Fantasy Baseball 2013: 5 game-changing week 11 Pickups
Fantasy Baseball has reached week 11 of this season, which means the waiver wire is becoming crucial for struggling fantasy owners. This time in the season is riddled with big time minor league call-ups and stars coming off injury. The Los Angeles Dodger’s Cuban defector Yasiel Puig is a prime example of the game-changing pickups that can be made at this point in the season. In just eight games Puig has 4 HR and 10 RBI, which bodes well for owners of the million dollar defector.
Here are this weeks game-changing waiver-wire pickups.
5. Kyle Blanks, San Diego Padres OF, 1B (23 percent owned)
As Scott Piankowski of Yahoo Sports said, Kyle Blanks is relevant again. Yonder Alonso has suffered a broken hand and Blanks will be expected to fill that void in the Padres lineup. Blanks has also played well when given the chance this season. In 41 games Blanks boasts a line of .299/.382/.513 with six HR and 21 RBI. Blanks is a game-changing pick due to his pedigree for power and his newfound role in the Padres’ lineup.
4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Boston Red Sox C (34 percent owned)
After overcoming the yips in 2011, Saltalamacchia—or Salty—has been playing quality baseball. Salty has managed to post a line of .285/.349/.523 with eight HR and 23 RBI through 50 games this season. He will continue to put up numbers and be a more than viable option at the catcher position in mixed and AL-only leagues.
3. Zack Wheeler, New York Mets SP (30 percent owned)
Zack Wheeler’s name has been ringing through the annals of baseball ever since the San Francisco Giants drafted him with the sixth pick in 2009. CBS reported that Wheeler is ready for the bigs and will be making his debut on June 18th against the Atlanta Braves. This game will test the truth behind Wheeler’s comparisons to Steven Strasburg and other dominant pitchers in the majors.
Wheeler’s debut is highly anticipated and his potential upside in all fantasy leagues makes him a game-changing pick for this week.
2. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees SP (25 percent owned)
Pineda had a successful rehab start last Sunday, which means his eminent return is coming soon. Pineda has been forgotten by most fantasy owners due to his injury that kept him out all of last season and all games so far this year. However, Pineda is still a dynamic pitcher who has the ability and upside to change the dynamic of the Yankees pitching staff as well as that of fantasy owners. In 2011—before getting hurt—Pineda posted a 3.74 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and notched 173 strike outs and nine wins through 28 games and 171 IP with the horrendous Seattle Mariners.
Pineda is a game-changer because of his proven ability and potential, which will now be utilized on a Yankees team that will help him notch more wins.
1. Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds SP, RP (50 percent owned)
Tony Cingrani has already proved himself in the majors by posting a 3.27 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and striking out 41 batters through six games and 33 IP. Those numbers sepak for themselves when considering Cingrani’s fantasy value. To go along with those already impressive numbers, Cingrani is one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball.
The numbers and hype combined are why Cingrani is a game-changing pickup in fantasy baseball this week.