April 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Jason Vargas (38) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Central-April 12

Any Fantasy Baseball site can tell you that Roy Halladay is an ace and should dominate like he did last night against the Marlins.

For most fantasy baseball players though, that’s not a lot of help. Drafts are done, and the chances of you getting Halladay, or some other studly player is slim to none. Draft’s over people. It’s time to work the waiver wire to find the sleepers everybody missed in your draft.

While Sky is going to give us his take in our “Waiver Wire Weekly,” I think there is value though to be had each and every day across the baseball landscape, so here at Sleeper Central we’ll be focused on the players that you might be able to get on the waiver wire.

The plan is to highlight one player from each position, each day who may be available in your league. Whether you should add them right away or wait-and-see depends on the composition of your team and the scoring in your league, but I’ll do my best to show you players across the Majors that are contributing right now and could help you out in the future. Let me know what you think of the feature in your comments at the bottom of the page or if you’d like to see other information included.

After a quick look back at yesterday, I’ll also look at today’s games and give you a couple options for spot starters in today’s action.

Here’s the underowned who overachieved last night: (percentages taken from ESPN Fantasy Baseball)

Starting Sleepers

Apr 9, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) scores a run against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

C-A.J. Pierzynski-CHW: (4.7%) 3-4 with his 2nd HR in as many days. BA up to .313, OPS .982

1B-Justin Smoak-Sea: (4%) Smoak went 2-4 for the 2nd day in a row and has hit in 4 consecutvely. He had a double and a run scored last night.

2B-Jose Altuve-Hou: (36.2%) Altuve went 2-4 to raise his early-season average to .368.

3B-Chris Nelson-Col: (0.1%) Although known for his defense, Nelson went 3-4 with a double, run, and 2 RBI as he collected his first hits of the season.

SS-Zack Cozart-Cin: (35.6%): had his 3rd multi-hit game of the year going 2-5 with a R to raise his average to .471 and has a hit in every game he’s played this year.

OF-J.D. Martinez-Hou: (32.7%) Martinez blasted his 2nd HR of the year while going 2-4 with a R and 2 RBI. He’s hitting .364 with 6 RBI’s from the 3-hole for the Astros.

April 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Juan Rivera (21) is congratulated by shortstop Justin Sellers (12) after scoring a run in the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

OF-Juan Rivera-LAD: (14.7%) Rivera wentt 3-4 raising his average to .364 while driving in 2 and scoring a run.

OF-Rajai Davis-Tor:  (1.0%) 1-2 with a triple, RBI, and BB. He stole his 2nd base of the year as well.

DH-Travis Hafner-Cle: (0.7%) Pronk hit his first HR of the year and went 2-5 adding a 2B and 3 RBI.

NL Starting Pitcher-Joe Saunders-Ari: (1.1%)

AL Starting Pitcher-Kevin Milwood-Sea: (0.3%) limited TExas to 4 hits and a run while striking out 7 in 6 innings in Seattle’s win in Arlington.

Relief Pitcher: Fernando Rodney-TB: (20.8%) picked up his 3rd save in 3 chances and his first 3-out save against Detroit. He’s 3-3 in save opportunities for the Rays and has yet to give up a run.

Spot Starters for April 12

Jason Vargas-Sea: As Kevin Milwood’s outing shows us, it’s not hot enough yet in Texas for balls to start jumping out of the Ballpark at Arlington. Vargas is making his 3rd start of the year because of his Japan start and has pitched into the 6th in both giving up a total of 3 runs. He won’t get a ton of K’s but he’s looked solid so far this year.

Drew Smyly-Det (0.7%): Smyly has been promoted to the Tigers rotation after the injury to Doug Fister. Smyly hasn’t pitched in the majors before, but he’ll have the backing of what looks to be the best lineup in baseball.

Anthony Bass-SD (0.0%)-Bass will move into the starting rotation due to injuries to Dustin Moseley and Tim Stauffer. He starts at PetCo tomorrow and has giving up just 1 run in 4 innings of relief so far this year. He’s not a lock to be sure, but rolling the dice at Petco is safer than almost anywhere else. He was 2-0 in 3 starts last season.

Tags: Drew Smyly Fantasy Baseball Help Fantasy Baseball Sleepers J.D. Martinez Jason Vargas Jose Altuve Juan Rivera Sleeper Central Spot Starters Waiver Wire

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