2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Watch: 2B Rickie Weeks

By Rich Arleo
Rickie Weeks
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It’s been a tough season for Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks and the dwindling number of his fantasy baseball owners, but the veteran may finally be putting it all together.

Weeks was already coming off one of his worst seasons in the bigs in 2012. He batted just .230 with 63 RBI and a .728 OPS. Nonetheless, he did have 21 home runs and 16 steals, which are numbers tough to find from the second base slot.

Because of that production, Weeks was still drafted as one of the top second baseman in fantasy leagues. Unfortunately, he had an absolutely putrid April where he batted .191 with a .615 OPS, two home runs and nine RBI (five of which came in one game). When the calendar turned, things got even worse. Weeks hit .173 in May one home run and only one RBI. After that month, most fantasy owners had enough and Weeks was dropped en masse…and rightfully so.

Weeks evidently got the message as he has finally awoken a bit this month. He has gotten a few days off here and there, but if anything it’s helped. Weeks is hitting 22-for-54 (.407) so far this month with five home runs and nine RBI. He’s gotten his OBP up to a much more respectable .332 for this season and he has brought the average up to .236.

He is now available in 55 percent of ESPN leagues, and that number is up 10 percent from last week, so the time to grab Weeks is now. He may not keep this up all year, but at a very weak position he can give you better power numbers than most. He’s not going to do many favors for your batting average, but he’s a better option at 2B than anything else you’ll find on waivers.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.


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