Waiver Wire What-to-do's
Waiver Wire What-to-do's
We are at the point in the season when your fantasy roster is pretty much set. You know what you are going to get out of who you have. My job is to tell you what you are going to get from who you could have. Let's take a walk on the waiver wire and see if there is anyone available that is worth your while.
Raul Ibanez, OF, New York Yankees (68% owned ESPN leagues)
Ibanez was a cheap veteran signing who was supposed to platoon against right-handers in the Bronx. He has done much more than that as it seems he has found the fountain of youth. The slugger who turns 40 next month has mashed 4 home runs in his last 10 games while seeing time not only at DH but in the outfield as the Yanks await the return of Brett Gardner. Once he returns Ibanez's value may dip a little but for the next month or so he is a solid source of power. Grab him if you can use some pop.
Carlos Zambrano, SP, Miami Marlins (60% owned)
Everything about Miami is hot lately except for Zambrano's temper. Color me surprised. Big Z has pitched like the ace he once was in his first year with the Marlins with a cool 1.88 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He is also striking people out which is valuable in almost any format. With the offense starting to figure out how to play in their new park Carlos could be in line for a lot of W's the rest of the way out. That sound you just heard was the collective sigh of all the Gatorade coolers in Miami. Pick him up now while you still can.
Brian Fuentes, RP, Oakland Athletics (31% owned)
The closer carousel continues to spin across baseball. Now Grant Balfour is out in Oakland. Enter Fuentes who has closer experience from his days in Colorado. His ERA may seem a little high for a closer just under 4.00 but he has only given up 6 runs all season and 3 of those came in one game. He also has a 12:2 K/BB ratio and should get a lot of save chances for a surprising A's team. If you need help in the saves department he is worth a look.
Derek Lowe, SP, Cleveland Indians (29% owned)
Lowe, who lost 17 games last year as a member of the Atlanta Braves is off to a 6-1 start with the Indians. While you might look at that and wonder how he is so vastly unowned you need to take a look at his secondary numbers. Take this for example. Last night he threw a complete game shutout without a strikeout. He is the first pitcher since 2002 (Scott Erickson) to do so. In fact, he has a mere 13 punchouts on the year compared to 17 walks. That is not exactly a recipe for continued success. Lowe is one of the best ground ball inducing pitchers in the game and while he has an above average infield defense behind him I would look elsewhere before taking a chance on Lowe.
Manny Ramirez, OF/DH, Oakland Athletics (0.7% owned)
Remember him? Manny has been serving his 50-game suspension for PED's rather quietly. He is eligible to return on May 30th and I have a feeling fantasy owners will take notice. Manny is 39 years old and far removed from his glory days in Boston but it isn't too much to ask of him to hit .270 with 15-20 homers the rest of the way. If he comes up and plays well he might even get moved to a contender who plays in a more hitter friendly park. Not a bad idea to dump your worst player and stash the Man-o-Ram now.