RotoBaller Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Updates


RotoBaller experts have scoured the dregs of free agent pools across the fantasy baseball world to bring you the best waiver wire updates.  

Our goal is simple: to help you build the best fantasy baseball team and win your league.  Our waiver wire updates bring you all the players who are hot and ripe for the plucking and will help you decide which players to pick up, and when to pull the trigger.  Each day we will update this list, so be sure to check back to see who we’ve added and read the latest analysis about each player.

Ricky Nolasco (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Somehow Ricky Nolasco is still available in many many Yahoo leagues, and that's just mind boggling. For the year, he's rocking a 3.26 ERA / 1.16 WHIP with 12 wins and decent Ks. Over the last 30 days, Nolasco is sizzling hot - with a minuscule 1.37 ERA / 0.89 WHIP, 5 wins, and 34 K in 39 1/3 IP. That has him ranked number 4 overall in Yahoo over that time! And he's been extremely consistent, not allowing more than 3 ER in any start dating back to June 28th (12 starts in a row). Wow.  Add him to your pitching staff immediately for the stretch run, and ride the hot streak.

Matt Adams (1B, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Allen Craig twisted his ankle last night, and is going for an MRI today. Enter Matt Adams, who hit 2 home runs last night filling in for the injured Craig. Adams should see regular playing time at 1B for as long as Craig is out, and holds deep league value for your stretch run. With 11 home runs in 212 ABs, and hitting in the middle of the solid Cardinals lineup, Adams can be a sneaky producer for your fantasy team, at least until Craig is healthy.

Christian Yelich (OF, FLA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Yelich struggled out of the gate, but he has always been an extremely high-end prospect with big time upside. He's finally found his groove: over the past week in 25 AB, he's hit 1 HR with 4 RBI, 4 Runs and 3 SB all the while batting a nasty .480. If you need OF help, Yellich is a great pickup for the last month of the season. In keeper leagues where waiver wire pickups are free keepers, you should jump on Yellich immediately, if not sooner!

Eric Young (OF, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Eric Young is on fire recently with 4 SB, 8 Runs and a .355 BA over the past week. If you have some formerly hot slugger (Dom Brown, cough cough), and play in a non-keeper league, feel free to drop that dead weight for a hot player like Young. If you have the need for speed, jump on the Eric Young bandwagon and you will be rewarded handsomely in the short term. We recommend him for all leagues in the near term.

Ivan Nova (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Nova was just dominant against the Orioles on the 31st. He pitched a CG shutout vs. a team that usually owns right handed pitching. Nova allowed just 3 hits and a walk to go along with 5 K, and he's now allowed more than 2 ER only once in his last 10 starts. If he's on the waiver wire in your league and you need some late season pitching help, make the move for him immediately.

Tyson Ross (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Aside from a couple 4 ER outings, Ross has been dominant over his last 8 starts, not allowing more than 2 ER in the other 6 and racking up a filthy 58/15 K/BB ratio in just 51.1 IP. Ross pitches in the most friendly pitchers park in the big leagues in PetCo and San Diego has been half decent offensively which will give Ross a solid chance for the W each time out. There's really nothing not to like here: dominant strikeout numbers with great ratios in a great pitchers park. Yummy. Snag Ross immediately if he's still floatin' on your waiver wire.

L.J. Hoes (OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting / Add In Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: Seemingly a throw-in player for the deal between for Astros and Orioles for starter Bud Norris, L.J. Hoes is actually a former 3rd round pick who has just taken a little longer to get his opportunity in the Big Show. Now that he's landed in Houston (aka the land of milk and honey for any aspiring Quad A players), he is getting regular playing time as the Astros begin their long term talent evaluation process on the big league level. So far through is first 100 AB and his last 30 days of action, Hoes has held his own posting .290 BA with 1 HR, 17 Runs and 7 thefts. At only 5% owned in Yahoo leagues, the Washington D.C. native is surely worth is flier if you need some cheap speed for the home stretch.

Jonathon Niese (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Jonathon Niese has been a bright spot for the Mets recently, dominating team after team since returning from his DL stint. Over his last 4 games, Niese has given up only 4 ERs over 27 2/3 IPs, while racking up an impressive 27 Ks. And over the last 30 days, Niese is rocking a 2.14 ERA / 1.16 WHIP with 32 Ks in 33 2/3 IPs. If you're looking for some starting pitching help for your stretch run, then add Niese immediately and get him active in your lineups, at least until he cools down. Right now he's pitching like a fantasy ace.

Brandon Moss (1B, OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Brandon Moss is still only owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues, and that number is just way too low. Moss has been ON FIRE for weeks now, and needs to be owned in all leagues, at least until he cools down. Over the past 30 days, Moss is batting .312 with 8 HR, 19 RBI, and 14 Runs. Over the past 14 days, Moss is ranked #5 overall in Yahoo - batting .350 with 7 HR, 14 RBI, and 10 Runs. Today Moss continued his beat down on the league's pitchers, going 1-for-4 with yet another HR, 2 RBI, 1 Run, and a steal. If he's still available in your league, add him immediately.

Taijuan Walker (SP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE:  Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker has been called up by the Mariners, and he will make his major league debut tomorrow against the lowly Astros. Walker pitches in a great pitchers park, and his been filthy this year in the minors with a 2.93 ERA and 160 Ks over 141 1/3 IP. He can be a valuable asset for fantasy owners down the stretch, as his talent and upside is huge. If you're looking for pitching help, feel free to add Walker and start him tomorrow versus the Astros, who strike out more than any other team in MLB.

Coco Crisp (OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS:  Although he's had a somewhat disappointing 2013 season, Crisp has 4 HR, 5 RBI and 8 Runs in his past 5 games. He is ON FIRE right now and Coco's tears have been known to vault teams up in the standings. He brings a nice blend of production at the top of a solid A's lineup, as he can score runs, drive in runs, steal bases, and hit some bombs too.  Until he cools off, we recommend owning Crisp in all leagues - just don't go dropping a stud for him.

Jarred Cosart (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE:  Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS:  This kid is barely owned in standard leagues at the moment. And I get it, Houston has a rough schedule down the stretch. But if you are looking for a favorable matchup this week, or your league doesn't count Wins and relies on Quality Starts -- then adding Cosart makes a lot of sense. He has a pretty decent fastball (95 MPH) and a sub-2.00 ERA. Over 45 innings, Cosart has a 1.60 ERA and a 1.18 WHP.  Not too shabby.  His opponent this week is the Chicago White Sox, so not exactly the most terrifying of lineups - ranking nearly last in Runs, On Base and Slugging. It's a favorable start, so time to add your Astro!

Jason Castro (C, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Castro wasn't drafted in most leagues, and he's now ranked #7 overall for Catchers in 2013. That should tell you all you need to know if you're in a league with more than 7 teams - he should be owned! Only 1 catcher (Rosario) has put up better numbers than Castro's great line of: .338-4-14-14 (with a very impressive 16:25 BB:K ratio) over the past month. He is turning into a very nice mixed-league option and next year he should be off the board in the first 10 rounds. If he's still available in your league, jump on him immediately!

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Somehow Zack Wheeler is still only owned in 49% of Yahoo leagues, and that's just unacceptable. The young Mets phenom has been dominant recently, throwing quality start after quality start. His latest gem tonight was awesome, as he gave up only 2 ER over 6 2/3 IP, with only 6 baserunners and 7 Ks. He's been extremely consistent too, giving up more than 3 ER just once since July 5th (9 starts total). Over his last 14 days, Wheeler has been filthy rocking a stat line of 2.79 ERA / 1.19 WHIP and 24 K in 19 1/3 IP. Don't forget he's a big time talent, and one of the top prospects in all of baseball. If Wheeler is still available on your league's waiver wire, find a way to add him immediately, especially if you need some pitching help down the home stretch.

Matt Dominguez (3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Dominguez is doing his thing again - hitting bunches of homers and driving in runs with a low BA. Over the past 8 days, he's jacked 4 bombs with 7 RBI and 8 Runs. With 18 HR on the year in 430 AB you know this 23 year old has some serious power potential for the future. Makes you wonder what his stat line would look like if Houston fielded more than a Triple-A lineup most nights. Dominguez has decent plate discipline and he should post a better BA next year, but for now he's a solid add in really deep formats if you need some cheap power.

Jedd Gyorko (2B, 3B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Gyorko is really mashing right now, and has been on a power binge recently. Over the past two weeks, Gyorko is rocking a .306 batting average, to go along with 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, and 7 Runs. And over the last 30 days, he's ripped 8 home runs. Not too shabby from your second base, or middle infield slot. Many people dropped Gyorko after his injury and slow return, but don't forget that Gyorko was a highly touted prospect with big talent. If Gyorko is still available in your league, pick him up immediately - especially if you're not thrilled with your 2B / MI situation. His position flexibility of second base and third place is also a nice added bonus.

Darin Ruf (1B, OF, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Ruf is a dependable outfielder with a .262 batting average, eight HR and 13 RBI. He has also hit seven doubles since his call up. He should be started exclusively against right-handers, even though he's a righty himself, as he’s hit .313 against RHP while struggling to to a .147 average against lefties. Considering those splits, it may make more sense to look for a more consistent option, but if you play in a deep daily-lineup league, Ruf can be helpful with the right matchups. Also if you're looking for some cheap power off the waiver wire, Ruf has been hitting his fair share of home runs recently. Ruf probably won't hit for much average, but his power is legit.

Trevor Rosenthal (RP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS:  When Jason Motte went down with an injury back in March, the Cardinals' closer situation seemed up in the air. It was a toss-up between Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica, and Trevor Rosenthal to see who would step into the ninth inning role. Eventually, Mujica won the job, but even for some time after, many thought the closer role would eventually be handed to the young, flame-throwing Rosenthal. Mujica kept the job, but now that he's dealing with some arm trouble of his own, it looks like Rosenthal will finally get his shot to close out games. Rosenthal has been lights-out in a setup role this year, as evidenced by his 2.54 ERA and ridiculous 86 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched. It's unclear how long Mujica will be out for, but Rosenthal is now a must own player. Don't walk, run to your waiver wire and grab him if he's still available.

Chris Archer (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Archer is pitching well with a 2.95 ERA and six wins on the season. He has struck out 62 batters, while walking 30. He is limiting teams to a .214 average, with right-handers just managing a .153 average against him. He has struggled a bit in his last 12 innings with an ERA of 4.50 and giving up three HR and he gets the resurgent Yankees next which could cause a hiccup. He can be a valuable contributor at the back end of a playoff rotation with the right matchups– look for right-handed heavy lineups and you will do well with Archer.

Jedd Gyorko (2B, 3B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Gyorko is having a solid rookie campaign with 21 doubles and 14 HR on the season to go along with 37 RBI in 342 at-bats. The knock on him is plate discipline– he needs to develop some patience, as evidenced by his 85 strikeouts against just 22 walks. Over his last 11 games though, Gyorko is hitting .289 with a .949 OPS. Deep leaguers in need of middle infield help can do much worse than the San Diego youngster.

Alex Wood (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Wood is having a good season for Atlanta with a 2.61 ERA and 51.2 innings pitched. He has only allowed one home run while striking out 57 batters, good for an elite 9.9 K/9. He has a WHIP of 1.02 and is limiting teams to a .215 batting average. Over the last 29.2 innings he has struck out 31 batters while only giving up 23 hits. What’s more, Wood has allowed three or more earned runs just twice in his last seven starts, while going six innings or more in five of those contests. There are some question marks about innings with the return of Brandon Beachy, but Wood should be skipped no more than once or twice the rest of the way.

Sonny Gray (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Gray is starting off his career in spectacular fashion with a 1.44 ERA in 25 innings pitched. He has displayed great command by striking out 27 batters and only walking seven. To this point, he has shut down the Astros and Mariners– by no means powerhouse offenses– but the way he’s done it, with dominant strikeout numbers and great control, bodes very well for his future. He allowed just six hits over his 15 innings pitched in those games, and he is holding right-handed batters to a .128 batting average. He should no longer be on the waiver wire in many leagues, so if he’s available, go ahead and invest with confidence.

Will Venable (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Venable is flashing his power/speed combo for the Padres this season, with a .263 average, 39 extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases against just four caught-stealing. Over his last 21 games, he has a .352/.387/1.046 triple-slash with five HR and nine RBI, so he can definitely be an impact player for your stretch or playoff run.

Brandon Belt (1B, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Belt is finally hitting up to the level of his former top-prospect status, as the Giants envisioned he would. He has a .276/.352/.836 triple-slash with 15 HR and 50 RBI on the season. The young first baseman has 46 extra-base hits and 106 hits overall, making him a points-league dynamo. Over his last 20 games, he is hitting .329 with a 1.085 OPS that includes 11 RBI and 25 hits. It’s time for Belt to be nearly universally owned.

Felix Doubront (SP, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: After shutting out the Giants tonight on the road to the tune of 8 IP, a 1.13 WHIP and the Win, it is safe to say that Felix Doubront is at least worth a flier in deeper mixed formats (as he is most likely 100% owned in your AL Only Leagues). With 119 strikeouts in 122 innings pitched, the hard throwing lefty from Bean Town is a worthy option for the home stretch because he is pitching for a playoff contending team with a good offense. He should be readily available for the plucking off the waiver wire since he is only owned in a meager 29% of all Yahoo leagues.

Xander Bogaerts (SS, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Bogaerts is only 28% owned in Yahoo! leagues which is really low even for a guy who is only slated to play part time. Most of you have benches, and they should be used for guys like Bogaerts. He is a super-high-upside prospect and has the ability to be a 5-category fantasy player off the bat. Just remember, Bogaerts isn't getting every day at bats now - so you shouldn't be dropping any starters or viable players from your team.  The bottom line is - if Bogaerts hits in his limited ABs, he will get more ABs. If he doesn't hit, he will sit more. He's the definition of a high-upside stash.  If you own him now, you'll hopefully be able to reap the rewards when he does start to hit. Don't be left kicking yourself at what could have been. In keeper leagues, if Bogaerts is still there, pounce immediately!

Mark Reynolds (3B, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: It seems like the Yankees just LOVE filling their entire lineup with low average, high strikeout power hitters. Reynolds fits that mold, and as you all know by now he's pretty worthless 80% of the season. But the other 20% he's nailz. He hit a 3-run bomb in his first game on the Yankees which bodes well, so he's worth keeping a really close eye on or even picking up in deep leagues. Yankee stadium is the best park for hitting HR, and that's what Reynolds specializes in when he's on point, so if he gets on a tear you'll want to reap those rewards.

Robbie Grossman (OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in deep and AL-only leagues ANALYSIS: The Astros are seemingly auditioning young talent during the rest of this lost season in an effort to see where some of their young players fit in their future plans. Maybe the only corp of players in more disarray than Houston's bullpen has been their outfielders, as there has been a revolving door of young players patrolling the depths of Minute Maid Park. It's can be a boon for fantasy players, so if Houston's Robbie Grossman is floating around on your waiver wire, (and he probably is), you could be reaping the benefits of the power/speed combination he's shown recently. Over the last 30 days, Grossman has hit three home runs and stolen four bases. He's also scored and driven in 14 and 13 runs, respectively, while hitting .341. It's anybody's guess if Grossman can keep this up, but he is red hot right now, so add him and play the hot hand until he cools off, especially if you're in an AL-only league.

Will Venable (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately Update 8/18:  Venable hit ANOTHER bomb today, and is going absolutely bonkers.  He needs to be added in all leagues immediately.  Over his last 14 days, Venable has 5 HRs, 5 Steals, 12 Runs and 9 RBIs, while hitting close to .400.  And he's ranked as a top-5 player in Yahoo over that same stretch. Wow.  Don't wait a second longer, if Venable is available in your league - find a way to add him asap. ANALYSIS: Venable is having a good season, flashing a very nice power/speed combination with 16 HR and 13 SB, in addition to 15 doubles and six triples on the season. Last night he hit another bomb. Over his last 20 games, he has a .358/.402/1.044 triple-slash in 81 at-bats with four homers and 29 hits overall. He hits southpaws very well with a .291 average in 55 at-bats. Pick him up in all leagues and at the minimum ride the hot streak. Venable may be a big fantasy asset down the stretch, and in 2014.

Sonny Gray (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Sonny Gray was a highly touted A's prospect, and has done nothing but impress during his time in the majors. Sporting a filthy arsenal, and nasty curveball, Gray has racked up 20 Ks versus just 5 BBs over 18 IP - to go along with a pristine 1.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. He plays in a great pitchers park, and on a good team - so he will remain a viable pitcher down the fantasy stretch run. Make sure to get him active against Seattle in his next start, but avoid him in tough AL matchups like Detroit. He's still a rookie who may hit some bumps in the road, but he will help your fantasy team down the stretch in 2013 - and will be an extremely viable fantasy pitcher in 2014 as well.