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10 Under 10% - Week 6

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Brian Creagh picks his 10 favorite waiver wire picks ups owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo Leagues

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Eddie Rosario - OF, Minnesota Twins (1% Owned) - A former top prospect, whose development was sidetracked by a 50 game suspension for the use of a banned substance, Eddie Rosario has made it to the big leagues. He's already showing the skills that put him on every Minnesota Top 10 lists, right behind Miguel Sano. He's a power/speed threat and could have him a nice little run here while Orlando Arcia is on the DL.

Cameron Maybin - OF, Atlanta Braves (1% Owned) - Maybin is looking like a completely different player in Atlanta. He's drawing walks at double his average clip, he's hitting for significantly more power, and hitting far more line drives than his career averages suggest. Maybin doesn't look like he's going to be a major threat to steal anymore, but he's putting up useful numbers in every category besides AVG (and that might change as his .243 BABIP regresses to his .296 career average).

Kyle Blanks - 1B, Texas Rangers (8% Owned) - Blanks is off to a torrid start since taking over the 1B spot for Mitch Moreland. His season line sits at a tasty 7 Rs, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, .343 AVG, and 1.052 OPS, and that's just in 35 ABs. While the AVG is a mirage, and will likely settle in the .250-.260 range, the power is very real and could continue at a playable rate. Health is a major concern for Blanks - he's been injury-prone his entire career, but until Moreland returns, Blanks has earned a spot in all but the shallowest fantasy leagues.

Jace Peterson - 2B, Atlanta Braves (2% Owned) - A repeat from last week's list, Peterson has solidified himself as Atlanta's everyday second baseman. His value could take a huge step forward if he stays hot and moves up to the top of the Atlanta order in front of Freddie Freeman. He has the on-base skills to thrive in the #1 or #2 slot, so look out for any change in the lineup if Simmons/Markakis stumble.

Dilson Herrera - 2B, New York Mets (2% Owned) - Herrera got off to a terribly slow start, but he has started to rebound and is showing why he's more than capable of taking the Mets' 2B job away from Daniel Murphy. Herrera could end up being an empty-average guy, but in a better-then-expected New York Mets lineup, he could end up with some quality counting stats. Herrera is one of the best long-term investments in this list.

Carlos Frias - SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (6% Owned) - The Brandon McCarthy replacement, Carlos Frias gave up his first earned runs this week to the Milwaukee Brewers. He still looks the part of a back-end rotation piece and is a solid investment in deep formats. Frias lacks much upside since he throws all hard stuff and won't generate any swings and misses from hitters. He lacks a putaway pitch, and fires almost all fastballs. He can be effective with this approach, but it won't fill up fantasy stat lines.

David Phelps - SP, Miami Marlins (4% Owned) - After moving away from Yankee Stadium, to the pitcher-friendly Marlins Park, Phelps has continued his quality efforts every time out. Phelps isn't a strikeout pitcher, and he doesn't go deep into games, but he consistently maintains a low ERA and FIP. I love targeting pitchers in the NL East and Phelps is no exception.

Colby Lewis - SP, Texas Rangers (8% Owned) - Another repeat name, I expect Lewis to graduate from this list by next week. Texas' offense hasn't been great so Ws will be tough to come by, but Lewis maintains a solid K-rate and throws a ton of innings. Lewis is worth picking up and a guy you don't have to be terribly concerned about sitting against tough matchups.

Robbie Ray - SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (0% Owned) - Robbie Ray went into Colorado and threw an impressive six innings, by giving up only one earned run and striking out five. Ray has my attention and I'm eagerly awaiting his next turn in the rotation. He shouldn't have to wait too long after such an impressive performance. Hopefully a spot opens up for Ray soon and he can take it and never look back.

Michael Lorenzen - SP, Cincinnati Reds (1% Owned) - Another rookie pitcher, Michael Lorenzen has a more stable footing in the Cincinnati rotation, but lacks the upside of Ray. Lorenzen has a nice fastball/slider combo, which should generate some Ks. He's had one solid start, and a forgettable one, but both were against below-average offenses (Pittsburgh and Milwaukee). I'll want to see how he does against a top offense before fully buying into Lorenzen sticking long-term.


Honorable Mentions

Billy Burns - OF, Oakland A's (4% Owned)

Wandy Rodriguez - SP, Texas Rangers (1% Owned)

Chase Anderson - SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (8% Owned)


Graduates: Kevin Pillar (22%), Chris Young (10% Owned)

DropoutsTony Sipp (4% Owned), Colby Rasmus (9% Owned)