Archive for Waiver Worthy

Waiver Worthy: OBP Edition: Digging Deep To Uncover Under-the-Radar Gems (Descalso & More)

by Stephen McFadden

Daniel Descalso – Arizona Diamondbacks – 1B, 2B, 3B, OF
40% ownership in CBS leagues, 32% in Yahoo leagues

Descalso is an easy name to overlook in fantasy circles. The 31-year-old journeyman has never really been relevant in anything but the deepest of the leagues. but his recent hot streak combined with his on-base prowess and elite plate discipline make him worth a look. 

Descalso has a 14.4% BB% rate, good enough to pull his OBP up to .383. He has already homered 8 times in only 209 plate appearances, only two off his career high that he accomplished in nearly twice as many plate appearances last year. While it’s  still too early to know the effect of the humidor, Chase Field ranks as a below average environment for home runs this season (22nd in ESPN’s park factor, compared to last season when it produced the 4th highest total of home runs.   Read more

Waiver Worthy: Identifying Four Readily Available Bats & If They Are Worth Grabbing (Hicks, Bonifacio & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The fantasy season just keeps on going, as we’re nearly at the halfway point already.  The time for patience has seemingly come and gone (though not in all cases) and hitting the wire is a priority.  Let’s take a look at a few options currently available in most leagues and try to determine if they are worth grabbing or not:

 

Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks – Second Baseman/Shortstop
Over the past two weeks Marte is hitting .309 with 1 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R and 1 SB as he’s settled into the second base job and hitting towards the middle of the lineup (he’s generally been hitting fifth or sixth).  The 24-year old switch hitter has long been viewed as a potential 10/15 type player who should hit for a solid average, though he’s never put it together.  Overall this year has been no different, with a .240 average continuing to camouflage the numbers.  However the underlying metrics support a further improvement is coming: Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Are Two Recent Recalls Worth Our Attention?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to get excited about the shiny new toy on the waiver wire, especially when they show a little bit of upside.  Are they really worth the addition, though?  Let’s take a look at two recent recalls with upside and try to determine if they are worth it:

 

Tom Murphy – Colorado Rockies – Catcher
Murphy has always been an intriguing name for fantasy owners, and after raking at Triple-A (.289 with 16 HR over 209 PA) he’s back in the Majors and drawing some starts.  Should that get us excited though?

The first question is going to be playing time, especially since he’s one of three catchers currently on the roster (joining Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters).  It’s impossible to anticipate Murphy being in the lineup every day, though how many catchers are?  If he’s playing even 60% of the time he could become an intriguing option, assuming the Triple-A numbers are going to translate… Read more

Waiver Worthy: OBP Edition: Why Max Muncy Is A Must Own Option & More

by Stephen McFadden

Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers – 1B, 3B, OF
54% ownership in CBS leagues, 33% in Yahoo leagues

Now is the time to add Max Muncy. In the last three weeks the Dodgers’ utilityman has a .400 OBP with 7 home runs, as the 27-year old is finally thriving in his third stint in the majors. He has always had elite plate discipline, but now has combined that with power as he is slugging .566 in 42 games. To put it in perspective he would rank 1st amongst first basemen, 4th for third basemen and 7th amongst outfielders if he had enough plate appearances.

His counting numbers should see a boost as well now that he is regularly batting 2nd after batting near the bottom of the order upon his debut earlier in the season. Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Dominic Smith Returns, But Should We Care?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Mets are shaking things up, and you can argue that it’s overdue at this point.  Gone are Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Lobaton, with Ty Kelly and Dominic Smith being summoned to replace them.  It’s interesting, though you can argue that this note from Mickey Callaway, courtesy of Joel Sherman of the New York Post (click here for the article) is more important:

“Callaway told me a few days ago that when Cespedes returns, he and Nimmo are going to play daily.”

Of course with Cespedes suffering a setback, as well as Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce continuing to struggle, that should’ve gone without saying.  Nimmo is a locked in fantasy option, and one settling into the middle of the order, as he could prove to be one of the biggest breakouts of the year. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Should Fantasy Owners Target These “Hot Add” Veteran Starters? (Clay Buchholz & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Should fantasy owners focus on the shiny new toy, or is a seemingly productive veteran the path worth taking?  There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer, you just need to be smart in your decision making.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at three veteran starters who have been heavily added as of late and try to determine if they are worth the investment or are better left for someone else:

 

Clay Buchholz – Arizona Diamondbacks
There was a time that Buchholz was viewed as an above average fantasy starter, though even before he was limited to 7.1 innings last season he had posted a 4.78 ERA over 139.1 innings for the Red Sox in 2016.  That alone is going to call his upside into question, despite a 1.88 ERA over his first 24.0 IP in ’18, though these metrics show just how bad it could get:

  • Strand Rate – 94.9%
  • BABIP – .215
  • Groundball Rate – 32.4%

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