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 5.
Statistics*: 15/61 H/AB, 6 R, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, .246 AVG
Last season, Hundley had his career year cut short with a strained right oblique muscle and sore right elbow. After starting this season 0-for-21, Hundley has quickly raised his numbers to a respectable level largely in part to a four-hit game against the San Francisco Giants. With John Baker not serving as a big challenger for playing time and prospect Yasmani Grandal still in the minors, Hundley is a good NL-only catching option.
OF Tony Campana, Chicago Cubs (6% owned)
Statistics: 8/19 H/AB, 4 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 5 SB, .421 AVG
Small in stature but possessing plenty of speed, Campana has quickly caught the attention of fantasy owners for his ability to get on and steal bases. Although not expected to put up home run or RBI numbers, Campana has come up from the minors and could be an excellent option in the other three categories if he can consistently receive playing time for the Cubs.
3B Scott Rolen, Cincinnati Reds (5% owned)
Statistics: 13/70 H/AB, 6 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB, .186 AVG
After starting off the season slowly, Rolen has picked up his production with a five-game hitting streak against the Cubs and Giants and a home run in back-to-back games. Historically a better hitter in May and June, Rolen could be a valuable third baseman for owners needing help at the position. Not too far removed from a 20-homer, 83-RBI season with the Reds, Rolen is worth consideration in NL-only leagues.
3B Alex Liddi, Seattle Mariners (4% owned)
Statistics: 11/33 H/AB, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .333 AVG
After getting occasional starts in mid-April, Liddi now appears to be the starter at third base over Kyle Seager. In just nine games with the Mariners, Liddi has already picked up a couple of homers, driven in several runs, and has even stolen a base. With the return of Justin Smoak at first base, Liddi could become more than an AL-only option in the coming weeks.
2B/OF Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals (1% owned)
Statistics: 6/16 H/AB, 4 R, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB, .375 AVG
After missing an entire month with an oblique injury, Schumaker has recently made his long-awaited debut for the Cardinals and has quickly found a major role with the team. With Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene serving as beatable competition at second base, Schumaker should be a good low-end fantasy option at second base. A career .290 hitter with over 600 hits to his name, Schumaker could be a nice asset for runs and batting average.
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues and player statistics accurate as of Apr. 28, 2012. H/AB: Hits/At Bats, R: Runs Scored, HR: Home Runs, RBI: Runs Batted In, SB: Stolen Bases, AVG: Batting Average.
Nick Hundley Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Scott Rolen Career Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports
Skip Schumaker Career Stats, 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.