Friday, May 1, 2009

The Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week Five

Okay here is my week five fantasy baseball waiver wire where I take a look at the world of baseball and suggest to the readers who to pick up, who to drop and who to watch.

Add Them Now
Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies
Fowler's speed is amazing having stolen nine already. And not only is he speedy but he's touched the plate 12 times, has two home runs, seven RBI, and eight walks. His batting average is a solid .290. Adding to this he has 18 base hits. I suggest that you pick him up now and if he gets any hotter trade him away for a big need.

Phil Hughes, SP, New York Yankees
Hughes has an astounding first start throwing six solid innings ad giving up only two hits and striking out six. He has a great offensive attack to help give him run support which for fellow super rookie Jordan Zimmermann is not existent. Grab Hughes over Zimmermann.

Drop Them Now
Kenshin Kawakami, SP, Atlanta Braves
The Japanese import has had a rough go at it so far ending April with a 1-3 record. Along with that he's got 11 walks allowed and 24 hits against him tie that with a 7.06 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and an injured shoulder. It's time to drop him not that you should have ever picked him up in the first place.

Oliver Perez, SP, New York Mets
Perez has been told to get his pitching performance on track or he'll find himself on the bench. As a fantasy owner that's one of the last things you want to hear (next to that he's been demoted). His 9.31 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 23 hits given up and 15 free passes coupled with a 1-2 record mean it's time to give up on him and hope he becomes the Oliver Perez we all know.

Monitor Their Status
Joe Beimel, RP, Washington Nationals
Beimel who's on the disabled list as of today has been named the closer for the Nationals when he comes back. He'll begin a Class-A rehab assignment on Wednesday.

Matt LaPorta, OF, Cleveland Indians
When Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list it opened up a hole on the 25 man roster. LaPorta is tearing the cover off the ball in Columbus and now it's up to the Indians to decide between him and David Delluci.

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