MLB Fantasy Fixer-Uppers May 7th
Did you pay attention last week? Did you get to pick up Nolan Arenado before anyone else in your league? You're welcome. It's what I do. This week it might be time to cut some big names who have not been producing and replace them with someone who will. It is probably too late to trade away Roy Halladay. After two solid outings Doc has been rocked and wound up on the disabled list. If you were able to unload him, kudos to you. If not, at least now you can stash him on the DL instead of having him eat up a useful roster spot. Victor Martinez, on the other hand,, is not on the DL and it is safe to say goodbye. Sure he is in a potent Tigers lineup but he has not been producing and there are better catchers out there on the waiver wire. Trust me. Let's see who can help out this week.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, Kansas City Royals (68.2% owned ESPN leagues)
The man just doesn't lose. Since coming to Kansas City Guthrie has started 20 games and lost only three times. His last loss? August 3rd, 2012. That is impressive. And so are the Royals. Guthrie is on a good team and has been dealing of late coming off a complete game shutout of the Chicago White Sox. He isn't a big strikeout guy with 27 in 41 1/3 innings but he is more than a solid replacement if you just lost Halladay or he might be a better option than someone else you are trotting out every fifth day.
Dan Haren, SP, Washington Nationals (62.9% owned)
Haren was a semi-sleeper going into most drafts this year. A former top of the rotation guy coming off an injury-plagued season he was back in the National League and on a top contending team in Washington. Joining a rotation featuring Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, Haren only needed to be the fourth best starter on the team. Well, he flopped. Out of the gate Haren looked terrible allowing at least three runs in five innings or less in each of his first four starts. That earned Haren a trip to the waiver wire in most leagues. Shrewd owners scooped him up but he is still available in more than a third of the leagues out there. Haren has looked impressive in his last two outings and is worth a grab in all formats.
Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves (48.5% owned)
This is almost unfair. The fact that I get to use a six-time all-star in a waiver wire blog. Seriously. Too easy. Anyway, McCann is back. Atlanta activated their catcher from the disabled list Monday and he started against the Cincinnati Reds. With Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird still on the roster McCann might rest a little more than your regular catcher but the offense he will provide will more than make up for that. He is in the middle of the lineup on a very good Atlanta team and should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs. What more can you ask of your catcher?
Dee Gordon, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers (27.2% owned)
When Hanley Ramirez went down Dee Gordon came up. The speedster has not shown much pop at the plate in his young career but he is a dee-mon on the basepaths with 59 stolen bases in 146 career games. If you are in need of steals, and frankly who isn't, Gordon should help out in that department. Ramirez isn't due back anytime soon so Gordon will see regular playing time. As long as he can get on base he will provide value as he has already stolen three bases in his first three games this year. Hurry up before this steal is gone.
Andrew Cashner, SP, San Diego Padres (15.4% owned)
Cashner has been one of those guys who gets thrown around in those "what if" and "there is so much potential" conversations. They aren't wrong, they are just tired. Cashner has a power arm and strikeout potential but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. He has fared well in his four starts so far this year and threw 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Miami Marlins last night. It is easy to buy low on Cashner now and reap the rewards later. I could say you would cash in but that is cheap. Isn't it? :)