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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire: Vacation Destination Spots Edition

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Ahh… the sweet taste of summer is upon us. Whether you like to go to the shore/beach, up to the mountains or even leave the country, there is always a destination spot that can make you think of the normal everyday grind. June, July and August seem to be very busy months for families to take vacations.

This week I featured players that come from different places that would be nice vacation spots for the summer. We all know that a majority of players are coming from outside the United States to play this great sport, but where exactly are they coming from? It is nice to get the background on certain players, when all in all; the common thing that brings them together is playing the prestigious game of baseball.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (39% owned in Yahoo)

San Francisco, California offers tremendous exhibits and attractions to visit during the summer. When people think of San Francisco they think of a huge bridge, a large island jail that was hard to escape, and where contemporary ideals often come to mind. Not far from San Francisco is the town of Palo Alto. Stanford University is located here as well as the hometown of Joc Pederson.

The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have incredible Rookies playing for them. The past three years have featured Pederson, Seager and now Bellinger. Joc Pederson seems to be a thing of the past, but has been having himself a nice few weeks to make him relevant again. All of these players are making an impact on how well the Dodgers are playing these days.

Obviously, Pederson is not going to hit for average, but he is hitting all other categories. Even though his average is low, his OBP is still .361; which is currently a career high. In the last 14 days, Pederson is hitting .349 with 13 runs, five home runs, ten RBI and one stolen base. Since June 13th (his return for the 7-day concussion DL), he has raised his average from .193 to .237.  He has reemerged himself into fantasy importance once again.

FAAB Bid: 4-5%

Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets (27% owned in Yahoo)

Whether you are a fan of the north side or south side, Chicago, IL has it all for visitors. In 1916, Chicago was nicknamed the “City of Big Shoulders” by poet Carl Sandburg. This seems to be true today as Chicago houses many museums and cultural attractions. Granderson is from a town south of Chicago called Blue Island.

I have always been a Granderson fan. Reluctantly called Grandy Man, he is one of the classiest players of all time. Both of his parents were school teachers and instilled good values onto Granderson. Much like Pederson, Granderson does not hit for high average, but has recently had a nice power surge that can be useful on most fantasy teams.

In the past two weeks, Granderson hit five home runs to go along with scoring 11 runs and hitting in eight base runners. He is now hitting first in the New York Mets lineup, which is now giving him more opportunities to fill the stat sheet. Despite normally hitting for a low average, he has been .378 with an OBP of .467 during this same time frame. The Mets will look for any type of offense nowadays and Granderson is certainly providing it at the top of the batting order.

FAAB Bid: 3-4%

Pitching

Jose Urena, SP, Miami Marlins (26% owned in Yahoo)

Do you enjoy the beach? Why not visit the lovely island of the Dominican Republic? From personal experience, I can tell you it’s a very enjoyable time in the summer. Yes, it is hot, but nothing like a cool beverage, calm pool water and beach water couldn’t handle. Jose Urena is following in many great big leaguers footsteps by coming from the Dominican, specifically from Santo Domingo.

Since May 28th, Urena has only given up a max of three earned runs (minus a tiny hiccup of five earned runs on June 2nd).  Over the last three starts, he has not given up a home run to the opposing batters and has not lost since May 17th. The Marlins have provided him decent run support in his starts this year, that he is able to look smooth on the mound.

It is hard to replace a pitcher like Jose Fernandez, but Urena is trying to do his best to keep the Marlins organization happy. In 2016, Urena split a lot of his starts between the majors and Triple A. This year the young 25-year-old has spent the whole season up in the big leagues with 10 starts and being featured in 16 Marlins games this year. He currently has an ERA of 3.33 and a WHIP of 1.25. Urena will look to keep his streak going against the Mets on Thursday.

FAAB Bid: 1%

Sean Newcomb, SP, Atlanta Braves (32% owned in Yahoo)

Would you like to learn a little more about the history of the United States? From the tea party to the massacre, Boston features many historical sites that would make anyone’s summer knowledgeable. The Freedom Trail offers you sites that go from Boston Common to Bunker Hill. Not only is Boston historical, but you can check out a good ball game in the summer as well. Sean Newcomb is from Brockton, MA which is just south of Boston.

As much as his hometown team is jumping up the leaderboard, Newcomb is really coming along as a starter too. In the past two weeks, he has pitched 18 innings with 14 K and three quality starts. During this time, his ERA is 2.00 and WHIP is 1.11. Because he pitches on a weaker team, he only has one win this season.

Newcomb made his first start for the Braves this year on June 10th. Newcomb was a featured player in the Andrelton Simmons deal to the Angels. The southpaw has been very consistent since being called up. In his last start against the Padres, he threw 68 out of 103 of his pitches for strikes. In all four of his first starts, he has a quality start. Newcomb should definitely be owned, especially if quality starts are a pitching category in your league. He will look to continue his hot start in the big leagues on the 4th of July against the Astros. He will certainly have a tougher test against them.

FAAB Bid: 2-3%


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