Fantasy Football Maniaxs

April 15, 2010 4:51 AM

Fantasy Baseball's Week Three Waiver Wire

renteria.jpgBy John Arias, columnist at Fantasy Baseball Maniaxs

With Week Two underway, so far in the Fantasy season, there have been new and old faces make an impact. Last week's Waiver Wire, saw familiar face Casey Blake hit .400, with one home run and six RBI in six games.

Newcomer Austin Jackson hit .308, with five runs scored, three RBI and two stolen bases.

Who are the next players on the verge of stardom?

Starting Pitchers in Focus: Scott Feldman

He has gotten his 2010 campaign off to a stellar start. In his first two starts, he has gone at least seven innings and has only surrendered four earned runs. He is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and has a WHIP of 0.93. Only owned in 42 percent of ESPN leagues, look for him to have success in Week Three.


Position Players: Infielders

In the first nine games 1B Daric Barton is off to a hot start. He is hitting .346 and has seven RBI. He has an OPS of .937 and an impressive 10 walks. He has scored five runs and has been hitting in the No. 2 hole for Oakland. With his patience at the plate, Fantasy Owners in need of a first baseman should definitely pick him up this week.

Due to the injury to starting second baseman Freddy Sanchez, 2B Juan Uribe has made the most of his chances. In eight games, he is hitting .308 with five RBI and five runs scored. He has an OPS of .810 and has eligibility at multiple positions. Only owned in 30 percent of ESPN leagues, he is a must get for Week Three.

The Fantasy gem of the week, SS Edgar Renteria has had a resurrection to start the season. Currently, he is hitting an outstanding .440 with one home run and five RBI. If healthy, he may be in a comeback season and is owned in 52 percent of ESPN leagues. Fantasy owners looking for help at shortstop should highly consider him for Week Three.

Last season, 3B Brandon Inge had a productive campaign and took advantage of his opportunity to play every day in Detroit. He is currently hitting .344 with six RBI and has an OPS of .862. He is off to another stellar start and is only owned in nine percent of ESPN leagues.


Position Players: Outfielders

After having a horrible 2009 season, OF Chris Young is making Fantasy owners forget it with his play early on in the 2010 season. He is hitting .292 with three home runs and 11 RBI. He has an outstanding OPS of 1.000. With Young owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues and 75 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, Fantasy Owners should pick him up for Week Three.

Starting the season in a possible platoon role, OF Delmon Young has taken advantage of his playing time. In seven games, he is hitting .273 with two home runs and seven RBI. Only owned in 42 percent of ESPN leagues and 69 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, he is a recommended mixed-league pickup for Week Three.

OF Scott Podsednik is having a great start to the season. He is hitting .444 with three RBI and already has five stolen bases. Playing every day in Kansas City, he should be able to steal over 30 bases. Last year with the Chicago White Sox, he stole 30 bases in 132 games. He is definitely worth a pickup and has the ability to help any Fantasy Owner as a No. 5 Fantasy outfielder.


Relief Pitcher: Ryan Madson

Due to the injury to starting closer RP Brad Lidge, Madson took over the closer's role in his absence. He currently has two saves and has an ERA of 2.70 in 3.1 innings pitched. Currently he is owned in 61 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues and 41 percent of ESPN leagues. Fantasy Owners looking for saves should trust him for Week Three.

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