Let’s talk about the other big part of fantasy baseball during the month of April: waiver wire pickups. Of course, your league rules have a lot to do with the maneuvers you can make, but you have to be looking to see who is out there on the waiver wire. By now, you should be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of your own squad and should be actively scouring the waiver wire for additions. Here are some guys who probably went undrafted in your league who are putting together a good first two weeks:
C: Jason Kendall – Is this 2000 again? No, he won’t keep this up
C: Ryan Doumit – He’s playing more than expected and is producing. Look for him to keep it up.
1B – Aubrey Huff – He’s going to get his AB’s in the DH role, but don’t expect him to hit this well. He’ll cool off some but still be productive.
1B – Mike Jacobs – This guy is going to be very solid all season. If he slipped through your draft, grab him and enjoy the productivity.
2B – Jose Vidro – The M’s are locked into this guy as their DH. He won’t put up Edgar Martinez numbers, but he’ll be solid if he qualifies in your league at 2B.
2B – Mark DeRosa – With the heart problems and all the talk of trading for Brian Roberts during Spring Training, many were scared away. Since it looks like 2B is his position for the next 3-4 months (or maybe longer) he’s worth adding.
3B – Joe Crede – This guy is on fire! But don’t buy into it. The ChiSox wouldn’t have been trying so hard to trade him during ST if they believed in him. But ride him until he wakes up.
3B – Brandon Inge – He’s about to lose his outfield playing time and unless the Tigers can find a trade partner, he’s going to lose his AB’s. He’s not worth the time without a new team to play for.
SS – Jeff Keppinger – He got the starting gig due to an injury and he’ll keep playing as long as he keeps hitting. Dusty Baker stays with the hot hand and I think you should stick with Keppinger for the next few weeks (or maybe longer).
SS – Christian Guzman – Where’d those numbers come from? I wouldn’t count on him keeping up any consistency and would be willing to bet he falls out of his tree before the end of the week. Stay away!
OF – Nate McLouth – What the heck?!? This guy is raking and I’d grab him and ride him until he cools off.
OF – Xavier Nady – Another Pirate who is doing the unexpected. Once again, grab him and go with it.
OF – Corey Patterson – This is not a likely scenario for him. He’ll be solid this season, but this pace will not hold.
OF – Andre Ethier – Will share two positions (LF, RF) with two other players (Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp). That will cut into his numbers, so don’t hold out hope that the Dodgers will turn to him full time unless they can unload
SP – Edwin Jackson – Is this his 20th birthday again? No, but he is pitching well. The Rays will probably stick with him as long as he’s doing well and so should you.
SP – Matt Albers – The Orioles are winning games and so is Albers. When the O’s figure out they are supposed to be losing, Albers should follow suit, though his ERA and WHIP could hold.
SP – Braden Looper – There was a lot of negative talk in fantasy circles about Looper during ST. He is trying to prove everybody wrong, but the Cards are such a mess that I don’t think he can hold out much longer. Look for a very mediocre season here.
SP – Todd Wellemeyer – See Looper, but with better ratios.
SP – Tim Redding – The Nats won’t keep winning, but
Redding will continue to be solid. If you can deal with the won-loss record, you will get some nice ratios.
RP – George Sherrill – If this guy is still available, quit reading this and go pick him up right now. The O’s won’t keep up their winning ways, but Sherrill is a good reliever on a team that will win enough close games to give this guy 25 saves before Chris Ray comes back.
RP – Joakim Soria – Like Sherrill, his team will win enough close games to build your save total and his ratios will be nice, too.
A fun thing I like to do is pick up the hot hand, enjoy his stats for a week or two, and then trade him for someone who is more likely to be consistant for the rest of the season. Choosing the right time to do this is key.