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2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers by MLB Position
Drew Smyly has been great this season, especially when it comes to striking batters out, which is a huge part of both season-long and daily fantasy production. He has 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings, which trails only Stephen Strasburg for tonight's slate. The Toronto Blue Jays strikeout almost as much as any team in the league against left-handed pitchers, so Smyly has huge upside tonight. It is tough to trust a pitchers that has to face off against Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and
Pedro Alvarez is getting a rest tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Carlos Rodon is on the mound, and Alvarez does not hit left-handers very well. Mark Trumbo, who generally starts in the outfield, will also see a little bit of a break. He is going to shift into the designated hitter spot. Joey Rickard and Nolan Reimold are both starting in the corner outfield spots. Trumbo continues to provide a ton of value in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues. Rickard and Reimold are
The Boston Red Sox catcher, Christian Vazquez, is getting a routine day of rest tonight against the New York Yankees. He has seven hits in 31 at-bats so far this season, three of which are extra base hits. Vazquez is not the most impressive fantasy option in the world, so his absence will not impact too much. Ryan Hanigan is worth a look in some daily fantasy leagues, as he is hitting in a great offensive lineup. The Red Sox score quite a bit, and getting a cheap
This does not really impact fantasy owners, as Devin Mesoraco should have found his way to the bench by now in season-long leagues. He is off to a horrible start to the season, hitting .140 with no home runs and only one RBI. Tucker Barnhart is going to start for the Cincinnati Reds, and it is nearly impossible for him to play as bad as Mesoraco. He is not all that enticing of a fantasy option in season-long or daily fantasy leagues, but if Mesoraco keeps playing the
Taylor Jungmann pitched well for the Milwaukee Brewers last season in 21 starts, but he has been horrible so far during 2016. His ERA is approaching double-digits, and he has as many walks as he does strikeouts. He pretty much forced the Brewers' hand here. There has been no mention of who will take his spot in the rotation. David Goforth, who currently has a 4.35 ERA with the Triple-A Colorado, got the call up. He is a relief pitcher though and will not impact the rotation.
Erasmo Ramirez is likely going to stay in the Tampa Bay Rays' bullpen in May. "He's been impacting us in a big way and he's done it in an even bigger way (as a reliever," Cash said. The Rays are currently going with a four-man rotation, but this is not sustainable. They are going to need a fifth starter in May, and Ramirez was looking likely until now. This could open the door for Blake Snell. Snell makes for an interesting waiver wire add in deep season-long leagues.
Cole Gillespie is going to get called up to the majors to replace Dee Gordon, who got slapped with an 80-game suspension last night for testing positive for PEDs. He will likely serve as the backup to Derek Dietrich, who is supposed to get the most opportunities at second base during Gordon's absence. This situation is obviously worth monitoring, as Gordon is one of the elite hitters in the league, so a shift in the batting order is likely coming. There will be a few fantasy relevant
Jeremy Hazelbaker looked to stretch out his oblique after an awkward swing in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He did not start for the Cardinals yesterday, which is why the injury is a bit concerning. Hazelbaker took batting practice and insists that he is fine. Keep an eye on the situation for now, as Hazelbaker would not admit to an injury if one were present. He is off to a hot start to the season, so an injury would be unfortunate for fantasy owners.
Tyrell Jenkins, one of the Atlanta Braves' top pitching prospects, could get the call up on Monday to start against the New York Mets. Bud Norris needs to be replaced, and it will either be Jenkins or Mike Foltynewicz who do the replacing. Currently, the Braves are undecided. Jenkins has a 1.71 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 21 innings for the Triple-A Gwinnett this season. Foltynewicz has a 2.05 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 22 innings with the same team. Both make for solid spot starters to
This is great news for Cameron Maybin, who has been out all season with a hairline fracture in his right wrist. He made a diving attempt in the outfield a couple of days ago, which resulted in an injury to his shoulder. Fortunately, there was no structural damage, and Maybin will resume his rehab assignment. He is going to serve as the team's designated hitter until the trainers declare him able to throw without concern. Keep an eye on this situation.
Andre Ethier, who has been out since spring training, will get his right tibia re-examined today. Six weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder fouled a ball off of his shin, which tended up fracturing his tibia. He is still using crutches to get around, and he likely will not be back until June. Ethier is a big part of the Dodgers' offense, and he makes for a solid season-long stash. Results will be available at some point today.
According to Giants' manager Bruce Bochy, the San Francisco Giants are going to sit Buster Posey more often this season. The Giants' catcher has been solid to start the 2016 season, but he has been banged up a couple of times. Trevor Brown is playing well when stepping in, and Brandon Belt has been too good to bench. Posey will likely get the day off rather than start at first base this season. This increases Brown's value, as well as Belt's value. Brown is worth consideration in
Jesse Hahn was supposed to get the call up to start tonight against the Houston Astros, but he was dealing with a blister on his finger. Top prospect Sean Manaea got the call up instead, but Hahn is pitching too well to stay in the minors. He is getting the call up today at some point to pitch on Saturday against the Astros. This will likely bump Chris Bassitt in the rotation. This season, in the minors, Hahn posted a 2.04 ERA. He should already be owned
Mallex Smith is getting the day off with left-hander Jon Lester on the mound for the Chicago Cubs. Drew Stubbs is going to get the start in center field. He will hit eighth, and the Atlanta Braves are far from a good offense. Lester should have no problems tonight, even though Stubbs hits lefties well. It would be wise to avoid the Braves in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues tonight.
Cesar Vargas was solid in his first start last Saturday, allowing one run on five hits in five innings. Tonight he has a chance to improve on those numbers against a struggling L.A. Dodgers team. The Dodgers scored only eight runs in the past four games, getting swept by the Marlins. Furthermore, his opponent, Alex Wood, is 1-2 with an ERA of 6.00 on the year. Playing rookie pitchers is always a roll of the dice as inconsistency is to be expected. Still, this might be a great
Kris Bryant is not going to play tonight against the Atlanta Braves. This is most likely precautionary, as the Braves really do not have much of a chance to win the game regardless. The MRI that Bryant underwent confirmed that the sprain is minor, and fantasy owners do not have too much to worry about. According to the Chicago Tribune, he may miss a couple of days. This is the likely response from the Cubs, as they do not want Bryant ending up like Kyle Schwarber.
J.T. Realmuto looks like he’s shaken off his early season rust as he continues to mash the baseball. Realmuto, who was batting less than .200 after the second week of the season, went 2-for-4 with a home run against the Dodgers on Thursday to bring his average up to .284. Over his last five games, Miami’s young catcher is hitting .526 with two home runs and has been a huge part of the Marlins' offensive resurgence.
Martin Prado is playing like a man possessed, and that is huge news for his fantasy owners and the Miami Marlins. Prado racked up three more hits against the Dodgers on Thursday and is now batting .529 over his last four games. Prado has overtaken teammate Christian Yelich in batting average and is now second in the National League with a .381 mark. Prado has also logged three RBI in his last four games and continues to be Miami’s hottest hitter.
Now that Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, fantasy owners should target Marlins’ utility man Derek Dietrich. Dietrich has already started a few games this year and has been solid at the plate when Miami has needed him. Dietrich is batting .321 with one home run and six RBI in 28 at-bats. It’s still unclear if Miami will go with Dietrich, Miguel Rojas, or even slide Martin Prado over from third base to fill in for the suspended
While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men to target off the waiver wire for Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season. The more likely a team is to win, the more likely a pitcher will be eligible to earn the holds that could be the difference between winning or losing in your fantasy league. Editor’s Note: RotoBaller’s fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups list is updated every single day. Our awesome writers bring you analysis on hot or emerging starting
Scooter Gennett is currently dealing with an oblique injury, and he is set to miss around three weeks of action. Gennett did not receive an MRI. According to manager Craig Counsell, "It's not a bad (injury). They didn't do an MRI. It wasn't deemed serious enough for that. It's still a DL (situation), though. These things are a little tricky so we'll go with it. He's not playing for at least two weeks, then we'll see." Yadiel Rivera has been starting, but both Colin Walsh and
Anthony Gose hit his second home run of the year to help power the Tigers to a 7-3 victory over the A's. Gose's playing time has been sporadic as of late, which keeps him out of the season-long league conversation. He can be considered as a punt play at outfielder if he's facing a weak right-handed pitcher.
Tyler Saladino has been out of the lineup for the Chicago White Sox since Sunday. It appears as if he is currently dealing with some back tightness. On Thursday, he did appear in the game, so it looks like that tightness may be all figured out. He should continue to see significant playing time, as the White Sox attempt to keep Jimmy Rollins from breaking down physically. Keep an eye on this situation for the time being.
Yovani Gallardo is now pain free after receiving a cortisone shot, according to manager Buck Showalter. This return is still unclear. "He’s started with his exercises with the cuff," Showalter said. "That’s where you get an idea of how strong it is or isn’t by the number of the weight or the weights that you can use. It gives you an idea of how far away somebody is by the amount of weight they start at with the strength exercises. It’s a process, but we like the potential of
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Rick Porcello is 4-0 with an outstanding 10.52 K/9 (way higher than his career highs) and a meager 1.75 BB/9 which is slightly lower than his career best. While these are very good numbers they are surrounded by some unsustainable ones, as Porcello currently sports a BABIP allowed of .233 and a LOB% of 84.2%. For some context last year Rick had a BABIP of .332 and a LOB% of 67.5%. Porcello's ERA sits at a solid 3.51, but his FIP is
According to Arizona Diamondbacks' Chip Hale, Brandon Drury will continue to start and see regular playing time as long as he produces. "We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has been great to start the 2016 season, and with this recent vote of confidence from the manager, it is safe to pick him up in all season-long leagues. He is batting .384 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Kevin Kiermaier has flashed some pop early on this season as he already has three HR to go with an ISO of .228, which is by far a career high. While I expect that to come down a bit I also expect Kiermaier's batting average to come way up. Kevin is currently sporting a BABIP of .233, or roughly 70-80 points lower than his career norms. When his batted ball luck progresses to the mean his .228 batting average should come way
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues. OWNED IN: 40% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Javier Baez already has a HR and two stolen bases in just 25 plate appearances and appears to be on the brink of 400-450 at bats if the early returns of his usage continue. This is of course contingent on both health and steady performance. I've long been a Baez supporter because of his power and speed combination. He's a versatile bench or MI option in 12+ team leagues because of his multi-positional eligibility. While
After being called up from Triple-A in mid-April, Daniel Castro got off to a blazing start. He has filled in at 2B and SS for the struggling Jace Peterson and Erick Aybar. That fast start has been mitigated by a recent slump, however, which was extended with an 0-for-5 performance Thursday. Castro was looking like a nice fill-in option for deeper leagues, but might be crashing down to earth. His minor league stats don't suggest huge upside so now might be the time to drop him or
Dee Gordon will not be playing the next 80 games for the Miami Marlins. He also will not be getting paid, as he just tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Gordon won the NL batting crown during his first season with the Miami Marlins, and he has a huge impact on their lineup. The Miami Marlins' second baseman was a good source for average and steals in season-long leagues, so owners will definitely be missing him. Derek Dietrich will likely start a second base for the time being. Gordon
BALLER MOVE: 14+ Team Leagues and NL-Only That Require Two Catchers OWNED IN: 28% of Flea Flicker Leagues ANALYSIS: By opening 2016 by clubbing six home runs and driving in 15 runs, Tigers' catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has earned Flea Flicker's eighth-best fantasy catcher ranking so far. Though he is only hitting .231, that is easy to overlook when "Salty" is at the top of the catcher leaderboard in home runs and RBI. Hence why his ownership rate has surged up to its current 28% after he started out the year undrafted more
If you’re ever going to give Tanner Roark a shot, this is probably the best time to do it. Roark became only the seventh pitcher since 2013 to have consecutive starts of seven innings or more with two hits or fewer and no runs. Coming off a career-high 15 strikeouts in his last outing, he struck out nine fewer but was just as effective, although his offense wasn’t. With the Nationals not being able to score a single run, Roark came away with a no-decision.
BALLER MOVE: 14+ Team Leagues and AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Flea Flicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Once a perennial home run threat at a fantasy position with few of them, shortstop J.J. Hardy has been inconsistent entering the twilight years of his career. Once a perennial 20-homer threat, he has hit only 19 since 2014 (including his two this year). Where once was a hitter who generally carried an acceptable average in the .260s, is now one who appears to be slipping as his average since 2014 is .247. By the time his injury-shortened 2015 came to a close, Hardy's slash
With Jorge Soler struggling as the team’s starting left fielder, Joe Maddon could turn to Tommy La Stella as more of an everyday player. Considering Kris Bryant's ability to play the outfield, La Stella has been getting some looks as the starting third baseman and has performed well at the plate thus far. Today, he drove in a run with a double, scored a run himself and walked twice. Hitting .375, the 27-year-old might be the alternative if Maddon is comfortable having Bryant play in the outfield
Justin Turner is not actually afraid to play against Jose Fernandez tonight, but he is taking the night off. Howie Kendrick is going to play third base, while Carl Crawford, who recently returned to the active roster, will play left field. Fernandez has been very up and down so far this season. If your season-long league takes strikeouts into consideration, avoiding the Los Angeles Dodgers may be a great move. However, in daily leagues, using Crawford for his speed and Kendrick for his hitting ability are
The ancient outfielder from Japan, Ichiro Suzuki, will start tonight for the Miami Marlins. Marcell Ozuna is getting the night off, which is good news for right-hander Kenta Maeda, who will look to stay hot tonight against the Marlins. Ozuna has a lot more power than Suzuki, so him sitting gives Maeda a slight bump. With a limited number of games being played tonight, using Suzuki in daily leagues is not the worst move in the world, but it is playing with fire, as Maeda has been
Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals have to be thrilled that both Wellington Castillo and Yasmany Tomas are out for tonight's contest. Brandon Drury, who has been on fire of recent, will get the start in left field, but Chris Herrmann will start behind the dish for Castillo. Castillo has been great so far this season, and Herrmann is nothing special on offense. Drury should be used in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues, as he is hitting over .300 this season. If he is
Randal Grichuk is not playing tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stephen Piscotty will make his first career start in center field, while Brandon Moss plays right field. Rubby De La Rosa is on the mound, and the St. Louis Cardinals should be able to take advantage offensively. This brings up a question about the availability of Jeremy Hazelbaker, as he was passed on to start in center field. Regardless, Grichuk will find his way back into the lineup next game. Use Moss in daily fantasy
On the day he replaced Miguel Montero on the Major League roster, Tim Federowicz made his Cubs debut. Coming on in the eighth as a pinch hitter, he flied out in his only plate appearance of the game. He went on to catch the final inning as the Cubs won 7-2. At 28 years old, Federowicz isn’t an unseasoned rookie, so the Cubs should be willing to play him regularly without worries over his ability to adapt at the Major League level. Expect a platoon between him and
With Miguel Montero on the Disabled List at least for a couple of weeks, 39-year-old David Ross could be the primary starter for the present future. Today, he blasted a 420-foot bomb to lead off the second inning. Hitting eighth in the order, he provided worthy production from the spot, but can he be a streamer? At 39 years old, he doesn’t seem to be a reliable option to produce daily, especially with veteran Tim Federowicz getting the call to replace Montero on the roster. Still, expect
Kris Bryant did not leave the game because he was hit in the first and fourth innings by Taylor Jungmann. Apparently, the left fielder rolled his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning. This is less encouraging for fantasy owners, as ankle injuries tend to linger a lot longer than bruised bones. Bryant did play an inning after rolling his ankle, so there should not be too much cause for concern. Updates are likely this afternoon or Friday morning. Stay tuned.
Brock Holt is not going to start tonight for the Boston Red Sox. Instead, Chris Young will get the start in left field. Young generally hits left-handed pitching much better than right-handed pitching, so avoiding him tonight is probably best. Jhoulys Chacin is a right-handed pitcher, and Young has been struggling this season regardless. Holt should return to the lineup tomorrow.
Kris Bryant left Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers after Taylor Jungmann hit him in the first and fourth innings. He did run the bases after getting hit, so the injury, if there is one, should not be too serious. Javier Baez replaced him in left field. Perhaps the Cubs just did not want their star player to continue to get hit. An injury update should be coming shortly, but fantasy owners should feel encouraged by his ability to stay in the game after taking his base.
Billy Burns ran his stolen base count to six after his two steals in Thursday's game. Oakland's speedy leadoff hitter has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and could still be available on waivers in your league. He's definitely deserving of a roster spot as he should provide steals, runs, and a reasonable batting average this season. Oakland will take on a hittable Houston pitching staff next.
Martin Perez teased owners by striking out the side in the top of the first, as he would not record another strikeout in the contest. He completed his outing having surrendered two runs (one home run) in six innings while walking two. Perez uses his ground ball rate as a weapon to escape the messes he creates, but he carries the promise of a low floor and ceiling, making him less than desirable in most formats.
The Colorado Rockies have one of the worst pitching staffs in the league, but Harrison Musgrave is proving to be a fantastic prospect. The left-handed pitcher for the Double-A Hartford threw seven scoreless innings and did not allow a baserunner until the seven inning. He has three starts this season, posting a 0.87 ERA and perfect 3-0 record. It will definitely be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out for Musgrave, as the Rockies could give him the call up at any time, especially with
Trey Mancini recently got called up from the Double-A Bowie to the Triple-A Norfolk after he hit over .300 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs in his first 17 games. He recorded three hits in his first Triple-A game, so it looks like the change of pace will not slow him down. Currently, Chris Davis is playing first for the Baltimore Orioles, so it is not likely that Mancini becomes fantasy relevant quickly, but he could still see a September call up if he continues to play
Zack Cozart continues to rake while leading off for the Reds. The veteran hit a solo home run off of Matt Harvey on Wednesday and is hitting .346 with two home runs and four RBI over the past week. He is definitely worth a roster spot if your team needs some pop at shortstop. While he won't help much in the speed categories, Cozart should remain a useful asset as long as he remains healthy.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a few lineup changes for their game today against the Colorado Rockies. Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte are both getting the day off. Matt Joyce will start for Marte and bat fourth. He has huge fantasy implications for today, as he is hitting in an RBI spot in Colorado. Use him in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues. Chris Stewart is behind the plate and batting eighth. He is not as impactful as Joyce, but he still could have some success in
Zach Eflin is currently pitching for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and he has been tearing it up. With the recent season-long injury to Charlie Morton, the Phillies may have plans to bring up the 22-year-old starting pitcher prospect at some point this season. He currently has a 2.05 ERA and a 3-0 record. If he continues to pitch as well as he has been, the Phillies will have little choice. He is worth a stash in deep season-long leagues, and he could even impact daily leagues within the
This is for all of the deep season-long keeper league players out there. Andy Ibanez, the Texas Rangers' Low-A Hickory starting second baseman, is tearing the cover off the ball this season. He has four more doubles (12) than any other player in the South Atlantic League. His batting average is over .400, and he will be getting 'the call' shortly. It is unlikely that Ibanez will see the majors at any point during this season, but he is worth a look, as stashing a player for an entire year
The major word in the title of this post is 'yet.' The Chicago Cubs have the best catcher prospect in the minors in Willson Contrera, as he is currently batting .375 in 62 plate appearances this season in the Triple-A. It would make sense for him to come up and play while Miguel Montero recovers from his many injuries, but that will not happen. The Cubs are not desperate for runs, so they will allow the 23-year-old to develop a little more before making the move. Manager Joe Maddon
Neither Michael Taylor nor Anthony Rendon will be playing tonight for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are going to need all the offense they can get against Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies. For Rendon, Stephen Drew will start at third base and bat seventh. For Taylor, Matt den Dekker will start in center field and leadoff. Drew is worth a look in daily fantasy leagues, and den Dekker is worth a look in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues, as he hits leadoff whenever
Chris Carter has a batting average close to .300 to start the 2016 season. Last year, Carter was not much more than an occasional home run, but it looks like that may change this season. He does have five home runs and 15 RBIs, so his power remains consistent, but he is also getting on base a lot more often than he did last year. Tonight will be the ultimate test for the Milwaukee Brewers' first baseman, as he faces off against Jake Arrieta. If he plays well
Brandon Drury, the third base/outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has really been heating up of recent. He is hitting over .300 in his last 10 games and seeing consistent time on the field. He has two home runs and seven RBIs to his credit, and he gets a great matchup tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals again. He hit a home run in his last game, and he has the ability to hit another one tonight. Drury should be eligible for multiple positions in season-long leagues, which makes him
Khris Davis has been hitting seventh this season for the Oakland Athletics, but he recently got promoted to fourth in the batting order. He hit fourth yesterday, and he will hit fourth tonight as well. Anibal Sanchez does surrender over a home run and a half per nine innings, so the top of Oakland's lineup may be worth consideration. Davis is going to see increased run production in his new spot, so he gets a bump in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues for the time being.
This is an update to an earlier news post. Miguel Montero will not be back in the lineup for the Chicago Cubs any time soon. He is headed to the DL with lower back tightness. David Ross is likely to fill his spot at the catcher position until he returns. He is worth a pick up in season-long leagues, but only as a starter while Montero is out. There are likely better catcher options on the waiver wire.
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 28% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Odubel Herrera holds a .451 OBP through 21 games (with 91 plate appearances), yet is on the waiver wire in 72% of leagues. He is just ahead of Ryan Braun, Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt on the 2016
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 35% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Michael Conforto is now an everyday starter for the New York Mets. He's also been one of the club's strongest hitters over the first few weeks of the season. In fact, he's been one of the best outfielders in all of baseball, sporting a stellar .338/.429/.615 line with three home runs and 13 RBI. To put things in perspective, his 1.044 OPS
Miguel Montero is currently dealing with back issues, so he will sit out today, and David Ross will catch for Jake Arrieta. Montero was expected to sit out yesterday as well, so he should be back into the starting lineup by tomorrow. Ross is set to hit eighth against the Milwaukee Brewers and Taylor Jungmann. He does not provide too much value, and Montero should be fine within the next couple of days. Do not go through the hassle of claiming Ross off of waivers.
After getting shelled in his season debut last week, Miami’s Jose Urena was brilliant on Wednesday to earn his first save of the season. It was an extended appearance for Urena who allowed no hits and struck out two in 1.2 innings. He was awful against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, allowing five hits and two earned runs in just 1.2 innings of work. The Marlins have to be feeling better about Urena going forward after watching his Wednesday performance. On the season, Urena has a 5.40 ERA
Since returning from the league’s Paternity List on Tuesday, Martin Prado has continued to be an asset for the Miami Marlins. Prado was batting over .300 before taking a brief leave of absence, and picked up right where he left off by going 3-for-4 on Wednesday. The veteran third baseman is hitting .500 with an RBI and two runs scored in his last two games. Prado deserves a look on the waiver wire, especially since his .362 average ranks sixth in the National League.
Huston Street felt a soreness in his left side while warming up to come into the game. The Los Angeles Angels decided to go with Joe Smith, who ultimately ended up keeping the two-run leave and picking up a save. Street has been diagnosed with an oblique strain, and he will find his way onto the 15-day DL. Joe Smith is likely to take over the role as closer for the next two weeks. He is worth a look in season-long leagues, as closers are few and
The Houston Astros' injury prone outfielder took a pitch off of his wrist yesterday against the Seattle Mariners. He exited the game and went straight for x-rays. These x-rays came back negative, so Gomez will likely take a day off to heal his sore wrist and get right back into the lineup. This is great news for Gomez owners because he finds his way to the DL every season. He is not playing great right now, but he is still a premier outfielder in the league, so continue to start
Justin Nicolino was astonishing in his season debut by holding the Dodgers to just two hits in 7.1 innings of work. Nicolino, who was called up from the minors on Monday, helped the Marlins extend their winning streak to four games. He only finished with two strikeouts in his start, but Nicolino was magnificent and the Marlins are hoping he’ll be a permanent fixture in their starting rotation. Last year, the lefty finished 5-4 with a 4.01 ERA.
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brandon Moss is two years removed from an All-Star appearance and three years from a 30-HR season. His brief time in St. Louis at the end of last season didn't go so swimmingly though. The slugger only produced four homers in 132 at-bats with the Cards and slashed .226/.304/.407 over the year. This season he already has five home runs in 52 at-bats. The key is whether Moss can find consistent playing time
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: It's amazing what a change of scenery can do. Moving from the rarefied air of Colorado to sunny California has done wonders for Drew Pomeranz. He is continuing his success as a reliever/spot starter in Oakland on to this year in San Diego's rotation. In four starts, he has a 2.86 ERA and 31 strikeouts, good for 12th in the Majors right now. Wins may not be abundant, but if nothing else it's
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Yangervis Solarte is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list from a strained hamstring, but will likely need another week or two to rehab. His third base position has been filled with lackluster results from a combination of Brett Wallace and Adam Rosales. When Solarte returns, he will look to build
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: If power potential at the corner infield spot is something you're looking for, Yasmany Tomas might be your man. Although he is playing almost exclusively in left field, his 3B eligibility makes Tomas a coveted waiver add at the corner. Tomas is starting to heat up, with three homers in the past week. Power aside, Tomas is showing a much better contact rate and is up to a .303 average. After a
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: This is why you have utility players. The Dodgers are thanking their lucky stars for Enrique Hernandez right now, because he has become a semi-starter at left field in the absence of numerous injured Dodgers outfielders. Although Carl Crawford is due to return soon, it is more than likely Kike will see time in the outfield
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Erasmo Ramirez was widely expected to be the fifth starter for Tampa Bay, but began the season in the bullpen. It turns out a short reliever role is suiting him just fine. Ramirez has managed to put up four wins and two holds in relief, which makes him quite useful in multi-category rotisserie leagues. He is not a strikeout machine (6.5 K/9) and will likely never be considered for a closer role. More than likely he could move to the rotation in
It's Week Four and the days are definitely starting to heat up while the nights remain cool in many areas. Speaking of remaining cool, there are a lot of fantasy owners who are turning up their noses at many more-than-serviceable catchers on the waiver wire. Don't be snobs, guys. All of you can't have Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy, Salvador Perez and Brian McCann. Unless you're playing in four-team leagues, and that's just really limiting. We present three catchers for one-catcher leagues and three for two-catcher leagues. Our cutoff is less than
Huston Street was unable to pitch in the ninth inning of a 4-2 win over the Royals as a result of the issue, which was discovered as he was warming up in the bullpen. Joe Smith notched his first save of the season in his absence. There has been no official word regarding Street's status going forward. Smith thrived as a closer for the Angels prior to the acquisition of Street in 2014, as he converted 15 saves and allowed just one earned run in 26.1 innings. He
The Tigers will call up Michael Fulmer, one of their top prospects, to make a start on Friday. It is unclear if Fulmer will remain with the big league club after the start or return to the minors. He will be pitching in place of Shane Greene, who is dealing with a blister on his finger. Fulmer will have a favorable matchup with a Twins lineup that has been one of the easiest in the league for right-handed pitchers to strike out. He's worth streaming in season-long leagues
Cole Hamels was scratched from his last start due to a sore left groin, but he appears to be fine. He is scheduled to start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. After a solid start to the season, Hamels has established himself as one of the premier pitchers in the league, despite his hitter-friendly home ballpark. The Los Angeles Angels are the worst hitting team in baseball, and Hamels should take advantage of that. He needs to find his way back into those season-long leagues, and on Sunday,
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cameron Maybin is soon to return from the disabled list for his first at-bats of the season. The 29 year-old outfielder is coming off arguably the strongest season of his career in 2015, when he racked up 10 home runs and 23 stolen bases with a .327 OBP for the Braves. Maybin hasn't exactly been the league's most consistent player over his nine
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 35% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The main beneficiary of a gruesome injury to A.J. Pollock has been Yasmany Tomas. After a somewhat slow first week of 2016, Tomas has been one of the hottest hitters in the league over the past 11 games. In that span, he has been swinging to the tune of a .367/.404/.755 line with five home runs and 14
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 14% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Asdrubal Cabrera was widely considered to be outside the top 20 shortstops, but he has produced at an extremely high level in early goings of the season. He owns a .319/.382/.420 slash line heading into Wednesday’s game, and has reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. His .372 OBP is tied for the second highest among shortstops. Cabrera doesn’t offer a ton in terms of power and speed,
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Ketel Marte’s average sat at just .188 on April 21, but he has gone 9-for-20 with seven runs scored and a stolen base over his last five games. His slash line now shows .265/.301/.309, and at 22 years old, he should only improve as his first full season in the Majors progresses. Marte is a solid hitter with decent speed, and can help fantasy owners in any format
C.J. Wilson was placed on the 15-day DL in the beginning of June due to shoulder inflammation. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on May 9, a simulated game on May 18, and finally, a rehab game at the end of May. This would give him plenty of time to make a return to the starting rotation by around mid-June. He is a solid starting pitching option in season-long leagues, and his progress should definitely be monitored. He is worth a waiver wire add if the league
Andrew Heaney is no longer rehabbing, as the Los Angeles Angels shut him down for the time being due to general discomfort. He already underwent two MRIs, and neither one of them revealed any structural damage that will require surgery. Heaney is going to seek another opinion regarding his left flexor muscle soon, but it is very likely that surgery is not required. He should resume his rehab stint shortly. For the time being, avoid him in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues.
Pablo Sandoval was placed on the 15-day DL list in mid-April due to shoulder inflammation. The Boston Red Sox just stated that they are impressed with his motivation to lose weight, and his shoulder is healed now as well. So, is he worth playing? While the Red Sox likely want to get all they can out of the third baseman after playing him a lot of money last offseason, it seems rather unlikely that he will start over Travis Shaw. Shaw has been red hot of recent, hitting
The Pitsburgh Pirates' shortstop played in back-to-back game today for the second time during his rehab stint. He hit a home run on Tuesday. He is showing good signs, and it is likely that he will return by early May baring any kind of setback. The Pirates are not really desperate for a shortstop at the moment, as Mercer is hitting over .300, but Kang will likely resume the starting role upon return. If he is floating around the waiver wire, feel free to stash him away for a rainy
Michael Kirkman was recalled from Triple-A and entered the game for San Diego on Wednesday. He left with an ERA of 27.00 after giving up four runs in one and a third inning. Kirkman has had an extremely up-and-down career, producing three seasons with a sub-4.00 ERA and two seasons with an ERA over 6.00. He is certainly off to a rocky start so far.
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The Cincinnati Reds' bullpen is a mess right now, but they have gotten surprisingly good returns from some of their young starters. Brandon Finnegan entered the year with four starts under his belt, but is pitching like a seasoned veteran. He has three quality starts in five starts, despite facing the Phillies, Mets,
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: It's simple - if Michael Saunders can stay healthy, he can produce. Saunders only saw 36 plate appearances last year in Toronto. The previous season in Seattle, he made 263 plate appearances. In his previous two relatively healthy seasons, his HR/SB production was 19/21 and 12/13 respectively. So far so good this season as Saunders has a pair of homers and a healthy .339 average. Most importantly, he hits at the top
Adam Rosales jacked a meaningless ninth inning home run in his only at-bat after entering the game as a substitute. Rosales has played several games at third base in the absence of Yangervis Solarte. He also has made a couple of appearances at second and now one at shortstop. His versatility coming off the bench is valuable to the Padres but not so much in fantasy. He is slashing .211/.302/.342 with two homers and six RBI this season.
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners stuck deciding between waiver options at the catcher position, take notice. J.T. Realmuto is finally starting to warm up. On Sunday, Realmuto smacked his first homer in a 4-for-4 performance against the Giants. With seven hits in his last 11 at-bats, Realmuto is now hitting .271. Realmuto is not a slugger, but he could be the rare catcher to post a 15/10 season. He
Devon Travis looked great last season for the Toronto Blue Jays, but he had to get should surgery in November, and he is still recovering. On Friday, he is going to take at-bats during an extended spring game. Last season, he hit over .300 with eight home runs, 18 doubles, and 35 RBIs. As soon as he returns, which is not going to be for quite some time yet, he is going to step into the starting role, which makes him a great fantasy asset. Do not stash him
Yu Darvish is set to begin his rehab assignment with the Double-A Frisco. He has been out since Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The only work he has done is live batting practice sessions and bullpen sessions. On Sunday, he is set to throw either two innings or 30 pitches, whichever comes first. Tommy John surgery is difficult to bounce back from, but Darvish should find his way back into the Rangers' rotation by the end of May. This makes him a great stash candidate in season-long leagues.
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Marcell Ozuna is the third of the trio that was proclaimed the best outfield in baseball by SI before last season. After a disappointing 2015 all around for the Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich are holding up their end of the bargain this year. Ozuna is the
Nick Castellanos began the season by hitting two home runs in his first eight games, but has notched just one extra-base hit (a double) since that time. Castellanos is still hitting .323 over 68 plate appearances, but his walk and strikeout rates are even worse than usual, and he is riding an unsustainable .422 BABIP. Now would be the time to sell Castellanos if there is a buyer out there, as he has never shown anything besides decent power throughout the course of a year.
Ben Revere is set to being his rehab stint with the Triple-A Syracuse today. He is currently dealing with a oblique injury that sidelined him just after Opening Day. He should be back in the Washington Nationals' lineup by the beginning of May. There is no reason that Revere should be on waivers. If he is, pick him up, as he will be returning shortly. He has great upside, as he hits for a high average and can steal bases. The Nationals will definitely be thankful to have him
Tonight, against left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana, Matt Dominguez, who was recently called up from the Triple-A Buffalo, will start at the first base position. Justin Smoak will find his way to the bench, but fantasy owners can relax, as manager John Gibbons said that Smoak will continue to see a majority of the starts at first base. In 17 games in the minors, Dominguez posted a .311 batting average with 14 RBIs. Hitting sixth is a great RBI spot for the recent call up. He is worth
It looks like the Toronto Blue Jays will not have to start an emergency catcher after all. Martin, who has been dealing with a prolonged neck injury, is finally back in the Blue Jays' lineup. He has not been playing well so far this season, and perhaps his neck is the cause, but he still has great power. In daily leagues, he is worth a look tonight against the White Sox, as he is one of the few serious power-hitting catchers in the league. In season-long leagues, it is best
After flipping off the crowd, Tyler Collins is finding his way back to Triple-A Toledo. Francisco Rodriguez was just activated from the family medical emergency list, and he is going to be taking Collins' spot. Hopefully, the three games off helped Rodriguez figure out what his issue has been to start the season. With only four saves, he is definitely struggling. Regardless, fantasy owners will be happy to have him back.
Julio Urias struggled in his first cup of coffee at Triple-A Oklahoma last year, but has come on strong in 2016. Urias has tallied 20 strikeouts in 15 innings while allowing just five runs over that span. At just 19 years old, the Dodgers could elect to bring Urias along slowly, but if he continue to roll past Triple-A hitters, he may see time at the big league level as early as this season.
The Miami Marlins needed a pitcher to take Jarred Cosart's spot in the rotation, so they made a move to call up left-hander Justin Nicolino. He will start tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it may not be the best move to start him in season-long or daily fantasy leagues. It is only mid-week, so it is unlikely that the matchup scores are 'that' bad. If you are trailing heavily in the pitcher department early in the week, Nicolino could be a decent spot start, and he
The offense allowed Jered Weaver to pick up his third win of the season, but it was hardly a vintage performance, as he struck out just four while walking two and allowing a home run. Weaver seems to be combining mediocre walk and strikeout rates with a penchant for allowing homers in the early going, which is not a recipe for success in any format. He will take a 3.86 ERA into a start against the Brewers next week.
The New York Mets, despite earlier reports, are not starting Yoenis Cespedes tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. In fact, they will bench Curtis Granderson as well. With Jon Moscot on the mound, the Mets' power hitters make for fantastic plays in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues. Moscot is allowing 2.10 home runs per nine innings, and Alejandro De Aza has a ton of power. He is very cheap in daily leagues and most likely in free agency in season-long leagues. The Mets are projected to