Hello again RotoBallers! Have no fear for those of you in deeper leagues, and NL-only players, as I’m back once again to give you some deeper league waiver wire sleepers and gems for you to consider while tweaking your rosters for week 11 of the fantasy baseball season. So let’s get right to the point already, shall we?
NL Only Waiver Wire Pickups
Drew Stubbs, Colorado Rockies, OF
13% owned CBS, 8% owned Yahoo!
Drew Stubbs offers a power/speed combo that has tantalized fantasy owners for years. It seems as if every season he goes on a run that makes him fly off waiver wires, only to end up being dropped a few weeks later when he’s colder than an ice berg.
This is the way it goes with Drew Stubbs. At his best, he looks like a guy that could go 30/30. At his worst, however, he’s a streaky whiff machine who will kill your batting average.
Stubbs is hot now, hitting .325 with four home runs and seven steals. He’s been a part time player for much of this year, but if you need outfield help, there are some positive signs here. He is playing home games in Coors field, and CarGo’s injury problems have given Stubbs a chance to play more.
The down side here is that Stubbs is not going to hit .325 all year, and even if he doesn’t cool off, he’s probably the odd man out in a crowded Colorado outfield, especially once CarGo gets healthy. He’s worth an add while he’s hot, especially if you lost a guy like A.J. Pollock.
Gavin Floyd, Atlanta Braves, SP
31 % owned CBS, 7% owned Yahoo!
Very Quietly, Gavin Floyd is having a nice season in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Despite being winless with two losses, Floyd is sporting a 2.80 ERA and a 31-to-9 K:BB ratio in 35 innings pitched. He’s also pitching for a first place team, and is a two start pitcher this week. If you’re going to give him a run to see if his fast start is for real, this may be the week to do it.
As with the aforementioned Drew Stubbs, Floyd has flashed signs of brilliance before, only to come crashing back to earth eventually. There is also reason to believe his hot start is a bit of a fluke, as he’s currently sport a 1.47 WHIP, and hitters are batting a whopping .301 against him. Oh, and the two starts he has this week will be against the Rockies at Coors Field, and against a potent Angels lineup.
I don’t really know what to think of Floyd this week, so I’m not ready to call him a must add player just yet. I will say that he’s worth a gamble this week if you need pitching help. If he pitches well in these two tougher matchups, he may be worth hanging onto going forward.
Rafael Furcal, Miami Marlins, 2B/SS
5% owned CBS, 1% owned Yahoo!
Rafeal Furcal looks like he’s going to get a real shot to continue his baseball career with the demotion of Derek Dietrich to the minors. He’s on track to join the big league club in a few days, and while he’s no where near must-add material, he could make for an interesting stash.
If Furcal can stay healthy, and that is a huge if, he could be a nice source of batting average and steals. Add runs scored to that list as well if he’s going to bat anywhere in front of Giancarlo Stanton. He’s not going to be Dee Gordon, but in a league specific set-up where the middle infield positions can dry up quick, he could make for a nice add.
Furcal is interesting, and is worth a gamble, but in my opinion, he’s probably washed up.
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