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Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

Injuries continue to mount on fantasy owners as a few veteran closers fell to the disabled list this week.With injury, gives way to opportunity for new faces and Astros Mark Melancon will be given a chance to hold down the closers role in Brandon Lyons absence.

So far, so good as Melancon nailed down is first save chance on Friday night with a one, two, three ninth inning. Houston will probably give Lyon and extended amount of time to rehab his “tired shoulder” if Melancon should continue to find success in the ninth inning.

Take a look at some of the other options worth adding off the fantasy baseball waiver wire in our week six addition.

First Baseman

Eric Hosmer- Royals

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30% 22.5%

The call up to the bigs has finally come for top prospect Eric Hosmer as the Royals finally gave up on Kila Ka’hue with this poor batting average. Hosmer was hitting over .400 in the minors and has decent speed for a first baseman. In Hosmer’s first game on Friday, he flashed his speed with a stolen base against the A’s.

Another trait that Hosmer showed in his first game is his plate dispaline with two walks in his first two major league at bats. Hosmer is hitting sixth in a hot offense so expect him to post solid stats, right away. In the future Hosmer will be the Royals best pure hitter and that’s saying something when Billy Butler is on this team.

Pickup Hosmer right away as he is still avalible in most fantasy baseball leagues but will be gone soon.

Second Baseman

Scott Sizemore – Tigers

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5% 6%

The Tigers needed to shake some things up after a horrible final week of April. Entire rookie second baseman Scott Sizemore as a call up from the minors and you have a decent option for help in fantasy baseball. Sizemore is hitting second in the Tigers order and will give your team a high contact, respectable batting average second baseman.

Outfielder

Jason Bourgeois – Astros

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10% 15%

Jason Bourgeois is so hot the Astros actually have him as the leadoff man over All Star Michael Bourn. Bourgeois is playing great and has quality speed with this 12 stolen bases to date. Look to Bourgeois as a nice option for speed and batting average moving forward.

Starting Pitchers

Jake Peavy – White Sox

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48% 32%

The White Sox veteran is back and hopefully he’s ready to get back to pitching at a quality level. The White Sox need his help but fantasy owners should keep him on the bench for a start or two so that we can see how effective he is.

Alex White – Indians

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3% 1%

Look to Alex White as a nice addition on one of the hottest teams in baseball as the Indians are winning games left and right these days. White has good stuff and should continue to make a positive impact for the Indians and for fantasy rosters. Looking at the percentage owned above, you should be able to get him in all your leagues.

Closers

Mark Melancon – Astros

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25% 25%

As mentioned to start this article, Mark Melancon already nailed down his first save chance for the Astros on Friday. Lyon will probably be shut down for awhile, if Melancon is effective so give him a shot and he should deliver.

Vicente Padilla – Dodgers

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23% 26%

Another relief pitcher that is getting an opportunity for saves because a veteran went on the disabled list as Jonathan Broxton is shut down. Broxton was pitching badly and was on the verge of losing his job before his DL stint so if Padilla is successful he could keep the job for a decent stretch.

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