Paulino, Craig lead transaction trends
With 10 weeks of games in the books, here are 10 of the most added fantasy baseball players.
Note: the following "changes" are week-over-week percentages.
Felipe Paulino (groin injury night of 6/6/2012 day-to-day)
Change: +10.9 (28.8 percent ownership)
Analysis: Paulino has held the opposition scoreless in four out of his six outings this season. His 34:12 K/BB ratio isn’t knock you on your butt impressive, but a 1.70 ERA and 1.22 WHIP is definitely worthy of at least 60 percent fantasy ownership.
Fun Fact: Paulino is the godfather to catcher Humberto Quintero’s kids and vice versa. (via Brad Fanning KCTV)
Change: +10.3 (24.6 percent ownership)
Analysis: The 30-year-old starter has won three out of his last four outings and lowered his ERA to 3.68. Out of his 10 trips to the bump, Williams has eight quality starts. Very worthy of an add.
Change: +7.9 (35.6 percent ownership)
Analysis: Since coming off the DL, Craig is 5-16 with three runs, three RBI and one home run. For those who forgot (and judging by the 35.6 percent ownership, many have), Craig owns a .358 / .416 / .716 triple slash. Guy is hitting clean-up in the Cardinals lineup. What’s not to like? Note: Mets’ fans are not eligible to answer.
Change: +6.2 (35.6 percent ownership)
Analysis: Fowler’s nine-game hitting streak came to end Tuesday night. It will be interesting to see how a career-.264 hitter bounces back from an 0-4 night at the plate in the midst of this hot streak. Fowler stole 27 bases in 2009, but only has 25 swipes over last two seasons with six in 2012.
Change: +5.2 (23.1 percent ownership)
Analysis: He owns a 16.62 K/9 rate in 2012 and earned saves in back-to-back games over the weekend (Scott Downs pitched the eighth). Frieri has allowed one hit and no runs since being traded by San Diego in early May (14 1/3 innings pitched).
Change: +4.8 (34.1 percent ownership)
Analysis: Normally I would avoid highlighting the same player within a two week window, but as John Halpin so eloquently said in his blog entry “Holy $#@!, Andy Pettitte! Ten strikeouts? Seriously?” Pettitte has lasted at least seven innings in each of his last four starts with 30 strikeouts (29 1/3 innings pitched).
Change: +4.1 (37.0 percent ownership)
Analysis: Considering the numbers he posted week-over-week, 7 R / 6 RBI / 2 HR, it’s no surprise Seager was snatched up. As I’ve said before, all that glitters is not gold. In four games this month, Seager is hitting .176 with six strikeouts. So, if the ball hasn't left the park, he’s headed back to the bench.
Change: +4.1 (6.9 percent ownership)
Analysis: Linc replaces Charlie Morton who was recently added to the DL. He’s 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA on the season. Most of his work has come out of the bullpen, but Lincoln earned a spot start on May 14th against Miami. He allowed two earned runs in six innings pitched that day.
Change: +3.6 (17.8 percent ownership)
Analysis: It’s amazing what a 21-run offensive onslaught can do for one’s fantasy value. The night Seattle lit up Texas, Smoak was 3-5 with two home runs, three runs and six RBI. This guy is still hitting .235.
Change: +3.3 (21.2 percent ownership)
Analysis: Rios is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak and his average is up to .294. He scored 15 runs with 17 RBI in May.