If you’re working the waiver wire to replace fallen players or overcome ineffectiveness, here’s a daily resource that cane be a huge help. Every day on Sleeper Central, you can find a whole lineup of possibilities to add if you think they can upgrade your roster.
In order to qualify for our lineup, a player must be available in over half of ESPN leagues (percentage included on parentheses). There’s plenty of production every day in the Major Leagues that is unowned in most leagues. Go get the guys who can help your production and carry you to the title.
Here’s the lineup of under-owned producers from Sunday’s action:
Sleeper Starting Lineup
C-Ramon Hernandez-Col: (9.1%) Hernandez continues to share duties behind the plate with Wilin Rosario with both of them getting it done at the plate when they start. Yesterday, Hernandez went 2-4 raising his average to .279 with four home runs, five doubles, and 14 RBI.
1B-Allen Craig-Stl: (31.7%) Manager Mike Matheny has been getting Craig into the lineup as often as possible since he’s been activated from the DL. He’s played 4 games all at 1B filling in for the injured Lance Berkman. Craig has two hits in three of his four games and hit his first home run of the year yesterday. He had seven RBI in just four games while hitting .375 (6-16) with a stolen base and two runs scored.
2B-Tyler Greene-Stl: (0.2%) Greene hasn’t played as much as expected coming into the season, but that may change if he hits like he did yesterday. He went 3-3 in the Cards win with a double, a stolen base, two home runs, and four RBI. On the season he’s not 11-43 with a .256 batting average, three stolen bases, three home runs, and 8 RBI. See if he earns more playing time since if he does he’ll definitely have value.
3B-Mark Reynolds-Bal: (43.8%) Reynolds horrible start to the year may be behind him after a great series over the weekend in Boston. He went 2-3 with a career high four walks yesterday giving him a 6-13 series with two home runs, 6 RBI, four runs scored, even a stolen base, and three 2B’s. He’s still below the Mendoza line at .195, but his OBP is .330 and he may be starting to turn things around. He’s run hot-and-cold throughout his career, and this could be the start of a hot streak.
SS-Irving Falu-KC: (0.0%) With Yuniesky Betancourt sidelined, the Royals recalled Falu to play SS. In his first start of the season he went 2-4 with a triple and a run scored. His main asset in fantasy baseball will be his speed. He was six for seven in steal attempts in Triple-A Omaha after having 21 steals last year and could help you out if you need a boost in SB over the next couple weeks.
OF-Juan Rivera-LAD: (7.7%) Rivera may be headed for a platoon with the newly acquired Bobby Abreu, but that may actually help his overall stats since he’s struggled with righties while crushing lefties. He went 3-5 as he started against Travis Wood yesterday picking up his second home run of the year with his tenth and eleventh RBI. He raised his average to .260 and has value when he’s in the lineup against lefties.
OF-Jarrod Dyson-KC: (0.5%) Dyson has taken over as the Royals leadoff hitter since he was recalled to the Big Leagues. In his first ten games of the season, he’s batting .293 with nine runs scored, three RBI, two walks, and three stolen bases. If you need runs and steals in your OF, he’s a nice pickup for as long as he holds the spot although you will need to compensate for his strikeouts (six in his last five games) if your league penalizes for them.
OF-Andy Dirks-Det: (0.2%) Dirks almost has made this spot in our lineup several times over the last few days as he’s heated up. He’s now raised his average to .313 after a 2-5 day yesterday. He hit his second home run of the year driving in his seventh run. Perhaps most importantly, he batted in the second spot in Manager Jim Leyland’s lineup. If he’s able to secure that spot in the lineup his fantasy value gets a huge bump.
DH-Ryan Doumit-Min: (2.7%) Doumit has played C, RF, and 1B so far this year for the Twins and started yesterday in the DH spot. He showed why by going 3-3 and providing all the Twins offense with two solo home runs. He now has three home runs, 14 RBI, and eight runs scored on the year while raising his averagae to .253 with his 3-3 day.
AL Starting Pitcher-Rick Porcello-Det: (6.0%) In his second consecutive solid start, Porcello went 6.1 innings allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out 5. He picked up the win against the White Sox moving to 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA and a WHIP of 1.25. His WHIP and ERA are high mainly due to eight-run first inning against the Rangers on April 21. In his last two starts he’s thrown 14.2 innings allowing four runs and getting two wins.
NL Starting Pitcher-R.A. Dickey-NYM: (11.4%) Dickey pitched eight outstanding innings against the Diamondbacks allowing just one run on four hits and four walks. He struck out four and lowered his ERA to 3.76 with a WHIP of 1.20. Knuckleballers can be streaky, and he looks to have it going to this point of the year with the exception of a pounding he took in Atlanta.
Relief Pitcher-Ernesto Frieri-LAA: (1.1%) Making his second appearance since being traded from San Diego to the Angels, Frieri pitched his second clean inning and picked up his first AL hold. On the year, he has pitched 13.2 innings allowing three earned runs on nine hits while striking out 22. His ability to pick up K’s and keep the ball out of play may eventually get him a shot at closer in LA, but he has value as a setup man even if he remains in that role.
Tags: Allen Craig Andy Dirks Ernesto Frieri Fantasy Baseball Additions Irving Falu Jarrod Dyson Juan Rivera Mark Reynolds R.A. Dickey Ramon Hernandez Rick Porcello Ryan Doumit Sleeper Central Tyler Greene Waiver Wire