In fantasy baseball it is always important to have a strong draft each year, but it is just as critical to be actively searching the waiver wire. Free agent pickups can make or break a season, especially as the year begins to drag on. Below is the first compilation of my weekly fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for 10-14 man leagues:
Large Leagues: 10-14 man leagues
1B: Bryan LaHair , CHC – LaHair hit two doubles and a homer in his first three games and has certainly showcased the power he was known for throughout his time in the MILB. He missed a game this weekend with a sore back, but quickly got back into the starting lineup. LaHair also seems unphased by having rookie Anthony Rizzo breathing down his neck and will provide a cheap infielder to steal who provides some pop.
2B: Omar Infante, MIA – Infante has blasted 3 home runs this already year, which is shocking looking at the 7 he hit all of 2011. Infante’s power surge could be in part because of the extra weight he put on this year. He also is playing with much more confidence with the Miami swagger; that now includes the volatile Ozzie Guillen charismatic Jose Reyes, and wisecracking Heath Bell.
3B: Jed Lowrie, HOU – Lowrie will be back in action this week following an ill-timed thumb injury. Lowrie had an outstanding spring and quickly showed that he warranted the trade that brought him to Houston from Beantown.
SS: Tyler Pastornicky, ATL – The “Pastor” knows how to hit the ball to both sides of the field and is faster than the average player at the position. The 21-year old may not be a long-term option with prospect, Andrelton Simmons already making headlines in Hot-lanta, but expect Pastornicky to at least be a viable bench player.
OF: Dayan Viciedo, CHW – Viciedo will be the starter in left field for the White Sox and the 23-year old is a true asset at the plate. He has gone 4 for 11 at the plate and his bat will bring some youth to an otherwise aged Chicago team.
OF: Lorenzo Cain, KC – The 25-year old “prodigy” cannot come any cheaper when he is hitting .071 through the first four games.
SP: Bruce Chen, KC – Chen made the most of his shocking opening day start. He limited the Angels to a meager three hits through 6 innings of work and even kept Prince Albert Pujols at bay with an 0-3 performance. Chen is an extremely disciplined pitcher and is currently at the top of a young rotation. He may not throw the fastest two-seam, but he always hit his spots.
SP: Ivan Nova, NYY – Despite all the criticism surrounding him, Nova has continued to perform as he did last season. He went 7 innings against Baltimore and allowed a respectable 2 runs with 7 strikeouts. Nova will always be a great source of wins, especially when the Yankees start winning, and is certainly worth picking up in deeper leagues.
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