Sorry I wasn’t there with Hustle Points this week, as holiday time got the best of me. It is good to note that now is a good time to grab these hot players off the waiver wire if they are available and you have room: Kyle Gibson, Wily Peralta, Kyle Farnsworth, Devin Mesoraco, Marcell Ozuna, Eric Young and Alfredo Simon… Everyone is wanting to know what the heck is wrong with Kyle Seager and his batting persona. He can’t hit a thing these days… Owners dodged a bullet with Carlos Gonzalez… Nice to see Billy Buckner get a minor league deal today. I still have hopes to see him be a statistical force someday… Aroldis Chapman is one the comeback trail and most of his owners got him at bargain spots in the draft… I am a proud and patient Tyson Ross owner…
Many would say the Chargers led a charmed life in 2013, when everything fell just right for the team to make the playoffs. Pro Bowlers, Philip Rivers and Eric Weddle were at the top of their games, while Ryan Mathews, Le’Ron McClain and Nick Hardwick all came strong with standout seasons. San Diego was a dangerous squad heading into the playoffs with nothing to lose. But after an upset win in Cincinnati, lose they were knocked off by Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs.
I may have drafted Matt Moore in one league too many this season… Sad to see All Star shortstops such as Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter dwindling away via old age and injuries… Jake Peavy is pitching some amazing hard luck ball… Andrelton Simmons is starting to hit the ball well after a quiet start… This is going to be another good year to own Matt Carpenter… Jesse Chavez and Garret Richards are the big names to pluck off the waiver wire right now… Aroldis Chapman is slowly but surely pitching his way back to health in rehab…
WAIVER WATCH: These are hot players flying off the free agent list and are worth a flier. Blackmon, Charlie RF COL, Morse, Michael LF SF, Chavez, Jesse RP OAK, Solarte, Yangervis LF NYY, Colabello, Chris 1B MIN, Plouffe, Trevor 3B MIN, Richards, Garrett RP LAA, Kelley, Shawn RP NYY
INJURY WATCH: These players should be monitored before your league deadlines on Monday. Jayson Werth, Koji Uehara… short list CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Big fantasy baseball disappointment in that Josh Hamilton will be sidelined six weeks with a thumb fracture. He was playing like the player of old this season… If Mike Minor is available in your league, now is the time to pick him up. He is doing his minor league rehab and doing it well as we speak… Tyson Ross has been a big disappointment to open the season… It’s amazing how Jake Peavy just refuses to fade into the sunset… And Tim Hudson is another oldie but goodie. He seems to enjoy being back in the Bay Area… If Matt Moore is visiting James Andrews, it can’t be good…
If you are fishing on the waiver wire, here are some names to look at: Ftancisco Rodriguez, Justin Smoak, Matt Lindstrom, Sergio Santos, Jose Valverde, Erasmo Ramirez, Emilio Bonifacio and Grady Sizemore… Khris Davis has been a dud so far, but don’t drop him quite yet… Justin Morneau is looking like a candidate to be had in deep fantasy leagues… I wish the Mets would use Lucas Duda more. He is a talent that deserves to be out there all the duda day… Beware of Bryce Harper. Healthy or not, he could break down at any given time…
Next week, we transition to fantasy baseball prep with Hustle Points very Sunday… Unless you play in averages leagues, Dwayne Wade will simply not do for your playoffs, as he stil is not playinng back-to-back nights… Those of you looking for replacements to plug into your fantasy basketball lineup for any given reason should note these guys right now: Jordan Hill, Ramon Sessions, Henry Sims, Gorgui Dieng, Tiago Splitter, Jarret Jack, Samuel Dalembert and Nick Young, among others… In fanasy baseball, Alex Rios seems to be the biggest bargain in fantasy drafts, falling below the Average Draft Position for no apparent reason. Michael Wacha seems to be the most popular sleeper pitcher around, followed by Sonny Gray… And finally, a piece of advice. If you are not a patient person with lots of time to to spare, and you just can’t get java aps to work on your phone, do NOT play in leagues with slow drafts. It will make your head hurt. I have never been so tied down to the house in my life or carried around so many scraps of draft note paper when I had to leave. Just sayin’.
WAIVER WIRE WATCH: Take the time to grab these guys if still available, as they are flying off the wire… Gorgui Dieng, Jarett Jack, Kris Humphries, Drew Gooden, Dion Waiters, Shaun Livingston, Kyle O’ Qinn, Ray Allen, Mo Williams…
INJURY WATCH: Check the status on these players before using them for the week ahead… Andre IguLodola, Luol Deng, Eric Gordon, La Marcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, Kyle Korver, JJ Hickson, Nikola Petkovic, Russell Westbrook, Nene… click here for more
Word has it that with his performance this spring, Grady Sizemore may serve as a comeback sleeper this season. If he doesn’t get hurt, he could be a late round bargain pick… The Mets are shopping Ike Davis, who could be quite the hitter in a hitter-friendly ballpark… Can’t blame Carmelo Anthony for not wanting to stay in New York… Randy Foye has to be one of the bigger surprises in fantasy basketball, yet is available in so many leagues… When I watch the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets play, I am thinking when did the NBA start a senior league?
No Hustle Points this week due to technical difficulties… sorry… stay tuned