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Stock Watch: Buy & Sell Analysis

Stock Watch over the last few weeks of the season will focus on players mostly available on waiver wires, since trading deadlines having passed and teams are focusing on waiver claims that can help during the stretch run of the season or in head-to-head playoff matchups.

Buy

  • Dewayne Wise - Owned in only 9% of Yahoo! leagues, Wise has been on a tear recently with 4 steals, 2 home runs and a .324 batting average in September.  Compare that to the last outfielder on your roster.  Rule of thumb for September fantasy baseball is to ride the hot hands no matter what history tells you their production "should" be.
  • Nate McLouth - Hitting leadoff and playing every day for the surging Orioles following the injury to Nick Markakis, McLouth is hitting .342 in September with 8 runs and 2 steals.  He hit 20 home runs as recently as 2009, and provides a decent power/speed combination. McLouth is only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues but is performing better than the last hitter on most fantasy rosters.
  • Anthony Gose - Owners looking for speed should nab Gose off waivers as he is owned in only 4% of Yahoo leagues.  Gose has 14 steals on the season, including 4 over the last 6 games.  Gose also stole 69 bases in 587 plate appearances for Toronto's AA affiliate last season.
  • Jed Lowrie - Back from injury and owned in only 19% of Yahoo leagues, Lowrie qualifies at SS and 3B and has 14 home runs on the season in 332 plate appearances.
  • Kyle Kendrick - Excellent since the middle of August with a 1.49 ERA in winning five of his last six starts.  Kendrick starts against Houston on Saturday and should be in all fantasy lineups.  He is the third highest ranked starter in Yahoo leagues over the last 30 days.
  • A.J. Griffin - Sporting a spectacular 1.94 ERA, 1.52 BB/9 rate and 4.82 K/BB ratio in 65 innings, Griffin is a solid mid-rotation starter for the remainder of the season that has been particularly hot as of late with only two earned runs total over his last three starts.
  • Erasmo Ramirez - This Seattle rookie is a good streaming option for home starts (such as on Monday) as he enjoys a 3.49 ERA, 1.86 BB/9 rate and 4.13 K/BB ratio.  Ramirez also has a 3.50 SIERA and 3.59 FIP, and his excellent control and pitcher friendly home park make him a good streamer despite only being owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues.

Sell

  • Mark Teixeira - Owners in daily leagues should be focusing on using as many of their remaining available games for hitters as possible by streaming replacement hitters to cover off days or games when their players are resting.  To achieve this all bench spots are critical.  Oftentimes rankings in cumulative hitting categories are determined by how many games played owners are able to accrue on their team.  Teixeira may return for the last week of the season, but there is no guarantee he will return effectively (if at all).  In the meantime he is taking up a valuable bench spot that can be used to stream hitters (or starting pitchers).  Daily leagues owners with few bench spots should drop their second or third round pick to stream hitters and maximize the games played from their hitting positions. 


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