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fantasy fantasy baseballThis week was longer than normal after the All Star Break in Fantasy Baseball .The trading deadline is July 31, exciting times are ahead with players soon to be switching leagues, closers going to teams that are competing to get into the playoffs and some rookies called up with some injuries taking place. I played the first place team this week and I had good pitching and he had good hitting so we split 9-9.  The competition continues with my husband moving up in the ranks and now he was fortunate to be able to get Ben Sheets off of waivers to his already great pitching staff.

I share with you part of the article Waiver Wired Shake the Sheets by D.J. Short of Rotoworld.  The Return of Ben Sheets

Waiver Wire

Ben Sheets SP, Braves

I’ll be honest when I say that I snickered a bit when I saw the Braves had signed Sheets. I mean, we’re talking about a guy who hasn’t been effective since 2008 and sat out all of last season recovering from major elbow surgery. However, I’m happy to eat some crow here, as the 34-year-old right-hander allowed just two hits over six shutout innings in a win over the Mets on Sunday. Sheets is a poor bet to hold up physically and had a 4.53 ERA over 20 starts with the A’s during his last stint in the majors back in 2010, but he’s worth a flier in most mixed fantasy leagues.

Brennan Boesch OF, Tigers

It looks like Boesch is on one of his patented streaks again. The 27-year-old outfielder went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday’s win over the Angels and is hitting .395 (15-for-38) with two homers, five doubles and 11 RBI in 11 games this month. While Boesch has been a disappointment to those who were counting on him as a sleeper this season, he should be started in fantasy leagues as long as he’s swinging a hot bat.

Francisco Rodriguez RP, Brewers

After John Axford blew his sixth save of the season on Monday night, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke announced that “The Ax Man” was being pulled from the closer role and Rodriguez would get a chance to fill in. K-Rod has saved two games since then — and boy were they an adventure — but he managed to get the job done. In other words, it’s not unlike most of his other save opportunities over the years. It’s unclear whether this is just a temporary move, but even if it is, Rodriguez could find himself closing games if he is dealt to certain contenders in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Jayson Werth OF, Nationals

Werth was well on his way to a rebound season before he broke his left wrist while trying to make a sliding catch against the Phillies back on May 6. However, he managed to take a full round of batting practice for the first time on Wednesday and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with High-A Potomac. This puts him on pace to rejoin the Nationals in the early part of August. It’s fair to wonder if the wrist will affect his power the rest of the way, but he should still be stashed on a DL spot in most formats.

Lorenzo Cain OF, Royals

I mentioned Cain in Waiver Wired about a month ago just as he was beginning a minor league rehab assignment, but it seems he is still flying under the radar in many fantasy leagues. It’s time to change that. The 26-year-old center fielder is batting .474 (9-for-19) with two homers, two doubles, six RBI and six runs scored in six games since returning from the disabled list last week. With his speed and surprising pop, there’s still time for him to justify his status as a draft day sleeper.

Cody Ross OF, Red Sox

Ross’ ownership numbers took a bit of a tumble after Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford returned from the disabled list, but fantasy owners would be wise to take another look. The 31-year-old had a huge game Wednesday against the White Sox, slugging two homers and driving in six runs as part of a 10-1 victory. While the Red Sox outfield is pretty crowded right now, David Ortiz’s stint on the disabled list should provide some short-term flexibility out of the DH spot. Ross is best utilized in a daily league, as he figures to get most of his at-bats against left-handed starting pitchers.

Jeff Samardzija SP/RP, Cubs

It looked like Samardzija was hitting the wall in his first season as a starting pitcher in the major leagues, but he has turned things around a bit recently. The 27-year-old right-hander tossed six innings of one-run ball in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins and has a 2.37 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings across three starts this month. The Cubs could decide to shut Samardzija down at a certain point later this summer, but he should remain a fine source of strikeouts in the interim.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/OF, Padres

There’s no telling where Amarista will play on any given night, but he continues to hit no matter where the Padres put him in the lineup. The diminutive utility man is hitting .390 (23-for-59) with four home runs, four doubles, 16 RBI and two stolen bases over his last 16 games and has raised his season batting average from .222 to .298 in the process. While the Padres value his versatility, he has made a strong case to start over Everth Cabrera at shortstop. With his speed and multi-position eligibility, he’s well worth snagging if you need a MI (middle infielder) option.

Todd Frazier 3B/OF, Reds

Joey Votto is expected to miss three to four weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair the torn medial meniscus cartilage in his left knee. While this is a crushing blow to the Reds as they try to keep pace in the National League Central, the injury opens the door for Frazier to play regularly at first base. The 26-year-old has managed to remain under the radar in fantasy leagues, despite hitting .277/.343/.554 with 10 homers, 30 RBI and an .896 OPS in 216 plate appearances this season. Scott Rolen isn’t exactly the model of durability at this point of his career, so Frazier has a good chance of keeping his value even after Votto returns.

Anthony Gose OF, Blue Jays

Another player getting a shot due to injury, Gose was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas this week after Jose Bautista was placed on the disabled list with left wrist inflammation. Ranked as the game’s No. 39 prospect on Baseball America’s midseason list, Gose was hitting .292/.375/.432 with five home runs, 18 doubles, 10 triples, 29 stolen bases and an .808 OPS through 92 games this season prior to his call-up. The 21-year-old outfielder has a penchant for the strikeout, so his first stint in the majors could be a bumpy ride, but his speed makes him worth a flier for anyone on the lookout for stolen bases.

Logan Forsythe 2B/3B, Padres

Forsythe doesn’t have a clear path to playing time at the moment, but he’s doing his best to force Bud Black’s hand. The 25-year-old has hit safely in seven out of his last eight games and while he was hitless in three-bats on Wednesday against the Padres, he did draw a pair of walks. Forsythe’s patience is his best attribute, as he has compiled a .414 on-base percentage and 285/229 K/BB ratio over parts of five seasons in the minors. He’s worth owning while he’s swinging a hot bat, but he could be a nice find if the Padres end up trading Chase Headley before the deadline.

Marwin Gonzalez SS, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Jed Lowrie’s chance at a breakout season hit an unfortunate snag this week as he was diagnosed with a nerve issue in his leg and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Gonzalez, who was acquired from the Red Sox after being selected in December’s Rule 5 Draft, should see most of the playing time at shortstop during his absence. The 23-year-old switch-hitter doesn’t bring a lot to the table offensively, but he has a knack for making contact and could surprise by swiping a few bags. Let’s be honest, sometimes playing time is king in single-league universes, so he’s worth a look if you’re really hurting for a MI (middle infielder) option.

Ben Francisco OF, Blue Jays

Francisco has been completely irrelevant in fantasy leagues this season, but Jose Bautista’s wrist injury should pave the way for some additional playing time in the short-term. Top prospect outfielder Anthony Gose was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas this week and should start regularly against right-handed starting pitchers, but Francisco figures to see at-bats against southpaws. The 30-year-old has shown a bit of pop and speed in the past, so he makes sense if you need an outfielder and can make daily lineup changes.

Dan Straily SP, Athletics

These days, it’s rare that a prospect comes out nowhere to surprise us. However, that’s exactly what has happened with Straily in 2012. The 23-year-old right-hander wasn’t included among the A’s top 30 prospects by Baseball America coming into the season, yet he has a 2.64 ERA and a minor-league leading 162 strikeouts through 126 1/3 innings. This includes a microscopic 1.10 ERA and 54/10 K/BB ratio over 41 innings since being promoted from Double-A Midland to Triple-A Sacramento. Pretty impressive for the Pacific Coast League. With a low-90s fastball, slider and changeup in his arsenal, Straily should get his first taste of the big leagues later this summer. Stash in keeper leagues and put him on your watch list in AL-only formats.

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