The Fantasy Baseball Waiver Report is our way of making sure you know about the gems and petrified dinosaur dung that litters the waiver wire.
We scour both ESPN and Yahoo leagues and pick out several notable players — in this report we have five hitters and five pitchers that are very available on waivers.
On to the list:
Drew Stubbs (28% Yahoo, 16.4%) — Speedster turned slugger. The next waiver report will not feature Stubbs because he’ll be too owned. Be one of the owners. He has five runs, five RBIs and is hitting .313.
Delmon Young (39.5% Yahoo, 34%) — Twins outfielder has a pair of homers , seven RBIs and a steal. He’s got a .294 average. He probably won’t keep this up, but it wasn’t long ago that he was a highly touted prospect. He’s only 24.
Brett Gardner (Yahoo 19%, ESPN 83.7%) — A stark difference between ownership rates goes back to ESPN’s player ratings valuing speed players a little more. His ownership should be a little more in the middle. He’s got three steals and has scored four runs. He’s hitting .385 now, but that could drop considerably.
Kelly Johnson (Yahoo 18%, ESPN 86.8%) — Considering injuries to Ian Kinsler and Aaron Hill, it’s surprising Johnson’s not owned in more Yahoo leagues. He’s hitting .353 with three runs, two homers and three RBIs.
Chris Young (Yahoo 47%, ESPN 49.9%) — His ownership rates are a little higher than most of the players on this list, but this is my recommendation to go get him now if he’s available. Young’s hitting .316 with three runs, two homers and seven RBIs.
Dallas Braden (Yahoo 22.4%, ESPN 37%) — Maybe those 10Ks in his debut were a fluke, but I’m willing to add a young pitcher who starts like that in the hopes that it wasn’t. You should too.
CJ Wilson (Yahoo 31%, ESPN 13.1%) — Whether he can hold up as a starter all season has yet to be seen, but the nine Ks he recorded in his debut are legit. He also didn’t allow a run.
Chris Perez (Yahoo 53%, 56.4%) — Again, high ownership rates for the waiver report, but he’s got two saves and is the closer until Kerry Wood returns. When Wood has a setback you’ll be glad you own him. Just like Jon Rauch and Ryan Madson, Perez will have 30 saves this season.
Jaime Garcia (Yahoo 3%, ESPN 0.7%) — If you’re prospecting in a dynasty or keeper league, you could do worse than Garcia, one of the Cardinals’ top propsects. He only had five Ks in six innings. He won’t turn 24 until July.
Jeremy Affeldt (Yahoo 18%, ESPN 1.6%) — Unless you’re league scores for holds, Affeldt’s on here just to prove a point. If you have dedicated RP slots to fill and you have a closer that’s hurting more than helping — Mike Gonzalez and Frank Francisco spring to mind — it isn’t awful to have a top setup guy like Affeldt. The RP already has his second win of the season, a K per inning, a perfect ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. For those of you in hold leagues, he had 33 last year.