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Waiver Wire: Top 10 Under 10%

Brian Creagh picks the top 10 players owned in less than 10% of Yahoo leagues

J. Meric

In a new weekly series, I will be taking a look at 10 players owned in less than 10% of Yahoo! leagues and should provide great value moving forward. My picks aren't always meant to be long-term solutions, but instead players trending up who are worth starting in future weeks. I will try to select a good mix of hitters and pitchers so that you might find a useful addition no matter what your current roster needs are.


Leonys Martin (8% Owned) - Currently in a CF platoon with Craig Gentry, Martin is getting the majority of the AB's against RHPs. Leonys has been red-hot in the last two weeks with a line of 8 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 SB, .344 AVG. As evidenced by this line, Martin can provide a cheap source of speed and a ton of runs hitting in Texas. Although he's typically batting 8th in the lineup, he's followed by Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus, and David Murphy so the counting stats will still be there if he can continue to get on base.

Seth Smith (7% Owned) - Smith will not be worth owning for the rest of season, because he's too streaky of a hitter. Buy in now though as he's heating up with 2 HRs, a .375 AVG, and 1.313 OPS in the past week. He's also in a platoon situation in the DH spot, but this A's team can put up runs in bunches and Smith is in a prime spot right in the middle of the lineup.

Chris Denorfia (5% Owned) - Quietly having a solid season, Chris Denorfia is firmly planted in RF for the Padres. With double digit steals and around a .280 average the past two seasons, Denorfia makes a great OF4 in 14-team leagues or deeper. A small added bonus in some leagues is his eligibility at LF, CF, and RF.

Andy Dirks (8% Owned) - Blessed to be in one of the greatest lineup positions in all of the MLB, Andy Dirks currently hits in front of Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder. He also adds a little bit of pop and speed as he currently has 5 HR and 5 SB. Dirks should be a great source of the hard to predict R's category for the remainder of the season.

Adam Lind (6% Owned) - The best source of power on this list, Adam Lind is heating up along with the rest of the Toronto lineup. In the last two weeks, Lind has hit 3 HRs, with a .359 AVG, and 1.087 OPS. Currently with a career low 15.4% K%, and an equal 15.4% BB%, Lind appears headed for a true breakout this season.


Jonathan Pettibone (9% Owned) - Not the great source of strikeouts, that I typically like to promote (R.I.P Burch Smith) but Pettibone has 3 W's, and 3.00 ERA in 36 Innings Pitched. He appears to have solidified his spot in the Phillies rotation, and when looking at guys less than 10% owned, that's a huge point in his favor.

Steve Delabar (2% Owned) - A monster source of K's, Delabar should be owned in more than 2% of leagues. He has been lucky to poach 3 W's so far this season, but despite the wins, he should be rostered to add a bunch of strikeouts and lower your team's rate stats.

Nick Tepesch (7% Owned) - After a rough stretch agains the Cubs and the White Sox (10 ER in 10.2 IP), Tepesch has come back to put up some solid numbers. He just had an impressive start holding the Detroit Tigers to 2 rus in 5 Innings, and looks to be a quality to starter to throw out going forward.

Chris Capuano (6% Owned) - Capuano struggled when he joined the Dodgers rotation, but he has since settled down and should provide the solid numbers similar to what he produced in 2012. I'm looking the other way on his recent start against St. Louis. The Cardinals offense can blow up any fringe SP (R.I.P. Burch Smith) and you likely would've benched him for this game anyways.

Dan Straily (8% Owned) - His 2013 numbers look terrible, but I still believe in Straily. He bounced back nicely after getting hit hard by Texas, to turn around and shut down the same team in 7 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, and 5 K's. His time could be limited in the short-term as he is likely the odd man out when Brett Anderson returns, but Straily is still a great long-term add for when Colon is no longer an option or Anderson hurts himself again.