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Week 10 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Large Leagues

With the fantasy season in full swing, free agent pickups will be more and more important as the season goes on.  Below are my week 10 fantasy baseball pickups for larger leagues:

Large Leagues: 10-14 man leagues

C Ryan Doutmit, MIN – Doutmit has proven to be extremely versatile over his major league career.  He has crushed 6 homers on the year and has driven in 28 runs, but his true value comes from his ability to play first base, catcher, and designated hitter.

1B Jordan Pacheco, COL – Pacheco is hitting everything that crosses the plate.  JP has racked up an amazing 27 hits in his last 21 games and has transitioned well to the bigs.

2B Ryan Theriot, SF – The veteran is having an outstanding month of June, as he has already had 14 hits in eight games this month.  He has also driven in 5 runs and stolen 3 bases.  Theriot has been a bright spot in an otherwise bleak Giants’ lineup, as the 32-year old still has some fantasy value left in his legs.

3B Chris Johnson, HOU – Johnson hit an amazing .318 through the month of May, including hitting all five of his 2012 homers.  He has become a great free agent find at the hot corner and will continue to hit as long as he is in the lineup.

SS Andrelton Simmons, ATL – Simmons has been one of the most awaited call-ups for Braves fans, not named Julio Teheran,  in the last five years.  The 22-year old prospect has 6 hits and 3 RBIs in his last five games and will join a “Hot-lanta” lineup that is full of speed and youth already.

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYM – “Newbie” continues to have one of the hottest rookie years with the bat in the history of the team.  He seems to get a big hit every time the Mets need one and Niewenhuis has finally played his way into the everyday lineup.

OF Juan Pierre, PHI – Pierre is batting an unbelievable .318 this season, but yet he is still available in almost every fantasy format.  Many owners will always stay away from Pierre, just because they feel like he is only worthy of a spot on a roto-league roster.  However, those same people should take a second look at the speedster’s stellar .354 On Base Percentage.  Pierre is finding ways to get on base and is certainly worth a bench spot for someone looking for veteran points out of the outfield.

SP Garrett Richards, LAA – Richards was called up to fill in for the injured Jared Weaver, who was placed on the Disabled List with a lower back sprain.  In Richards’ first start of the year, he allowed only 4 hits and one earned run through 7 innings of work.  He also struckout 8 batters in the contest and is really making a case to stay in the rotation once Weaver returns.

SP Bruce Chen, KC – Chen has been one of the most unpredictable fantasy pitchers this season.  He has five starts in which he allowed two earned runs or less, but on the other hand, he also has had three separate starts where he allowed a very uninspiring 6 earned runs in each outing.  Chen has steadily improved as the year has gone on though, and has gone 5-1 since May 6th.  Chen has appeared to turn around his early season struggles and is worth some spot starts as the year moves forward.