by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Let’s take a quick look at the most added players (according to CBS Sports as of Tuesday) to try and determine if they are worth adding or if fantasy owners should pass:
J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers – Outfielder
Add Percentage – 53%
With the way Martinez has produced, seeing owners finally flock to the waiver wire for him shouldn’t be surprising as he’s clearly changed at the plate and is showing more power than ever before. Between the Majors & Triple-A he has 17 HR in just 193 AB and he’s also tattooing the ball in the Majors (25.0% line drive rate). That said, he does have a notable split:
- vs. RHP – .395/.414/.716
- vs. LHP – .094/.171/.281
It’s something to keep in mind, since he’s not going to be an everyday player (especially with Andy Dirks nearing a return).
I’d consider Martinez over Nick Markakis, Colby Rasmus
Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – Starting Pitcher
Add Percentage – 40%
Arrieta was on this list last week (click here to view) and things continue to look up for him. He’s showing strikeouts (9.90 K/9), control (2.70 BB/9) and groundballs (53.0%) as he’s worked a cutter into his repertoire. Once a bright prospect, he’s definitely worth grabbing in all formats at this point.
I’d consider Arrieta over Tanner Roark, Jake Odorizzi or any backend veteran
Kyle Gibson – Minnesota Twins – Starting Pitcher
Add Percentage – 36%
Gibson entered Tuesday having allowed 0 ER over his past three starts (21.0 IP), so it’s no surprise that owners are rushing to the waiver wire for him. He’s showing control (2.71 BB/9) and groundballs (55.8%), but thus far has lacked the strikeout stuff to really garner our attention (4.99 K/9). An 8.4% SwStr% does indicate the upside for a better mark, as does an 8.0 K/9 over his minor league career. However, until he starts generating Ks routinely (8 K in his last outing was the first time he had more than 5 K this season, second time over 4) he’s going to be more of a back end option.
I’d consider Gibson over Henderson Alvarez, Jason Vargas
Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates – Relief Pitcher
Add Percentage – 31%
Moved back to the closers role, this was going to be the most obvious hot add in the game. He’s shown the ability to thrive in the role and may not relinquish it moving forward.
I’d consider Melancon over any non-closing RP
Jesse Hahn – San Diego Padres – Starting Pitcher
Add Percentage – 24%
We are posting an in-depth look at Hahn later today, so we are going to save this for now. Make sure to check back to see if we consider him a must add or not.
Jeff Locke – Pittsburgh Pirates – Starting Pitcher
Add Percentage – 24%
Since returning from the minors he owns a 0.68 BB/9, but does anyone believe that? He’s shown a little bit more strikeout stuff than Kyle Gibson (6.49 K/9), but also fewer groundballs (49.4%). He had a 6.9 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 at Triple-A prior to his recall, so it’s not likely that he maintains what he’s currently doing. There’s upside, but don’t go nuts.
I’d consider Locke over Jhoulys Chacin
Sources – CBS Sports, Fangraphs
*** Make sure to pre-order Rotoprofessor’s 2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide!! The guide comes complete with projections of over 350 players, expended rankings, sleepers, and so much more (including constant updates up until opening day). For just $6 you will get everything you need to dominate your fantasy league and one lucky subscriber will win a free autographed Brett Favre 8×10! For more information and to place your order, click here. ***