Fantasy focus: Week 1 waiver-wire picks

By | April 8, 2013 2:22 pm | 0 Comments

 

It was a rough first week for pitchers. A bunch of starters got lit up Sunday night, likely causing panic among roto owners seeing their ERA and WHIPs climb into Everest-like heights.

If you have an ace, it’s probably best to stay the course.

But, if you have some struggling relievers, check out some of the names below:

 

 

Kyuji Fujikawa, Cubs: New closer. This was going to happen sooner or later. It was sooner.

Hyun-Jin Ryu: My choice for NL Rookie of the Year. Got his first win against the Pirates.

Jim Henderson, Brewers: How long can John Axford continue to hold the job as closer?

Kelvin Herrera, Royals: Like Axford, Greg Holland has struggled early. Herrera should be the guy soon.

Jose Valverde, Tigers: They didn’t sign him to have him be a setup guy.

 

OK, enough with the pitchers. Here are some hitters:

Geraldo Parra, OF, D’backs: Lead-off batter. Steals. Power. Runs. Get him.

John Buck, C, Mets: Got off to a great start. If he’s available in two-catcher leagues, you should roster him.

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Red Sox: Rookie hit 3 HRs in first week.

Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Twins: Good pickup if you have A-Ram at 3B on the DL.

Matt Carpenter, 1B, Cards: Not a flash namey, but he can produce.

– Rick Green (follow me @ETNrgreen)

 

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