Top 5 A.L. Waiver-Wire Acquisitions for 4/20 - 4/26
(All stats include week of 4/20 through 4/26)
> Weekly stats: .435 (10-for-23), 4 runs, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs
Without a doubt, Mike Lowell is the hottest waiver-wire out there. In his past 5 games, Lowell has 10 hits, 4 doubles, a whopping 11 RBIs, and a 1.240 OPS. He's ranked second in the American League with 22 RBIs on the year and is currently hitting .324 (22-for-68 through 17 games). His only blemish during the week was the 5:0 K:BB ratio. Other than that, the 35-year old is on fire! Before this week, Lowell was owned in 32% of leagues. He is now owned in 61.7% of leagues, a jump of 29.7%. If you're lucky, he's still out there within the free agents.
> Weekly stats: .375 (6-for-16), 4 runs, 2 RBIs, 4 stolen bases
Obviously, Josh Anderson's main threat is his speed. He had 4 steals this week in just 5 games, and 6 on the year (14 games). He's had a lot of playing time in Chicago in left field, and he's had a hit in every game since April 13 th. Right now, he's hitting for average, stealing A LOT of bases, and even scoring a good amount of runs. He's pretty valuable in any fantasy league and he's surely available, owned in just 2.3% of leagues. I would take my chances now, before the early-season streak starts to stagnate.
> Weekly stats: .333 (8-for-24), 7 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 stolen bases
Coco Crisp is just starting to warm up this week. He started the season off with just 8 hits and no steals in 12 games. Since then, Crisp matched those 8 hits with 8 hits in five games, added 2 steals, and scored 7 times. He was originally drafted in most leagues, I'm sure, and was taken for his stealing and run-scoring abilities. But don't be surprised if he's in your free agent pile, as he's now only owned in 74.3% of leagues. He has a weekly drop of about 7%, but that should change really soon as long as he can keep producing runs and steals.
Honorable mention: Alberto Callaspo (Royals)- .360 (9-for-25), 1 run, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 doubles, no strikeouts, 2 walks. He has 9-game hit streak and is 14-for-32 (.438) during that span. He also ranks 5 th in A.L. in batting average.
By Tony Falcioni
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