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Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 3

The Cleveland Indians are off to a great start, and it looks like starting pitcher Justin Masterson is ready to help fantasy owners after a disappointing 2010 season. Masterson is still having some problems verse left handed hitters but with three wins on the season and a 1.33 earn run average, he’s dominating overall.

Despite Masterson’s fast start, he is still owned in less than 40 percent of all leagues in ESPN and Yahoo, but you will need to act fast as fantasy baseball owners will be targeting him this weekend.

Take a look at all of our week three waiver wire pickup options below. As usual, we have the percentage owned for each player in ESPN and Yahoo leagues listed to give you an idea of your odds of picking up that player.

Week Three Waiver Pickups

Outfielders

Sam Fuld – Rays

ESPN Yahoo
59% 44%

With Manny Ramirez gone for good, Sam Fuld has taken advantage of regular playing time by making dazzling plays in the outfield and stealing bases left and right. Heck, Fuld is so hot he even turned down an opportunity to hit for the cycle against the Red Sox when he opted to run for a double instead of sitting back on a single, late in the game.

Look to Fuld as a must own if you’re in need of speed as he seems to have earned enough confidence in his coaching staff to be the teams regular leadoff man.

Jonny Gomes – Reds

ESPN Yahoo
57% 35%

It seems like Jonny Gomes is one of those players who always comes up on waiver wire discussion in the early portion of the season. While Gomes five home runs and 13 RBI’s are impressive, thus far, it is his 15 walks that truly shows he’s seeing the baseball well. Gomes if off to a terrific start and is actually hitting fourth in the Reds’ order as of this weekend.

Take a shot on the veteran as he plays in a friendly lineup and a hitters park.

Dexter Fowler / Seth Smith – Rockies

Fowler

ESPN Yahoo
52% 38%

Smith

ESPN Yahoo
15% 9%

The Rockies are off to a hot start this season and outfielders Dexter Fowler and Seth Smith are a big reason why. Both are getting the job done and are worth placing on your fantasy roster. Of the two I like Smith the best as he provides you will better power and gets opportunities to drive in runs.

Fowler has speed but he never seems to live up to the potential he should in that category. The speedster does have two stolen bases coming into the weekend so hopefully he can build in his productive start and gain more confidence on the base paths.

David Murphy – Rangers

ESPN Yahoo
16% 40%

With Josh Hamilton out for the next two months, David Murphy should get regular playing time in the Rangers’ outfield. Murphy has always been able to hit but playing time has been a big reason why he’s stayed on the waiver wire in most leagues. Since Hamilton broke his shoulder, Murphy has been hitting just fine and should be owned in all leagues.

Michael Brantley – Indians

ESPN Yahoo
4% 8%

Don’t let the expected return (possibly Sunday) of Grady Sizemore shy you away from Michael Brantley as he is expect to move into left field when the veteran returns. Brantley has had a great start to the season, and the Indians should be for real in the first half of the season. This team had ability, but it looks like everyone if paying off for breakout years and rebound seasons.

Maybe the Indians won’t duplicate this success next season, but for now they are a force in the American League Central, look out.

Second Baseman

Orlando Cabrera – Indians

ESPN Yahoo
38% 27%

Regular playing time coupled with the overall success the Indians makes Orlando Cabrera a player who can help your team in the short run. Cabrera isn’t going to be a world beater for any fantasy baseball team, but he can help you through an injury or while you’re looking for a young prospect to (Dustin Ackley perhaps) to get a call up around June.

Chris Getz – Royals

ESPN Yahoo
4% 3%

The Royals are off to a great start and their hitting looks to be for real in the first month of the season. Who knows how long some of these guys will continue to hit, but Chris Getz is benefiting from their success hitting atop the order. Getz is a steady option to help your team in the short run.

Shortstop

Angel Sanchez – Astros

ESPN Yahoo
38% 46%

The Astros were in need of a future solution at shortstop even before Clint Barmes suffered an injury before the season began. It looks like Angel Sanchez could be that answer as he’s played good defense and is hitting well to begin the season. Look to Sanchez as a quick fix option for shortstop if you’re in need of some early season help at this position.

Relief Pitchers

Kyle Farnsworth – Rays

ESPN Yahoo
17% 45%

With three saves and a win to his name already, Kyle Farnsworth is the name who has broken out as the Rays’ leader for ninth inning work. The veteran could make a go of being the teams closer throughout this season, as they need a steady option to close down games. Farnsworth should be owned in all leagues, but as you can see by the percentage owned above, that is not the case at this time.

Mitchell Boggs – Cardinals

ESPN Yahoo
0.1% 2%

If Ryan Franklin should continue to struggle for the Cardinals Mitchell Boggs is a likely option to receive an opportunity. You can never fully know what manager Tony LaRussa will do, but Boggs has been s thus far, and has the stuff to nail down the ninth. If you’re in need of a future prospect for saves, Boggs is worth stashing.

Starting Pitchers

Justin Masterson – Indians

ESPN Yahoo
32% 40%

One of the hot names on the waiver wire this weekend in all leagues, Justin Masterson has been fabulous in the first two weeks of the season. Cleveland will give Masterson solid run support and the addition of Grady Sizemore this week will only help their odds of success. Masterson will have some rough outings in the future, but he’s worth holding onto as the Indians should have a solid first half of the season.

Matt Harrison – Rangers

ESPN Yahoo
80% 45%

Since my last waiver wire article Matt Harrison has had two more solid starts and is flying off the waiver wire in most leagues. Surprisingly, Harrison is only gone in 45 percent of Yahoo’s leagues, but I expect that to change over the weekend. Harrison looks for real to have a solid first half, and we know the Rangers will give him run support and Neftali Feliz can close out his games for victories.

Chris Narveson – Brewers

ESPN Yahoo
51% 46%

One of the questions about the Brewers this season was if Chris Narveson could continue his success from the end of last season. Well, so far, the answer is yes, as Narveson has been solid overall. Narveson can help your squad and should be trust worthy in the early going of the season.

Sam LeCure – Reds

ESPN Yahoo
1% 4%

The Reds are having another solid start to the season and Sam LeCure is coming out of nowhere to give them quality games in the starting rotation. In week three, LeCure is a two start pitcher so pick him up and use him if you need an extra arm on your roster.

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