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The Waiver Wire: Nolan Reimold

Posted on 23 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

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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DOs And DONTs: Houston Astros

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DOs And DONTs: Houston Astros

Posted on 17 February 2012 by Daniel Aubain

This edition of DOs And DON’Ts takes a look at the lowly Houston Astros 40-man roster through the eyes of a fantasy baseball addict always looking for a good bargain with little to no risk or investment of more than a few bucks. The Astros’ roster is filled with low-risk/low-investment types who could provide your team with some value in deep, mixed league formats or those shallow NL-only ones.

Below is some advice on who to target in your drafts and who to avoid when it comes to the Astros for the 2012 season:

  • DO realize the best pitcher on this starting staff, Wandy Rodriguez, will probably be traded before the trade deadline if he puts up quality numbers in the first half. If he were to stay with the Astros for all of 2o12, you’re probably looking at no more than an 11-11 type season with an ERA around 3.50 with a 1.30 WHIP and 175 Strikeouts.
  • DON’T bother with 1B/3B Brett Wallace until he proves two things: he’ll be the starting third baseman out of the gates in April and that he lives up to the potential he showed in the minor leagues.
  • DO expect SP Bud Norris to become the ace of this staff in 2012. His 8.8 K/9 should get him close to 200 Strikeouts in 2012 and with an ERA of 3.77, FIP of 4.02 and an xFIP of 3.73, his numbers seem even more legit. Problem is he probably won’t win many games and could hurt you with his 1.41 career WHIP. Invest wisely but do invest…as late and as cheaply as you can.
  • DO know OF Jordan Schafer has 30+ stolen base potential. You may not get much else from him offensively but cheap steals are cheap steals.
  • DON’T know why SP Brett Myers is still on this team? Me neither. How can a team with an overall payroll somewhere in the $70M range commit $11M to just one player, and a mediocre one at that. I’d avoid him at all costs unless he were moved to a contender this Spring.
  • DO believe the hype  on 2B Jose Altuve. He’s hit and run at every level of the minors and even during a his first taste of the majors (.276 BA; 7 SB in 57 games). He shouldn’t be your starting second baseman but deserves a roster spot in any competitive league using additional roster spots (or NL-only ones).
  • DON’T go sniffing around in this bullpen looking for a closer unless you’re a desperate, gambling man. Juan Abreu is listed on several sites around the web as the leading candidate to close out games. If you don’t “pay for saves” and wind up fishing around in the Astros’ pen, you’d better hope he continues to bring the Strikeouts at the 16.2 K/9 rate he brought them in 6.2 innings pitched in 2012.
  • DO watch what kind of numbers and playing time J.D. Martinez and Jason Bourgeois get in Spring Training. The outfield will be crowded with unknowns (young players with varying levels of upsides) so guess carefully or avoid altogether. Be aware if Bourgeois gets additional playing time at second base.
  • DON’T forget about SS Jed Lowrie as a late-round pick. The time to shine for this “Twitter legend” is now. Put up or shut up.
  • DO expect decent power numbers from 1B/OF Carlos Lee until he is traded. Like Myers, it is UNBELIEVABLE a player with a 35 year old player with an $18.5M salary is still on this roster. His value goes up with a move the AL as a DH. Hopefully that’s not in 2013 with the Astros.

The Astros could have a decent amount of late-round roster-fillers on their roster but none are worth losing sleep over if you miss out on them come draft day. I imagine many of these names coming across many of this season’s “waiver wire” fantasy baseball articles as positional battles become clearer, veterans get traded and rookies succeed and/or fail.

You can check out all of the “DOs And DON’Ts” teams covered so far by various Full Spectrum Baseball writers by clicking this link. We’re working diligently to get all 30 teams covered before you start drafting your team(s).

Leave a comment below if there’s a particular player on this roster you’re planning on investing heavily in as a regular or your go-to sleeper this season. You can also reach me on Twitter with a follow @DJAubain, too.

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