Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: Five & Dime Shopping: Digging Deep To Try And Find Value On The Waiver Wire

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the big names and whether or not we believe in them.  However fantasy titles can often be won or lost by your ability to find lightning in a bottle from an under-the-radar addition.  Let’s take a look at three players who could make an impact down the stretch and try to decide if they are worth adding or not:


Rafael Ortega – Miami Marlins – Outfielder
CBS Sports – 6%, ESPN – 4.1%

It’s been a long road for the 27-year old left-handed hitter, who first debuted in the Majors as a member of the Rockies all the way back in 2012 (6 PA).  He didn’t return until 2016 (202 PA) as a member of the Angels, but ultimately spent all of ’17 at Triple-A as a member of the Padres’ organization.  He joined the Marlins this year, performing well at Triple-A (.275 with 2 HR and 12 SB over 328 PA) before joining the Major League team.  He’s now settled in atop the batting order, hitting .300 with a .375 OBP over his first 50 AB. Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Are These Recently Traded Starters Worth Grabbing?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Not every player traded at the deadline is created equal.  Sometimes there are reasons for us not to get excited, but as we all know things change quickly.  Should fantasy owners be quick to pull the trigger, though?  Let’s take a look at two starting pitchers who have seen their stock rise quickly and determine if they are worth grabbing off the waiver wire:


Lance Lynn – New York Yankees
After stepping into the Yankees rotation, replacing Sonny Gray, Lynn opened some eyes by throwing 7.1 shutout innings allowing 2 H and 1 BB while striking out 9.  It came on the heels of a 4.1 shutout inning relief appearance in his Yankees debut, and with what should be a potent offense behind him it’s easy to get excited.

The performances came against the Orioles and White Sox, however, so we have to take them with a little bit of a grain of salt.  We also can’t ignore his 5.10 ERA prior to the trade, as he struggled with his control (5.45 BB/9) and was being hit hard (22.6% line drive rate).  Maybe we’d expect improvements in both categories, but he also can’t maintain the 0.77 BB/9 and 11.1% line drive rate (as well as his .259 BABIP and 100.0% strand rate in his short sample size as a Yankee). Read more

Waiver Worthy: Now In Toronto, Has Brandon Drury Regained Fantasy Relevance?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Brandon Drury was a hot add early in the season, but injury struck and he ultimately lost his job with the Yankees to Miguel Andujar.  Once healthy he was pinned at Triple-A, with little hope for the further breakout that we had all hoped for.  However with the Yankees need for starting pitching obvious, they shipped him to Toronto as part of the package for J.A. Happ ahead of the Trade Deadline and that should mean an opportunity.

The Blue Jays didn’t acquire him without the intent of using him, especially since he should be expected to help produce as the team heads towards a rebuild.  That’s why they’ve been shifting him around the infield, getting AB at 2B, SS and 3B in his short time in Toronto.

He’s shown plenty of power since arriving in the Majors, with the upside of even more:

  • 2016 – 31 doubles, 1 triple, 16 HR
  • 2017 – 37 doubles, 2 triples, 13 HR

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Waiver Worthy: With Tommy Pham Traded To Tampa Bay, Could A Sleeper Target Emerge In St. Louis?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the Cardinals sending Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay, there’s an opportunity for someone to step up and deliver.  Who is most likely to take advantage?  Let’s take a look at the candidates:


Harrison Bader
With Pham having been holding down the centerfield job, Bader would appear to be the most likely candidate to absorb his AB initially (though both Dexter Fowler and Marcell Ozuna do have experience at the spot).  That said, in 223 AB in the Majors he’s hitting just .265 with 6 HR and 9 SB.  Considering that you can argue that he’s benefited from luck (.364 BABIP) and struggled to make regular contact (12.4% SwStr%) so it’s hard to get overly excited.

He does have some speed, stealing 17 bases last season, but as the old adage goes you can’t steal first base.  If he’s not getting on (8.1% walk rate) he can’t take advantage and doesn’t represent a great fantasy addition. Read more

Waiver Worthy: New Closers Emerge: Who To Add, Who To Ignore & Who Could Emerge As A Top 10 Option

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Trade Deadline has already wreaked havoc to team’s closing situations, and we still have more than 24 hours to manage/monitor.  Among the closers moved include Jeurys Familia, Zach Britton (and subsequently Brad Brach), Brad Hand and Joakim Soria.  Let’s take a look at three of the new closers (or at least who appears to be the new closers) and if they are worth scooping up or not:


Anthony Swarzak – New York Mets
Next Up – Robert Gsellman

It looked like a given that Gsellman would step up and grab the role with the looming trade of Jeurys Familia, but he pitched his way out of the role and the struggles have actually been fairly consistent since an impressive April (ERA):

  • April – 1.80
  • May – 4.58
  • June – 6.59
  • July – 4.22

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Waiver Worthy: OBP Edition: Three Players Who Have Been Overlooked, But Deserve Your Attention (Kipnis & More)

by Stephen McFadden

Do you play in a league that utilizes OBP, as opposed to Batting Average?  While in many cases a player’s value doesn’t change dramatically there are some who have a great disparity.  A high-end player is likely going to be a high-end player, but what about the mid-to-lower tiers?  With that in mind, let’s take a look at three players who may be sitting on your waiver wire and determine their potential value for those in OBP formats:

Jose Bautista – New York Mets – 3B, OF
13% ownership in CBS leagues, 9% ownership in Yahoo leagues

It’s quite easy to look at the options on the waiver wire and skip right over Bautista. When the Braves discarded him after a failed experiment at third base earlier in the season, it looked like the end of the road for the aging slugger. However the Mets decided to give him a chance and the 37-year-old has found the fountain of youth in New York, slugging 4 HR with an OBP .387 over the last 3 weeks. Read more