Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: Is Steve Pearce Or Greg Bird Must Use Options Down The Stretch?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you searching on the waiver wire for a few names who may be able to give you a little boost over the final week and a half?  Here are a few players looking good and could be worth utilizing as a plug and play to try and catch lightning in a bottle:


Steve Pearce – Baltimore Orioles
It’s easy to overlook Pearce, as he’s been a disaster for much of the season.  However, with a home run yesterday he now has 5 in September and has been coming on strong overall.  The hit gave him a five-game hitting streak (7-17, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R), producing runs and extra base hits in the process (3 doubles, 3 HR).

That’s not to say that he’s been a tremendous option, as he entered yesterday hitting .208 in September thanks to a miniscule 14.0% line drive rate.  You also have to wonder just how real his power surge has been…

He’s been hitting the ball in the air a lot for the month, with a 62.8% mark, but it hasn’t been going very far.  He entered play yesterday with an average distance on non-groundballs of 250.233 for the month, hardly a mark that’s indicative of gaudy power numbers.  It has been up lately, at 263.541 since September 10, but even that’s not nearly enough. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Power Hitters To Add For The Final Weeks

by Will Overton

We’re at that point in the season where every move is calculated and done by design. You aren’t just making moves for the sake of making moves, you’re making moves to try and make a run at gaining points in the categories that are close.

One of the things that can be the hardest to chase is the power categories, home runs and runs batted in, because those numbers are at such a premium that when power hitters come available they don’t often stay that way for long. When there is a power hitter is sitting on the wire there is probably a reason for it.

Here are some guys who can hit for power, or are currently hitting for power at least, that can give you a boost in HR and RBI the last couple weeks:

Jedd Gyroko – 2B, San Diego Padres: After showing a whole lot of promise as a rookie Gyroko has been a huge disappointment the last two years, struggling to hit for a decent average and not doing enough to hold consistent fantasy value. We know, though, that even with his shortcomings he has legitimate power and is heating up at the plate, particularly in the way of power. Gyroko has reached base in 10 of his last 11 games and has 3 HR in his last six games. Even better, he has been going yard in his home stadium of Petco Park which is  not power friendly, so these are legitimate HR and they may keep coming the way he is going. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Four Middle Infielders Swinging Hot Bats You Should Grab

by Will Overton

There’s only a month left in the season and while that may not feel like a lot of time a lot can happen. This isn’t time to mail it in, because things can change when you’re putting in the work and running out the best team possible.

You need to maximize your talent at every position and one of the things to do is make sure your middle infield positions are being used wisely. There isn’t a ton of talent at second base and shortstop outside of the top tier, so a lot of times running out hot hands at those positions is your best bet. Don’t be tied to a guy who isn’t getting the job done when the guy is already mediocre to begin with.

Here are some of the hot bats who could be grabbed to run out until they cool off:

Didi Gregorius – New York Yankees: There have been a few runs by Gregorius this year where he has gotten hot, and when he gets hot he is burning hot. He is 14 for his last 24 and has 5 R, 2 HR and 11 RBI in the last six games. He doesn’t typically carry much power or speed throughout the year, so he really needs these kinds of hot streaks to bring in fantasy value. The Yankees offense is deep enough that even though he hits towards the end of the lineup he can be productive scoring runs and driving them in when he’s hitting like this. He’ll run out of steam at some point, but until then, milk the value. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Five Young Pitchers To Boost Your Fantasy Staff

by Will Overton

Fantasy teams have been getting boosts from young pitchers quite a bit over the last month or so. If you have missed out on the likes of Rafael Iglesias or Luis Severino have no fear, there are still plenty of options for young pitching out on the wire.

This is the time of the year for young pitching to shine. Teams who have fallen out of the race want to see what they have for the future and if they have arms ready for the big leagues. Teams in the race are also looking to some of their more promising arms to see if they can help them make the final push towards the playoffs.

If you’re fantasy team’s pitching staff needs a boost you may be better off looking at one of these young options rather than cycling back through the mediocre veterans who always seem available.

Kevin Gausman – Baltimore Orioles: This isn’t a new name, and chances are you may have owned him at some point this season as he has probably been owned and dropped by a few teams. This is the point where you really want to own him though. The upside is undeniable, but his inconsistency has held him back. Gausman has now turned in five quality starts in his last six outings and this is the version fantasy owners have been looking for.  He’s bringing good control and solid strikeout potential with a 22/3 K:BB ratio over his last 20 innings of work and is the one guy on this list that should be owned in all formats in any circumstance. Read more

Deep League Waiver Wire: Searching For Speed: Darnell Sweeney & Travis Jankowski

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Digging deep for a waiver option to help you down the stretch? Here are a few names to consider:

Darnell Sweeney – Second Baseman/Ourfielder – Philadelphia Phillies
Acquired as part of the trade that sent Chase Utley to Los Angeles, Sweeney appears ready to get a chance to win the second base job for the remainder of the season. He’s not a completely foreign option, as we had ranked him as the #9 second base prospect in the game prior to the season saying:

“Similar to Ryan Brett, as he doesn’t offer one standout number but hit .288 with 14 HR and 16 SB. He improved his strikeout rate in moving up a level (24.5% to 20.0%), as well as his walk rate (7.2% to 13.1%). Throw in tremendous extra base numbers in both 2013 (34 doubles, 16 triples, 11 HR) and 2014 (34 doubles, 5 triples, 14 HR) as well as the fact that he’s a switch hitter, and there’s an awful lot to like.”

While he took a small step backwards in both strikeouts (22.2%) and walks (8.0%) upon reaching Triple-A this season, neither are crippling marks. The bigger concerns may be the drop in power (9 HR) despite playing in the PCL, as well as being caught far too often trying to steal (he was caught 13 times in 45 attempts). Read more

Waiver Worthy: Five Hot Hitters To Add To Your Team Immediately

by Will Overton

We have roughly six weeks left in the season, which means you as a fantasy owner either have six more weeks to either hang on to your lead or catch the person in the lead. We’re not really in play it safe mode anymore, it’s time to make your move.

This is the time of the year where you want to ride a hot streak more than ever. In April it can be foolish to drop a possible long term option who is struggling to add someone who has been hitting the ball well for a week, but will likely fade.  With six weeks left in the season that guy who is hot and can put up big numbers on your squad, even if it’s just for a week or two, has a lot more value. Also don’t be afraid to cut bait on your hot player when he goes cold and move on to the next.

That said, here are some players owned in 20% of leagues or less who are riding a hot streak and can help your fantasy team right now:

Austin Jackson – OF, Seattle Mariners: After picking up two hits in five straight games at the end of last week Jackson is now 11 for his last 26. He has also scored three runs, hit one homer, drove in four runs and stolen two bases in these last six games. I’d like this hot streak even more if he was still hitting leadoff, but even hitting sixth there is good potential for RBI while being low enough in the order to get the green light. Jackson can be streaky, but he’s been hitting the ball pretty well since the all-star break and could stretch this run out a few more weeks. Read more