fantasy relevance with a complete game shut out versus the Dbacks.  We advise a little more caution with Santana however.  Use him when the matchup is right.
Cahill has been DEALING
Mike Minor (27.1% of ESPN Leagues) - You had to feel for Minor in his last start against the Yankees.  He held them to 0 runs in 7 strong innings.  Minor has the pedigree succeed.  We would monitor him in his next few and have no issues adding him to your roster right away in larger mixed leagues.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


By Fantasy Boyz Editor in Chief Corey Bugenhagen

As we state each and every week our Waiver Wired article focuses on 4 hitters and 4 pitchers who are owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues worldwide.  This weeks look has some very useful players that could stick with your roster long term. 

Michael Saunders (32% of ESPN Leagues) - With 20 hits in his last 11 games Saunders is providing stats in all important categories including stolen bases.  He is a nice addition as a 4th outfielder going forward.

Saunders is mashing of late
Ryan Theriot (8.5% of ESPN Leagues) - Theriot is not going to give you a lick of power but with the 2B position so thin he can contribute in the runs, and hit department.  More of a stop gap option for those of you still riding out Rickie Week's year long slump for example.
Ben Revere (2.1% of ESPN Leagues) - Another guy that is going to give you 0 power but if you need stolen bases in a pinch grab him.  Revere is getting consistent playing time for the Twins at this point and we don't see that going away anytime soon.
Daniel Nava (23.7% of ESPN Leagues) - This guy is leading off for the Red Sox and playing every day but is only owned in 23% of leagues?  He is a line drive type hitter who will pepper the Green monster for the foreseeable future.  He is contributing in Runs, RBIs, and Average(over .311 at the time of this article)

Jarrod Parker (27.1% of ESPN Leagues) - With only 1 earned run given up in the last 3 Parker is really rounding into form.  He may not get you wins but will contribute in all other stat lines especially pitching in Oakland.
Phil Hughes (17.4% of ESPN Leagues) - Hughes has been an enigma for much of his Big League career.  Highly touted and did produce out of the gate, but his last few seasons have been of the dismal variety.  He has slowly been turning things around of late getting his terrible ERA under 5.  He has lots of work to do to win most fantasy owners back but we are taking a chance on adding him now.
Happy times in Da Bronx for Nova
Ivan Nova (37.1% of ESPN Leagues) - Two Yankee hurlers on the same Waiver Wired?  That just goes to show how sub par the Yanks rotation has really been this year.  Sure Nova is 7-2 but owners have been weary of that over 5 ERA and high WHIP.  His last start was a gem however and Nova tends to heat up this time of the year.  We advocate grabbing him NOW!
Clay Buchholz (45% of ESPN Leagues) - OK we understand, Buchholz has been absolutely TERRIBLE for most of this season, but hear us out.  He coming off a 9 inning shutout against the Orioles and before that when 8 strong at Toronto and 7 good innings against the Rays.  We say grab him and closely monitor his match ups in the short term.  If he turns things back around he could be a solid 4th starter going forward.