Archive for Waiver Worthy

Digging Deep: Trying To Uncover Hidden Gems & Overlooked Options (Kepler, Taylor & More)

by Jeremy Gibbs

Do you play in a league that has 15 or more teams?  Maneuvering the waiver wire is often difficult, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t opportunity hiding for you to exploit.  Let’s take a look at a few of the players who could be available and are worth considering if they are:

Hitters:

Michael A. Taylor (OF) – Washington Nationals; ownership in Yahoo/ESPN/CBS (6%/ 2%/ 15%)
After Sunday’s game Dusty Baker said that Michael A. Taylor will start against left-handed pitching.  That’s because Taylor has been lights out as of late.  In the past 7 days he is ranked #12 on Yahoo’s player ranker, having hit .444 with 6 R, 2 HR (same game), 3 RBI and 3 SB (1 per game three days in a row).  His numbers are pretty consistent with what he did in the minor leagues, with the exception of his walk rate being a little low (4.9% compared to 13.1% in AAA), so you would think what he is doing is pretty sustainable as long as he is getting the playing time.  Grab him before someone in your league beats you to it! Read more

Digging Deep: Trying To Uncover Hidden Gems & Overlooked Options (Lee, Friedrich & More)

by Jeremy Gibbs

Do you play in a league that has 15 or more teams?  Maneuvering the waiver wire is often difficult, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t opportunity hiding for you to exploit.  Let’s take a look at a few of the players who could be available and are worth considering if they are:

Hitters

Dae-Ho Lee (1B) – Seattle Mariners; ownership in Yahoo/ESPN/CBS (6%/ 7%/ 18%)
Lee is big (6’4”, 280 lbs) and old (33 years-old), but he is starting to play and produce.  This is his rookie year in MLB after playing the previous four years in Japan, following an excellent career in South Korea.  Although he has only played in 43 of the Mariners 63 games, he has played in 10 of the past 12 (starting 7 ) and he is producing.  In the past fourteen days he is 14-37 (.378) with 7 R, 4 HR and 11 RBI.  If Lee is going to play, he is going to produce.  His willing to take a walk (.333 OBP) and has elite power (.278 isolated power).  If you need a corner infielder or bat of the bench, pick up “Big Boy.”  Read more

Waiver Worthy: Returning From The DL, Worthy Of An Addition?

by Will Overton

Sometimes the best strategy in finding waiver wire additions that can really make a difference on your fantasy squad is to look where no one else is looking. One such place to go and do some shopping is the injury list.  It happens all the times in leagues where a team has to cut an injured player, either because they don’t have room on their DL or maybe you don’t have a DL and you didn’t want a waste a bench spot. Therefore guys get cut that really shouldn’t just because they are hurt.

We are going to take a look at a few players who are getting ready to come off of the DL who could help bolster your fantasy team upon their return:

Travis d’Arnaud – C, New York Mets: Just 13 games into the season d’Arnaud hurt his shoulder and has been out ever since. He has been rehabbing and picked up his first start at catcher in the rehab over the weekend, putting him on pace to return to the big leagues this coming weekend potentially if things stay on track. He was drafted in all leagues, but at this point he’s available in 80% (though that will change quick after he comes back). He wasn’t hitting well before going down, but he’s still one of the better hitting catchers in the league with power and upside in average. d’Arnaud will regain his starting position as soon as he is healthy and it’s only a matter of time before he’s hitting like a Top 10 catcher. Read more

Digging Deep: Trying To Uncover Hidden Gems & Overlooked Options (Zach Davies & More)

by Jeremy Gibbs

Do you play in a league that has 15 or more teams?  Maneuvering the waiver wire is often difficult, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t opportunity hiding for you to exploit.  Let’s take a look at a few of the players who could be available and are worth considering if they are:

 

Hitters

Seth Smith (OF)/ Franklin Gutiérrez (OF) – Seattle Mariners; ownership in Yahoo/ESPN/CBS (4%/ 7%/ 14%)/ (3% / 4% / 8%)
This one is a little bit unique.  I have read other writers proposing the Moneyball strategy before, but personally never found opportunity or reason to employ such a measure before today.  The left-handed Smith has a .273/.206 career batting average against right-handed/left-handed pitching.  The right-handed Gutiérrez has the opposite splits – .242/.290 career batting against right-handed/left-handed pitching.   Read more

Waiver Worthy: The Search For Strikeouts: Five Guys To Add To Fill Your Need

by Will Overton

A common mistake made by fantasy owners is they too often blindly go to the free agent pool and add guys without consideration of their team and its needs. Maybe the guy you are adding is the best overall player on the waiver wire, but if he doesn’t fill a need what good is he?

Before you earch of your next big addition you should make a pit stop by the standings page and see where you line up in each category. If you are winning stolen bases by 15 and trailing the 5th place guy in HR by just a few, add a slugger. That’s the beauty of fantasy baseball, it takes a lot of strategy. Often times it’s the most attentive and hardest working manager that wins the league, or at least overachieves with a poorly drafted squad.

With this public service announcement in mind, we’re going to focus on finding help in one specific category, and today it’s strikeouts (all stats are through Saturday unless otherwise noted):

Standard Leagues

Colin McHugh – Houston Astros: The early struggles of McHugh got him dropped in a lot of leagues, and I can’t really blame people for it, but he’s slowly starting to come around. He has gone seven innings or better in four of his last six starts, which is important, and he hasn’t given up more than four runs in any of those starts. Read more

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Trying To Uncover Hidden Gems & Overlooked Options

by Jeremy Gibbs

Do you play in a league that has 15 or more teams?  Maneuvering the waiver wire is often difficult, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t opportunity hiding for you to exploit.  Let’s take a look at a few of the players who could be available and are worth considering if they are:

 

Batters

Joe Mauer (1B) – Minnesota Twins; ownership in Yahoo/ESPN/CBS (17%/37%/46%)
Believe it or not, Mauer was once considered one of the best fantasy baseball players in the game.  Of course that was in 2009 when he won the AL.MVP, when he hit 28 HR and was playing catcher.  Since then he’s struggled with various injuries and poor performances.  Since he lost his catcher eligibility in 2015 he’s been mostly an after-thought.  He’s a guy you wanted to grab for your corner infielder in an AL-only league, but not much more than that.  Well, you might want to look at him again.  His isolated power (.148) is the highest it has been since 2009.  His walk rate (14.5%) is the highest in his career.  In the last week, he is 11-25 (.440) with 4 home runs, 7 runs, and 7 RBI.

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