Six weeks into the season, odds are you have a pretty good picture as to how your team is shaping up. The waiver wire has probably been massacred like turkey vultures on a rotting gazelle carcass, so how can you find immediate help for your team? The answer is twofold. The first is to actively throw some trade offers out there. Do you have a plethora of talented outfielders but need some pitching? See who has plenty of pitching and start a conversation. Be proactive and realize that your competition is probably itching to get a trade done as well. Now is the time to buy low and sell high so make sure you do a thorough needs assessment. See where you stand in your stat categories and determine if your current lineup can approach the leader in each category. If not, it's probably time to start proposing offers. The second way to improve your team is to target incoming rookies that can make an immediate impact. Check out Bill Root's weekly column to get the lowdown on all the young talent ready to get called up.
Let's take a look at this past week to determine which players you should target in your upcoming trade talks. Please feel free to e-mail any trade thoughts you might have.
All statistics through May 17.
After a down year of sorts a season ago, many people simply bypassed the potential of
One of the more underrated fantasy veterans,
While his ERA sits at a respectable 3.76, one can't help but wonder how effective
At 42 and on a new team for the first time in 16 years, all the signs were there for the Brewers'
Burrell was placed on the 15-day DL after missing five games with a strained neck. Burrell's season hasn't exactly gone to plan, so hopefully the time off gives him some motivation to produce when he returns. In the meantime, Aybar has been filling in admirably. The utility player has started five of the Rays' last six games and has knocked in a run in three of them. With a bit of pop and two-position eligibility (1B/3B), Aybar is a solid play in AL-only leagues for the next 10 days.
As if getting shelled on a continual basis wasn't enough, Yates now finds himself on the DL with right elbow inflammation. His replacement is former 14-game winner
Once one of the most promising southpaws in the game,
Lost in the shuffle behind
For the second straight week, Hairston has been scoring runs and stealing bases for the Reds. Hairston has scored 15 of his 21 runs and stole all four of his bases in the month of May. Despite being a bit of an injury risk, Hairston has the backing of
Burriss is firmly entrenched in the Giants leadoff spot and is a great source of runs and steals for someone that is only owned in 23 percent of mixed leagues. Burriss is freakishly fast and the move from No. 8 in the order to No. 1 is significant. It should give him plenty of opportunities to run as the Giants are forced to manufacture runs however possible. He will also get better pitches to look at, resulting in more hits and more steals. There's no reason to doubt that Burriss can steal 35-plus bases, and for someone with 2B and SS eligibility, he can help solidify a middle infield bench spot.
Still available in 27 percent of leagues, Maholm is one of the unsung heroes that can help you win a fantasy championship. Coming off a nine-win, 3.71 ERA, 1.28 WHIP 2008 season, Maholm seemed to be widely avoided on draft day. It may have something to do with the combination of a low strikeout rate (4.38 K/9) and pitching for a miserable Pirates team, but Maholm has certainly proven his value. Almost all his peripheral numbers have improved this year, and his 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP can certainly help your team. With a few rough outings in his past four starts, Maholm owners may be willing to give him up on the cheap.
With June rapidly approaching, make sure to constantly monitor the minor league news on a daily basis. It's only a matter of time before studs like