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 numbers to carry your team into the long summer months.
Several former stars of fantasy baseball are readily available out there on your local waiver wires. Maybe you can stock up your bench. Maybe you can replace some injured stars. Maybe you just need some new names on your team to get excited about.
Whatever your reason, the Waiver Wire Warriors of Week Seven include:
- Chris Iannetta, Catcher, Colorado Rockies (27%): Iannetta is one of the most popular players bought and sold over the past few weeks at RotoHog.com. Considering the recent injuries of Jorge Posada and Ryan Doumit, and the fact that only two catchers rank in the top 100 of standard 5×5 fantasy baseball leagues, riding a hot bat with your catcher position is not a bad idea. Over his past ten games, Iannetta is hitting .310 with 3 homeruns, 10 RBI and 6 runs scored.
- Ryan Franklin, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals (31%): Franklin is taking over the closer’s role for the Cardinals and has only allowed one earned run in his last ten outings. Closers playing for competitive teams always carry some value in fantasy baseball. Jason Isringhausen likely will take back the closer’s role, and Franklin doesn’t record a lot of strikeouts. If you need to replace Izzy or Eric Gagne, Franklin might be the best option of relief pitchers involved in a “closer by committee” situation.
- Andrew Miller, Pitcher, Florida Marlins (33%): On April 12, Miller was 0-2 with an ERA of 11.57. At time of publication, Miller’s ERA is down to 6.52 and he’s won three of his last five starts. Miller is a young lefty, readily available, and on pace to be a two-start pitcher in week 8. May 10 against Washington was Miller’s best outing of the year – seven innings, seven strikeouts, two hits, and NO earned runs. Considering his widespread availability, Miller makes a good option this week to be a waiver wire pickup as you plan ahead for week 8.
- Clint Barmes, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies (41%): Remember Barmes, the breakout shortstop of 2005 for the Rox? Now he’s playing shortstop in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki. After falling off the table in 2006 and 2007, Barmes is hitting .337 on the season and has at least one hit in his last seven games. Considering the fact that Tulo was batting under .200 on the year before hitting the DL, Barmes has to be a breath of (thin) fresh air to fantasy baseball owners looking for shortstop productivity from a Colorado Rockies player. He should return to second base when Tulowitzki comes off the DL late in June or after the All-Star break.
- Emil Brown, Outfielder, Oakland Athletics (41%): Brown has had the attention of FBD since he returned from Oakland’s Japan Series against the Boston Red Sox as the no. 1 player in fantasy baseball. Now, he should have your attention. He’s not a source of homeruns, but he knows how to drive hitters in. Brown has 11 hits in his last 10 games with 7 RBI and 5 runs. At his current pace, he could produce around 150 hits with 16 homeruns, 90 runs scored, and over 100 RBI.