The fantasy baseball playoffs are getting closer and closer, making each free agent period more important then the last. Below are my waiver wire pickups for large leagues in week 17:
Large Leagues: 10-14 man leagues
C Alex Avila, DET – “Double A” is finally healthy following is extended DL stint. He is swinging a hot bat and will always have run insurance in the Tigers’ high-powered offense.
1B Chris Carter, OAK – Carter has been on quite a power streak since being called up with 5 homers in his first thirteen games of the year.
2B Danny Espinosa, WAS – “Espy” has exploded this month and has quietly been one of the most productive second basemen in the game. In 18 games this month, he has 20 hits, 2 homers, 6 RBI, and 6 stolen bases.
3B Jordan Pacheco, COL – Pacheco has seen his batting average quietly creep over .300 (.306) and he can be a great backup infielder.
SS Jean Segura, LAA – Segura is the favorite to replace starter Erick Aybar, who will likely be heading to the DL with a devastating toe bruise. Segura was called up from Triple-A and is much more athletic in the field then the team’s other option, Maicer Izturis.
OF Lorenzo Cain, KC – Cain has started his MLB career with a bang. In his last ten games he has amassed 13 hits and hit two bombs. The center-fielder is showing amazing range in the field and even better discipline at the plate.
OF Matt Joyce, TB – Joyce’s well-publicized slump is over and is finally hitting again. He can be a useful third outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.
SP Joe Saunders, ARI – Saunders has allowed three earned runs or less in six consecutive starts.
SP Barry Zito, SF – The most overpaid pitcher in baseball is finally beginning to show signs of life, it is just a shame that it is coming at the end of the sensitive $126 million contract he signed at the end of 2006. Zito has looked like a new pitcher so far this year and may still has some fantasy life left in him after all. He has shockingly only allowed 8 runs in his last five starts and has thrown at least 6 innings in four of those starts.
RP Francisco Cordero, HOU – Cordero was handed the closer role in Houston after the Astros traded their old closer, Brett Myers, away to the White Sox. Cordero may not get many save chances with the worst team in the NL Central, but he can certainly fill a hole for a fantasy owners desperate for a closer.