If your fantasy baseball season is not going the way you thought it would, a great way to get back in the playoff race is to hit the waiver wire. And if you are already one of the elite teams in your league, you want to make sure you are familiar with these players. Don’t sleep on the waiver wire while other owners improve their teams.
Brandon Belt, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants – It’s no secret that San Francisco Giants have struggled on offense this season. There have been a couple bright spots though recently, including Brandon Belt who is finally beginning to put the bat on the ball. Along with red-hot Melky Cabrera, Belt has put a recent jolt into the offense and is looking to become what many had expected last season as a rookie. Expectations have always been fairly high for the left-handed hitting Belt since coming out of the University of Texas, and after a rough start in 2012, June has been a solid month for him.
Though he is only batting a .261 on the season with three homeruns and 24 runs batted in, Belt has managed to hit .342 this month with 10 RBI’s. All three of his home runs have come this past week, but don’t expect many long balls out of him playing at pitcher friendly AT&T Park. With an on-base percentage of .379, you could say that he’s slowly proving that the talent is there, he just needs to put it all together. After Aubrey Huff recently re-injured himself during Matt Cain’s perfect game celebration, Belt should see plenty of time at first base.
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland A’s -The first baseman was named American League player of the week, and is worth looking into if your fantasy team is in need. Moss has earned the starting role at first base since being called up on June 6th and has made an immediate impact with Oakland. Having full-support from Manager Bob Melvin, Moss should feel very confident and is expected to get a sufficient amount of starts in the infield.
Moss has hit .278 with six homeruns, 10 Runs and 11 RBI during his first two weeks in the Big Leagues this year. He hit five of those homeruns in a four-game stretch last week, making himself a known presence in Oakland’s underrated lineup. Though he isn’t much of a speed threat, his owners should take full advantage of his bat while this type of productivity lasts.
David Murphy, OF, Texas Rangers – You could say that David Murphy is part of what is arguably the best lineup in all of baseball. Being surrounded by superstars makes him one of the few Rangers hitters that opposing pitchers look forward to going after aggressively. The outfielder has hit an impressive .341 with nine RBI’s and four doubles so far in June, and although he usually gets outshined by his power-hitting teammates, Murphy is quietly having a respectable season.
It is only logical that Murphy will continue to see pitches to hit, as long as Hamilton, Beltre, and the rest of the Rangers continue to be themselves. With a .282 batting average and seven bombs already in 2012, Murphy could be an effective temporary option for replacing one of your injured or slumping players. Ron Washington seems to give him a great deal of playing time, and his success should continue at the hitter friendly Ball Park in Arlington.