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The Waiver Wire: The Starling Marte and Matt Harvey Edition

Posted on 27 July 2012 by Daniel Aubain

The dog days of summer are upon us and your fantasy baseball teams may be dragging a bit, too. What better way to add a spark to your lineup than combing through your league’s waiver wire looking for players who can help you make a run at a title while your fellow owners get all jazzed for the beginning of football season (that’s still a thing?). Stay active and pay attention to trades, call ups and players being designated for assignment (the dreaded DFA) to find opportunities to liven up your roster. Even if you are out of the running for a league title, now may be the time to target a keeper for the 2013 season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a run at the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades and there’s no time like the present to call up their highly-touted outfield prospect Starling Marte. Marte was called up Thursday, immediately penciled in to start his first major league game in left field and inserted into the leadoff spot in the lineup. All Marte did was hit the first pitch he saw for a home run and finished Thurday night’s game 2-for-4 with a caught stealing.

In 99 games at AAA Indianapolis this season, Marte had 21 doubles, 13 triples, 12 home runs and 21 stolen bases. YES, PLEASE! My friend Mike Gianella (@MikeGianella) pointed out on his blog, Roto Think Tank, that Marte “could be worth blowing most or all of your remaining FAAB depending on your needs”.

I expect these numbers to change by time this article goes live but he’s currently owned in just 3.6% of ESPN leagues, 15% of Yahoo! leagues and a whopping 35% of CBS leagues. He was already gone in two of the five leagues I’m participating in this season (which made me realize I’m in three crappy leagues). Don’t wait to make a bid or use a waiver wire pick up for Marte much longer because he’ll probably be gone very, very soon.

Here are some other fantasy baseball players worth a look who may still be available on your league’s waiver wire:

 SP Matt Harvey, New York Mets: Harvey made his debut on Thursday night, too, and was equally as impressive as Marte. In 5.1 innings, he allowed just three hits, no runs, walked three and struck out 11 Diamondbacks. He threw 106 pitches (65 strikes) and also uncorked two wild pitches. He’s only owned in 5.5% of ESPN leagues, 1% of Yahoo! leagues but a hearty 38% of CBS leagues. For a complete breakdown of Harvey’s minor league history and major league potential, check out Full Spectrum Baseball’s own T.J. McDonald’s article from yesterday.

SS Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies: The Rockies may have found a temporary replacement for the injured Troy Tulowitzki who can actually provide some level of offensive production. In 12 games since his call up, he’s hit .356 (16-for-45) with five doubles, two triples and a home run. He’s also had six runs, six RBI and three stolen bases. He should be in the mix for the second base job once (if) Tulo is healthy. Owned in 29.5% of ESPN leagues, just 9% of Yahoo! leagues and 38% of CBS leagues, I wouldn’t wait much longer to decide if you should pick him up.

OF Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals: Werth is about a week away from returning to the Nationals and could be a nice addition to your roster in deeper mixed leagues or NL-only ones. Talk is he’ll split time in center field and right field at first, so don’t give up too much for him yet. In 98 at bats before the injury, he had a 5×5 line of .276/10/3/12/3. He’s owned in 41.2% of ESPN leagues, 52% of Yahoo! leagues and 72% of CBS leagues.

OF Justin Ruggiano, Miami Marlins: When Omar Infante was traded to the Detroit Tigers, the Marlins decided to move Emilio Bonifacio to second base and all but guaranteed Ruggiano a spot in the outfield for the rest of the season. And why not? All he’s done so far in 2012 with his 137 plate appearances is put up a slash line of .367 /.430/.683 with seven home runs and seven stolen bases. If you’re in need of a low-risk power/speed guy, Ruggiano is worth a look. He’s owned in 45.1% of ESPN leagues, 25% of Yahoo! leagues and 29% of CBS leagues.

SP A.J. Griffin, Oakland Athletics: Griffin has made the first six starts of his career in 2012 and pitched exactly six innings in each of those games and recorded a quality start in all six, too. In those 36 innings, he’s allowed just 27 hits and eight walks while striking out 29. He has a 2.25 ERA (3.56 FIP; 3.92 xFIP) with a 0.97 while batters are hitting just .205 against him. Owned in just 13.2% of ESPN leagues, 13% of Yahoo! leagues and 49% of CBS leagues, he’s definitely worth streaming while continuing to perform.

How much did Marte and/or Harvey go for in your FAAB league(s)? How are league-only owners dealing with trade deadline moves in which players change leagues? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter @DJAubain for daily fantasy baseball nuggets, news and links. I’m always available to discuss anything and everything related to the game of baseball.

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Open Mic II: Judgement Day

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Open Mic II: Judgement Day

Posted on 25 February 2012 by Bryan Grosnick

About a week ago, our colleague Dennis posted the results of the first few rounds of a fantasy draft he was a part of. I really like this idea, and think that there’s a lot to learn from this process. So, instead of my usual Saturday Roster Report post, I’ve decided to post my own recent fantasy draft.

Miguel Cabrera

I look to our readers and other writers for their comments, their raves, and their criticisms of all the teams that participated. And as Dennis requested in his original post, it would be great if everyone could be cordial in their comments, regardless of how they feel about draft strategy.

The draft was a regular snake draft run over at Mock Draft Central – and it was standard for them. Imagine a traditional 5×5 league (AVG, HR, R, RBI, SB, W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV) with 23 roster spots and no bench. 5 OFs, MI, CI, UTIL and the usual suspects otherwise. Here’s how the draft went for the first five rounds:


  • Team1  - Matt Kemp (OF)
  • Team2  - Albert Pujols (1B)
  • Team3  - Ryan Braun (OF)
  • Team4  - Jose Bautista (3B, OF)
  • Team5  - Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  • Team6  - Joey Votto (1B)
  • Team7  - Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  • Team8  - Justin Verlander (SP)
  • Team9  - Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  • Team10 – Jacoby Ellsbury (OF)
  • Team11 – Robinson Cano (2B)
  • Team12 – Roy Halladay (SP)


  • Team12 – Clayton Kershaw (SP)
  • Team11 – Justin Upton (OF)
  • Team10 – Dustin Pedroia (2B)
  • Team9  - Evan Longoria (3B)
  • Team8  - Carlos Gonzalez (OF)
  • Team7  - Prince Fielder (1B)
  • Team6  - Jose Reyes (SS)
  • Team5  - Hanley Ramirez (SS)
  • Team4  - Curtis Granderson (OF)
  • Team3  - Felix Hernandez (SP)
  • Team2  - Cliff Lee (SP)
  • Team1  - Tim Lincecum (SP)


  • Team1  - Andrew McCutchen (OF)
  • Team2  - Mike Stanton (OF)
  • Team3  - Josh Hamilton (OF)
  • Team4  - Ian Kinsler (2B)
  • Team5  - Adrian Beltre (3B)
  • Team6  - Mark Teixeira (1B)
  • Team7  - David Wright (3B)
  • Team8  - Cole Hamels (SP)
  • Team9  - Jay Bruce (OF)
  • Team10 – Dan Uggla (2B)
  • Team11 – Carlos Santana (C, 1B)
  • Team12 – Ryan Zimmerman (3B)


  • Team12 – Hunter Pence (OF)
  • Team11 – Aramis Ramirez (3B)
  • Team10 – Brett Lawrie (3B)
  • Team9  - C.C. Sabathia (SP)
  • Team8  - Jered Weaver (SP)
  • Team7  - Dan Haren (SP)
  • Team6  - Nelson Cruz (OF)
  • Team5  - Zack Greinke (SP)
  • Team4  - Mike Napoli (C, 1B)
  • Team3  - Carl Crawford (OF)
  • Team2  - Starlin Castro (SS)
  • Team1  - David Price (SP)


  • Team1  - Matt Holliday (OF)
  • Team2  - Eric Hosmer (1B)
  • Team3  - Elvis Andrus (SS)
  • Team4  - Desmond Jennings (OF)
  • Team5  - Yovani Gallardo (SP)
  • Team6  - Jon Lester (SP)
  • Team7  - Stephen Strasburg (SP)
  • Team8  - Paul Konerko (1B)
  • Team9  - Brian McCann (C)
  • Team10 – Alex Gordon (OF)
  • Team11 – Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
  • Team12 – Matt Cain (SP)

So yeah, with that in mind…I’m Team5. And here’s my entire team:

  • C  - Buster Posey (R6 P8)
  • 1B – Miguel Cabrera (R1 P5)
  • 2B – Ben Zobrist (R8 P8)
  • SS – Hanley Ramirez (R2 P8)
  • 3B – Adrian Beltre (R3 P5)
  • OF – Adam Jones (R7 P5)
  • OF – Peter Bourjos (R11 P5)
  • OF – Yoenis Cespedes (R15 P5)
  • OF – Lucas Duda (R18 P8)
  • OF – Brennan Boesch (R19 P5)
  • MI – Emilio Bonifacio (R16 P8)
  • CI – Lance Berkman (R9 P5)
  • UT – Jesus Montero (R14 P8)
  • SP – Zack Greinke (R4 P8)
  • SP – Yovani Gallardo (R5 P5)
  • SP – Chris Carpenter (R12 P8)
  • SP – Scott Baker (R17 P5)
  • RP – Joel Hanrahan (R10 P8)
  • RP – Sergio Santos (R13 P5)
  • RP – Aroldis Chapman (R20 P8)
  • RP – Frank Francisco (R21 P5)
  • RP – Jonny Venters (R22 P8)

So that’s my draft, and my team. What do you guys think?

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Justin Smoak: To Draft Or Not To Draft, That Is The Question

Posted on 19 February 2012 by Trish Vignola

It is the middle of your draft. You have to fill the rest of your roster spots.  You’re 30 seconds away from making your choice. The clock ticks down and you see Justin Smoak, first baseman for the Seattle Mariners.  Should you draft him?  He had a rough year, but got really hot at the end of the season.  The clock hits zero. You’re up.  What do you do?

Smoak only played 223 games over the past two seasons, but to his credit he had several issues he had to contend with in 2011.  In August of 2011, he was hit in the face by a Jarrod Saltalamacchia line drive.  Earlier that month, he had bruised his thumb after an Oakland A’s ground ball took a bad hop and ultimately hit him in the chest.   And let’s not forget earlier in the season. An unexplained slide in OPS was revealed to be another thumb injury by mid-July.

When a player is surrounded by freak accidents and he doesn’t tell his coaches about an injury until three months into a slump, this guy is more of a head case than Josh Hamilton and Carl Pavano combined.  I’m not coming out of left field with this.  Hear me out.

Signs do point to Smoak having more of a mental, as opposed to physical, issue.  Look at Smoak’s OPS at the beginning of the season.  It was a whopping .920.  However, three months later, it was .420.  Smoak did finally pull it together at the end of the season.  All of his numbers were up, including a batting average of .301.  Sadly, most of Smoak’s issues correspond to the loss of his father early in the season.  ”That was with me all year,” says Smoak. An immense loss like that can mess with someone mentally and in turn physically.

Here’s the point. The Mariners traded Cliff Lee for Justin Smoak and not Jesus Montero. He’s 25 years old.  He’s got a lot of baseball left in him.  He’s got a good swing for Safeco field.   The kid has talent.  We saw it in brief flashes early and late last season.

The question is can Justin Smoak do this on a consistent basis?  The Mariners right now are taking the gamble. They’re putting all their chips behind Justin Smoak and letting it ride.  Regardless of his rough start, Justin Smoak will be the Mariners starting first baseman in 2012.

So, should Justin Smoak be your choice on Draft Day?  Can he make a miracle comeback and have an incident free 2012? He has the ability to put up numbers that can help your team, but he doesn’t have the versatility to play multiple positions.  He’s no Emilio Bonifacio.  If he has a decent spring and he looks like he can put the issues of 2011 behind him, he might be able to help you.  I would still though remain overly cautious.  Grab him in the later rounds, only if you find yourself with Mr. Met penciled in as your first baseman.

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Baseball’s Best Kept Secret – Emilio Bonifacio

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Baseball’s Best Kept Secret – Emilio Bonifacio

Posted on 16 February 2012 by Trish Vignola

The Miami Marlins may have a new name, a new uniform and a new look, but what’s going to happen when a ball is hit to center?  The news broke this Monday (February 13th) that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a four-year contract with the A’s thus turning down Miami’s offer. CBS Sports presumes that means Emilio Bonifacio will start in center field for the newly minted Miami Marlins. They cite new manager Ozzie Guillen’s interview with a Miami radio station, “Bonifacio would’ve have been my center fielder no matter if Cespedes was here.”  Guillen continued, “If Cespedes (came) to the Marlins, he would have had to make the ball club.” Guillen is great for a sound bite.  However, is Bonifacio an actual lock for the position?

How soon we forget Chris Coghlan?  Two years ago, he was National League Rookie of the Year.  He also was technically the Marlins’ everyday center fielder at the start of last season. However, an injury-plagued 2010 and inconsistent play in 2011 landed the 26-year-old in the Minor Leagues.  One has to ask if Coghlan can find a way to regain his 2009 form (.321 average, 9 HR, 47 RBI), could he throw a wrench in Guillen’s plans for Bonifacio?  He is young enough to still pull it together.

Let’s face it. Emilio Bonifacio had some pretty underwhelming career numbers until Jack McKeon took over the team last year.  Once McKeon turned him loose, Bonifacio was a completely different player.  In 89 games, he hit .310 and stole 36 bases.  Didn’t hear about it?  Why would you?  There are like 8 people at a typical Marlins home game.

With Reyes joining the core and Guillen’s reputation for turning his speedsters loose, Bonifacio looks to continue on his breakneck pace.  AccuScore is predicting 585 AB, 4 home runs, a .280 average, 44 RBIs and a whopping 42 stolen bases.  Bonifacio could be one of the best-kept secrets in Baseball.

No matter what Guillen is saying now, he has to know there are two center fielders jockeying for this spot.  Coghlan is definitely behind the eight ball but he’s still healthy enough to compete.  My money though is on Bonifacio. He hasn’t anywhere near the injuries of Coghlan and has been the picture of consistency since mid-2011.  The only strike against Bonifacio is that he has too many people waiting in the wings to take his spot.  I still predict though that Bonifacio will be starting in center on Opening Day.

So what does this mean to your fantasy baseball team?  If Bonifacio can make the roster, grab him.  If he falls to the middle, you would be absolutely insane to not take him.  He can play center, shortstop and 3rd base as well.  He’s not going to be a big bopper, but he is going to hit for some average and will steal you some major bases.  If Coghlan fades, which I predict he will, Bonifacio will be the biggest bargain of the season.  Why?  Because no one knows how well he plays…yet.





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