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April 23, 2010 12:56 AM

Fantasy Baseball's Week Four Waiver Wire

Last week's Waiver Wire saw Juan Uribe hit .381 with two home runs and six RBI and Scott Podsednik hit .474 with three RBI and two stolen bases.

Uribe.jpgThe Fantasy Baseball season has seen surprising players contribute early on.

With plenty of names to choose from the waiver wire, which player will be the next star?


Starting Pitchers in Focus: Joel Pineiro

With Pineiro switching leagues in the offseason, Fantasy owners may have thought he would struggle. However, he has shown in his first three starts that he is worthy of Fantasy ownership. In his first three starts, he is 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA and has a WHIP of 1.082. Only owned in 41 percent of ESPN leagues and 68 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, expect another stellar outing in Week Four.


Dallas Braden

The young starting pitcher is establishing himself as a viable Fantasy option. In three starts, he is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.70. He is holding opposing hitters to a stellar .174 batting average. In 20 innings pitched, he has struck out 16 and only has walked three, which translates to a WHIP of 0.75. He is currently only owned in 54 percent of ESPN leagues, and Fantasy owners looking for starting pitching should put a claim in on Braden.

Position Players: Infielders

The newest Giants 1B Aubrey Huff is off to a good start. He is hitting .292 with one home run and five RBI. He has an OPS of .862 and has scored 11 runs. He has hit in six of his last seven games and is only owned in 45 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues. Fantasy Owners in need of a first baseman would benefit in grabbing the veteran off the waiver wire.


2B Orlando Hudson has hit in nine of his last 10 games and is currently hitting .269 with one home run and four RBI. He has an OPS of .760 and has scored eight runs. With Hudson only owned in 14 percent of ESPN leagues, Fantasy owners looking for another middle infielder should consider the Twins second baseman.


Highly touted out of college, 3B Alex Gordon was the second overall pick in 2005 but still has not lived up to his potential. Last year he only played in 49 games, and his numbers suffered. In a traditional 162-game season, Gordon's numbers are as follows; he has a batting average of .250 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI. Fantasy owners looking for a potential diamond in the rough should put a claim in on him.


Position Players: Outfielders

Arguably one of the hottest hitters in the game, OF Jose Guillen is making Fantasy owners regretful of not drafting him sooner. He is hitting .377 with five home runs and 10 RBI. He has an outstanding OPS of 1.147. Guillen is owned in 69 percent of ESPN leagues and 73 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues; Fantasy Owners should pick him up for Week Four.


OF Cameron Maybin has taken advantage of his playing time in 2010. In 13 games, he is hitting .309 with one home run and three RBI. He has scored 13 runs and has stolen three bases. Only owned in 22 percent of ESPN leagues and 52 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, he is a recommended mixed league pickup for Week Four.


OF Ryan Sweeney is having a great start to the season. He is hitting .320 and already has nine RBI. He has an OPS of .733 and is starting to play every day in Oakland. He is worth a definite pickup and is a recommended AL-only Fantasy outfielder.  


Relief Pitcher: Neftali Feliz

Due to the inconsistency to starting closer RP Frank Francisco, Feliz is the most probable closer option in Texas. He currently has two saves and has an ERA of 1.93 in 4.2 innings pitched. Currently he is owned in 81 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues and 69 percent of ESPN leagues.

Fantasy Owners looking for saves should definitely put in a claim on Feliz, because he will probably not give up the job for the rest of the season.

By John Arias, columnist at Fantasy Baseball Maniaxs

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