MLB Waiver Wire Pickups – BattersBy Kyle Eve on April 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm in Baseball, Featured
With fantasy football now a distant memory, fantasy players are turning their attention to the diamond with baseball season in full swing. Fantasy football may be a very distant memory with the potential lock out, but look on the bright side: you will now be able to focus solely on baseball! Fantasy baseball owners constantly lose interest as the NFL season draws closer in the summer. Mind you, this time is the most critical time in fantasy baseball leagues, where owners vie for a playoff position. How many times did you wake up in the morning hoping that player you wanted on the waiver wire was gone? Well, with no fantasy football to speak of you can now garner your energy to your fantasy baseball league. Here is hoping that the NFL season starts on time, but I’m trying to find some positives for fantasy owners if the unfortunate occurs! Now on to what you want to read.
Russell Martin (C – New York Yankees) – I liked Martin as a sleeper draft pick coming into the year, and I still believe he is worth a look here. Martin was looking like the next up and coming catcher in baseball with the Dodgers several years ago. In 2009, he batted a career high .293, with 19 HRs, his numbers gradually went downhill from there. Martin is in his first year with the Yankees, batting in the friendly confines of Yankee stadium. It is no secret that Yankee stadium caters to batters, and the Yankees still have a prolific offense regardless of them playing the “underdog” role this year. Only 52% of Yahoo fantasy owners own Martin, if he is available and you have catcher problems than certainly consider Martin. Martin stats: .353, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 Runs, 2 SB
Travis Hafner (DH/First Base – Cleveland Indians) - Travis Hafner certainly hasn’t been living up to his expectations the last three years. Hafner is definitely in the twilight of his career; however, he still has the potential to be a threat at the plate. While it is doubtful Hafner will reach the numbers he did in the prime of his career, it is plausible he will put up good enough numbers to warrant a spot on your roster. Hafner has reached base safely in all games this year, and has a “pop” to his swing that looks significantly better than years past. A healthy Hafner could mean big things for your team. He is only owned by 8% of owners on Yahoo. Hafner stats: .375, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 Runs
Brennan Boesch (OF – Detroit Tigers) – Brennan Boesch fell through the cracks last year, and basically went unnoticed by many baseball fans. Even though Boesch struggled in the second half of the year, his numbers in the first half were astonishing for a rookie. The Tigers as a team notoriously fall apart in the second half, so get the most out of them now. Boesch batted .341, with 12 HRs, and 47 RBIs in 62 games. Most owners should take a look at Boesch for their roster. It shocks me that only 17% of owners have Boesch on their roster. Boesch stats: .500, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 Runs
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