May 2, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. The Cubs defeated the Reds 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Waiver Wire Weekly Pickups 5/10


This has been a crazy season of baseball so far to say the least.  We’ve had studs struggle while no namers succeed.  Top teams are in the cellar while the lower class is taking over.  It’s still awful early, but some of these guys are too hard to keep ignoring.  Some of these pick-ups may now be season long producers and really could change some owners’ seasons.

May 1, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Allen Craig (21) hits a one run single off of Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. Craig is playing in his first game since off season knee surgery. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Allen Craig, STL 1B/OF – If you watched the postseason last year, you know all about this guy.  Besides David Freese, Craig was one of the top performers for the Cards.  He started this season on the DL, but since returning, Allen has gone back to his old ways. In 6 games so far he is hitting .364 with 2 HR’s, 9 RBI’s, and 1 stolen base.  Craig can play almost every position and has been playing 1st right now with Berkman out.  But once Lance is back, I’m not too sure where he will play.  If he keeps hitting like this though, they will find a spot for him.

May 6, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (left) celebrates hitting a grand slam off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter (right) during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Will Middlebrooks, BOS 3B – This guy broke onto the scene with Boston.  He has played 5 games so far and has had an extra base hit in every single one of them.  So far he’s hitting .409 has 5 bombs, 9 RBI’s, and scored 5 runs.  Middlebrooks did leave last night’s game with a tight hamstring, but he should be okay.  However, his position is up in the air as well.  Youk should return in the next month and they said he will remain the Red Sox 3B.  People have been talking about moving Middlebrooks to the outfield, but we will see.  Once again, if he continues to produce, he will find himself in the lineup.

Chris Johnson, HOU 3B – At one point last season, Chris Johnson was owned in almost all formats.  He went on an incredible hot streak in the middle of the year and carried the Astros.  Well last week, he got hot again and put up some big numbers.  He is currently hitting .294 with 4 jacks and 18 RBI’s.  He is a mainstay on the hot corner for Houston and if he continues to drive in runs, he could be valuable with so many 3B hurt.

May 9, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson throws a pitch during the ninth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

David Robertson, NYY RP – By now, Robertson should be owned in every league.  With the terrible news of Rivera tearing his ACL, David now steps in as the Yankees closer.  He struggled in his first opportunity, but got the job done.   However, last night was a different story.  He had not allowed a run this season until giving up 4 to the Rays, but I still think he owns this job.  Everyone knows the Bronx Bombers can play, and Mo has been a valuable part of fantasy teams for the last decade so hopefully Robertson can continue that production this season.

Chris Capuano, LAD SP – I’m still not sure if I’m all in on the Dodgers being legit or not, but there’s no denying Capuano’s performance.  He is currently 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Besides his first start, Capuano was been quite dominate.  He has another favorable start against Colorado this week, and it should be another quality start. The Dodgers rotation has been pretty solid so far and if they want to keep up their place in the NL West, they need to continue to pitch well.

Jeff Samardzija, CHC SP – I’m a huge Notre Dame fan, and it’s been killing me not putting Samardzija on this list yet, but I truly think he’s for real now.  Through 6 starts, he’s 4-1 with a 3.03 ERA and 39 K’s.  He allowed 5 ER’s against the Cardinals and Marlins, but besides those games, he hasn’t given up more than 1 run in the other starts.  This former stud tight end seems to have made the better choice by going with baseball, and I think he really will continue his performance for the Cubbies this year.

 

Hello Waiver Wire!

Now is the time where waiver wire additions can be crucial.  After a month of play, you can begin to distinguish if people are for real or not.  These are the guys who I don’t think will ever recover tis season.  Remember to be reasonable though when you make roster moves.

Clay Buchholz - BOS SP, Heath Bell – MIA RP, Javy Guerra – LAD RP (Lost closer role), Phil Humber – CWS SP (Not so perfect in the rest of his starts), J.D. Martinez – HOU OF, Alex Gonzalez – ATL SS (Torn ACL), Gaby Sanchez – MIA OF

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