FANTASY BASEBALL: DAILY WAIVER WIRE & NOTES 4/10
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David Wright has a small pinkie fracture. He is definitely going to miss some time, but he should be able to return at some point near 100%. Right now he is having trouble even gripping a bat, and there is a good chance he loses out on some of that power he has recently found.
Michael Morse has had a re-lapse in his rehab. The hitting is not a problem, the running is. Since he plays in the NL you can only hope he makes a speedy recovery and can play the entire month of May. Even if he misses April, Morse can still hit 30+ HRs this season.
David Freese was big once again hitting his MLB T-1st 3rd HR. He now leads the majors in RBIs with 10, and he is batting .444. What else could you ask for as he should be owned in all leagues.
Edison Volquez proved to be elite with 8 Big K’s in 7 INN with 2 ER. He did not get the win because of the poor SD offense, but his pitching is good enough to have in your fantasy lineup on a consistent basis. He will not be on your waiver any longer if he follows this one up with another solid performance.
DAILY WAIVER WIRE LOOK:
PLAYERS WHO SHOULD BE OWNED:
Edwin Encarnacion is starting to get hot after his breakout 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 SBs. He is playing everyday, and his batting average is up to .304. When Edwin is hot, he could dominate with the best of them. Add him now before you miss out on this early HR binge.
Kyle Lohse was elite once again allowing 1 ER in 6 Innings. The K’s were about right for him at 2, but the Win was a hard earned victory, and he continues to prove that he is an elite pitcher to start out the seasons. Add him now while he is pitching so well as he did to conclude the Spring.
Alfonso Soriano has at least a hit in every game to raise his average to .353. The RBIs will start to come as he only has 4, but he is the Cubs cleanup hitter and they expect him to start cleaning up. I would not be surprised if he ends up with 30 HRs once the season is over.
Austin Jackson is officially red hot now that he has a HR to go along with his .562 batting average. The main reason the Tigers were comfortable getting rid of Curtis Granderson was so Jackson can get his opportunity. So far this season he has 1 HR and 3 RBIs to go along with 7 Runs. He has scored a run in every game, and should continue to do that often in maybe the most prolific offense in baseball. 15 HRs and 25 SBs would be a great season, anything more is a bonus.
Daniel Bard was not great at all with 5 ER in 5 INN with 6 Ks. However it was his first start, it was against a solid Blue-Jays offense, and he does qualify at RP which gives you the flexibility of getting extra Ks. As long as he pitches for Boston, I want him on my team.
PLAYERS WHO CAN BE OWNED:
Alex S. Gonzalez hits #1 HR to go along with 3 RBIs. He was also CS’ing in the game. Alex had a solid Spring and definitely has the potential to hit 20+ HRs this season. Not much else will come along with it, but he is a solid SS to have in deeper leagues where you have to start two options.
Ricky Porcello has a solid chance of winning 16+ Games this season behind this Tigers offense. He will not get a lot of K’s as shown with 4 in 7 Innings. But he will get run support and if he can keep that ERA under 4.00, then watch out. Today he was solid with 2 ER which resulted in a 2.57 ERA.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE SCOUTING:
Jordan Schafer is making some noise with this 4 game hitting streak that opened up with a HR, and now we see 3 SBs in one game. I would not add him right away, but he is definitely the everyday leadoff hitter for Houston. If he proves this streak is for real, then he moves up a category quickly.
Danny Duffy was elite against the A’s K’ing 8 of them in 6 INN with 0 ER and 1 Hit. This start was against the A’s so the credibility is not so high, though you should remember this start when he goes out there again.
Chris Narveson was good enough to get a victory with 2 ER in 5 INN with 4 Ks. The Cubs are not the toughest opponent, so I would like to see him face a real team before adding him.
Kyle Drabek was nice giving up 1 ER in 5.1 INN with 4 Ks against the Red Sox. He earned the victory, and the Jays could give him a lot of win opportunities with that offense. I would not add him right away, but another solid start and if I was desperate for pitching. I may make the move.
Kevin Correia showed the Dodgers offense is not that tough as long as you are decent. 1 ER in 6 INN with 3 Ks will get the job done, I would not be so fast to add him as he will face tougher offenses than this.
Wei-Yen Chen was solid in his 1st MLB start. He held the Yankees to 2 ER in 5.2 innings while also K’ing 7 batters. Chen probably would have gotten the Win had Mark Reynolds not make a costly error to tie the game up. Either way, I will be watching him closely.
Brad Lidge threw the 9th INN of the Nationals game in a 6-2 game. There was no save opportunity, but perhaps this was a fine tuning to see how he can do in the situation as the situation is very unclear in Washington. Lidge gave up 1 Hit and 2 Ks, which is not bad. Leave him on the wire for now.
DAILY FANTASY NOTES:
Javy Guerra locked down save #3. That is 3/3 in chances while Kenley Jansen is clearly the setup man and found his way to his 1st win on the season. Kenley has a disappointing 4.50 ERA, that should drop soon.
Craig Kimbrel did not get a K in his 1st save of the season. But he did throw a shutout INN so his owners will take it.
Mariano Rivera locked down save #1 with 2 Ks in 1 perfect INN. 39 easy Saves to go, anything more is a bonus.
Joe Nathan continues to prove his Spring problems are behind him. He is now 2/2 as he throws a perfect 9th against Seattle for the save.
J.J. Putz is now 3/3 on saves. He is showing last year was no fluke at all.
Jose Valverde finally gets save #1. His ERA is 9.00, but that should come very fast as the Tigers will look to give him a lot of chances.
Felix Rodriguez got a cheap 2 Out save the day after Jon Axford did. Axford owners are not happy to see this happen, but they should not be worried as it clearly his job.
Jason Motte makes it 2/2 in save chances. The job is all his and he was picked as the closer for the day in the DAILY PITCHER RANKINGS, which puts me at a one game Save Streak.
Ian Desmond continues to be the only consistent National with a HR to go along with his .364 batting average and 1 SB. The batting average is high, but ride out this hot streak while it lasts and keep hoping for those SBs.
Carlos Lee is by far the only trustworthy Astro option, and continues his nice season with a 3/3 game raising his batting average to .389, and added 2 RBIs to his team leading 6 on the season.
Carlos Beltran is having a vintage season now that he already has 3 HRs with his .320 batting average. He appears to be solid in the #2 batting spot where he should score plenty of runs.
Adrian Gonzalez added 3 RBIs today, giving him 6 in his pass 3 games. That is a solid way to get going to open the season with his .316 batting average.
Brett Lawrie got the nice RBI, SB game. He is one of the few 3B options who can do that on a consistent basis. This is time #1.
Derek Jeter hits HR #1 to add to his .391 average. He has a good chance of getting 100 Runs, and possibly 60+ RBIs just because he is on this deep Yankee team.
Paul Goldschmidt had a nice 2 RBI, 1 SB game. His season is starting out okay, 1 HR will not leave his owners satisfied, but the season is very young.
Aramis Ramirez is not making it look pretty with his .111 batting average. But he has 5 RBIs in 5 games, and now a SB. Once that batting average gets up, watch out. I would BUY Low if you could.
Dee Gordon continues to be a beast on the basepaths with SB #4 on the season. He can easily steal 50+ Bases this season, I am expecting 70.
Ryan Roberts recorded 2 SBs. The 20/20 season looks locked and loaded right now.
Chris B. Young is on fire this season batting .312 and now hit his 2nd HR of the season. He still has zero SBs, but you can expect those to come sooner than later.
J.J. Hardy now has a HR in 2 of the past 3 games. Hardy is only batting .163, but that should come up soon and his 30 HR potential is definitely still there.
Andre Ethier continues to be a RBI machine as he did it today with a solo HR which gives him 2 on the season. He is tied with Matt Kemp for 2nd in RBIs with 9.
Jacoby Ellsbury is batting a cool .100. He is a solid 2/20 on the season and it is not looking good so far.
Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Mark Tiexiera are all having terrible starts as they are batting .158, .150, and .150 respectively. Tiex is typically a slow starter, A-Rod should bounce back sooner than later, Granderson will be fine.
Tommy Hanson K’d 8 in 5 INN. He also earned the Victory while only giving up 2 ER. The bullpen made it close, but eventually they came through in the end to get Tommy the win.
Matt Moore was not terrible giving up 2 ER in 6.2 INN. The BB’s were discouraging at 5, and the K’s were a little low at 4. Still this is against Detroit so all in all it was a good start.
Clayton Kershaw was elite with 7 Ks, 1 ER, in 7 INN. Once again the Dodgers do what they do best, and that is give him little run support. He ended up with the ND in the game, but should have got the Win.
Neftali Feliz was elite against a weak Seattle team giving up 0 ER in 7 INN with 4 Ks. The matchup does not get easier than this, but the Win is a solid way to start the season.
Trevor Cahill only gave up 1 ER in 6 INN with 2 Hits. But he did not get the Win, and he had 6 BBs. Either way he pitched well out of his jams, and the bullpen let him down. He should be solid this year.