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Week 6 Waiver-Wire Pickups: Nick Markakis, Mark Teixeira on the Rise

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

With a little over a month gone in the regular season, it might be time to start accessing the waiver wire and picking up players on the rise before its too late. Players such as Mark Teixeira and even Nick Markakis are startling to fly off the shelves in most leagues, so, including them, who should be targeted to address a glaring weakness on your squad.

All stats via ESPN.com as of Monday May 5th.

Batters

Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees:

The power numbers are back for the slugger as he has hit five home runs in the past 10 games, including two over his last four contests. The .268 average isn’t something to write home about, but if you need some pop than Teixeira is your guy at first base.

Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles:

Yes, in ESPN leagues Markakis is now owned 77.3 percent, but there still might be a chance you can snag him before it is too late. In 121 at-bats, the 30-year-old has two homers and a solid .306 average with a couple stolen bases. He would be a nice addition if you need help in the outfield.

Garrett Jones, Miami Marlins:

The former Pittsburgh Pirate has found a new home with the Marlins with a .270 average to go along with five home runs and  15 RBI in limited opportunities. It might be the time to take a flyer on “G.I.” before he goes on another hot streak.

Marlon Byrd, Philadelphia Phillies:

This guy seems to get better with age with four longballs and a team-high 22 RBI at the age of 36. He has not really shown any signs of slowing down and should be a great power threat this season with the Phillies lineup starting to show signs of life over the first month of the season.

Pitchers

Nate Eovaldi, Miami Marlins:

The Marlins have been a surprise this season mainly due to their starting pitching. Eovaldi has made a name for himself and should be owned in more than just 60.9 percent of ESPN leagues. With a 2-1 record and a 2.58 ERA before Monday’s game against the New York Mets, the youngster would make a great start off the wire.

Joe Smith, Los Angeles Angels:

Smith may not be the modern-day closer, but he gets the job done with three saves over the last week and a minuscule  2.77 ERA over the 2014 season. The 30-year-old may not keep the role for long, so make sure to snag him while he still is valuable.

Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs:

With four wins in his last six outings, Hammel has really been a godsend for the Cubs from the Baltimore Orioles. With six quality starts in six chances, the veteran has been solid with a 2.43 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Take a chance as the Cubs might start to score more runs with the likes of Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro getting hot.

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