Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: Three Relievers Who Could Be Closing After The Trade Deadline

by Will Overton

The trade deadline is less than two weeks away and one thing we know is that it creates a whole new wave of waiver worthy players. One popular target that contending teams always seem to be in the market for is bullpen help. With that in mind we can expect to see a couple of closers moved (as we always do).

The trade deadline can be a big time for those in need of saves.  It can also be a costly venture to add one of the new closers, as you won’t be the only one bidding on him. However, maybe you can get ahead of the curve and add one or two closers in waiting from teams with closers who are for sale.  Here is a list of a few guys you might want to consider adding who could be closing for their team in the next two weeks:

 

Brad Boxberger – Tampa Bay Rays: Gone is the idea that Boxberger can come back from the DL and take over the closer role from Alex Colome. Colome has been far too good to give up the job, but what happens if he isn’t there? I could see Colome being a very popular name at the deadline given how well he has been pitching this season, and if he gets traded the closer job will be wide open. Boxberger is starting a rehab assignment this week and should be back soon. I could absolutely see the Rays giving Boxberger a chance to win his old job back if the job become vacant. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Building A Current Waiver Wire “All Star” Squad (aka Identifying The Under Owned)

by Will Overton

There is plenty to complain about when it comes to the MLB All-Star Game, from the fan voting process to the potentially high stakes involved. Nonetheless, I still love it and I still watch it faithfully every single year.

In the spirit of the all-star game taking place tonight, I thought I would go with an all-star themed article for the waiver report, identifying the waiver wire all-stars. My waiver wire team consists of the guys I think are the best at their position who are also owned in 20% of fantasy baseball leagues or fewer (using just ESPN’s data).

Here are the guys I feel are worthy of representing the waiver wire all-stars, feel free to sound off with the guys you think I snubbed below:

C – Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers: Grandal may not qualify for this spot on the team for much longer, but as of right now he is the best catcher who is under owned. He is only hitting .212, which is probably keeping him from being added in many leagues, but if you look at what he is doing lately he is worthy of a spot. Grandal has been especially strong in the power department lately, belting six HR in his last nine games, and hitting three in one game. Grandal hit a HR once every 22 AB last year and thanks to this recent surge he is at a HR every 16.5 AB in ’16, which is incredible for a catcher. Read more

Deep League Fishing: Ezequiel Carrera & Ryan Schimpf

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Finding players in deeper formats is often difficult, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value out there.  Let’s dive deep and take a look at a few players who may be available to you (all stats are through Wednesday):

 

Ezequiel Carrera – Outfielder – Toronto Blue Jays
CBS Sports – 4%, ESPN – 1.8%, Yahoo! – 1%

He’s getting an extended look as Toronto’s lead off hitter, which is always an enviable place to be. While he’s not a source of power or RBI, the potential impact certainly shouldn’t be ignored. Just look at what he’s done thus far:

150 AB, .287, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 32 R, 5 SB

He’s showing a good approach at the plate, with a 7.6% SwStr% and 24.8% O-Swing%, helping him to an 18.0% strikeout rate and a career best 10.7% walk rate (career mark is 6.8%). He’s also putting the ball on the ground and utilizing his speed, with a 55.0% groundball rate and .342 BABIP. That all comes together for an ideal leadoff hitter, especially for a potentially explosive offensive. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Searching For A Power Surge (Reynolds, Gutierrez & More)

by Will Overton

Is there anything more frustrating than when one of your big bats you count on for power numbers goes down? Maybe they aren’t hurt, but maybe you’re big boppers aren’t cutting it this year. Whatever the reason, if you’re coming up short in the power categories the chase to find it on the wire can often be a frustrating one.

We always aim to lessen your frustrations here at Rotoprofessor when we can, so we are going to try and break down some guys on the wire who could help give you a boost in HR and RBI. One of the struggles often is trying to find a guy who gives you power without crushing you somewhere else. I can’t promise that everyone on this list won’t be a do it all hitter, but sometimes you have to give a little to get a little.

Let’s get down to talking about who you can turn to if you need a power surge:

Justin Bour – 1B, Miami Marlins: I’m sure that Bour is owned in a lot of the leagues that our readers play in. That said, he’s available in 65% of leagues right now on ESPN so he’s got to make this list. He has been crushing the ball recently, with 4 HR in his last seven games and 13 RBI in his last 10 games. Bour is a guy who goes in streaks at times, so don’t expect this kind of torrid pace to continue. Still, for the season he’s sitting at 14 HR and 43 RBI, on pace to finish with 30 HR and 90 RBI. He also doesn’t kill you with that .270 average. He has to be owned in all formats, and don’t jump ship if he cools off. Read more

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