by Will Overton
One of my biggest rules for working the waiver wire is that you need to do it with a purpose. Sometimes just aimlessly adding and dropping guys to have the hottest player, or even the best all-around player, isn’t helping your team.
If you have a big lead in home runs and the best player on the waiver wire is Mike Napoli, you don’t add him just to add him. The waiver wire should be there to help you where you need it, not to pad the stat category you are already dominating.
That’s why, from time to time, we are going to focus this article on players who can boost your point scoring in specific categories. Today that category is stolen bases. This is a spot where it feels like you can get it at almost anytime, but you still want to find the right guy not just any guy with speed. Let’s look at some potent base stealers you should add if you need help in that area: Read more
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Wasn’t it supposed to be easy to find pitching this season? Doesn’t it feel like just the opposite? For whatever reason there have been numerous pitchers who have failed to pitch to our preseason expectations, leaving many fantasy owners scrambling to the waiver wire for reinforcements. Whose worth scooping up though? Let’s take a look at a few names that are likely sitting there for you to consider:
Mike Bolsinger – Los Angeles Dodgers
CBS Sports – 16%
ESPN – 19.2%
The big question regarding Bolsinger is how long he might be able to stick in the Major League rotation? The Dodgers rotation has been in shambles, causing the team to dig deep for answers. They could get reinforcements in the form of Brandon Beachy, but he’s not expected back until the All-Star Break. Zach Lee? You have to wonder why he hasn’t already gotten the opportunity given the need. Read more
by Will Overton
Working the wire can be tricky when it comes to pitching and everyone seems to have a different philosophy. Some prefer to have a few really good reliable pitchers at the top of their rotation and then stream the rest of their pitching spots. Others will save one or two spots to stream and others won’t stream at all.
The problem with streaming is that sometimes you end up letting go of a really good pitcher who you won’t be able to get back. Knowing which pitchers you should be streaming, or even just spot starting, and which ones you should be rostering permanently is sometimes tough to determine.
Let’s look at some of the hottest, and most added pitchers, on the wire right now to help you make that determination on whether a guy is a streamer or a permanent. Read more
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofeswsor)
There have been a few under-the-radar call-ups over the past few days who could hold some fantasy appeal for those in deeper formats (even if it’s just for the short-term). Let’s take a look at three of them and see who brings value and who can be ignored:
Preston Tucker – Outfielder – Houston Astros
With George Springer hitting the 7-day DL, the Astros have recalled Tucker to fill his spot on the roster. Tucker was raking at Triple-A, hitting .320 with 10 HR and 32 RBI in 25 games (100 AB). A left-handed hitter, he was performing against both righties and lefties:
- vs. RHP – .299, 8 HR, 23 RBI
- vs. LHP – .364, 2 HR, 9 RBI
With Colby Rasmus, Jake Marisnick and Robbie Grossman the other outfielders on the roster, there’s a good chance Tucker sees AB while he’s up. There’s definitely power in his bat, with a 21.6% HR/OFB in the minors, and he also makes good contact, with a 16.4% career strikeout rate. Read more
by Will Overton
One of the hardest parts about working the wire, especially in the first couple months of the season, is knowing who to drop when you find someone on the wire. Is it still too early to cut bait on the guy on your team who is struggling? That question’s answer varies depending on who you’re talking about. Someone with an established track record who is struggling gets more leash than an over hyped prospect who isn’t panning out.
You don’t want to be too hasty, but you don’t want to wait too long either. Today we’re going to try to help you with this conundrum. I’m going to highlight a handful of guys who are under owned right now and I’m also going to note some of the guys owned in more leagues at that position that I would drop for them.
Let’s get things started here: Read more
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