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Waiver Wire: 10 Under 10%

Brian Creagh highlights 10 players worth picking up who are owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo leagues


Kole Calhoun - Los Angeles Angels (5% Owned) - Seen as a solid fourth outfielder while coming up through the minors, Kole Calhoun is having himself a big week playing RF and leading off for the Halos. He does a little bit of everything with some pop and the ability to swipe a bag. He should be useful the rest of the way in deep leagues.

Matt Adams - St. Louis Cardinals (6% Owned) - Adams is one Cardinals outfield injury away from making a big splash in fantasy leagues. He has put up solid numbers in limited duty, but a full-time gig would let Adams' power and contact skills be on full display. It's more of a stash play, but he will still provide values in daily lineup leagues.

Jonathan Villar - Houston Astros (7% Owned) - Everth Cabrera owners hopefully jumped all over Villar. I wouldn't expect an equal amount of steals or a similar batting average, but it's a similar profile and should soften the damage.

Justin Maxwell - Kansas City Royals (2% Owned) - A dual-threat option, Maxwell has played really well since his move to the Royals. The Royals outfield is crowded with Gordon, Cain, Dyson, and Lough also getting regular AB's but Maxwell can play all 3 OF spots and should find consistent playing time. Jump on him now before Maxwell is officially starting on the depth chart.

Carlos Ruiz - Philadelphia Phillies (9% Owned) - Ruiz is playing well and has a hold on the starting gig. Don't expect anything similar to his crazy 2012 production rates, but Ruiz is a worthy add in almost all formats. He's starting to heat up hitting .429 with a long ball in his last 5 games.

David Carpenter - Atlanta Braves (1% Owned) - I don't know where Atlanta keeps finding these excellent bullpen arms, but Carpenter is another great late inning option. He has a 1.85 ERA in 43.2 IP this year and is striking out over a batter per inning. Those of you in roto looking to make up some innings, run out Carpenter to help decrease your ratios.

Andrew Albers - Minnesota Twins (1% Owned) - Albers had an excellent debut throwing 8.1 scoreless innings and I'll be curious to see if he can bump the strikeout numbers his next time out. He has swing-and-miss stuff and his minor league track record backs that up (7.7 K/9 in the minors to go with a 4.23 SO/BB ratio). He's already 27 so I wouldn't go crazy on this guy in keeper leagues, but he's an interesting arm worth keeping an eye on.

Chris Capuano - Los Angeles Dodgers (7% Owned) - Coming off of back-to-back 6+ IP shutouts, Capuano is vastly underrated. The Dodgers are playing much better of late so he should receive some offensive support to go with the favorable home park. Give him a look if you need some SP help.

Brett Oberholtzer - Houston Astros (2% Owned) - I don't know what to make of this guy, but Oberholtzer's is fresh off 7-inning shutout outings against the Orioles and Red Sox! I'm guessing hitters will figure him out, but I'm running with him until they do.

Bruce Rondon - Detroit Tigers (5% Owned) - More of a long-term keeper league play here as Rondon is capable of blowing up the ratios of any contender. He's pitching well in Detroit and if he continues, he could lock in the closers role for 2014. He's a strikeout machine as well so a worthy gamble for those teams currently on the outside looking in.