Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.
Tabata is off to an insanely hot start this season and has already been deemed Namejko’s 2011 man crush. We can only guess that this is very exciting news for the outfielder and 2010 man crush Drew Stubbs must be quite upset. In this young season Tabata has gotten an hit in every game (thru 10 thus far), stolen five bags, hit two homeruns, is batting over 300, and has an on base percentage above 450. What is not to love about this guy? He must be added in all leagues for his average and speed. The power is a bonus however, Tabata did say he wanted a little more pop this year and bulked up in the off-season, 20 might be tough but is not out of the question. (about 75% owned)
While Stephen Drew was out Bloomquist had the opportunity for some playing time and boy did he take advantage of it. He is batting close to 400, with 5 RBIs, and 6 bags thus far. When Drew came back into the line-up Bloomquist was moved to left field since the Diamondbacks just cannot take his bat out of the line-up. Now buyer beware because in 10 seasons Bloomquist has never had a fantasy relevant season but if he is out there you might as well grab him due to the numerous positions he can play and ride this out. Even better if you can grab him and trade him you will win no matter what the trade is. (about 30% owned)
Escobar has been in and out of fantasy relevance for a few years now. Back in 2009 it looked as if he was going to breakout then in 2010 he had a down year. This season he still has a chance to breakout since he is under 30 and the fact he plays shortstop makes him a very interesting add since it is such a shallow position. (about 65% owned)
Gordon was hyped when first coming into the bigs but has yet to pan out. This season he is off to a good start and he is at the age where he is primed for a breakout year. His upside is his power and since he has third base eligibility he could be a sneaky pick-up for your team, if this is the year he finally lives up to the hype. (about 55% owned)
Prior to the draft we liked Arencibia since the Jays were willing to move there incumbent catcher to make way for this 25 year old. He will give you a little pop and drive in some runs. This year he is off to a great start so if you are in the market for catcher snagged Arencibia before it is too late. (about 60% owned)
If you need a second baseman Getz might just be your man. He is at an age were a breakout can still happen and he can provide your team a lift in the speed cats while possibly hitting for average. Don’t drop anyone proven for Getz but keep an eye on his production over the next few weeks. (about 5% owned)
The Braves just know how to find pitching. Beachy looked stellar in his first start this season and is a perfect pitcher to take a gamble on. Throughout his career he has always had a good k per inning count which is something you must look for when trying to find that next fantasy pitcher, diamond in the rough. We like Beachy as a speculative add at this point since after few more good starts there will be a ton of owners trying to get him. (about 30% owned)
Rodney is out and Walden is in as the Halos closer. He has yet to give up a run this season and has looked great thus far. It was a surprise that Rodney was demoted so early into the season so it is not a lock that Walden will keep this job all year. It also hurts him that Rodney did pick up a save the other night – simply since Walden had thrown too many pitches the night prior, but we could look at a time share down the line. With all that said there is no reason Walden should not be owned in all formats. He is a closer that has 30+ save potential and finding that on the wire is tough. (about 65% owned)
Brad Lidge is going to be out for quite a while so it looks as if Contreras has a good hold on the closers job in Philadelphia. He is two for two this season in save opportunities and should get penalty more this season. When Contreras is hot he has great stuff and is a must start but as we have seen in the past once he gets a little off ensure to take him out of your line-up because when he is bad – its ugly. Still, there is no reason not to grab Contreras since he is the closer on a World Series contender. (about 65% owned)
Burnett has taken over the closer role in Washington. Many local reporters are stating that this is only a short term fix but he could get hot and not give a reason for the Nationals to take the job away. If you are looking for some saves Burnett is getting the opportunity so you might as well give him the chance too. (about 45% owned)
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