Saturday, September 06, 2008

Should I start Billy Wagner?

This is a question I received in my email yesterday. Then, I happended to catch bits and pieces of the Mets game last night and thought I could contribute something useful here on Billy Wagner and the saves situation for your fantasy team....

Question: Should I activate Billy Wagner this week? I am desperate for saves.

Fantasy Man Response: Hmm, that’s a tough one. It was reported yesterday that the Mets said Wagner could be activated as early as Tuesday and that they might use him in a non-save situation first (which Wagner usually falters in) and then have him close by the end of the week. Wagner himself said to reporters that maybe he’d be ready by Friday.

So to answer your question, no, I’d probably bench Wagner. First, I do not want to activate Wagner for the week and have him go in on a non-save situation and give up a 3-run jack, and then have him come out later and say, "oh, I was just looking to get my location back."
Unacceptable! So, keep Wagner benched this week. I don't care if he gets a save or two next weekend, its not worth the hole he could put you in in the days leading up to those saves. Maybe Frank Francisco or Jim Johnson are available on your waiver wire. Otherwise, go with a solid starting pitcher. Brett Myers is super hot and Brandon McCarthy, who has been hot since returning from the DL has two starts against Seattle on Tuesday and Oakland on Sunday!

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