Looking for a temp player to replace one of your injured or slow starting fantasy baseball superstars? The list of players below are owned in less than 50% of fantasy baseball leagues (according to statistics from CBS Sportsline), and can provide some valuable early season numbers before your studs carry you through the long summer months.
The Waiver Wire Warriors of Week Three include:
- Christian Guzman, SS, Washington Nationals (46%): Guzman is batting .333 on the young season and can provide some power (comparatively) at the shortstop position. His biggest value comes in getting across homeplate – he has scored 10 runs on the young season. He strikes out a little too much and doesn’t drive in many runs, but with four multi-hit games in his last seven, he putting him in position to score runs. If you’re still waiting on Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies to get his act together on the young season, play Guzman and pick up some much needed run support.
- Mike Napoli, C, Anaheim Angels (46%): Napoli is hitting the cover off the ball to start the season, and is developing into a solid catcher right before fantasy owner’s eyes. He leads all catchers in homeruns and is fourth in RBI through the first two weeks of the season. Over the last week, Napoli has at least one hit in six of his last seven games, scored in four, homered three times, and driven in seven. Napoli makes a great early season fill-in for owners still waiting on catchers like Russell Martin of the Dodgers or Ramon Hernandez of the Orioles to get their numbers in order.
- Angel Pagan, OF, New York Mets (27%): Pagan is making the most of his playing time while Moises Alou recovers from hernia surgery. He doesn’t provide homeruns or steals, but he has 11 hits over the last week (batting .381) and is tied with David Wright for the team lead in RBIs. Could his play be forcing him into the lineup following Alou’s return, scheduled for later this month?
- Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (47%): Similar to Pagan, Ethier is making the most of the playing time he is finding with the Dodgers. Over the last week, he has eight hits, eight RBI, and has scored six runs. He’s already taken playing times from Juan Pierre. With Andruw Jones continuing to struggle at the start of the season, Ethier could continue to see playing time if the Dodgers’ expensive vets don’t get it together.
- Tim Wakefield, SP, Boston Red Sox (43%): Wakefield is a good starter to use during his two-start weeks because he pitches for the Red Sox, and his second start of week three comes this Sunday against Texas Ranger’s ace Kevin Millwood. Because he is a knuckle-ball pitcher, Wakefield’s success has a lot to do with the weather and how the wind affects his go-to pitch. But he does pitch for the Sawks, so if you’re looking to pick up wins and quality starts, you might get them from Wakefield. Many weeks, Wakefield doesn’t have to pitch well to be victorious.