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Waiver Wire: 10 Under 10%

Brian Creagh takes a look at 10 players owned in less than 10% of Yahoo leagues


Ryan Sweeney - Chicago Cubs (1% Owned) - Sweeney has been excellent since filling in for the injured David DeJesus, with 7 R, 3 HR, 10 RBIs, 1 SB, .260 AVG, and .888 OPS in the past 14 days. I really like Sweeney for the rest of the year as he is capable of playing all 3 OF positions and will find consistent AB's on the North Side. Jump on him now if you need some OF depth.

Luke Scott - Tampa Bay Rays (1% Owned) - Now the full time DH in Tampa, Luke Scott could be a great source of cheap power for teams in need of HRs. Scott is a streaky hitter, so cut bait fast if he really starts to struggle, but buy in now in anticipation of an upcoming power streak.

Darwin Barney - Chicago Cubs (3% Owned) - Riding a 7-game hit streak, Barney is looking like a nice temporarily fill in for a MI position. Similar to Scott, I don't expect him to be a solution for the rest of the season, but he's playing well and should be rosterable for the next few weeks.

Juan Francisco - Milwaukee Brewers (5% Owned) - Francisco homered in 3 straight games against the Chicago Cubs this week and appears to be locked in. He's very much a ‘feast or famine' type, and I'd rather roll the dice on Luke Scott, but Francisco's dual eligibility at 1B and 3B is useful and might be worth a spot start.

Ryan Flaherty - Baltimore Orioles (2% Owned) - Due to his position eligibility and recent play, Flaherty might be the most intriguing name on this list. Eligible for 2B, 3B, and OF in Yahoo leagues, Flaherty has hit 3 HRs with a .387 AVG over the past 2 weeks. Flaherty is really starting to grow on me, and I'm willing to trust him for the rest of the season at a MI spot.

Nathan Eovaldi - Miami Marlins (3% Owned) - Since rejoining the rotation in 2013, Eovaldi has looked great in his two starts. He threw a quality start in each outing, to go with a 3.33 K/BB ratio against two of the better offenses in the NL (SF and ARI). Eovaldi provides excellent strikeout potential to go with a spacious home ballpark and he will be pitching in a division lacking in offensive threats. His fastball velocity has jumped to an average 96.8 mph this year. Eovaldi could break out here in the second half.

Martin Perez - Texas Rangers (4% Owned) - Similar to Eovaldi, Perez has been great in every start since joining the rotation in 2013 and he's faced equally as difficult offenses (ARI, STL, CIN - oddly all interleague games). Granted 1 start was back in May, Perez has pitched very well and should hold on to a rotation spot for the foreseeable future. I prefer Eovaldi this season because Perez doesn't offer the same strikeout potential, but Perez does have the better offense supporting him and better secondary pitches which make Perez the more attractive long-term option.

Robbie Erlin - San Diego Padres (1 % Owned) - I'm not the biggest Robbie Erlin fan, or anyone else who relies heavily on an 89 mph fastball, but his success early this season cannot be ignored. As a starter, Erlin has pitched 13 innings with 11 K's, 1 BB, and a 2.77 ERA. As long as the Padres are playing well and winning ballgames, Erlin is worth rolling out almost every start.

Stephen Fife - Los Angeles Dodgers (2% Owned) - Fife has really grown on me with his 52.0% GB% and 7.9 K/9. He has a propensity for giving up the long ball, but his sample is still small with only 34.1 IP and I'm hoping this normalizes as the season progresses.

Scott Kazmir - Cleveland Indians (5% Owned) - With back-to-back dominant performances, Kazmir is back on our fantasy radar. I'm not buying in this time, but the upside is at least worth mentioning. Kazmir is nothing but a tease and I'm not falling for this act.

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