High Fives: Going cuckoo for Coco on the Week 6 waiver wire

As we head into Week 6 of the fantasy baseball season, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Andy Behrens offer their top-5 takes on those players bucking for employment in fantasy leagues. Each week, we'll take a trip around the diamond to uncover the best help that your FAAB dollars can buy. Let's get to it ...

Top 5 corner infield pickups among the under 50% owned crowd

1. Kennys Vargas -  Personally been invested from the start of '15 - finally starting to see a ROI with .414 BA, 2 HR in past 8

1. Aramis Ramirez - He's more than doubled his OPS over the last 15 games. Maybe he's not totally done

1. Kyle Blanks - He's been feasting since the call-up; we know the power is legit

2.  Logan Morrison - Catch the wave - 15-for-35 (.429) with 4 HR in past 9 games

2. Mike Napoli - He hit 17 homers in fewer than 120 games last year. He'll bounce back

2. David Freese - Remains a heart-of-lineup hitter for Halos, on pace for 20-plus HRs

3. Brandon Belt-  Bat has started to come alive with 12 hits in past 6 games (7 of the hits have gone for extra bases)

3. Jimmy Paredes - I remain as skeptical as anyone, but it's tough not to keep using him until he stops hitting

3. Trevor Plouffe - Productive lately, with three homers and 14 RBIs over the past two weeks

4. Jimmy Paredes -  Can't ignore him any longer - he hasn't stopped producing since he arrived in BAL in mid-April

4. Yasmani Tomas - Who knows what his upside is, but it's worth finding out 

4. Ryan Howard - His flaws are well established, but he's still clearing fences for Phils

5. Joe Mauer -  Regular on my CI list, he's pretty much a BA-only play, but a trusty one at that

5. David Freese - He's worth owning in daily transaction leagues, as he's been strong against LHP

5. Kennys Vargas - He's delivered five multi-hit games in his last eight

   

Top 5 middle infield pickups among the under 50% owned crowd

1. Andrelton Simmons -  Tied with Dozier for MI lead in Runs (22) - 5:9 K-to-BB ratio also very impressive

1. Andrelton Simmons - He's 25 years old and has been the No. 3 most valuable fantasy SS so far this year

1. Jung Ho Kang - Crushing the ball in recent weeks; Kang offers uncommon power potential

2. Brandon Phillips Nice to see him running (4 SB) to go with .300+ BA - track record makes it easier to buy in here

2. DJ LeMahieu - This is kind of crazy he's so available considering he's batting .360 

2. Aaron Hill - Bat seems to be coming to life; had huge day in double-header at Coors last week

3. J.J. Hardy Fresh off the DL - he's a solid MI run producer and, before last season, elite in the long ball dept.

3. J.J. Hardy - He's a SS who hit the most HRs over 2011-2013 and is now off the disbaled list

3. Eduardo Escobar - Hitting well lately, and the position eligibility here is silly
 

4. Erick Aybar -  If people are dropping him, I'd be there to pick him up - struggling out of the gates, but I'd trust the history

4. Erick Aybar - Too long of a track record to give up on

4. Justin Turner - High-maintenance player to own, due to playing time issues, but he's red hot

5. Brock Holt - Song remains the same here - Little pop, but can hit for average, run a bit, and fill nearly any roster spot

5. Carlos Correa - He's worth stashing at this point, assuming you're in a league with deep rosters 

5. Luis Valbuena - Not everything we want in terms of AVG, but delivering plenty of pop

 

Top 5 outfield pickups among the under 50% owned crowd

1. Coco Crisp -You can never can't on sustained good health, but he belongs on a roto roster while he's good to go

1. Coco Crisp - He'll probably get hurt again, but he's healthy now, and he's usually highly poductive when playing

1. Anthony Gose - Hasn't really cooled off, still running at will

2. Ender Inciarte - I stopped plugging him as a pickup here for a couple weeks, but he hasn't stopped hitting and running

2. Marlon Byrd - He's raised his OPS from .453 to .744 over the past six games, when he's hit four homers

2. Colby Rasmus - He picked a nice time to start hitting, with Springer on shelf

3. Josh Hamilton - Rehab assignment is imminent, meaning he should be in TEX before end of May

3. Rusney Castillo - I still believe he'll make a major impact over the second half of the season

3. Khris Davis - Beginning to binge, offers clear 20-plus homer power

4. Chris Young - He's slowed down in the past week but still like what he's done in his short time in pinstripes

4. Alex Guerrero - His pace has slowed some, but there's no way I'm leaving this upside on the waiver wire

4. Andre Ethier - Injuries have cleared a path to regular at-bats; season average is .288

5. Angel Pagan - Another of my High Five mainstays - a healhy Pagan will run and hit for average

5. Colby Rasmus - He's a former top prospect who has a 15-6-12-1 line over 88 at bats

5. Seth Smith - Platoon-ish, but still a productive hitter; Smith is a deep-league special

   

Top 5 pitcher pickups among the under 50% owned crowd

1. Noah Syndergaard - Mets high-octane top pitching prospect makes his MLB debut this week

1. Jimmy Nelson - ERA a little inflated but the Ks and WHIP have been solid

1. Hector Santiago - The Ks will be there all year, as will run support

2. Clay Buchholz - With a K/9 rate of 11.49 and a FIP of 3.01, you have to be a buyer

2. Carlos Rodon - Picked up his first win Saturday and has potential for much more if he gets opporunity

2. AJ Ramos - In line to close, if/when Cishek falters

3. A.J. Ramos - Could ultimately wind up in Miami's mix for saves, but high volume Ks and great ratios in heavy relief role works regardless

3. Noah Syndergaard - If he impresses during his start Tuesday, he may be in the bigs for the long haul

3. Will Harris - The K-rate and fantasy ratios have been obscene to this point

4. James Paxton - Back-to-back quality starts - his ERA is still paying the price for two ugly early-season outings

4. Tim Lincecum - I'm skeptical, but he does have a 2.00 ERA and his lowest FIP since 2009

4. Chris Young - Vote of confidence, because I'm trying to will him toward a solid outing


5. Nathan Karns - Solid prospect pedigree, K/IP credentials and has 1.62 ERA and 18 K over past 3 outings (16.2 IP)

5. Ken Giles - I still say he's going to be a closer over the second half of the season

5. Pat Neshek - Another Houston RP with useful ratios, for those in leagues with IP limits

   

In honor of Mother's Day, top 5 "mothers" (excluding your own)

1. Ma Bell - As my father's employer, the telephone co. provided a means for food on the table, clothes on our backs and a bat and glove in my hands

1. Sara Goldfarb - Yeah, Ellen Burstyn probably shouldn't have won best actress for this

1. The P-Funk Mothership

2. Mother Love Bone - The late 80s Seattle band that, following the overdose of lead singer Andrew Wood, gave rise to Pearl Jam

2. Tami Taylor - Well Mrs. Coach was great to begin with, but she will be forever immortalized with this sketch 

2. Choosy mothers

3. Mrs. Gump - Her pearls of wisdom - "Life is like a box of chocolates" - helped guide her dim-witted son to an against-all-odds life of prosperity

3. Estelle Costanza - "I come home and find my son treating his body like it was an amusement park"

3. Mothers of Invention

4. Marge Simpson -  For more than 25 seasons, she's been a counter weight of grace and dignity to the imbecility of her hubby and son

4. Lucille Bluth/Malory Archer - Yup, that's both Jessica Walter

4. Mother's Restaurant

 

5. June Cleaver -  The poster Mom of America's Camelot years5. My wife - She's seemingly doing a fine job raising our daughter, but she has a long ways to go to reach Estelle's standards

5. Dance Moms