In deeper fantasy baseball leagues, finding useful batters on the waiver wire can be a very difficult task. With most popular free agent choices already owned, owners in deeper or AL/NL-only leagues often have to dig at even less popular batters for fantasy production. Here's a look at five batters owned in less than 10% of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues* who are worth adding for Week 15.
Statistics*: 10/20 H/AB, 4 R, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 3 SB, .500 AVG
Primarily making starts at second base for the injure Dustin Pedroia, Ciriaco has gotten off to a fast start for the Red Sox. A very good hitter in Triple-A Pawtucket this season, Ciriaco has apparently continued his success in the majors with his newfound opportunity. While he will likely not continue this production long-term, he could become a versatile fixture in the Red Sox infield in the future given the team's various injuries.
OF Ryan Ludwick, Cincinnati Reds (3% owned)
Statistics: 51/213 H/AB, 22 R, 13 HR, 36 RBI, 0 SB, .239 AVG
Primarily producing as the No. 6 hitter in the lineup behind Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce, Ludwick has finally started to produce for the Reds and fantasy owners. With a .333 batting average and already a couple home runs in July, he has started to overcome his slow start and could be a cheap home run and RBI source in the National League.
1B Chris Carter, Oakland Athletics (1% owned)
Statistics: 8/24 H/AB, 9 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB, .333 AVG
A prolific power hitter in the minors, Carter is primarily a platoon mate with recent breakout hitter Brandon Moss. With plenty of potential and a solid start to his major league season, Carter could start seeing more playing time in the outfield and at designated hitter in order to get his hot bat in the lineup. With an undeniably-powerful bat and an opportunity to be had in Oakland, Carter is worth considering for a waiver wire pickup.
1B/OF Shelley Duncan, Cleveland Indians (1% owned)
Statistics: 38/162 H/AB, 26 R, 9 HR, 24 RBI, 1 SB, .235 AVG
Like Carter, Duncan is in a platoon situation playing primarily against left-handed starters. Despite only five starts in July, he already has four home runs, nine RBIs, and seven runs scored, which are numbers that cannot be ignored. Particularly in daily lineup leagues, Duncan is a good situational bat to use in AL-only leagues.
2B/3B Scott Moore, Houston Astros (1% owned)
Statistics: 11/40 H/AB, 5 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB, .275 AVG
A first-round pick back in 2002, Moore got the call up over Brett Wallace to platoon at first base with Matt Downs after the trade of Carlos Lee. With okay numbers so far, Moore has displayed decent pop over his minor league career and will eventually be a very versatile deep league player with eligibility at all infield positions but shortstop. Moore is a player to keep an eye on for his progress in the coming weeks.
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues and player statistics accurate as of July 14, 2012. H/AB: Hits/At Bats, R: Runs Scored, HR: Home Runs, RBI: Runs Batted In, SB: Stolen Bases, AVG: Batting Average.
Ryan Ludwick 2012 Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports
Shelley Duncan Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Scott Moore News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Who's Hot, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball
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Austin Chang is a lifelong baseball fan, San Francisco Giants supporter, and fantasy baseball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 70% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.