Waiver Worthy: Four Veteran Bats That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked (Carlos Gonzalez & More)

by Will Overton

It’s always fun to be watching for the next big thing in fantasy baseball. We all want to be “first” to jump on the most recent call up who is oozing with potential and upside and grabbing the right young guy can be a game changer for your season. All I’m going to say is don’t get stuck on this one theme.

There are veteran bats that can get overlooked on the waiver wire. The guys we’re going to talk about here might not have the names that pop, but they can still bring the value:

 

Carlos Gonzalez – OF, Colorado Rockies
We all know that Gonzalez is a slow starter and this year was no different, but this year he is coming off what was a disappointing 2017 campaign. This means he got a lot less grace from fantasy owners and he is now owned in less than 20% of leagues. In true Gonzalez fashion, things are heating up.

Gonzalez is 11 for his last 27, including a stretch of five games in which he had multiple hits four times. What might be more important is that he has started six of the last seven games after a stretch where it looked like he might be headed for a platoon. I don’t believe he is the same player, but there is still value when he has things going and he still plays home games in Colorado, so don’t just pass him up.

 

Yonder Alonso – 1B, Cleveland Indians
For some reason it’s hard to get excited about having Alonso on our fantasy teams, even after his power breakout of the last year and a half.   He has taken over as the Indians everyday first baseman and has been holding his own. He has pretty consistently produced this season and finished off the month of May on a hot six game hit streak. He has 11 HR and 33 RBI, which puts him on pace for 25 HR and 80 RBI which is more than adequate for a corner infielder, and Alonso, boring pickup he might be, should be owned in more leagues.

 

Jose Iglesias – SS, Detroit Tigers
Here is a name that has been around for several years, but fantasy owners have just become accustomed to ignoring him. Iglesias is the classic defensive whiz shortstop who doesn’t do anything for you in fantasy, except maybe bring a decent average. Things are changing this year under Ron Gardenhire and the fantasy value of Iglesias is benefiting.

We’ve always known that he has top end speed, if you watch him play it’s clear. Unfortunately, Brad Ausmus was anti-baserunning and Iglesias hasn’t been able to show it on the stat sheet. He has nine steals already this season, which is just two shy of his season high. So you’re looking at someone who is on pace to clear 20 SB and, partially due to the base running, is also on pace to have a season high in runs scored. He isn’t a must own or anything, but it’s time to stop just ignoring him.

 

Ben Zobrist – 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs
Zobrist continues to be the Cubs do it all guy, starting games at four different positions this year, and splitting his time pretty evenly between 2B, LF and RF. He missed time with a DL stint in April and despite a strong May (3 HR and 16) and the fact that he is hitting .306 overall, he is owned in 40% of leagues. Zobrist is an OBP machine with his 22 walks, and while he won’t blow you away in any one category he’ll produce across the board. He hit a surprisingly low .232 last season, but that seems to be behind him and at a weak position (2B), he’s worth a grab from the wire.

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10 comments

  1. Steve says:

    Alonso is on pace for 31 HR and 92 RBI, not 25 and 80… He has 11 HR and 33 RBI as of now, Cleveland has played 58 games thus far: (11/58)*162 = 31, (33/58)*162 = 92.

    • Jack says:

      Fairly sure these guys look at Fangraphs for rest of season stats instead of using ratios like you did.

      • Steve says:

        No, he said “on pace for”, not “projected”… Fangraphs ROS is just projections using a formula of stats from previous years like Steamer.

        Yonder is “on pace” for 31 and 92.

  2. Barry says:

    Hello Professor,

    I’m finally losing patience with Semien and have been unable to make a deal to upgrade, so I’m resorting to the wire. A hot Crawford, Iglesias, and, Peraza seem to be the options as well as Munoz, or is holding Semien the way to go? Your thoughts for ROS would be greatly appreciated.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I am actually going to have a piece up on Semien tomorrow. That said, with those types of options I can see shifting him to the bench and riding the hot hand until Semien figures it out (and there is hope that he will)

  3. alan2112 says:

    Hi Prof,
    12 Team CBS H2H points (no penalty for strikeouts)
    For 2B, I have Schoop as my starter, and Alen Hansen on my bench. Schoop has been awful, so I need someone to fill in until he turns it around, or can be replaced.
    The following 2B are available:
    Zobrist
    Profar
    Falafel
    Panik
    Pirela
    Descalso
    Villar
    I’m leaning towards dropping Hansen for Zobrist, Descalso, or Villar. I would appreciate your thoughts.

    Thanks

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Yea Hanson is droppable at this point. They are all pretty even, so I’d ride the hot hand (as much as I want to say Profar, he continues to underwhelm unfortunately)

  4. kevin says:

    Thoughts on Profar? He’s been a steady source of XBH lately but he average and run production are lacking. 12 team 30 man roster dynasty league makes me want to see if he produces but I have little hope he’ll ever turn into a legitimate fantasy contributor. Thoughts?

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