Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: The Ever Elusive Search For Power Bats

by Will Overton

We’re still early into the season, with just under a month of baseball having been played so far. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking big picture and part of that is adding players you may need not now, but later on in the season.

One of the hardest things to do on the waiver wire is finding power. Anyone with a semblance of power seems to get snatched up in a hurry. Really the best time to grab power off the wire is early in the season, because these players just don’t get dropped very often mid-season.

We’ve all seen the shortage of run scoring over the last several years so when you can find a home run hitter who drives in runs, you should jump on it. With all of this in mind, here are some hitters who are available in a majority of leagues that you can stash now before others beat you to it. Read more

Waiver Worthy: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

by Will Overton

Overreaction happens every year. Fantasy owners start to panic about poor starts and end up cutting a guy from their team too soon, only to watch him blow up on someone else’s team who has a little more patience.

Today we are going to go dumpster diving for some of those guys in fantasy leagues this year. We are going to look at some of the guys who have been dumped in the most leagues over the last week. We will analyze whether these guys should be given a second chance on your team or not, or if they really are best left on the wire.

Let’s look at which guys labeled as trash by some owners could be your treasure:

Brandon Belt – 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants: Last season it was Belt who was hot for the first month, hitting six HR’s in the month of April. This season it’s a much different story though as Belt has struggled his way to a .152 batting average, an average that’s only as high as it is because he has three hits in his last two games. Not only has Belt not yet hit a homerun, he hasn’t even hit an extra-base hit yet. One thing that I think is important to note is that Belt was dealing with a groin injury earlier this season which seems to be better now. The lack of extra-base power is concerning, but I think now that Belt is healthy he’s worth stashing on your bench to see what he can do. Belt and the rest of the Giants offense is going to get going and I believe good things are still in store ahead. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Breaking Down Some Waiver Targets Hot Starts

by Will Overton

One of the more difficult parts of the early baseball season is judging how you should react to the first couple weeks of the season. Do you jump on the guy who hit .500 in the first week? Do you drop the guy on your team who started out 1 – 20 at the plate? Where is the balance between being patient and wasting opportunities?

There is a general rule for patience that all should adhere to. You don’t ever want to give up on a top 10 pick because of a slow start, bench them maybe, but don’t be the guy to hastily drop someone like Kole Calhoun because he started a little slow.

Other than this you really have to take things on a case by case basis. Maybe one of the your late round fliers didn’t get the starting job you expected, in that case it might be ok to drop him. And in some cases you do want to jump on a guy early because you have a reason to believe they can sustain the early success. It’s all a balancing act and like I said, it’s really a case by case thing. Read more

Deep League Waiver Options: Are Kevin Pillar & Adam Warren Worth Owning?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Finding players owned in less than 10% of ESPN, CBS and Yahoo! is not an easy task, but if you want to consider a player a deep league option they have to satisfy all three (for the record, the toughest appears to be CBS). Here are a few names that “achieved” the feat (as of earlier this week) and are worth considering:

 

Kevin Pillar – Outfielder – Toronto Blue Jays
ESPN – 0.6%, Yahoo! – 1%, CBS – 2%

With Michael Saunders opening the season on the DL Pillar got an opportunity to start in the opening series. He’s delivered a solid performance, hitting .333 with 1 RBI, 3 R and 1 SB, and certainly is an under-the-radar option with upside.

At Triple-A last season he hit .323 with 10 HR and 27 SB. He did benefit from a .345 BABIP, despite a 17.5% line drive rate, so we’d expect a drop in average. However he has always shown a good contact rate (12.5% strikeout rate in the minors, 11.1% last season, so it’s not like he’s going to tank either. Read more

Waiver Worthy: The Fantasy Baseball All Undrafted Team

by Will Overton

Throughout the season every Monday I will be featuring an article highlighting several players on the waiver wire for you to target. Each week there will be a theme of some sort to the names mentioned in order to address specific needs or waiver wire topics.

Since we have yet to see more than one game played we don’t have a whole lot to go on for our first article. What I am going to do is create an all-undrafted team of players. This will be one guy at each position owned in less than 10% of leagues who should have been drafted in far more.

I am not necessarily saying you should run out and add each of these guys or any of them even. I do think there is something to riding the team you drafted for a little bit. If you had an injury or simply took a gamble though, these guys make for nice replacements. Otherwise these are the guys who should be at the top of your watch list to start the season and see how they do early on. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Three Potential Non-Prospect September Callups To Consider

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to overlook there players, since they aren’t “prospects” and we’ve seen them before.  However, they easily could be difference makers down the stretch:

 

Josmil Pinto – Catcher – Minnesota Twins
There was a lot of hype surrounding Pinto entering the season, especially after he assumed a bigger role in 2013 (83 PA). However, a relatively flat start to the season (.222 with 7 HR in 158 PA) and questions about his defense sent him back to Triple-A. He’s slashed .279/.378/.456 while there, and also continued to show a good eye at the plate (since 2011 he owns a 16.0% strikeout rate vs. 10.4% walk rate in the minors).

The Twins did sign Kurt Suzuki to an extension, so that would appear to block Pinto for the next few seasons (who would’ve thought that). It’s very possible, however, that the Twins bring him back and attempt to showcase him down the stretch. Catchers who can hit are a commodity, so it would make sense. Read more