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Through The Wire

Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay

How Rodney
is still available in almost 25 percent of fantasy leagues is beyond me. The
Rays named him the closer once it was announced that Kyle Farnsworth would
start the season on the Disabled List, and Rodney may not give it up. He’s 4-for-4
in save chances and also has a win. The only two hits and run he’s allowed so
far this season was in a non-save situation, so go grab him if he’s out there.

C A.J.
Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox

This hot
start came out of nowhere, and it’s even that much more vital since it’s coming
from a catcher. We all know how scarce this position has become in fantasy, so
anytime a player starts the year hitting .400 with four home runs and 13 runs
batted in then we all should take notice. Obviously Pierzynski won’t even come
close to keeping up with this pace, but he’s not a bad option to throw in your
lineup if you need a change.

SP Jake
Peavy, Chicago White Sox

Peavy has
started the season on an absolute tear and looks like he’s starting to regain
his form from a few years ago when he was one of the best pitcher’s in the league.
I know it’s only been three starts, but he should be the most coveted waiver
addition in your league right now. Peavy is 2-0 with a sub-3.00 earned run
average and has 21 strikeouts compared to just two walks. What’s more
impressive is that two of his three starts have come against the Detroit Tigers
and Texas Rangers, so he’s facing tough lineups and still dominating. Somehow
he’s only owned in about 41 percent of ESPN leagues, so get him immediately.

Mike Aviles, Boston

hasn’t had the greatest start to the 2012 season, but he just recently became
eligible at another infield position and is a great player to have on your
bench. He is a proven .300 hitter and will steal some bases, but the fact that
you can plug him in at second base, third base and shortstop is reason enough
to pick him up off the wire. He does have a couple home runs to his credit
already and will be playing every day in hitter friendly Fenway Park, so go
grab the utility player.

SP Kyle
Drabek, Toronto

This one
is still a little bit of a reach, but everyone should have Drabek on their
radars. He’s put up spectacular back-to-back performances to start the season,
going 2-0. He’s allowed just one run in each start and has 10 strikeouts. It’s
just a small sample size to go by and Drabek is coming off a miserable 2011,
but so far he’s looked very sharp. Keep an eye on his next few starts to see if
he’s for real or not.

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