The fantasy baseball season is getting into crunch time, making every free agent period more and important then the last. Below are my week 17 waiver wire pickups for small leagues:
Small Leagues: 8-10 man leagues
C Jesus Montero, SEA – Montero has been red hot this July with an amazing 13 hits and 9 RBI in his last seven games.
1B Freddie Freeman, ATL – Freeman finally has his vision problems sorted out and can go back to crushing the pelt off the ball. He crushed four homers already this year, which is three more then the one he had all last month.
2B Neil Walker, PIT – Walker has a jaw-dropping 35 hits in his last 21 games and has really become on of the top 2B’s in the game.
3B Casey McGehee, PIT – McGehee is finally looking like the player Pittsburgh paid all that money to, after a couple months of just miserable baseball.
SS Jose Reyes, MIA – Reyes had an uncharacteristic power sure last year, but he has at least broken out of his mid-summer slump. The 2011 NL batting champ has finally turned his year around and is in the middle of an impressive 10-game hitting streak.
OF Michael Brantley, CLE – Despite his career season, Brantley remains available in a large majority of leagues. He may be more of a roto-league guy, but he has shown that he can rack up hits in bunches.
OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA – Ichiro has been on fire since the All-Star break with 9 hits and 6 runs in his last six games.
SP Ryan Dempster, CHC – Dempster has pitched phenomenally this season with a 2.11 ERA and an even more impressive 1.05 WHIP. The veteran has been mentioned in trade rumors for months now and could already be halfway out the door.
SP Felix Doubront, BOS – Doubront has shown the he is not a one-hit wonder and the 24-year old has an amazing 10-4 record. His ERA may be sitting around 4.23, but the heavy hitting Bo-Sox sticks will always give him a shot to win the game.
RP Francisco Rodriquez, MIL – “K-Rod” finally gets the chance to save games in Milwaukee, after watching former closer, John Axford, fall apart over the last month. Rodriquez may not be the pitcher he was a couple years ago, but he is still has fantasy value in mid-level leagues.