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Stock Watch: Buy & Sell Analysis

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


  • Norichika Aoki - Owned in only 14% of Yahoo leagues, compare the Brewers lead-off hitter's stats to the last outfielder on your active roster. Aoki hit .299 with eight steals and 10 runs in August, and is enjoying a solid season across the board with seven home runs and 22 steals.  His modest .305 BABIP supports the legitimacy of his .288 batting average for the season, and his .77 walk-to-strikeout ratio shows a control of the strike zone that should avoid a prolonged slump during a head-to-head playoff matchup.
  • Adam Eaton - Hit .381 (with an inflated .432 BABIP) while collecting 38 steals and seven home runs in 562 plate appearances for the Diamondback's Triple-A affiliate this season.  Eaton has started the first two games since his recall and already collected three runs with four hits in eleven at-bats. Eaton should be picked up by teams desperate for speed.
  • Mark Reynolds - Finally crossing the 50% ownership threshold in Yahoo leagues at 52%, Reynolds is single handedly carrying fantasy offenses with eight home runs in his last 7 games.  A notoriously streaky hitter, get Reynolds on your team and enjoy the ride in those leagues where he remains on waivers.
  • Mike Minor - Courtesy of a slow start to the season, Minor remains mostly a streaming option in many 1- or 12-team mixed leagues. However, Minor should be a stabilizing force in fantasy rotations with a 2.56 ERA and .93 WHIP in the second half.  Minor is also rocking a 46-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the second half and is coming off a seven-inning shutout performance.
  • Everth Cabrera - Owned in only 5% of Yahoo leagues despite 28 steals and eligibility at both 2B and SS, Cabrera has shifted around the Padres lineup but may get a chance to hit leadoff for much of the rest of the season.  He also is tied for second in steals among Yahoo-eligible 2B and fourth among SS, despite only receiving 361 plates appearances this season due to his later call-up date.
  • Andrew Cashner - Returns Friday night for a home start against the Diamondbacks and should be claimed and activated in all leagues.  The Padres have a pitcher-friendly schedule the remainder of the season and Cashner can provide excellent strikeout numbers.
  • Dan Straily - Scratched from his Triple-A start scheduled for Friday, Straily may return to the Oakland rotation to replace Brandon McCarthy. Straily is another big strikeout pitcher that enjoyed a 3.18 ERA and 12-to-4 strikeout to walk ratio in 17 innings over his first three Major League starts earlier this year.  He also rocked 11+ strikeouts per nine innings in the minor leagues this year.
  • Jason Hammel - After his impressive performance against the Yankees on Thursday in his return to the Baltimore rotation, Hammel has a 3.46 ERA, 3.19 FIP and 8.82 strikeouts per nine innings this season.  Pick Hammel up in leagues where he was dropped following his trip to the DL.
  • Chris Archer - In leagues with deep benches, Archer is worth a stash now in the event he is moved into the rotation to provide rest to Alex Cobb.  Archer struck out 14 batters in 11 2/3 innings earlier this season, and enjoyed a 9.77 strikeouts per nine innings rate in Triple-A this season with a 3.66 ERA.


  • Ryan Vogelsong - After an excellent first half, Vogelsong has slumped to a 5.20 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in the second half.  Owners cannot wait on Vogelsong to figure out his problems during the head-to-head playoffs.  I prefer Cashner or Minor to Vogelsong for the remainder of the season.

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