Archive for Waiver Worthy

Five & Dime Shopping: Digging Deep To Try And Find Some 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 two players who could make an impact down the stretch and try to decide if they are worth adding or not:

 

Yolmer Sanchez – Chicago White Sox – Infielder
He’s been surprisingly productive this season, especially against right-handed pitching:

  • RHP – .276, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 43 R, 7 SB
  • LHP – .255, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 15 R, 1 SB

He has three times as many AB against righties (332 vs. 110), and he’s settled in as the leadoff hitter against them.  That’s an enviable spot to be in right now, as the White Sox have been one of the highest scoring teams September (81 runs scored are tied for the third most). Read more

Waiver Wired: Have Injuries Made These Sleepers Must Own Options?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries have helped to create opportunities for some under-the-radar players, and with a month left in the season we are looking for any advantage we can get.  Let’s take an in-depth look at two players who have suddenly found themselves thrust into the middle of their respective lineups and see if there is any potential production:

 

Jarrett Parker – Outfielder – San Francisco Giants
He hit 23 HR with 19 SB at Triple-A in 2015, and coming up through the minors consistently showed the upside of a 15/15 player.  That has always come with the caveat that he needs to be able to make consistent contact, something that has plagued him regardless of the level he’s played.  Having seen time at Triple-A each year since 2014, just look at his strikeout rates:

  • 2014 (89 PA) – 25.8%
  • 2015 (504 PA) – 32.5%
  • 2016 (222 PA) – 29.7%
  • 2017 (133 PA) – 23.3%

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Five & Dime Shopping: Digging Deep To Try And Find Some 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 two players who could make an impact down the stretch and try to decide if they are worth adding or not:

 

Nick Delmonico – Chicago White Sox
He’s made a quick splash, hitting .307 with 6 HR, 12 RBI, 17 R and 2 SB over 22 games in the Majors.  Obviously the line is eye catching, though can we really expect him to continue producing at levels even close to this?  It’s not like he was blowing us away at Triple-A prior to the promotion, hitting .262 with 12 HR over 429 PA.

What he has shown thus far, both in the Majors and Triple-A, is a vastly improved approach at the plate:

  • Triple-A – 17.0% strikeout rate, 10.7% walk rate
  • Majors – 15.4% strikeout rate, 16.5% walk rate

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Five & Dime Shopping: Digging Deep To Try And Find Some 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 two players who could make an impact down the stretch and try to decide if they are worth adding or not:

 

Mikie Mahtook – Detroit Tigers
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Mikie Mahtook in the Majors, as he played for the Rays in both 2015 and 2016, but this is definitely his most successful run.  Through Wednesday he was hitting .300 with 9 HR, 29 RBI and 38 R over 250 AB, and he’s shown improvements across the board.

Line Drive Rate – 22.7%, after posting a 14.4% mark last season (185 AB).  The improvements have led to a .355 BABIP, a number that is likely unsustainable but he should be able to maintain something in the .320-.330 range.  That’s especially true as he’s dropped his fly ball rate (32.0%). Read more

Waiver Worthy: Breaking Down Three Potential Post-Hype Sleepers (Eddie Rosario & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to get excited by a hot stretch, especially from a player who has received some hype/praise in the past.  Of course, are we really prepared to buy into a player over a few days of production after what may have been years of frustration?  In some cases the answer is absolutely!  Let’s take a look at a few of the players who have recently been going well and try to decide if their breakout is for real or not (all stats are through Saturday):

 

Eddie Rosario – Minnesota Twins
CBS Sports – 20%, Yahoo! – 14%

We’ve long heard about the potential of Rosario, though he’s really started to put things on display in the past few days.  He’s suddenly become a home run machine, with 5 HR over the past week.  Throw in three doubles, as well as 10 RBI and 9 R, and there’s obviously a lot to like with what he’s been doing.  Maybe even more impressive, though?  He’s struck out just 4 times and has scored at least 1 R in all seven games. Read more

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Should We Consider Adding Jesse Winker Or Kaleb Cowart?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For those who play in the deepest of formats, hitting the waiver wire is never easy.  Who is widely available and could potentially help your fantasy squad?  Let’s take a look at two players recently recalled and try to determine if they are worth adding or not:

 

Jesse Winker – Cincinnati Reds
Winker made a splash upon returning to the Majors, homering in each of his first two games.  Before anyone gets overly excited, keep in mind that he had managed just 2 HR over 299 AB at Triple-A this season (adding just 22 doubles, leading to a .408 SLG).  In 2016 at Triple-A he hit 3 HR (and 22 doubles) over 380 AB, meaning he hit a HR once every 135.8 AB over the past two seasons at the highest level of the minors.  Thinking that he’ll supply power in the Majors would be a significant mistake. Read more