Most of the September call-ups have taken place, at least most of the one's that matter. At this point in the season, roster expansion is a double edge sword. The mass arival of prospects gives us more options, but it also has an effect on injured players. Players that are banged up that would otherwise have been placed on the disabled list are not likely to be placed on the DL with so much roster flexibility. With that in mind, in the final weeks of the season, your pickups are most likely only going to come by cutting a player.
Another great pitching prospect finally reaches "The Show" this week as Zack Wheeler joins Matt Harvey in the New York Mets rotation. We have Wheeler and Atlanta's Brandon Beachy on the list again this week for those of you in leagues that require a player to be on the 25-man roster to be eligible for pickup. Both Wheeler and Beachy are listed as probable starters in the Braves-Mets doubleheader on Tuesday. Ian Kennedy appears to be the big loser in the Los Angeles-Arizona brawl suspensions, getting docked ten games. The biggest fantasy news from that series was the changing of the guard in the ninth inning for the Dodgers with Kenley Jansen finally taking over closer duties from Brandon League.
I cannot remind myself enough to ride out the studs because it's a long way to October. This applies much more to hitting than pitching, but if you spend alot of money or a high draft pick on a proven stud, remember... it is still April! With that in mind, if you can improve your roster or add to categories where you need help, the best pickups of the season do in fact come in April. I have already found myself picking up a player I had dropped prematurely and hope it is the last time. Now on to this week's waiver tips!