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Must or Bust: Waiver Wire Gems? Glaus, Smoak, Galarraga & More

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Troy Glaus

A quick look at last week's Fantasy Baseball top performing and least owned players on the waiver wire. Since no one else is, we are giving Armando Galarraga a no-hitter. Glaus is finally back to his dominant ways on the red hot Braves and Smoak is coming around. Plus 2 young stud pitchers in Toronto. Can they really keep it up for another week? Check out who’s a Must or a Bust.

BATTERS
Troy Glaus – 59% of Y! Leagues
8 R /  4 HRS / 10 RBI / .308 BA
Glaus should be owned in all leagues now. As long as Troy can stay healthy he will produce and playing for the red hot Braves has certainly helped his numbers. Looks like Glaus is on his way to at least 2008 numbers (69/27/99) and we can certainly pray for 2006 numbers (105/28/104). 5 homers in the past 7 games…

Chris Coghlan – 47% of Y! Leagues
7 R /  1 HR / 3 RBI / 1 SB / .533 BA
This is Coghlan's first real sign of quality numbers in 2010. He's got a lot of catching up to do – even after batting over .500 this last week he is still hitting a measly .262. Hopefully the sophomore slump is over and we can have faith again in the 2009 NL ROY.

Bill Hall – 2% of Y! Leagues
8 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 2 SB / .368 BA
A great utility guy but until we see that Hall can get a permanent spot on a roster, don’t expect anything like his 2006 stats (101/35/85).

Justin Smoak – 12% of Y! Leagues
7 R /  2 HR / 6 RBI / .444 BA
After a huge jump in ownership from the callup, owners dropped Smoak as quick as Tyson dropped Sphinx. In the past week Smoak has raised his average 37 points. He’s the was the Rangers top hitting prospect this year so it looks like a little patience was needed. Keep a very close eye, ownership will easily double if he puts up one more solid week.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – 9% of Y! Leagues
4 R / 3 HR / 6 RBI / .400 BA
It’s highly unlikely Kouz can put up better numbers in Oakland than he did two years ago in San Diego (71/23/84/.260). Only a viable option in deep leagues.

Delmon Young – 13% of Y! Leagues
3 R /  2 HR / 9 RBI / 1 SB / .321 BA
Minnesota has been waiting for Young to wakeup since acquiring him in 2008. A thinner Delmon has so far produced solid numbers. It certainly helps to play with all-star hitters like Mauer and Morneau. 

PITCHERS
Armando Galarraga – 13% of Y! Leagues
9 IP / 1 W / 3 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.00 WHIP
We at The Fantasy Fix don’t much care for Jim Joyce’s poor eyesight and Selig being his usual mule-self, so we are changing the WHIP line from 0.11 to a perfect ZERO. Congrats Armando, you are a standup guy and as deserving as your halfway decent counterpart Dallas Braden. Don’t expect any more games like this though out of Galarraga any time soon – he’s only pitched 3 shutouts in his career with only 1 over 7 innings.

Brandon Morrow– 11% of Y! Leagues
14 IP / 1 W / 9 K / 1.29 ERA / 0.71 WHIP
Morrow is jumping on the Blue Jay bandwagon with Marcum and Cecil. 2 quality starts in a row and a handful of relatively good games. He held the two best hitting teams in the league (TAM & NY) to 7 hits over 14 innings. Morrow has 4 good pitches and one thing is for sure – he can strike batters out (74 in 64 innings). Yes he's been tagged for 6 runs against Boston and then against Arizona but he's also thrown a handful of gems. I'm predicting good things for Morrow here on out.

Brett Myers – 16% of Y! Leagues
13.2 IP / 1 W / 16 K / 1.98 ERA / 1.17 WHIP
Brett is one of those Vets who has good years and then decent years, but never terrible. He can get you 10-13 wins and even 150-175Ks, but he also owns a career 4.31 ERA. Certainly a player worth owning while he’s hot but also an easy player to drop if he starts affecting your teams stats. Good in the ERA and Ks so far but batters are hitting a whopping .275 off him and unfortunately thats not a new thing with him.

Tommy Hunter – 4% of Y! Leagues
9 IP / 1 W / 4 K / 1.00 ERA / 0.56 WHIP
In Hunter’s first game of the season he absolutely manhandled Tampa for a complete game 5 hitter plus it’s the 2nd of his career. With Derek Holland on the DL, he has at least 1 more game to prove he belongs in the rotation. Feldman and Harden haven’t pitched well so far, but its doubtful they are going anywhere. It will be interesting to see how this plays out if Hunter pitches another gem.

Felipe Paulino – 2% of Y! Leagues
8 IP / 1 W / 7 K / 1.12 ERA / 0.88 WHIP
After losing his first 6 games, Paulino has put up 4 quality starts in a row, but playing for the last place Astros has only amounted to 1 win. If Paulino was on a team that could actually win, we might be looking at a 7-1 instead of a 1-7 record. But he not on a winning team and he will struggle to get Wins all season.

Brett Cecil – 34% of Y! Leagues
8 IP / 1 W / 5 K / 1.12 ERA / 0.75 WHIP
I’m finally a believer in this guy. 4 solid starts in a row, the last being a total dominance over the Yankees. He only has one really bad game and all the rest have been quality starts. I say pick Cecil up now before its too late.

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