The All-Star break can be bad news for players on hot streaks and can turn around seasons for those stuck in the doldrums.
Still it’s worth noting that there are some scorching hot hitters and pitchers that are ridiculously available on a lot of waiver wires out there right now. Let’s take a look at a few:
Buster Posey (owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues) — His ownership rates aren’t low, but there is no way a super prospect who qualifies at catcher and scored nine runs with five homers, 14 RBIs and a .556 average in the last week should be available at all.
Carlos Quentin (owned in 70%) — Another player with relatively high eligibility — there are a number of hitters that fit that bill this update, however they are big-time names who should be 90% owned. Quentin hit six homers and drove in 11 runs while hitting .538 in the last week. He has 14 homers and 35 RBI in his last 33 games.
Aramis Ramirez (owned in 73%) — It wasn’t long ago that I left him for dead. Last week he hit .429 with four homers, 10 runs and nine RBI. Figures. Check to see if he’s available. Even though he’ll get hurt again, he’s worth playing when doing this.
Angel Pagan (owned in 45%) — At this point, you probably don’t need speed, but Pagan has a good average to go with it. He was probably dropped by a lot of folks while he was battling injury, but he’s ok now. He hit .462 with four steals, two homers and three runs scored in the last week and has had multiple hits in five of his last six games.
Lance Berkman (owned in 74%) — Has the same ownership rate as Aubrey Huff. And like Huff, Berkman is on a hot streak. The Astros 1B hit four homers with five runs, six RBI and batted .400 in the last week.
Andruw Jones (owned in 9%) — Finally hits his 400th career homer on Sunday. Since July fifth, Jones has raised his average 20 points, hit two homers and driven in seven runs. He’s not elite anymore, but watch to see if comes out of the break light on his feet after getting that 400th homer off his back. He could help power-needy fantasy teams if he stays hot.
Mike Stanton (owned 28%) — Super outfield prospect Mike Stanton hit three homers, scored six times and drove in seven runs in the last week while hitting .308. He’s got a 1.141 OPS and is hitting .333 in a six-game hit streak. If he touches the low end of his potential out of the break, Stanton will never be more available than he is right now.
Vicente Padilla (owned in 15%) — I wouldn’t ever recommend trading for a pitcher in fantasy baseball. Padilla’s performance is reason enough why. He won twice and struck out 15 in 14.2 innings in the last week, posting a 1.23 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP. Yet he’s available in 85% of Yahoo leagues. Padilla has a phenomenal 20:2 K to BB ratio in his last 21.7 innings.
Madison Bumgarner (owned in 24%) — Another top prospect making good on his potential. Bumgarner averaged 7.0 innings in two wins this week. He struck out 11. over that stretch and posted miniscule ratios: 0.64 ERA, 0.93 WHIP.
Chris Tillman (owned in 2%) — Another pitcher I had given up on. Tillman wasn’t lights out in his only start of the week, but he struck out three and threw 7.1 shutout innings with a 0.41 WHIP. A speculative add on one of the Orioles top pitching prospects wouldn’t be a bad thing. Only start him in his next outing if you’re feeling adventurous.
Travis Wood (owned in 12%) — He’s on here after his near perfect game against the Phillies on Saturday. His 1.98 ERA and 0.66 WHIP in the last week are skewed a bit by the near perfecto, but his 13 Ks in 13.2 innings caught my attention. A speculative add now — or right before/after his next start — is a good call.
Brett Myers (owned in 18%) — The little notes blurbs Yahoo includes on their fantasy site — most sites include them, I know — are great tools. Take this for instance blurb from Myers notes from STATS Inc. via Yahoo: “Myers (6-6, 3.41 ERA) extended his club record of starts of six innings or more to begin the season to 18 and is the only pitcher in the majors to achieve the mark in every start since the season began.” A quality-ish start every outing? Myers is at least a streaming start in good matchups, especially in leagues that score quality starts.