Week 16 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Large Leagues

The fantasy baseball playoffs are closer then people think, making every free agent period more important then the last. Below are my week 16 waiver wire pickups for 10-14 man leagues:

Large League: 10-14 Man Leagues: 

C Martin Maldonado, MIL – The 25-year old has earned his at bats this season and has made each one count.  He has crushed 5 homers in only 39 games.

1B Chris Carter, OAK – Carter has been on fire since being called up from Triple A-Sacramento.  He has only played in nine games this season, but the first basemen has crushed a phenomenal five homers and driven in 9 runs.

2B Jemile Weeks, OAK – Weeks has ten hits in his last seven games and is finally showing signs of life on Oakland.

3B Todd Frazier, CIN – Frazier continues to produce at a major league level. He has 10 homers in his 62 games this season and adds some extra pop behind Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.

SS Pedro Ciriaco, BOS – In six major league games this year, Ciriaco has 10 hits, 4 runs, and 6 RBI.  He will not continue to hit .417, but he could serve as a decent bench player in deeper leagues.

OF Justin Ruggiano, MIA – Ruggiano has filled in exceptionally for the injured Giancarlo Stanton, and seems to hit everything that crosses the plate.

OF Lorenzo Cain, KC – Cain was just activated from the 60-day Disabled List and could be an amazing free agent pickup for the second half of the season.  He has amazing speed and could be a root-league All-Star down the road.

SP Miguel Gonzalez, BAL – Gonzalez has only allowed four earned runs in his first two starts in the O’s rotation and is making a case to remain there.  The 28-year old has an identical release with all his pitches and can rack up strikeouts.

SP Carlos Villanueva, TOR – Villanueva has put together back-to-back solid performances since being added to the Toronto rotation.  He has struck out 21 batters in 17 innings and has amazingly only allowed 3 earned runs.

RP Dale Thayer, SD – Thayer proved to be a great closer when Houston Street was on the DL earlier in the year after straining his right shoulder. There have been trade rumors surrounding Street for months, so if he finally gets dealt somewhere, it would open up the job for Thayer.  Keep an eye on this situation, especially as it gets closer to the trade dealing later this month.