With the fourth week of the fantasy baseball season underway, free agents will be flying off the waiver wire. Below are my top free agent pickups for this week in 8-10 man leagues:
Small Leagues: 8-10 man leagues
C Chris Iannetta, LAA – Iannetta has three multi-hit games already on the year and has really sparked the otherwise mundane Angels’ offensive attack.
1B Ike Davis, NYM – Davis is in a little slump right now, but he has numbers coming. He is never going to hit for average, but his power to both sides of the field can potentially make him a fantasy All-Star.
2B Jose Altuve, HOU – Altuve is on fire by batting a sizzling .377 this year and can still be found on a majority of waiver wires. He crushed a homer two nights ago that has fantasy owners salivating at his power from the second base position.
3B David Freese, STL – Freese is hitting .339 on the year and has made Cardinals fans quickly forget about Albert Pujols, who is still homer-less by the way. Freese has already belted 4 homers with 18 RBI on the year and has become a fantasy star at the hot corner.
SS Rafael Furcal, STL – The 34-year old Furcal has been on fire through the first month of the season. He is hitting .338 so far, which is 55 points more than his career average of .283. Furcal continues to surprise and is a guy to have in your lineup while he is swinging the bat.
OF Cody Ross, BOS – Ross blasted two homers in Boston’s 6-5 win over Minnesota, including a ninth inning monster that eventually won the game. Ross has secured a starting spot in the outfield with Jacoby Ellsbury on the Disabled List for an extended period of time, so Ross should continue to be actively moving forward.
OF Alex Rios, CHW – Rios is currently fourth in the majors with his insane .362 batting average and is looking like the player he was in 2010, where he hit 21 homers and swiped 34 bags.
SP Wandy Rodriquez, HOU – The “Wandy Man” has been pitching outstanding so far this year, as his 1.42 ERA is a far cry from his career number of 4.02. He is anchoring the Stros’ pitching rotation, but the lack of surrounding run support may limit Rodriquez’s win total all year long. He is still worth picking up in smaller leagues and is capable of tossing some quality games down the stretch.
SP Brandon Beachy, ATL – Beachy has allowed 3 runs in 25 innings of work, as has surfed past the competition with a calm 0.97 WHIP so far in 2012. Beachy is one of the most promising pitchers in baseball right now and is coming extremely cheap right now, but not for much longer.
RP Grant Balfour, OAK – Balfour has been lights out this year, despite the A’s recent struggles. He has an immaculate 0.58 WHIP to go with his 1.50 ERA, and combined the two numbers can barely buy a candy bar.