Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Fresh Set of Sheets
BEAST DOME NATION.
We are back in full swing as this weekend was a perfect warmup to get us ready for the conclusion of what will be a huge 2nd half. I will be producing as many strategy articles that I can think of to make sure you are ready to win your Fantasy Baseball League.
This article will be an expansion of my 2nd half waiver wire All-Stars. Besides the players like Seth Smith, Adam Lind, Todd Frazier, and Tom Milone. This will highlight four pitchers, and one hitter that were not mentioned.
*Again, this article is an expansion of the article linked above.
CARLOS VILLANUEVA – RP/SP – TOR
Last 3 starts, 17 INN, 21 Ks, 3 ER, (2-0). ERA 1.58.
What impresses me most about Carlos, is that he is usually pitching against hot offenses when he takes the mound. Then instead of letting the momentum carry like when he faced the Angels two weeks ago when they were the hottest team in baseball. He simply puts out the flame. Carlos is one of the hottest pitchers in the game, and right now he is matchup proof, unless against the Yankees or Rangers.
BEN SHEETS – SP – ATL
First Start, 6 INN, 2 H, 5 K, W.
Sheets has not pitched since 2012, and he turns 32 on Wednesday, but he got an early birthday present shutting down the Mets in his home debut Sunday. Roy Oswalt had a very nice debut earlier this season, only to become a risky pitcher moving forward with W potential. Sheets has good value, but he could also tank. If you have the roster space with a Rick Porcello type of pitcher, experimenting with Sheets would not be a bad idea until he proves he still has it.
FRANCISCO LIRIANO – RP/SP – TWINS
Last 5 Starts. 2.71 ERA. (2-1). 38 Ks in 32.2 INN.
Since going back into the rotation, Liriano has only had 3 non-quality starts out of 9. That is a 66% chance you will get a good performance out of Liriano, and after seeing that 15 K performance against the Twins Friday. Chances are you will not have another chance to pick him up. Francisco is a BEAST when he is on, right now he is more than on.
STEVEN CHISEK – RP – MIA
Save on Saturday.
I have been on the Heath Bell train all season long. Even after he blew a save, I knew the Marlins would turn to their multi-millon dollar man and hand him the ball the next night. Those days are over as Chisek is now in a committee to close games that does not even include Heath Bell. Steve is by far the best reliever the Marlins have, and he should give a few opportunities to prove himself before the next guy gets a chance. Chisek is good enough to hold the job the rest of the season.
ELLIOT JOHNSON – SS – TB
Stats as of 7/16: .272 Average. 4 HR. 23 RBI. 15 SB.
If your team is need of a SS, Elliot Johnson is the man for your squad. HE plays everyday, he has a little bit of power, but he will mostly give you good batting average and speed. With Andrelton Simmons out, and Robert Andino now injured. Elliot Johnson should take the lead as the best waiver wire SS for the 2nd Half.