Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold may be one of those early-season waiver finds savvy fantasy baseball owners salivate over grabbing in deeper mixed league formats. Virtually undrafted in most standard formats in ESPN, Yahoo! and CBS leagues, the window of opportunity to grab him off waivers is closing quickly.
Reimold has put up a robust standard 5×5 line of .370/9/5/10/1 in 11 games and is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak since opening the season 0-for-4. He’s missed the last two games with a neck injury but is still worth picking up off waivers if your outfield is in need of a spark. Just be sure not to overreact on which player to drop when deciding whether to pick him up or not. You surely don’t want to bail this early on a highly-ranked player simply off to a slow start.
ESPN’s Player Rater tool currently ranks him 18th overall while Yahoo! ranks him 22nd. His ownership numbers are rising to the tune of 69.7% in ESPN league, 69% in Yahoo! leagues and 80% in CBS leagues. Again, you may have missed your opportunity to pick him up in any quality fantasy baseball league worth participating in but double-check for sure.
Here are some other fantasy baseball players worth a look who may still be available on your league’s waiver wire:
OF Jordan Schafer, Houston Astros: Schafer has produced a .263/13/2/7/6 5×5 line and is worth owning for the stolen base potential alone if your team is lacking in this category already. As long as he stay healthy (big IF), there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue to be the Astros starting center fielder in 2012. His ownership numbers are on the rise to the tune of 54.5% in ESPN leagues, 51% in Yahoo! leagues and 59% in CBS leagues.
C A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox: Pierzynski has a history of being a decent enough offensive catcher to be owned in most fantasy baseball leagues (career .285 BA with 14 HR per 162 games played), so I was surprised to see how widely available he is this season especially since he’s off to a hot .348/6/4/14/0 start. With all the talk about Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters hot starts, A.J. is actually the 2nd-ranked catcher behind Mike Napoli on ESPN’s Player Rater tool.
SP Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics: Colon is off to a hot start with a 3-1 record, 2.63 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and three quality starts. His 6.26 K/9 ratio isn’t much to get excited about unless you look at his 19/2 K/BB ratio. At one point in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, he threw 38 consecutive strikes. If you’re looking for a pitcher to fill an early-season void on your staff, give Colon a serious look. He’s only owned in 38.8% of ESPN leagues, 55% of Yahoo! leagues and surprisingly, 85% of CBS leagues. Oh, and be ready to bail if things go south quickly.
RP Henry Rodriguez, Washington Nationals: Rodriguez is currently sharing save opportunities with Brad Lidge (yes, THAT Lidge) but it’s hard to imagine that last much longer if Lidge continues to have shaky outings. HROD is now 4-for-4 is save opportunities and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 7.1 innings. Oh, by the way, he’s only allowed one hit and batters are hitting just .o43 against him with 9 strikeouts for a 11.05 K/9 ratio. Negatively, he’s issued six walks in just those 7.1 innings but the overall results are hard to ignore. Grab him now if you are in need of saves and maybe even holds, if your league uses this stat as a scoring category. He’s only owned in 32.7% of ESPN leagues, 55% of Yahoo! leagues and 51% of CBS leagues.
That’s all I have for you now. Be sure to stay aware and active on your leagues waiver wire as this is the time of year owners make foolish decisions on which players to drop when making a move. I was able to grab B.J. Upton in one league just days before he was to be activated from the DL and promptly scooped him up and clipped him in a trade.
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